Firstly, let us consider this technically. Is the posture of your Oshide (pressing hand) foamed stably? Oshide plays the role of opening the skin and guiding the needle towards its direction. If the right and left balance of Oshide is not equivalent, you are unable to make the angle of the needle that is perpendicular to the surface of the skin. In this situation, it is impossible to transmit the pressure of Sashide (needling hand) to the needle tip properly.
In fact, the pressure required for penetrating the needle is very subtle. It is as small as not bending a soft silver needle, so if you missed only a little, the pressure transmitted to the needle tip can be reduced, nearly zero sometimes. If you are continuing this, it is impossible to insert the needle forever.
In addition, if the purpose is just inserting the needle, you can force to insert the needle. However, this forcing needling is not related to tonifying the Jin-qi and healing process of diseases. It is notable how to insert a needle is also important.
Here, let us look at it from a different point of view. The needle used in Shakuju therapy is special for its tip being round and difficult to insert. Comparing with other needles, SJ needle is a kind of difficult-to-insert-needle in terms of its needle tip and its elasticity. Actually, this is the point.
Let me give you an example. When teaching students who just start learning acupuncture how to insert a SJ needle, they can insert it easily. However, as more years of experience of acupuncturists pass, more difficult for them to insert a needle. Why? Hint lays in the word "comparing with other needles" mentioned above. The difference between senior and fresh students are the difference of the amount of "common sense" of acupuncture sphere. If the difference of them is only the amount of practice, the senior students must take the advantage.
Moreover, I myself don't think that a SJ needle is not an especially-difficult-to-insert-needle. The difference between the easy-to-insert needle and the difficult-to-insert needle is not in the needle itself, but in the body of the recipient. This needle can be inserted anywhere in the body, so the stereotype that it is impossible to insert the SJ needle is irrelevant.
In other words, it is necessary to understand that it is you who accept the common sense of its difficulty of insertion and create its result. The common sense such as you have to needle in the painful area, incurable diseases, impossible to cure with acupuncture, these are what you accept and create the phenomena. You have to cross the border of such common sense. Here, coming back to the today's question, the answer is that you have to break the common sense that you have to insert a needle to be able to insert a SJ needle.
|basic training of insertion (BL 40)|
The round needle tip
Open the point with the thumb and index finger of Oshide.
(1) Inserting skill
(2) The ability to grasp change of the body
Perpendicular to the skin