Activity – practice sessions

PRACTICE SESSIONS

 

In all face-to-face sessions, you should bring a mat and a handkerchief to cover it, clean socks and a mask.

 

Katsugen undo, yuki and osei orientation course   tuesday:  

 

8 – 10 pm. All sessions will be face-to-face

Katsugen undo, yuki and osei orientation course   thursday:  

6 – 8 pm. All sessions will be face-to-face and online at the same time (hybrid)

Katsugen undo, yuki and osei orientation course   saturday:  

11.30 am – 1.30 pm. All sessions will be hybrid

Intensive practice of katsugen undo   sunday 4th:  

4 – 8pm. All sessions will be online

 

PRICES

A weekly practice session (90 € / term)
All practice sessions, except the SEITAI Orientation course (150 € / term)

ANNUAL REGISTRATION

The Academia SEITAI activities are reserved for members of the Foundation
with the exception of: introductory course, sporadic courses and consultation.

In order to participate in the activities of the Academia SEITAI, it is essential to be a member of the Foundation and  it is necessary to have attended the introductory course, or be presented by two students who certify that the interested party has received adequate information about the SEITAI culture.

The membership fee, which is equivalent to the annual tuition of the SEITAI Academy, is € 150 and will be renewed in February of each year.

approach

APPROACH

LIFE-HEALTH IN HUMAN NATURE

 

We have grown and are alive thanks to our body.

No one like our body knows how to set our vital balance.

In the human organism’s growth as a foetus and as a baby, driven by its unconscious cellular activities, appears the conscious or singularly cerebral or mental psychic life, something that does not occur in animals: for example, a baby has the desire and ability to learn words and will ask soon why things happen.

So, this cellular unconscious that forms each personal human organism and the conscious that arises in it, are our natural background: the spontaneous self or spontaneous psyche-mind.

The great Japanese master Haruchika Noguchi started SEITAI culture over the past century, conceiving the great need of modern men and women of assisting and cultivating the vigour of life of each individual organism and observing and respecting each strictly natural spontaneous self.

And in order to fulfil these needs, he proclaimed:

  • the simple practices of katsugen undo and yuki;
  • and the reference, also simple, to the 5 spontaneous movements or 5 oseis (+ and – vital re-activities) and its structure, the osei scheme.

K. Mamine

KATSUMI MAMINE MIWA

 

Katsumi Mamine Miwa (Tokyo 1944-Barcelona 2020) had the privilege to learn directly from Haruchika Noguchi.

He developed out the SEITAI activity in Barcelona since 1972.
He became acquainted with the SEITAI culture during its foundation and he worked intensely with a group of young people who were enthusiastic about master Noguchi’s ideas, whose children were also in this group.

His personal experience in the SEITAI practice and his reflection on the knowledge he acquired from it led him to wonder why something so simple and essential for our lives was not taught in the schools all over the world. Meanwhile, he was able to confirm, through his work attending to thousands of people, the extraordinary value of the SEITAI culture.

Based on his personal and professional experience, Katsumi Mamine Miwa wondered why neither Haruchika Noguchi nor SEITAI were well known by today’s society:

The first difficulty lies in the fact that the SEITAI activity focuses on the empirical knowledge, which arises from the practice and from one’s personal experience. This personal and subjective characteristic of SEITAI is what makes it difficult to be explained in a precise way. Nevertheless, Noguchi always made his best to communicate the SEITAI approach and his discovery not only to his pupils but also to the whole society.

Master Noguchi could not overcome this difficulty because Japanese language has the advantage of being very flexible but at the same time, it has the disadvantage of not being very precise.

For fifteen years, Katsumi Mamine had used his teacher’s expressions until he realized that their direct translation could not transmit the extraordinary value of Noguchi’s ideas and approach. Katsumi Mamine also understood that both eastern and western culture lacked the appropriate terminology to express Noguchi’s breakthrough.

In order to create new concepts that could allow him to communicate in a precise way the importance of Noguchi’s approach, Katsumi Mamine had to check the discovery made by his teacher (especially the osei and the osei framework) against the valuable knowledge on human nature that both today’s science and chinese traditional medicine have accumulated throughout hundreds of years.

