“My goal is to help people nourish their destiny, to help them to re-acquaint and re-align themselves with their inner spark. Whether it’s some simple back pain that’s keeping you from doing what you love or something more emotional in nature, whatever’s holding you back from expressing yourself completely or experiencing life fully, my mission is to help you overcome it. That’s why I do acupuncture.“
Purple Dragon welcomes Manu’s return to our regular schedule. Beginning Sept. 6, he is here every Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm.
Manu is a licensed acupuncturist and East Asian Medical Practitioner in the state of Washington and nationally certified by the NCCAOM. In addition to working here at Purple Dragon, Manu has a private practice, Agape Acupuncture on Market street in Ballard.
Manu is well versed in three different styles of acupuncture: traditional Chinese acupuncture, Manaka-style acupuncture (a Japanese style of acupuncture), and Toyohari Meridian-style acupuncture. In addition, Manu has experience with craniosacral therapy and various massage techniques, including Shiatsu and Chinese Tuina, is a Reiki master, and has training in Richard Bartlett’s unique healing method of Matrix Energetics. He specializes in helping people enhance their health with Chinese medicine; individuals with painful musculoskeletal disorders, allergies, emotional challenges like anxiety and depression, and in particular children, are frequent clients.
Manu has studied Chinese medicine and Chinese martial arts for more than 25 years, and he has been in practice for 15 years. He became interested in the field of acupuncture through his practice of Tai Chi Ch’uan (with Sifu Maurice Haltom), other martial arts like Aikido, and the study of ancient Chinese philosophy while at Cornell University. He studied acupuncture at Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle and earned a Master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Washington, where he was an instructor for several years.
He received certification in Toyohari acupuncture by the international Toyohari Association. Manu studied Toyohari in Tokyo, Japan and received certification as an instructor of the Toyohari style. Toyohari practitioners use a gentle method of treatment especially for children called Shonishin, which is entirely painless and yet very effective.
Manu served on the national board of the North American Toyohari Association, taught acupuncture in Seattle, Colorado, Texas, Chicago, and Florida, and served as a member of the Japanese acupuncture faculty at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Manu has taught Ethics for Acupuncturists at Bastyr University, making use of both his philosophical training as well as his training in Chinese medicine.