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Beginner and Advanced Shakuju Therapy with Osamu Hara Sensei

Beginner Shakuju with Osamu Hara Sensei
Friday, November 3, 2017
9:00 am – 6:00pm

8 NCCAOM PDAs Pending

Day 1: This basic class is designed for acupuncture students and practitioners who have had little or no training in Japanese style acupuncture.  Appropriate for students and practitioners who want a “refresher” and would like more supervised practice time to cultivate their skills. This course provides fundamental information and training in skills that are critical in performing Shakuju style treatments. 

This course will cover the following.

  • Positioning of the practitioner’s body
  • Palpation of the pulse
  • Proper positioning of Oshide (receiving) and Sashide (needling) hands
  • Palpation of the abdomen and identification of abdominal zones
  • How and where to hold needle in order to adjust the pulse
  • Introduction to Sesshokushin or non-insertive “contact needling” technique

Day 2-3

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


Prerequisite: Beginner Shakuju Therapy class

This advanced course is designed for both acupuncture students and practitioners.  Participants will learn advanced treatment techniques of Shakuju Therapy.  This course will review the theory and conceptual foundation of this treatment style to allow for a deeper understanding of Shakuju Therapy.  Also included will be a further refinement of diagnostic skills as well as advanced treatment options.  Additional treatments beyond the basic root treatment steps will be covered, including the addition of supplemental reference points, jing well treatment strategies including bloodletting to enhance treatment results, and an ability to choose appropriate treatment forms and sequences of needling. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Expand and deepen understanding of theory and underlying principals of Shakuju therapy
  • Refine ability to diagnose and perform a Shakuju style treatment which is tailored to a patient’s unique presentation
  • Expand treatment options for supplemental therapies specifically focusing on reference points and jing well points

Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center is pleased to present to you three days of Shakuju with three outstanding teachers.

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.

Nakaya Satoshi 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. She has been the Co-Chair of the NESA, now Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (MCPHS) Japanese Acupuncture program since 1995.