In this web, Katsumi Mamine’s view of SEITAI, on which he has been working for over twenty years, is presented for the first time.

It is is a renewed exposition of the SEITAI culture:

  • it is absolutely true, up to the minimum detail, to Haruchika Noguchi’s orginial approach;
  • it has the coherence required for Noguchi’s discovery to become a new cultural legacy for humanity;
  • the way it is explained is easy enough for anybody to be able to perceive and cultivate by him/herself his or her own spontaneous movement as well as to respect this movement’s original and unique manifestation.

On any issue dealt with by SEITAI, the seitai culture relies on the very simple practice of katsugen undo and yuki and on the observation of the osei.

H. Noguchi

H. NOGUCHI

HARUCHIKA NOGUCHI AND THE SEITAI KYOKAI

 

 

Haruchika Noguchi was already a highly respected traditional therapist in his youth. He was born in 1912, in Japan, the only eastern country whose culture and society began a deep Europeanization in the late 1800s. In such historical context, Noguchi knew how to combine modern western and ancient eastern knowledge thanks to his exceptional intuitive observation capacity.

At the same time he thought up the practice of katsugen undo and yuki, he was observing how the spontaneous movement is manifested in human nature. This led him to discover, after twenty years of continuous work and study, the structure of the spontaneous movement within our organisms.

In 1943-44, he coined the word SEITAI (to adjust or coordinate the body or organism) and he named after it his methods and the Association “Health preservation through natural methods” under his direction for a long time. This is how Noguchi introduced the singular approach of SEITAI in the world of japanese traditional therapeutics.

 

 

Although most of his teaching, related to everyday matters, was transmitted orally, he wrote small books (1950-1960) where he presented his discovery:

Heiko yokyu no ni hoko   The two directions of the equilibrating desire
Gohoko no shigueki han osei   The five directions or dimensions of the vital capacity of reaction to stimuli
Ninguen no tankyu   New research about the human being
Later he wrote:    
Taiundo no kozo   The structure of the spontaneous movement

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Noguchi was becoming aware that his ideas and discovery should go beyond the field of therapeutics. Then he did something extraordinary, he transferred the “SEITAI Therapeutic Association” to the cultural field and he succeeded in having it accepted by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science. He founded the Legal SEITAI Society (Shadan Hojin Seitai Kyokai) in 1956-57.

Master Noguchi’s life can be summarised by the following thought that he defined as “zensei”:

Only those who live intensely can sleep soundly.
Only those who live peacefully can have a peaceful death.

Noguchi lived and died according to this thought (for example, for fifty years he never had one day off). He died in 1976 after a life devoted to his teachings.

The master’s legacy is in the care of his children and his pupils in SEITAI Kyokai: www.seitai.org

what is SEITAI

WHAT IS SEITAI

 

The main objective of the cultural activity of SEITAI is to attend to our own spontaneous movement (which gave birth to us, raised, and keeps us alive) and to cultivate the observation, comprehension of and respect for its manifestation:

  • Direct attention to our organisms’ spontaneous movement enables us to restore the natural coordination of the different activities in their cells and cell associations.
  • When this coordination is lost, physical illness or psychological disorders appear. It is at this stage when the SEITAI practice help us regain our natural life-health state.

The following essential questions and answers arose from the SEITAI experience:

What is the faculty that holds the natural interrelation among the different motor, biological, and psychic energetic activities in the living being?
The spontaneous movement. We call this capacity osei. It involves the vertical, frontal, lateral, rotary, and central oseis + and – . They are the basic forms of life manifestation.

What is the structure through which the osei establishes this interrelation in the living being?
The osei framework. This framework shows us how the five oseis organize their absolute interdependency in the CVP (cranium, vertebrae, pelvis). The CVP is the structure that governs the life of the organism.

What special quality is manifested by the osei in the human being?
The spontaneous conscious that arises from the human CVP in natural association with the non-conscious (most of the autonomous cellular associations). The organic origin of the spontaneous conscious is the energetic conversion and the f-e cranial balance. Both endow our psychic activities with special intensity and quality.

What is the specific expression of the osei in every individual?
The taiheki. The osei is manifested in each one of us in an original and unique way through the inherited predominance of some oseis.

