Shonishin - Needle-less Acupuncture for Children
Shonishin is a gentle non-invasive treatment that involves techniques of stroking, rubbing, pressing and tapping in specific patterns of specific points and areas of the body. These techniques serve to harmonize and boost a child’s vital energy. Tracing its roots back to 17th century Osaka in Japan (and ultimately to ancient China), this specialized acupuncture technique was developed specifically for infants and children up to the age of seven.
Shonishin corrects underlying imbalances, not just suppress symptoms. The body is more whole, more alive after this work.
Shonishin can treat a variety of conditions including: colic, GERD, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, sleep problems, allergies, ADHD, vomit (reflux).
Shonishin is administered quickly, usually with 15 - 20 minutes and is typically performed with the child clothed or just wearing a diaper. The technique is most effective when given several times per week until the symptoms are alleviated. Once the primary health concern is addressed, treatments may continue on a limited protracted basis to prevent recurrence. While the initialtreatments are administered by the acupuncturist, many procedures can be performed by the child’s parents at home (a silver teaspoon makes an ideal home-based Shonishin tool). The techniques are quickly and easily learned, allowing the parents to perform daily treatments between visits.
Regular Shonishin treatments help to strengthen the parent-child relationship and can improve the spiritual and emotional development of the child. Regular daily preventative massage done by the parents may increase circulation of qi and blood, and may strengthen the child’s immune system. Then soothing, relaxing massage can also improve sleep and eating habits.