Seifukujutsu is the art of healing developed and
propagated in Japan as much as 1200 to 1600 years ago. The origins
of the art are rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Seifukujutsu
literally means to 'restore and replace' and consists of herbal
medicine, of Nihon Kaifuku Anma (amma) (Japanese restoration massage),
Sekotsu (bone setting) techniques, Sotai (whole body movement (kinesiology),
hydro-therapy, acupressure, auricular therapy and reflexology.
The Doctor of Seifukujutsu is trained in breathing techniques as
well as exercises to effect muscle balance and restore tone.
To become a Dr. (Isha) of Seifukujutsu is a process
of learning all of the above as well as diagnostic techniques including
tongue (Zetsu Shin), pulse, abdominal, back and meridian (Setsu
Shin), facial, visual (Bo Shin), among others. Just as in the martial
side of the arts, an in depth understanding of anatomy, physiology,
and pathology is required. The usual number of hours to reach 'Isha' (Dr.,
Practitioner, Physician) is generally 2000 hrs. When one trains
in the martial arts, the training never stops. A concept lost to
the martial artist in the west.
Tradition of training is based on being mentored
by a Master or small group of Masters in a personal format. This
system has been used for hundreds of years and is still in practice
today in parts Japan and surrounding areas.
There are many forms of Japanese healing, but none
are as in depth or complete as Seifukujutsu, the other side of