How can we restore the strength of the unity among the motor, biological, and psychic activities of the osei? And the flexibility of the natural association between conscious and non-conscious?
Through the katsugen undo, yuki, and gyoki.
No previous knowledge or specific technics are required for this simple practice which enables us to:

  • restore our own movement in the CVP coordination;
  • perceive how the excessive partial tension, the internal stagnation of our vitality, has accumulated in our inner selves;
  • understand how our spontaneous movement can solve the excessive partial tension problem by restoring our life-health;
  • develop our trust in the wisdom of our organisms.

These answers have bestowed us with something that has no precedent in culture:

  • knowledge about ourselves concerning our particular human nature and the spontaneous communication with the others.

These answers were given by Haruchika Noguchi who founded the SEITAI culture.

predominance of the central osei

Congenital predominance of the central osei: inward-outward taiheki, types nine and ten

 

When the central osei + (IX) is predominant by taiheki, the following physical structure is formed:

Everything is compact, dense and small. The formation of the pelvis stands out. Very large protruding buttocks. The head is not very big and it is bulky behind the ears. The neck is thick and strong and the cervical curve is very pronounced. The neck sinks into the trunk pulling the head downward from its posterior- inferior area (similar to a turtle drawing its head into its shell). The overall CVP is triangle-shaped (large hip, compact shoulders and head) and the curves of the spinal column are very pronounced. At the waist, the lumbar vertebra 4 usually sits in a more forward position than in the other oseis (it occupies the place usually taken by lumbar 3). The limbs are compact. The femur is long. The ankles are very strong. The hands and the feet are small.

This structure is activated from the ventral area (this is the only exception among types +) as a result of the A tension that is channelled through it. This A tension activates, among other tissues, the central series of muscles connected to the psoas minor, the transversus abdominis, and the fascia (muscular connective tissue) in relation to the paravertebral muscles. This activation triggers fast inner vibrations.

The structure of the central osei – (X) predominant by taiheki is as follows:

Everything is wide, dense (although not as dense as in osei IX), and big. The formation of the pelvis, which is very big and wide, stands out. The head is also big (although this cannot be easily observed due to the size of the pelvis). The neck is very thick but it lacks muscular strength. The shoulders are wide and they also lack muscular strength. The overall CVP is also very wide (this is the main cause of obesity when it appears). The extremities, the hands, and the feet, are also big but their tendons are not strong. The ankles are weak and they usually twist. Except for the latter, the nature of this structure is strong and it does not suffer from frequent mild illnesses or disorders.

The structure of osei X is activated from the dorsal area (this is different from the other taihekis –) as a result of the A tension that is channelled through it. This A tension activates, among other tissues, the same series of central muscles as those in osei IX connected to the latissimus dorsi and to the fascia.

taihekicentral

predominance of the central osei + predominance of the central osei –

The strength inherent in this type of human nature, oseis IX and X, decreases when the sexual drive cannot be fulfilled or when one’s self-confidence is lost as a result of the inhibition of the affective psyche. As a consequence, the type of excessive partial tension that arises shows the following characteristics:

  • the tissues organized around vertebrae C6, Th11 and L4 get stiff and lax; this is the source some pain in the vertebral column;
  • a knot at the centre of the pit of the stomach which reduces the chest-abdominal breathing;
  • tumours and cancer (caused, among all, by the over-excitation of the connective cells, although this might not be the only cause);
  • asthma (which leads directly to shortness of breath);
  • impotence related to some complex.

At the psychic level, different obsessions can be observed:

  • complex, phobia or obsession caught by an internal over-excitation of some brain activity focussed on the absolute or eternal union with one’s closest people;
  • obsession in egocentrism or hatred (predominant IX) and lack of capacity to concentrate on something or dispersion (predominant X).

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predominance of the rotary osei

Congenital predominance of the rotary osei: torsion taiheki, types seven and eight

 

When the rotary osei + (VII) is predominant by taiheki, the following physical structure is formed:

The formation of the waist stands out. It is flat (lateral view) although, actually, it is twisted, which causes the whole CVP to be also twisted. The head is largely developed in the temporal area. The cheekbones are extremely bulky, the nose and the mouth are twisted, the eyes are different one from the other, and one ear sits higher and in a more forward position than the other. The neck looks short due to the torsion that draws the head downward pulling it close to the trunk. When walking, the buttocks sway. This swaying is caused by each shoulder being drawn forward together with the opposite hip; that is, the left shoulder and the right hip move forward and so do the right shoulder and the left hip. The hips are big and strong. The joints of the extremities are bulky.

