Sho "little", ni "children", and shin "needle"
Shonishin is a Japanese style of paediatric needling which dates back to 17th century Japan. Despite the use of the word 'needle' in it's translation, no insertive needles are used in treatment. Rounded tools made of silver, gold and copper are typically used to stroke, rub and tap the skin for a gentle and fun treatment. Because Shonishin is so gentle and non-invasive, it is used to treat children from birth.
Shonishin is administered quickly, usually within 15-20 minutes, and is typically performed with the child clothed or just wearing a diaper. The technique is most effective when given several times per week until the symptoms are alleviated. While initial treatments are administered only by the practitioner, many procedures can be performed by the child's parents at home. The techniques are quickly and easily learned, allowing parents to perform daily treatments between visits.
What can Shonishin help with?
Shonishin can be used to help in respiratory problems, coughs, colds, skin disorders such as hives and eczema, digestive problems including reflux and colic, behaviour, emotional and sleep difficulties, urinary disturbances, bedwetting, ear and nose problems, developmental problems, recurrent infections, immunity and general wellbeing. Treatment can also be aimed at helping night terrors, adjusting to preschool/school, accidents and injuries.