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Moxa in Motion: The Ontake Method

The Ontake Method is a ground-breaking new body work technique developed by Oran Kivity. Heated bamboo is applied to the skin rhythmically, using a metronome, at specific frequencies of beats per minute, according to the meridian affected. This approach integrates traditional Chinese acupuncture theory, modern holographic models and Japanese doctor Yoshio Manaka’s research into meridian frequencies. This day  can be booked individually but also serves as the second day to the one-day introductory course taking place at the ASA TCM Kongress in Solothurn. This day can either be booked as a stand-alone day or as a follow-up to the Introduction Day, which will be held at the ASA Convention on 11/19/2022. The first 1.5 hours serve as an introduction for those who have not already attended the ASA Congress, so that the rest of the day can be easily understood by all. 

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Sonntag, 20. November 2022


Als Einzeltag, inklusive Kurzeinführung: 9:00-17:00

Als Folgetag zum ASA TCM Kongress Einführungstag: 10.30-17:00


7 Stunden / 5.5 Stunden


Oran Kivity





Als Einzeltag: 250.-

Als Folgetag zum ASA TCM Kongress Einführungstag: 200.-

Anerkennung TCM Fachverband:

Label-Nr. 22247


About this course

Is moxibustion too difficult to apply, too risky or too smoky? Discover an effective new moxa method from Japan that gets rapid results - safely.

Introducing the Ontake Method—an innovative approach to moxibustion that is simple to learn and easy to apply, whatever your style of acupuncture or meridian-based bodywork may be. Heated bamboo is applied on the skin rhythmically at specific frequencies of beats per minute, according to the meridian being treated. 


This meridian frequency treatment brings about rapid changes in body condition and relieves pain fast. It will greatly enhance your clinical effectiveness, and most importantly, patients love it. In addition, the application of Ontake will deepen your palpation skills, literally bringing you closer in touch with the channel system and broadening your understanding of its dynamic interrelationships.


The workshop is split into two days. Day One, at the ASA TCM Congress, covers everything you need to know about the basics of loading, lighting and applying bamboo treatment, as well as getting you started on channel palpation. You will learn and practice a whole-body bamboo routine that will train you to palpate and treat any area of the body. This routine can be broken down into single components such as the back, arm and leg that can be useful in your regular clinical practice.  


Day Two, at Chiway Academy in Wintertur, is an optional second day for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of Ontake. Day Two covers the use of Ontake for symptom relief, including the rapid relief of pain using Dr. Tan’s holographic mappings, adapted to Ontake.


For those who cannot participate on Day One but wish to attend Day Two, there is a special pre-class induction* at Chiway Academy to get you up to speed with loading and lighting your Ontake.


DAY ONE (taking place at ASA TCM Congress in Solothurn on Nov 19, 2022)



  • Introduction to Dr Manaka and rhythmic moxibustion

  • Root and Branch treatment in Japanese Acupuncture

  • Dr Manaka’s Meridian Frequencies, Wooden Needle and Hammer, tapping zones

  • Loading, lighting and applying Ontake

  • Palpation and tension assessment

  • Bamboo Max and Mini: a non-pattern based root treatment

  • Actions and contraindications




By the end of the day, you will be able to:


  • Systematically palpate the channels and note significant reactions

  • Load bamboo with moxa and light it safely

  • Perform tapping, touching and closing, rolling, standing, rocking, pressing, leaning, vibrating and knocking techniques with heated bamboo

  • List and apply the frequencies for each meridian

  • Apply a whole-body warm bamboo treatment to strengthen the root


DAY TWO (taking place at Chiway Academy in Winterthur on Nov 20, 2022)


  • Holographic Thinking

  • Dr Tan’s concepts of body mirrors and images

  • Dr Manaka’s octahedral model

  • Meridian pairings and a simple Ontake matrix

  • Chasing the pain

  • Dazhui DU 14 revisited

  • Symptom relief: treating diarrhoea, food poisoning, eye, ear and nose problems, anxiety.

  • Dosage and the Goldilocks Zone



By the end of the day, you will be able to:


  • Treat pain: select treatment channels according to the Ontake matrix and different holographic images of the body on the arms and legs

  • Apply warm bamboo to treat a broad range of conditions including headache, neck pain, back pain, knee pain, constipation, diarrhoea, stress, depression and anxiety,

  • Describe Japanese acupuncture concepts of dosage and recognise sensitive patients

  • Remedy overtreatment using Ontake



We recognize that some people may not be able to attend Day One but would still like to attend Day Two. For this reason, we are providing a ‘’crash-course’’ in the essentials of loading and lighting Ontake. This "crash-course" does not cover all the material from Day One but prepares students to understand and participate in Day Two. Participants will receive the handouts for Day One.

About the teacher


Oran Kivity

British acupuncturist Oran Kivity trained in Europe, China and Japan. He ran a busy London practice from 1987 to 2004 and was a founder member of Toyohari UK, the British Branch of the Toyohari Association of Japan. 


He was trained in modern teaching methods at the University of Westminster in London, where he taught acupuncture from 1994 to 2004. He moved to East Asia in 2004 and teaches Manaka Style Acupuncture and Ontake internationally. His workshops are lively, clear and informative, focusing on hands-on practice.


He is the author of Moxa in Motion with the Ontake Method, Hirata Zone Therapy with the Ontake Method, The Moxa in Motion Colouring and Workbook  and The Hirata Zone Colouring and Workbook.



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