Needle-free Japanese Acupuncture (Shonishin)


For Kids only!

The term shonishin is a Japanese rendering of the older Chinese term erzhen, which literally means “children’s needle (needling).”  There is speculation about its precise origins, although acupuncture has been used for a long time on both adults and children. 

Even most acupuncturists in the West consider acupuncture to involve only the use of inserted needles. Shonishin, however, is a noninvasive Japanese style of acupuncture, although it isn’t acupuncture at all since it does not actually puncture the skin. These treatments involve NO NEEDLE penetration. Points and areas of the body are tapped, rubbed, or pressed with a variety of special tools in a very gentle, noninvasive treatment approach. Shonishin, just like acupuncture, helps restore and stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms. 

Children generally respond more quickly to treatment than adults, and therefore this simple, easy-to-apply Japanese practice is a very effective treatment that is used for all babies and small children and many older children. This is often a great way to introduce your child to acupuncture stimulation they may receive later in life, and they will greatly benefit from the mild manipulations. 

Children usually love it and it keeps them feeling healthy all year-round!