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SHAKUJU THERAPY SEMINAR with Osamu Hara Sensei, Satoshi Nakaya Sensei, and Diane Iuliano Sensei

  • Hyatt-House Waltham 54 4th Avenue Waltham, MA, 02451 United States (map)

Shakuju Therapy Seminar
with Osamu Hara SenseiSatoshi Nakaya Sensei, and Diane Iuliano Sensei

Friday-Sunday, November 3-5, 2017
Friday 9:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9:00-5:30 p.m.                       
Approved for 23 NCCAOM PDAs

Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center is delighted to host Shakuju Master Sensei: Osamu Hara and Satoshi Nakaya with Sensei Diane Iuliano, following the legacy of internationally renowned teacher Master Shoji Kobayashi Sensei. As Kobayashi Sensei has recently retired from teaching in North America, we are proud to welcome back his official successors, Senior Shakuju Teachers Osamu Hara Sensei and Satoshi Nakaya Sensei, who will be continuing on his legacy as the Master Shakuju Sensei.  We are honored to have all three accomplished masters teach us Kobayashi’s methods and traditions.

Designed for both Acupuncture and Asian Bodywork Therapy students and practitioners interested in using Shakuju diagnostic and treatment strategies to best address each patient’s unique presentation.

Event Location: Hyatt House Waltham
54 4th Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451

Shakuju Therapy Fundamentals
with Osamu Hara Sensei and Satoshi Nakaya Sensei
Friday, November 3, 2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

This course will cover the fundamental theory and application of Shakuju Therapy so that participants can learn and cultivate fundamental skills that are critical in performing Shakuju style treatments. It is designed for students and practitioners as an opportunity for supervised practice time. It is also an appropriate introduction for Acupuncture and Asian Bodywork Therapy students and practitioners who have had little or no training in Japanese style acupuncture and who are interested in learning Shakuju Therapy.

Advanced Shakuju Therapy
with Osamu Hara Sensei and Satoshi Nakaya Sensei
Saturday-Sunday, November 4-5, 2017
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Prerequisite: Shakuju Therapy Fundamentals class

This course will use the theory and conceptual foundation of this treatment style to allow for a deeper understanding of Shakuju Therapy.  Participants will learn advanced treatment techniques of Shakuju Therapy and have the opportunity to further refine diagnostic skills and advance treatment options though supervised practice. Additional treatments beyond the basic root treatment steps will be covered, including learning treatment of the Governing Vessel.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Expand and deepen understanding of theory and underlying principals of Shakuju therapy
  2. Refine ability to diagnose and perform a Shakuju style treatment which is tailored to a patient’s unique presentation
  3. Obtain deeper understanding of the disease pattern and treatment patterns
  4. Expand treatment options for supplemental therapies specifically focusing on
  5. Learn the importance of reference points and GV line

Shakuju Therapy: Non-Insertive Acupuncture

Shakuju Therapy (SJT) is a treatment strategy founded upon Eastern Medicine philosophy and the principles of Qi. In this therapy, illness is understood and treated though an understanding that a persons “sho” (pattern) is a manifestation of a deviation and stagnation of Qi.

The term shaku refers to deep stagnation of Qi and Blood, and the term ju refers to superficial stagnation of Qi and Blood, as found in the hara or abdomen. Shakuju Therapy treatment is working to balance the body and to remove stagnation and cold (Hie) rather than to chase after the symptoms that appear as the outward manifestations.

The ultimate origin of all illness is explained by fundamental cold (Hie). Treatment consists of moving qi in the body and eradicating fundamental cold (Hie).

In general, the Japanese word "Hie" means coldness and cold temperature, but fundamental cold (Hie) in this context, means a decline of the body’s vital force and vacuity of Jing Qi.

The goal of SJT is to tonify Jing Qi, the body’s vital force, in order to eliminate symptoms.

Emphasis is on abdominal palpation and treatment of the spinal energy. Abnormal findings in the abdomen, shaku and ju, are the primary sources of diagnostic information and the treatment is performed on the dorsal region accordingly.

Shakuju is a non-insertive therapy and appropriate for all ages, from infants to the elderly, and highly effective to treat an extraordinary range of pathologies.

Osamu Hara Sensei has been practicing and teaching in Japan and worldwide for almost 30 years and serves as an Executive Board Member of the Japanese Traditional Acupuncture and Moxabustion Society. Hara Sensei is Executive Vice President of the Shakuju Association, second only to his teacher Kobayashi Sensei in seniority.

Hara Sensei was a student of Kobayashi Sensei, who created Shakuju Therapy, an acu-moxa treatment style based on the theory of the I Ching. Hara Sensei became the first instructor of SJT, and he continues to practice and teach this modality. SJT is thought of as one of the most foremost acupuncture modalities in Japan and is quickly spreading and growing worldwide.

Osamu Hara Sensei graduated from Dokkyo University in 1979, with a degree in Economics, followed by a degree in Acupuncture and Moxabustion, graduating from Kanto Acupuncture College in 1983. He continued his studies to teach acupuncture, graduating from Tokyo Acupuncture Technical College in 1986.

