I aim to offer structure to the different existing methods and guide the participant to an understanding of the tools and skills they will need to excel in the healing art of acupuncture


I am a humanist

I want to improve the lives of those around me and help people live full and meaningful lives.

I have been fortunate enough to be afforded the possibility to do acupuncture and to have the tools to share this wonderful way of helping people with others.

It is my strong belief that many of those who are practicing acupuncture are confused by all the conflicting theories and methods that exist. For most practitioners one of the greatest challenges is to follow a course on a new method and then find a way to incorporate it into the tools they have already acquired.

Jonathan Shubs
OST-MTC, NVS – Member A

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My acupuncture adventure started when I was 12 years old. Having seen my parents undergo three hip operations, 2 cancer treatments, and being diagnosed as diabetic in a period of three years I was confronted, at this early age, with the need to find a better way to help people live a healthy and full life. The symptomatic treatments that my parents underwent brought me to the realisation that a holistic approach to health would be more beneficial. At the same time being confronted with ones parents being in ill health also leads to questioning of ones understanding of the world around us.

My philosophical undertaking of understanding started at the age of fourteen and took me on a journey that eventually led to ancient Chinese philosophy.

Against this backdrop of searching for meaningful ways to help people live a healthy balanced life and coupled with an attraction to ancient Chinese thought, the acupuncture world became the obvious career path.

Having the opportunity to study under Daniel Deriaz at the start of my academic career introduced me to the various types of acupuncture that existed and opened my eyes to the limitless possibilities.

Upon completion of my formal acupuncture training I went on a quest to learn and acquire as many different styles and techniques that I could. This ranged from Worsley style 5 element, to Manaka Japanese style acupuncture, to Master Tung acupuncture, to Korean Sa’am 4 needle technic, and finally to Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan and his balance method. It was with Dr. Tan that I was able to find a common thread between these different styles which allowed me to combine them into practical clinical treatments.

Parallel to my acupuncture career I have developed a teaching career first as an English language trainer and then as head of the academic department of a language school. Over 15 years of teaching experience in various fields (language, teaching tools, teaching approaches, etc.) have allowed me to create a teaching style that motivates and engages participants to acquire the information being taught in a very natural way.

I currently reside in Lausanne, Switzerland where I have my own private practice and am the trainer for professional development courses at the Académie des Arts Thérapeutiques in Geneva where I teach acupuncture and Chinese medicine as well as clinic management and patient-therapist relationships.


Teaching Philosophy

Having followed numerous formations in acupuncture  given by various instructors and also being an instructor myself and an instructor’s instructor I have seen the learning process from many angles. This unique perspective has allowed me to develop as a trainer and has given me the necessary tools to present, instruct and assist the student in their learning process.

Clear learning and practical goals coupled with systematic logical development of ideas and concepts are the basis of my teaching style. I take complex theories and break them down into understandable segments that build upon each other and guide the student to his/her own understanding and application of the concept.

This method of teaching has been applauded by students often with the remark “I understood with you in one weekend what it took me 4 years to understand in college”.