Seitai vs Shiatsu, Massage
One of the FAQ I have asked from my clients is “What’s the difference between Seitai and other therapy(Shiatsu, Massage etc.)?”.
Unfortunately, so the only one method I have learned to the depth is Imoto Seitai that cannot compare to other therapy, I often am not able to give the answer immediately.
However, I would like to leave here a note about the differences I suppose so, based on my experiences.
Revere for Life
The very first thing we learn when we initiate into Imoto Seitai is, “Never forget the deepest respect for Life”. Obviously devotion to the technique is important to the learner, meanwhile, sometimes they are apt to unwittingly forget “the training partner’s life” that is only one in the world.
Also sometimes practitioner likely to touch the patients body as routine work, when they are busy, but we regard this as extremely insolent behaviour. One of my lecturers used to told me that “If you forget the feeling of tension when you touch your patients, you ought to resign being a Seitai practitioner.
You probably have ever heard about “Tsubo”, the vital point, that is technically a slight pit on your body surface. While I have once heard the reason why it is called Tsubo(pot, in Japanese) is, because it contains a precious treasure. In Imoto Seitai, we are taught that there is a treasure that is called “Kouketsu” in this subtle hollow.
Kouketsu is felt like a small grain of rock salt which has a sharp edge. When you succeed in catching the edge in a right angle and press it with your finger, specific stimulation would transfuse into your body and reverberate toward the problematic place on your body.
However, it is not enough to just give a push it, but necessary to press it in appropriate pressure and stand still in there to producing the effect. This “Kouketsu” was one of the secret knowledge of some grand masters of Acupuncture who found it through their long long experiences, and have descended to only few disciples.
Although this part is a very fundamental of the Seitai techniques. Kouketsu will perform the maximum effect through some more procedure, but I shall omit that in here.
The central axis
As well as catching the Kouketsu in a right angle, we Imoto Seitai practitioners do “Gather the strength of the body into the centre of axis”.
This diagram is an extreme instance though, when you got tired, your posture may go from the left to the right, spreading out your scapulas and ribs laterally.
Human body has the power to gather their parts into the centre when they are fine, and in this time, so the spinal column supports their own weight that they do not feel it. Therefore they are able to move or think promptly and spontaneously.
Also when the human body’s strength gathered into the centre, an ineffectual strain would be solved and the body would relax, then hematic, lymphatic and neurological flow would improve. Therefore excretion of body wastes, superfluous fat, etc. would ameliorate, too.
In Imoto Seitai, practitioners are always conscious of this “gathering into the centre” thing during the treatment and the leading exercises. This is the principle on dynamics which Dr. Kuniaki Imoto have found through his long and enormous clinical experience.
Techniques of Imoto Seitai is compiled based on this principle, and we call it as “Jintai-Rikigaku(human body dynamics)”.
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