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Tsuyoshi Shimamura was Master Nagano’s closest apprentice during the final years of his life, living and working with him between 1997 and 2000.
During the years Mr Shimamura spent with Master Nagano, he came to understand his many ingenious clinical insights, and importantly he also came to appreciate Master Nagano’s character- the challenges he faced, and how he overcame them. During this One-day Seminar, Tsuyoshi Shimamura will discuss the importance and cultivation of these personal qualities, and how they were reflected in the life and practice of Master Nagano. Mr Shimamura will discuss specific stories from interactions with Master Nagano and his students that convey important messages, and will also discuss Master Nagano’s most important message to future practitioners and students:
- Stomach Qi- how to assess and strengthen it to benefit all patients.
- Live-On-Stage Demonstrations, to observe Shimamura’s unique palpation and treatment methods, and the important concepts of “order of treatment.”
- Specific teachings to assist in the art of diagnosis and palpation
- An Explanation of the shared roots to how Master Acupuncturist Kiiko Matsumoto treats in comparison to Tsuyoshi Shimamura
A Q &A section was conducted during the seminar that assisted attendees with enquiries about the diagnostic approaches of live-demonstrations and Shimamura’s interpretations of Master Nagano’s intentions for specific point selections and combinations.
A post seminar Q & An interview was also conducted to learn more about Master Nagano through certain stories that Shimamura has chosen to share.
This recorded seminar was part of the Legacy of Master Nagano Seminar Series hosted in Sydney, Australia in December 2014.
Who was Master Nagano?
In post-war Japan, Master Acupuncturist Kiyoshi Nagano began a remarkable and fruitful investigation. Despite being blind, Nagano memorized classical Chinese medicine literature and developed a unique and ingenious theoretical and clinical approach that incorporated classical concepts and emergent insights from Western medicine. His ideas and methods did not follow an established group, which brought a certain stigma in Japanese acupuncture circles. Being mentally robust, he was proud of his ‘lone wolf’ status. Over the next half a century – using his extraordinary palpation and pulse diagnosis skills as a guide – he crafted ingenious acupuncture protocols for all types of conditions. He also became a mentor to two of the most important Japanese acupuncture teachers of our time: Master Acupuncturist Kiiko Matsumoto and Tsuyoshi Shimamura. Master Nagano passed away in 2003
Which practitioners and students will benefit by attending this lecture?
This online seminar is recommended to practitioners/students who wish to be introduced to the theory and practice of Stomach Qi treatment, and palpation-based acupuncture treatment – the foundations of a gentle, simple, but profound and clinically effective style of Japanese acupuncture (“Te A Te Hari”) that yields highly effective clinical results. Anecdotes and insights from the instructor’s Master- Master Nagano are also shared for the benefit of online attendees. The concepts and techniques learned in this recorded seminar may be integrated easily and effectively into your practice for immediate clinical results, but will take time to develop and master.
This unforgettable command is what Master Nagano told me as I started my three-year apprenticeship with him. I always wonder if I am properly executing his command as I needle myself every morning. One of Master Nagano’s patients told me: “Just having a touch of Sensei’s hands makes me feel better. His hands remind me of my mother.” I still remember his warm hands when I first received his handshake. I cannot do the same acupuncture treatment like Master Nagano. But, I feel the calling to pass his command to other fellow colleagues. I would like to bring in the passion as I diagnose patients with my hands. I pour my heart into every needle to help alleviate the suffering. If I can transmit this message via how I show my treatment style through seminars, I feel comfortable naming my style: Te A Te Hari. Te A Te means “laying a hand”, “treatment”, and “appropriate preparation or allowance”. Hari = Needle. I believe that actual treatment can start by touching a patient. Thus, having a healing thus, having a healing hand is very important to any practitioners. Please join me in a conversation of realizing my master’s words.
Tsuyoshi Shimamura, L.Ac. (Japan)
Tsuyoshi Shimamura obtained licensure as an Acupuncturist and Moxibustionist in Japan in 1995 after completing studies at Meiji Acupuncture and Moxibustion College. Shimamura was fortunate to undertake a live-in apprenticeship with Master Nagano during the final years of Master Nagano’s life, living and working with Master Nagano between 1997 and 2000 as his closest apprentice.
Shimamura not only inherited a vast amount of Nagano’s teachings, techniques, and theories but also gained an important insight into his character. Tsuyoshi Shimamura is a member of the Japan
Acupuncturist Association, and has also published articles and DVDs for Ido-No-Nippon. Since 2006, Shimamura has been teaching seminars on the Acupuncture and diagnostic methods he learned during his time with Master Nagano. Shimamura has also taught a variety of hands-on manual techniques to Shiatsu practitioners, physical therapists, Bone-Setters and cosmetic therapists in Japan.
Mr. Shimamura currently develops what he has learned with Master Nagano personally during their time together, and what he has learned from Master Acupuncturist Kiiko Matsumoto, as in his heart there is no replacement for their teachings, and as a result Mr. Shimamura focuses only on teaching openly and passionately to his students, that which he learned directly from Master Nagano and Kiiko Matsumoto, the most inspirational influences in Shimamura’s life. In recent years, Shimamura has impressed international students with his clarity and depth of understanding, his mindful presence, and his commitment to sharing Master Nagano’s legacy. Tsuyoshi Shimamura runs clinics in Hiroshima and Ooita, Japan, and holds a 1st Degree Black-Belt in Judo.
Seishiro Hokazono L.Ac. – Interpreter
Born and raised in Japan, and now a citizen of the US, Seishiro graduated from the Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and undertook further studies in Meridian-style Acupuncture and Moxibustion with Aizawa Sensei in Tokyo, Japan from 2006-2007. Seishiro then studied modified KSA and Integrated Synergy Therapeutics under Nakano Sensei in 2008 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. From 2008 onwards Seishiro developed very sound knowledge and skills in Kiiko Style Acupuncture. Due to his exceptional linguistic skills in Japanese and English and experience with interpreting specific to acupuncture, Seishiro has been selected by Qiology as interpreter to Mr. Shimamura, to assist English speaking students in learning Master Nagano’s Acupuncture techniques, diagnosis and theory through Mr. Shimamura. Seishiro is in full-time practice in Albany, Oregon, and also holds a 1st Degree Black-Belt in Judo.