Japanese acupuncture is based on the same principles as Chinese acupuncture but differs in how it is experienced by the patient. One of the key differences is a very gentle needling technique so that this style of acupuncture is particularly suited for those who are somewhat anxious about needles.
Another central feature of Japanese acupuncture is palpation, the ability to gain information through touch. At the beginning of the treatment the practitioner looks for key reflex areas located mainly on the abdomen, chest, hands, and feet. If an area is painful on being touched with pressure this gives the therapist an insight into the patient’s imbalances. The subsequent treatment seeks to relieve any pressure pain that the patient initially felt so that, when palpated again after the treatment, the pressure pain is reduced or even absent. The great advantage of this method is that it provides instant feedback and allows the practitioner to adapt the treatment straight away.