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Drawing inspiration from and innovating upon characteristics of various Japanese rods, Seiyu Therapy 33 embodies the essences of simplicity, elegance, and fun.
Click here to read one of the three  reviews about the Seiyu Therapy 33 rod. For rod specs, click on the icon for the Seiyu Therapy 33 below.

In the USA? Request your Health Insurance HSA or FSA policy to pay for or reimburse the cost of your Therapy rod with a Letter of Medical Necessity from your healthcare provider. Coverage is possible, though not guaranteed. To avoid conflict of interest, clinical staff of Seiyu Institute for Health & Training are unable to write Letters of Medical Necessity for Seiyu fishing gear.

Orders are processed on Fridays.

About ordering: Rods are made in small batches and go to clients first. If you see a rod for sale, it won't be here for long.

  1. All orders are filled personally by Tony, and as a result exact processing/shipping times cannot be guaranteed.

  2. Orders are processed on Fridays.

  3. Vermont sales tax of 6% is applied to all orders.

  4. Domestic (USA) orders include free USPS Ground Advantage shipping.

  5. For international (non USA) orders, a $40 flat rate is charged to cover one rod sent via USPS First-Class Package International Service. Unfortunately, we are unable to make adjustments to this cost regardless of location or provide reimbursements.

About the Seiyu Therapy 33 adaptive fishing rod

Being in nature allows for an abundance of exercise opportunities for physical and mental health, provided you have the right equipment. When it comes to fishing, the right components can either make or break your experience. The Seiyu Therapy 33 fishing rod (with specific adaptations to help manage cortisol output, and a clinical design to help facilitate bilateral stimulation), at 80 grams / 2.8 oz, weighs less than four AA batteries! It is a light weight, affordable, and high quality rod that anyone can use for personal wellness, in conjunction with nature-based psychotherapy, or just for fun.

The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, this light, mobile, elegant and fun fishing rod was designed specifically for use in trauma therapy, while providing any angler targeting small to medium-sized fish with a superb and smooth fixed line fly-fishing experience. Made with high-end Japanese carbon fiber (the same as many more expensive rods) and modeled after some of the developer's favorite Japanese-made tenkara rods, the Therapy 33 is a medium action, extremely light fishing rod which is guaranteed to be one of the favorites in your quiver.

Yin & yang

A dual-purposed and balanced design for outdoor therapists and any angler.

It began as a way for creator Tony Parmenter to enhance the use of tenkara fishing in the form of nature-based trauma therapy which he developed. Tony wanted a rod to be useful for his work (read the peer reviewed article describing it here), and also one that therapy clients would love to use as they continued to fish on their own. Distinct design specifications allow for a more streamlined and simplified connection to nature, and create a useful tool for health professionals who are integrating fly-fishing into trauma therapy. Besides the characteristics specific for therapeutic use, as a rod for anglers Tony required it to be simple, light, extremely mobile, and minimize any possible barriers. 

Tony is a US military veteran (USAF, OEF), tenkara enthusiast and EMDR Certified trauma therapist with a deep personal connection to Japan. Therapy 33 was meticulously designed - made with high quality Japanese carbon fiber to seamlessly blend therapeutic functionality with recreational sophistication. Drawing inspiration from and innovating upon characteristics of various Japanese rods, Seiyu Therapy 33 embodies the essences of simplicity, elegance, and fun. 

What about the design? It includes:

  • Blanks are constructed from Toray Carbon fiber, made in Japan.

  • Embedded line winders allow for smooth and easy mobility to and from points on the water (small enough to also slide a circular line spool over, if you wish, and they won't fall off or bunch the line!).

  • Strategically placed aesthetics to make it a more useful tool for professionals using it in therapy.

  • A versatile length, workable for streams and wider bodies of water.

  • Light as a feather (and lighter than most other rods in it's class)

  • A frickin' pretty design!

Photo by Andrea Crobu, @tenkaraitaly and @crobupics on Instagram

Tony Parmenter, founder

Pictured with friend & supporter Amanda Hoffner, aka LadyTenkaraBum

Rod developer and creator of Therapeutic Fly-fishing with EMDR (TF-EMDR)℠

Tony Parmenter is a U.S. military veteran with deployment experience in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Southern Watch. He is a father, innovative trauma therapist, musician, with a life spanning between native trout waters of the northern and northeastern USA and Western Tokyo, Japan. For facilitaed fishing excursions, trainings, to discuss gear, or other things, click here. Read more about his work as a mental health counselor and trauma therapist here.

Picture on the left by Andrea Crobu of @tenkaraitaly

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