about Shishinjutsu Therapy

2Through his extensive clinical practice, Iwamoto sensei found that applying pressure(Ki) with his fingertips rather than inserting needles had the same physical effect. Some people dislike needles, in which case his finger pressure technique was more beneficial due to less nervousness during therapy.

In oriental medicine, the term Ki is used to refer to body energy. Iwamoto sensei compares Ki to water: when water remains motionless and stagnant (like within a bucket or puddle), it loses its freshness, starts to smell, eventually dries up, etc. but when water is active and flowing (like through a river), it maintains its freshness. When a person’s Ki is flowing through their body freely, it’s a sign of good health. Oppositely, when a person’s Ki is stuck or stagnant due to blockages caused by injury or stress, negative health symptoms will occur.

Iwamoto sensei’s focus is to locate areas of blockage within the body. He does this by measuring one’s pulse and identifying which pressure points are being blocked, thus causing various health problems including (but not limiting to): migraines, body ache such as in the neck/back/stomach, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), insomnia, and other forms of mental stress. Once he finds blockage, he works with his fingertips to “melt” them away and restore the flow of energy (think fresh water!).


about Hiro Iwamoto


Born and raised in Kumamoto, Japan, Hiro Iwamoto was born with a weak eyesight and became completely blind at age 16. After losing his sight, he went through a period of struggle but found a new purpose in life in helping and encouraging others through his blindness.

Iwamoto sensei has been in the oriental medical field for over 30 years and spent 14 years teaching and researching at the University of Tsukuba, School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for the Visually Impaired in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2006 he relocated to San Diego, CA with his wife and daughter and opened his own practice in 2008.

Apart from his practice, he is also known for being an avid sailor, triathlete, and life coach. Read his interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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