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Toby Stephens

  • BSc. Health Sciences (Acupuncture)

  • 6 years Traditional Clinical Apprenticeship in Japan

  • Association of Acupuncture Clinicians

  • Certified Shiatsu Practitioner

  • Fully Licensed & Insured

I began my career as an international lawyer based in Tokyo. However, it wasn't long before a martial arts injury led me to the acupuncture clinic of Edward Obaidey. I was helped to recovery, but infected with a far more serious and life-long affliction: Edward Sensei’s fascination in and deep understanding of oriental medicine.

I continued to visit the clinic as a patient and, increasingly, to attend study groups and practice sessions. I also began to study shiatsu under Kimura Susumu Sensei.

Bit by bit I realized I was spending more time peering into the depths of oriental medicine than exploring legal principles: my legal career was becoming eclipsed. When I could keep up the double-life no longer, I returned to London to study for an internationally-recognized university degree in oriental medicine.

I then returned to Tokyo to complete a further 6 intensive years in traditional Japanese apprenticeship. I studied and worked under the compassionate guidance of my teacher, Edward Sensei and his teacher, Ikeda Masakazu Sensei; with the dedicated staff and patients of Edward’s clinic. This experience initiated a shift in my understanding from theoretical study to effective practical application. The principles of oriental medicine came to life.

Throughout my studies I have been lucky enough to learn Tai Chi Chuan, I Chuan and Chi Gung under the guidance of Sam Tam Sifu. Daily practice of these arts deepens my understanding and experience of Ki (vital energy), and informs my practice of Acupuncture.

I am dedicated to treating my patients to the best of my capability – and to deepening that capability and understanding through ongoing study and practice.

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