Japanese Needle Therapy

“If there are no internal weaknesses there can be no external attack”

Feeling stressed? Lacking the correct nutrition? Grossly out of balance, weak and unable to heal yourself? Then Japanese Needling Therapy and a visit to The Karma Studio is exactly what you need.

Japanese Needling Therapy is an age old modality which originated in Japan over 1400 years ago; the particular stream practiced at The Karma Studio was developed by Dr Yoshio Manaka, poet, artist, physician, healer and pioneer of this version of the modality.

Here at The Karma Studio the modality has been available since 2007 and is growing in popularity at a rapid pace. This modality aims to balance the Yin and Yang and 5-Phase systems, realigning the Biorhythmic system completely. It works on ‘reading’ the energy information within a person that was created upon their conception and involves balancing the Ki (energy) which circulates throughout the body by pathways called meridians, which are responsible for the bodies health and wellbeing.

Japanese Needling Therapy uses many tools and processes including needling, cupping, moxibustion (the act of burning Moxa Punk (a herbal substance made from mugwort leaves) to create a hugely pleasant warm sensation that deeply penetrates the tissue), colour and sound therapy, Sotai (postural realignment), Polarity Therapy (hands on healing, working with the body’s natural energies), magnets and other modality aspects, as suited to each individual.

This therapy leaves you feeling energised, strengthened and balanced allowing your body to come back to its perfectly natural healthy state. It will treat any disease or complaint, as long as you are able to trust in the process and take a vested interest in your personal healing journey. It is recommended that clients commit to a program of treatment, usually 6 sessions, including changing lifestyle habits to gain the most from this remarkable treatment.

First some interesting differences between Japanese Needling Therapy and Chinese Acupuncture
Needling therapy is considered to be more comfortable than acupuncture, as the needles used are thinner and sharper and therefore almost, if not completely pain free on insertion. The actual needling is also very shallow, only being inserted 1-5mm as opposed to the usual 10-50mm in traditional acupuncture. The sensation evoked when the acupuncture point is stimulated, is much gentler and more subtle and the warm treatment of ‘moxibustion’ is far more widely used.

So what IS Japanese Needling Therapy and what can you expect from your session?

As it is performed at The Karma Studio, it is actually a mix of several styles of acupuncture that was refined in Japan by Dr Manaka, one of Japans most respected Oriental practitioners, researchers, and theorists.

At your first appointment a thorough health and body history is recorded and discussed in length, to ensure the correct meridians and acupuncture points are treated for the optimum benefit to you.

Confirmation and initial diagnosis is by palpation of the ‘hara’ (abdomen) and every acupuncture point is palpated before treating it.

A Root treatment follows to balance your constitution. This involves non-insertion Silver Spike Points (silver-pointed electrodes) being attached to ‘extraordinary meridian vessels’ (acupressure points on your body relating to the diagnosis received through palpating the Hara) and Iron pumping cords are then attached to the SSPs allowing a very subtle current to pass through the body balancing the Chi.

Following comes systematic treatments including (but not solely):

Needling, with very fine needles, (Japanese Needling Therapy uses very thin needles and insertion is very shallow, providing a pain-free, mild and extremely effective stimulation)

Cupping (A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.)

Moxibustion (this is a prominent feature of Japanese Needling. Moxibustion is the warming of acupoints and/or needles by burning Moxa, a substance derived from the mugwort plant. This is amazing, especially through the needles. It creates deep and thorough warmth throughout the area which is extremely relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable)


Initial Consultation $130 for 75 mins 
$77 for 40 mins
$110 per hour


"I have been coming to Jen for the past 5 years - initially for a regular massage, which is always fantastic, but more recently I have been having regular Japanese Needling sessions. My preference now is for the needling therapy - simply because it addresses the “total me” and has a more sustained, long-term effect. I really feel that needling helps create a real core strength - a balance that helps me deal with everyday (and not so every day) stresses. I can now recognise when I need a top-up and I’m aware, during the treatment, of a slow wave-like flow that travels across me - leaving a sense of balance and equilibrium. That’s a purely individual response but that’s how I can best describe what happens to me. At a second level the needling has helped manage more specific issues – in fact one problem group of muscles in my neck that massage could not seem to remedy is now managed significantly better with the needling. After a particularly nasty gastro bug I had struggled to regain my appetite and again the needling was effective...immediately. And I admit to struggling with anxiety and tension but this is much more containable and easier to manage with the needling. I really feel that the needling has immense beneficial effects and it provides a great opportunity for you to really listen and reflect on how your body feels and reacts. Jen is such an empathetic listener and works really hard to find the right treatment pathway. I feel now that this is an intrinsic part of the 'Looking After Me Plan', which is why I wholeheartedly recommend the Japanese Needling."
Julie Forbes

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Venue: 194 Bay Road, Sandringham VIC 3191

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