Japanese needle therapy or acupuncture at The Karma Studio in the Bayside Melbourne suburb of Sandringham can provide many real benefits.

Needle therapy can sting you back into balance

Does your body feel a little out of balance or weak? Is your nutrition lacking? Are you feeling stressed and anxious? Get ready to try Japanese acupuncture or needle therapy. Yes, it may involve inserting needles into your body, but we promise it won’t hurt a bit!

Like many eastern therapies, Japanese needle therapy has been practiced for centuries. In fact, its origin can be traced back 5000 years to the Chinese tradition of inserting thin needles into the body at specific points to stimulate energy. Japanese acupuncture originated 1400 years ago and is considered a gentler form of needle therapy, because of the needles used and the depth the needles are inserted (see more on this below).

While it is gentler, Japanese needle therapy is considered to be just as effective as Chinese acupuncture. This form of needle therapy can help improve core issues, such as a lack of energy, imbalance, anxiety and depression, as well as local issues, such as pain and sensitivity.

Japanese needle therapy at The Karma Studio

At The Karma Studio, in the Bayside Melbourne suburb of Sandringham, we practice the Japanese needle therapy or acupuncture developed by Dr Yoshio Manaka in the later part of last century. The core principal is to read the energy that circulates throughout each individual’s body pathway or meridians, that are responsible for health and wellbeing, and then apply therapy to balance the energy.

For those afraid of needles, the good news is that our Japanese needling therapy isn’t just about needles. Cupping (using cups to create a partial vacuum on the skin), moxibustion (the warming of acupoints by burning a substance derived from the mugwort plant), postural realignment, hands on healing, magnets and more may be used, depending on the individual and their complaints.

If needles are used, they are thinner and sharper than those used in traditional acupuncture. Plus, in Japanese needle therapy, needles are inserted to between 1mm and 5mm, rather than 10 to 50mm. It’s a much gentler form of acupuncture and is almost, if not completely, pain free.

According to one of our clients, Japanese needle therapy helps to create a total balance in her life. “I really feel that needling helps create a real core strength – a balance that helps me deal with every day (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.”

Note: While we can’t practice Japanese needle therapy during the current COVID-19 restrictions, we will commence therapy sessions as soon as we can. In the meantime, see our website for more details on needle therapy or give us a call on 03 9502 1044.


Japanese needle therapy or acupuncture at The Karma Studio in the Bayside Melbourne suburb of Sandringham can provide many real benefits.