Koshi Balancing: An Integrated Japanese Approach to Whole Body Alignment
$110.00 or 5 Training Credits

Course Information
Curriculum Number: ACU-KOSHI | Provider: Jeffrey Dann | C Certification
Hours: 5.00 | Credits:     CEU: 5.00 - AOM-BIO | Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - Biomedicine
Manager: Joseph Wilde | Manager Email:

Course Details
Jeffrey Dann's Koshi Balancing Method is a structural approach to acupuncture. In the Japanese concept of the koshi, the lumbar pelvic center is the body's central zone of power and movement. Like building a home, if the foundation is out of balance, the superior structures of walls and roof will be out of balance as well. The Koshi Balancing Method addresses the underlying structural system and supports overall constitution, energetic flow, and physical movement. Jeffrey combines acupuncture alongside several other Japanese systems including Seitai ho, shiatsu, Sawada ryu moxibustion, and Sotai movement therapy to achieve balance and free flow of qi. 

Goal and Objectives include:

1) To understand the structural implications of the chain of distortion and compensations in body imbalances
2) To understand the basic principles and techniques of Sotai Movement Therapy, and be able to demonstrate at least 5 key Sotai movements up the somatic chain from the feet to the head
3) To understand the importance of the Japanese cultural Body-Mind concepts of Hara and Koshi
4) To understand the structural implications expressed through the 8 extra-ordinary meridians of the center and lateral lines of organization.
5) To understand the critical role of the Gall Bladder channel for integrating and organizing the lateral line of the body (Chong Mai, Qiao Mai, Dai Mai as well as the Sinew and the three primary channels of the Shao Yang Gall Bladder, Tai Yang Urinary Bladder , and the Yang Ming Stomach channel.



Jeffrey Dann has been an educator and community health practitioner for the past 40 years. Having studied pre-med and anthropology at Dartmouth College, he did graduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle, in medical anthropology. His fascination with the role of culture in the medical field led to 3 years of research in Japan, where he studied traditional healing arts and the martial art of Kendo, which resulted in a Ph.D. and a career change from anthropologist to practitioner of Oriental Medicine.

As a resident of Hawaii from 1969 to 1994, Jeffrey was an adjunct faculty member in anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHHC). Concurrently he was the founder and co-owner of Hilo Natural Foods, the first health food store and natural restaurant on the Big Island of Hawaii.  He was co-principal and co-founder of the Hilo School of Massage and the medical director of the East-West Clinic, Inc. a regional holistic integrated medicine clinic.  He was a consultant to the Hilo Adult Day Care Center and has given presentations for the State of Hawaii Library Extension program and at the John Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu.  He was co-president of the Traditional  Japanese Acupuncture Foundation (Hawaii), with Chieko Maekawa for 15 years.  This organization was seminal for bringing the greatest of Japanese acupuncture masters to the US for advanced training. For the past 2 years Jeffrey has been a group leader with Stephen Brown, bringing acupuncturists from around the world for advanced training with the Goto Medical College and the Japan Meridian Therapy Association in Tokyo, Japan.

Jeffrey’s anthropological interests in the development of Asian medicine led him to study in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, China, Korea and Vietnam. With these diverse trainings and his interests in manual medicine and movement therapy, Jeffrey is highly specialized in treating muscular and orthopedic problems.  He is also a certified instructor in shiatsu for the American Oriental Body therapy Association (AOBTA) and as an approved instructor for the National commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) continuing education programs.

With his extensive teaching experience at acupuncture schools in Hawaii and Colorado, he was awarded status of full professor at the Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO. A respected national and internationally known Acupuncture teacher, he has presented at National conventions as has been teaching Japanese Acupuncture to the Turkish Medical Acupuncture Association since 2002.  He has been a faculty member for the Japanese acupuncture certificate program at the AIMC (the Acupuncture Integrated Medicine College) in Berkeley, CA.  He is currently the senior editor of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine (NAJOM), the only bi-lingual Japanese-English journal devoted to the contemporary practice of traditional Japanese medicine.

Besides professional teaching, Jeffrey has been a community teacher with body-mind movement work for over 25 years.  He was the dojo master of the Pahoa Kendo Kai, the only non Japanese dojo master among the Hawaiian Japanese American community.  For the past 10 years he has been involved in the body-mind experiences of dance, movement, and somatic psychology.  Jeffrey has been the acupuncturist for the Cleo Parker Robinson Repertory Dance Medicine Team.  He has been a senior staff instructor and medical director for the intensive international young adult “rites of passage work” of Melissa Michaels’ Surfing the Creative Foundation.  He has worked with men and young adults in exploring mind-body– and emotion through dance and movement.  He is in the Core Facilitator group for the Boulder Contact Improv Labs.  Although he no longer is an active particpant in the martial arts, he has attained 4th degree black belt from Japan in Kendo, 2nd degree black belt in Iaido, and 1st degree black belt in Naginatado.