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Healing Arts

Japanese healing arts in the East Bay

In Asia living things are thought to be manifestations of a universal life force called ki. The existence of plants, animals, and people is maintained by, and composed of, ki. When ki is strong and flowing freely, health is maintained. But when it weakens, illness and depression result. Special healing methods can then be used to stimulate ki, or “life energy.”


Sennin Ryoji, the “Sennin Foundation Healing Methods,” strengthen ki to overcome tension, illness, and injury. Massage-like techniques are coupled with procedures for transferring ki from one person to another using gentle pressure from the thumbs, fingertips, and palms. These methods can be used for self-healing and treating others. Transmitting ki from the fingertips and palms is called yuki, “transfusion of ki.” It's comparable to jump-starting a car battery. Using yuki, you can direct ki to a weakened body part to “jump-start” ki in that area. This helps the body’s self-healing properties to work more effectively, which results in a return to health.

No massage oils or tables are needed. Treatment takes place through clothing or via direct skin contact. No advanced knowledge of anatomy is required. No complex Asian or Western medical theories are utilized. Rather, yuki is based on natural, simple reactions to discomfort or injury.

If we hit our body against something, we touch the injured spot as a reflexive action. People worldwide exhibit this reaction. That reflex can be developed to transmit ki to a weakened area. Since yuki stems from this natural response, its principles are easily understood. Anyone can learn to use it.


H. E. Davey Sensei began studying this healing art under experienced Japanese teachers while in middle school. He's since taught many people to regain their health and to help others to do the same. He outlined these healing methods in his groundbreaking book Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation. Readers throughout the world have contacted the Sennin Foundation to express their happiness with the benefits they’ve received from these techniques.

The methods he teaches stem from:

  • The self-massage and healing arts of the original Shin-shin-toitsu-do of Nakamura Tempu Sensei

  • Newer versions of Shin-shin-toitsu-do created by some of Nakamura Sensei’s students

  • The yuki healing of Noguchi Haruchika Sensei


He's trained under direct disciples of these remarkable healers in Japan and the USA. The International Japanese Yoga Association in Kyoto gave him their highest teaching certification in Japanese yoga and its healing arts.


By studying mind-body coordination and Shin-shin-toitsu-do meditation, you can learn to transfer ki to weakened body parts to boost healing. Many students at the Sennin Foundation have benefited from this unique art, which is rarely taught in the West. Regular instruction in these healing arts is offered as part of our ongoing classes in Japanese yoga (Shin-shin-toitsu-do).


Our Shin-shin-toitsu-do classes for beginners are on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. These are small, semi-private classes. Private lessons are also available. Membership fees for Shin-shin-toitsu-do and related healing arts are $55 per month (with unlimited classes) or $40 per month for Saturday classes only. Contact us to learn about the Sennin Foundation Center's techniques of health improvement. Click the FAQ button above for even more information.

Now offering worldwide online instruction using Zoom! Contact us today about ongoing classes and webinars. Every class comes with a recording of that lesson, which you can use at a time that suits you. Let us know if you'd like to observe a FREE class.

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