SHO NI SHIN
Shoni-shin offers a wonderful alternative to needles. It can enhance circulation and relaxation, thereby improving health in general and acupuncture meridians without pain. Shoni-shin is a form of bodywork that makes use of small metal tools designed to bring qi to the surface, help it move by "spreading" it along the channels, and stimulate specific acupuncture points. There are about a half-dozen different tools in a shoni-shin kit, none of which penetrate the skin. Children usually love holding the tool for you, or playing with the other tools you are not using, or trying to guess which tool you are using without seeing it. A shoni-shin treatment can be performed in 10 to 20 minutes depending on the age of the child and the severity of the illness. Even a very guarded or frightened child will usually warm up to the idea of shoni-shin.
Full Moon Shoni-shin clinics
Traditionally in Japan, Shonishin is given to children on the week of the full moon. Many of the Osaka clinics are typically named after some animal, and when Shonishin day comes, a flag with an image of animal is flown outside the clinic. When a child comes in for monthly healthcare they begin to understand the rhythm of caring for the self. The focus is different to allopathic medicine where treatment is given to a child when well. This allows for supported optimum health. If a child is unwell, then further weekly individual sessions are recommended.
Red light Laser is another alternative to needles and is effective for children and people afraid of needles.
It is a painless procedure and tolerated with good effect. Often children progress from this to needles with no fus.
A TREATMENT FOR MUM TOO
Mum often puts herself last in the household yet it is so important to nuture and nourish the health of mum which then has bountiful benefits for her children. I like to treat mums with newborns in a session. When the infant is mobile then separate sessions are better.