Toyohari involves the use of non-insertive needle techniques and is therefore very gentle and non-invasive making this treatment particularly suitable for anyone who is wary of needles including children.
Toyohari is a form of Keiraku Chiryo (Japanese Meridian Therapy) which was developed by blind Japanese acupuncturists. It is a theoretically simple but technically sophisticated complete system of acupuncture. Toyohari is different from most forms of acupuncture in that it uses very gentle treatment methods and places a great emphasis on pulse and touch diagnosis. Toyohari is a gentle treatment helping the body to heal itself. Sarah gained a post graduate certificate in Toyohari in Amsterdam and is a member of the European Branch of the Toyohari Association (EBTA).
The initial consultation lasts about one and a quarter hours during which time Sarah will ask you about your current symptoms, health history, lifestyle and diet together with any other factors that may be relevant. Sarah will then ask you to lie on the treatment couch while she takes your pulses on both wrists, very gently examines your abdomen and palpates the meridians on your lower legs and forearms. Sarah will carry out treatment techniques which involve the use of silver, gold or stainless steel needles which usually only lightly contact the skin without insertion. Other tools such as a teishin, enshin or zanshin may be used by Sarah to gently stimulate appropriate acupuncture points. Sarah may use additional techniques for symptomatic treatment such as light needling, moxibustion, press tack needles, ear seeds and copper and zinc plates.