By Lynne Salomon Miceli
Published in "the Open Door Newsletter", October to December 2013
“Since 3 years ago, I suffered from a low backache, a curving back, and a crooked waistline. I tried many kinds of treatment but nothing helped me. I was depressed... until my friend recommended Mr. Endo’s Seitai method. I was completely amazed and impressed by the wonderful effect it had on me. My lower backache was gone with only one session!
Gradually, my back straightened out and my waistline became parallel. This all happened by receiving regular therapy sessions, practicing stretching exercises and doing foot massage that Mr. Endo taught me.”
— Mrs. S.Y.(62)
Endo Toshiyuki is a quiet man who does not care to talk about himself—especially in English, his second language. But he is passionate about his work.
Endo practices a healing modality called Seitai, (translation: "properly ordered body") also sometimes referred to as Japanese Posture Therapy or Japanese Osteopathy. Wikipedia states that Seitai practice consists of "easing the activity of the life force by readjusting the physiology of the body.” Techniques of Seitai include breathing techniques and gentle stretching techniques combined with massage of key points of body, according to Endo.
The practice of Seitai not only treats “diseases” that have already manifested symptoms, but can help restore the body’s natural defenses so that the body can balance itself before symptoms appear. Aligning the skeletal structure allows better circulation and flow of lymph—and of the energy which traditional Japanese medicine calls “ki.” This enhances the functioning of the immune system, relieves pain, improves the energy level and also reduces stress.
Seitai is said to have originated from Budo medicine. “Budo” refers to post1600 generations of Japanese martial arts systems emphasizing "do"—personal, ethical and spiritual development—as the ultimate goal of their training. But the earliest roots of both Budo fighting and healing systems are said to go back to 12th Century Japan when Samurai roamed the land. Techniques of Budo medicine were developed as part of the secret foundations of martial arts, so that warriors were able to heal themselves and each other when wounded.
When, after the 16th Century, the Edo period of peace began, Budo sects continued to keep their healing techniques a treasured secret, and some say their knowledge grew through experience as it was transferred to succeeding generations. Some of the techniques were preserved even when, during the Showa period beginning in the 1920s, traditional Japanese medicine was gradually replaced by new Western medical practices.
Following World War II, a healer named Haruchika Noguchi emerged in Japan. He studied traditional healing techniques, codified and developed them and wrote a number of books on the topic. Noguchi is considered by some to be the founder of Seitai.
Seitai is currently a popular healing modality in Japan and becoming better known in Europe and North America.
Born in Akita, Japan, Endo Toshiyuki studied Seitai at the Total Health Academy in Tokyo. After moving to the United States in 1985, Endo first studied and taught karate, but eventually returned to his first love—healing. In order to practice in the U.S. and increase his repertoire, Endo enrolled in the Helma Institute of Massage in Saddle Brook, NJ where he studied Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish Massage and Shiatsu. Now a licensed Massage Therapist, Endo lives in New Jersey and has been a bodywork practitioner for over 21 years.
Endo first learned about the A.R.E. when he read a book about Edgar Cayce. Then one of his clients told him he “should be working at the A.R.E.” and he decided to check us out. Endo moved his practice to the A.R.E. of NY Center about five years ago and has been with us ever since!
To make appointments with Endo Toshiyuki, call (973) 9512939. More testimonials for Endo may be seen at www.dailysunny.com/2013/06/24/endoseitai/