Mind and body are inextricably entangled together. The effect of emotions on the physiology leave a palpable trace. It’s something that we as practitioners can acquire the capacity  to discern and use as part of assessment and treatment.

In this conversation with Maya Suzuki we touch on how touch is a potent aspect of treatment. How it gives us direct access to a patient’s inner terrain, and how it gives us reliable information that stands apart from theory and protocol. We also explore unique properties of moxa and how it engages the adaptive healing process.

Listen into this discussion of how Maya followed the circuitous route that landed her in exactly the right place to study the medicine she wanted to learn since she was a child. And just happened to have the language skills that would allow her to engage it with depth.

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • Power of moxa
  • Importance of touch in Japanese acupuncture
  • Water toxins
  • Identity and illness
  • Palpating emotionally engendered pathology in the body
  • Importance of attending to the skin, which is often overlooked
  • Treating children vs. adults
  • Role of emotions in chronic illnesses
  • Setting the right expectations with patients
  • What should beginners ignore….theory

To become a master clinician and technician, it is crucial to keep practicing and seek out an exceptional mentor who can teach you the most efficient and straightforward approach to achieving your goals. Rushing and making mistakes can be time-consuming and exhausting, so proceed at a measured pace and follow your teacher.

Maya Suzuki, L.Ac

For more than a decade, I lived and worked in Japan as an acupuncture and moxibustion therapist. Before entering Toyo Shinkyu Senmon Gakko to become a licensed acupuncturist in Japan, I was an apprentice, where I learned various skills, including rolling moxa, removing needles, conducting intakes, and clinic sanitation. While in school, I joined Iyashi No Michi Kyokai and Tanioka's Daishiryu shonishin styles, and in 2015, I acquired dual licensure in Japan and the United States.

Aside from managing my acupuncture practice, Bumblebee AcuTherapy, I conduct Japanese acupuncture workshops throughout the US and globally via ShinKyu University. I founded ShinKyu University because of my passion for enabling acupuncturists worldwide to bridge the gap between their TCM theory and Japanese medicine through practical and measured technical and theoretical education, lifelong mentorship, and access to learning and community. The goal is to help them achieve better outcomes with their clients and learn more effectively from high-level Japanese teachers.



Links and Resources

Visit Maya on her website at Shin Kyu University

You'll also find her on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

She also has tools for sale. 




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Shop Talk with Lisa Lapwing
The Uncomfortable Questions You’ll Be Glad You Asked Your Male Patients



In todays Shop Talk we cover important questions to ask you male patient’s when they come to you presenting with such common issues as ED, PE, BPH and Prostatitis! For a more in-depth understanding on common men’s health conditions you can take one of my courses

 Information on my upcoming courses will be announced on my blog at: https://whole-healthacupuncture.com/blog. Currently, I have date 10/7/23 set for my course on BPH & How to Successfully Treat It Using TCM Principles. You can find information on how to sign-up through my blog listed above or by connecting with me directly. I also offer consultations services and am always open to just talk to other practitioners about this subject, of which I’m so passionate about! You can contact me directly at any time at: Lisa.whacupuncture@gmail.com. 

I absolutely love talking and educating on men’s health so reach out anytime! Thank you for listening!