The Annual Japan International In-Touch Acupuncture and Moxibustion Tour was the brain child of Stephen Brown, Yasuo Tanaka and Jeffrey Dann. There dream was to create a program that enabled acupuncturists from around the globe to come and learn the unique and culturally rich art of Japanese acupuncture. Their hope was that the students how joined this tour would become the spark that spread Japanese acupuncture around the globe. Over the past years of students, teaching and rich cultural excursions they are still striving, along with the help of Heather Maya Suzuki, to make to further spread the unique medical art of Japanese acupuncture.
Stephen Brown, L.Ac.
Stephen Brown is a licensed shiatsu and acupuncture practitioner born and raised in Japan. Graduating from Japan Central Acupuncture College in 1983, he studied with renowned masters including Fukushima Kodo and Manaka Yoshio, and has followed Shudo Denmei since 1987.
His native linguistic talent has made him the top translator in the field of Japanese styles of acupuncture. He lives and practices in Seattle and teaches locally and internationally.
Our fearless leader and head of AIMC Berkeley. Tanaka San makes this tour possible with his vast experience in the acupuncture community.
Jeffrey Dann, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Jeffrey Dann started acupuncture in 1980 with Wang Ju-Yi in Beijing and Gary Butt in Hong Kong. While doing anthropological fieldwork in the mid 70's on Mind-Body training in Japan, he studied Kendo, Naginata-do and Iaido while also studying Seitai Ho and Shiatsu. Jeffrey has a unique theraputic style integrating Osteopathic Visceral Manipulation with Japanese style acupuncture. He recently taught structural acupuncture with Japanese techniques at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Jeffrey is in demand as a national and international teacher and has taught in Istanbul Medical Acupuncture Association of Turkey as well as the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.
Heather "Maya" Suzuki
Heather Maya is a trained and licensed acupuncture and moxibustion specialist in Japan.
She is currently a mid-level practioner in the Iyashi No Michi acupuncture group and runs a pediatric speciality clinic in Colorado. In her free time she runs the Nippon Hari blog.
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