Toby Stephens – Clinic Director

  • BSc. Health Sciences (Acupuncture)

  • 6 years Traditional Clinical Apprenticeship in Japan

  • British Acupuncture Council Member

  • Certified Shiatsu Practitioner

  • Fully Licensed & Insured

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Apprenticeship / Training / Observation

  • We view the Acupuncture Clinic as a place of both healing and learning. This should true for both patients and acupuncturists alike.

  • We run a monthly Treatment Study Group, and will consider requests for Apprenticeship in Genki Clinic. 

​Learn By Doing

Learning of this traditional art has, of late, been focussed in the classroom and lecture hall and thus divorced from the living reality of the patient in the clinic. Don't get me wrong, there needs to be a healthy dose of academic endeavour. After all, we have a few thousand years of concentrated knowledge to assimilate. And most of it is written in a foreign tongue. And further that that, in an ancient form!

 

However, this recorded experience & theory only takes meaning in the context of treating real people (and their ever changing collections of symptoms) day after day. This is an ancient art, but its expression should be experienced (and learnt!) in living technicolour and surround sound.

Walking vs Hopping: Theory & Practice

We can view theory as the left foot and practice as the right. Using both left and right from the outset, we are able to embark on a journey far more interesting, rewarding and successful than by trying to hop on one alone.

We view the Acupuncture Clinic as a place of both healing and learning. This should true for both patients and acupuncturists alike.

We offer the opportunity to observe treatment, and will consider requests for Apprenticeship in Genki Clinic. 

How & Why

The Western mind is often consumed with the question of 'Why'. This is often satisfied by the accumulation of theories and ideas. The (original) Eastern approach is more concerned with the "How" of an endeavour. The "Why" is left to reveal itself as, bit by bit, familiarity with the landscape and environment leads to self-generated questions and true inquiry.

 

An analogy my teacher likes to use is this: If we want to learn to swim, study of fluid dynamics may be useful at some point. But the first step is to actually get into the water...

This image from a Manga by Ikeda Masakazu about Acupuncture Apprenticeship training shows Practice and Study going hand in hand (perhaps recommended in a 3:1 ratio!)

Natural Learning

This is the natural way a child learns - by absorbing information from the surrounding environment & lived experience; letting the patterns emerge into natural first hand knowledge. Consider language acquisition, for example. And beyond that, consider the vastly broader acquisition of knowledge and insight the child achieves at the same time.

Modern vs Traditional

Modern medical doctors effectively carry out an apprenticeship under careful guidance of experienced seniors in hospitals. It is strange that this approach, for so long the traditional method of training in oriental medicine is now the exception rather than the rule.

 

See Thoughts on Lineage for more detail on traditional learning.