In 1986 Hara Sensei began teaching Acupuncture and Moxabustion at Kanto Acupuncture College, and opened Seijo Ohkura Acupuncture Clinic, which is still a very active and thriving clinic in Tokyo. In addition to his esteemed career, Hara Sensei serves as Chief Instructor at Ryoutokuji Gakuen Medical College and Instructor at Goto College of Medical Arts and Science.

Satoshi Nakaya Sensei graduated from Kanto Acupuncture College in 1993, with a degree in Acupuncture and Moxabustion. He continued his studies, graduating from Tokyo Medical College in 2002, after pursuing a teacher training course to teach acupuncture and moxabustion.

Since 2002 Nakaya Sensei has been both teaching at Kanto Acupuncture College and helping to develop the curriculum. He teaches both theoretical and practical classes. He has been instrumental in developing the curriculum and supervises junior instructors with their teaching. He also serves as an instructor for the Shakuju Association Training Course at Taishido Acupuncture Clinic. In this capacity he teaches, student interns, trainees, has developed the curriculum, and oversees junior instructors with their teaching.

Nakaya Sensei opened his private acupuncture clinic, Kazenokodo Acupuncture Clinic, in Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo, in 1993, and currently sees patients and oversees professional and administrative staff in this very active clinic. He is a member of the Shakuju Association and serves as the Academic Director for the organization. In this capacity he organizes seminars and training, both in Japan and abroad.

Diane Iuliano Sensei has been practicing Japanese style acupuncture for over twenty-five years, after graduating from Boston College with a BA degree in fine arts and receiving her LicAc from NESA.

Diane has studied extensively with Miki Shima, Shoji Kobayashi and Toshikatsu Yamamoto and earned a Japanese acupuncture teacher’s certificate from Miki Shima and the Japanese American Acupuncture Foundation in July of 2005. She is a founding member of the North American branch of the Shakuju Association. Diane has practiced acupuncture at Mount Auburn Hospital, where she supervised the first New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) satellite clinic at the hospital in the Center for Women.

Diane has been teaching acupuncture in Tokyo and Hokkaido for the past ten years, and was the first American female keynote speaker at Hokkaido University in 2007. Diane participated as a research associate in the Stop Hypertension Acupuncture Research Program (SHARP) at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a board member of the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute. In 2006 Diane was awarded the first teaching certificate in the USA from Shoji Kobayashi and the Shakuju Association. An accomplished pratitioner herself, Diane has been given special permission to carry on the treaching of her mentors, Stephen Birch, Miki Shima, Yamamato, Dr. Tan, Teri Oleson, Shudo Denmei, Fukushima, Kobayashi and carry on their legacy. Diane has served as Co-Chair of the NESA (now MCPHS), Japanese Acupuncture program since 1995.

Shakuju Therapy: About the Founder

Master Shoji Kobayashi Sensei was born in Tokyo, Japan. In 1969 he graduated from Toyo Acupuncture College, and in 1972 he graduated from Tokyo Kyoiku University with a degree in Acupuncture & Physical Therapy Teacher Training. He opened Taishido Acupuncture Clinic in 1972, and continues to practice from his new clinic at home in Komae, Tokyo. In 1972, he began teaching at Kanto Acupuncture College in 1976. In 1980 Kobayashi Sensei developed Shakuju­ kai, which is now one of the foremost acupuncture modalities in Japan. He currently serves as the President of the Shakuju Therapy Association.

Visit and the Profile of the President (link) to learn more. 

Join us for this unique opportunity to learn Shakuju Therapy training with three senior teachers. Catch these international masters while you can, this program will not be hosted again anytime soon!

Special Notice: While there has been much interest expressed in learning the art of Shakuju Therapy enrollment has been low. Our cut off date to determine if we will proceed with hosting this class is Saturday, October 1, 2017. While you do not need to pay by then, we request a headcount of people committed to attending. Payment plans available. Inquire.

Partial Attendance: *To attend only on Saturday and Sunday requires advance authorization from instructors. If sending email requesting to waive Friday’s class include prior training experience.

Supportive Discounts: for AOBTA® Members, Recent Graduates (<2 years), and Students. Go to "Attend" for details.


Hyatt House-Boston-Waltham
54 4th Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451

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There are a limited number of rooms reserved at the discounted rate (see details below) not including taxes, though October 1, 2017. These group rates will be offered three days before and three days after the class. After October 1, 2017, the group discount rate will be removed and any remaining rooms will be released.

November 1st - November 6th, 2017:
1-Bedroom King Suite - 1 King bed and 1 pull out sofa bed $162 (+tax)
2-Bedrooms King Suite - 2 King beds and 1 pull out sofa bed $209 (+tax)
2-Bedroom TRIO Suite - 2 Double beds, 1 King bed, and 1 pull out sofa bed $239 (+tax)

To make a reservation contact: Lauren Copenhaver, Sales Manager

Phone: (781) 373-6054                              Email:

The Hyatt-House has a complimentary hotel shuttle service that provides local transportation to anywhere within the town of Waltham, MA.

The Hyatt-House recommends using "Super Shuttle" to travel to and from the airport. They have an app and usually a kiosk at Logan Airport. Website:

Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center (EMTEC)
Continuing Education for Acupuncturists and Asian Bodywork Therapists

FOR QUESTIONS CONTACT: Lauren Paap, Founding Director

Cell: (617) 435-3586


    Earlier Event: October 15