Josh Lerner‘s journey towards Chinese medicine started in 1983, when he began practicing Aikido. Since that time, he has continuously been involved in the study of Asian philosophy, religion, language, martial arts and medicine. He received a BA in East Asian Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA in Japanese Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on reading Buddhist and Daoist texts and studying Japanese, Classical Chinese and Sanskrit. But he realized that the academic world was not for him; years of training and teaching martial arts gave him the desire to work with and help people directly. Wanting some way to utilize both his strong academic background and skills gained from years of martial arts training, he attended the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle, where he received a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree in 2001. He has been in private practice in the Seattle area since that time.
Although he learned rudimentary tuina in acupuncture school, Josh discovered and fell in love with Zheng Gu Tui Na in 2006. From that point on, he has focused on combining Tui Na and other forms of manual therapy with acupuncture and herbal medicine. In 2009 he joined the faculty of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, where he is a clinical supervisor and Tui Na instructor.
He is continually refining his understanding of the myofascial and neurological bases of pathologies through extensive continuing education that includes trigger point therapy, neurofunctional electrical acupuncture, and several other modalities.
Although he no longer practices Aikido, Josh has continued to study martial arts, including Taijiquan, classical Japanese swordsmanship, and Brazilian Jujutsu/submission grappling. He also enjoys the practice of Chinese calligraphy and the drinking of fine tea.