This type of structure gets activated from the dorsal and costal areas and it draws its torsion forward as a result of the A tension that is channelled through it. This A tension activates, among other tissues, the rotary series of muscles connected to the internal oblique muscle of the abdomen and to the splenius.

The structure of the rotary osei – (VIII) predominant by taiheki is similar to that in osei + (VII) except for its compactness. Osei VIII is lax and it leans slightly backward.

This osei is activated from the inner ventral area and it twists backwards as a result of the A tension that is channelled through it. This A tension activates the same series of rotary muscles as those in osei VII and which are connected to the external oblique muscle of the abdomen, the superior and inferior oblique portions of the longus colli, and the anterior oblique muscles of the neck and head.

taihekirotatoria

predominance of the rotatory osei + predominance of the rotatory osei –

When the accumulated tension resulting from not being able to fulfil or express the desire of the competitive psyche becomes excessive partial tension, the following symptoms appear:

  • stiffness in the tissues organised around vertebrae C3,C5,Th5, Th10, L3 and Th7;
  • pain or discomfort in these tissues and in the joints, especially in the elbows and the knees;
  • a knot on one side of the pit of the stomach related to the EPT in the opposite hip; this knot blocks the chest-abdominal breathin;
  • mild headache or splitting headache;
  • scanty urination and uric acid accumulation; both these symptoms are related to the torsion of the CVP that exerts strength on the joints as well as to arthrosis and gout;
  • auditory disorders (buzzing in the inner ear, hearing unbalance of a real sound half a tone higher or lower, and deafness);
  • otitis, sinusitis, tensilitis, cystitis (in women), prostate problems (in men); alteration of the blood pressure, systolic (predominant VII) or diastolic (predominant VIII).

At the psychic level different kinds of obsession appear :

  • anger or choleric state due to no external cause;
  • anxiety to possess or obsession caught by an internal over-excitation of some brain activity that is focused on the ownership of things and people;
  • excessive fear about not winning or losing no matter what;
  • being opposed to everything (predominant VIII).

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predominance of the frontal osei

Congenital predominance of the frontal osei: forward-backward taiheki, types five and six

 

When the frontal osei + (V) is predominant by taiheki, the following physical structure is formed:

The formation of both the shoulders and the chest cavity stands out. The development of the head is particularly remarkable at the front. The face is square-shaped due to the head formation and to the large developed jaws. The neck is robust and it sits on the trunk projecting itself straight forward in the f-e plane. The volume of the thorax expands bilateralwards. The hips are small and narrow. The buttocks are strong, they jut slightly backwards and they can have an extraordinary free movement (especially in the f-e direction). The overall CVP is inverted triangle-shaped (anterior view) due to the narrow hips and extremely broad shoulders that look like coat-hangers. The upper and lower extremities are long and their muscles are extremely developed. The hands, feet, fingers, toes, and all their corresponding joints (elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, etc.) are very strong as a result of the muscular nature of the CVP and of all the extremities. All this structure has a fibrous, muscular, and athletic look.

This structure gets activated from the dorsal area of the CVP due to the A tension that is channelled through it. This A tension activates. among other tissues, the frontal series of muscles connected to the semispinalis capitis, the angular (levator of the shoulder blade), the longissimus dorsi, and the pectoralis major.

The predominance of the frontal osei VI (–) by taiheki is responsible for a structure similar to that in osei + (V) except for the following differences:

The shoulders, which are largely developed and open out in osei V, are locked (forward and inwards). The volume of the thorax does not expand in the bilateral plane as much as in osei V. The inverted triangle shape of the CVP is smaller.

This structure is activated from the ventral area of the CVP as a result of the A tension that is channelled through it. This A tension activates, among other tissues, the same series of muscles as those in osei + (V), connected to the anterior part of the longitudinal portion of the longissimus cervicis, to the scalenus medius, and to the pectoralis minor in relation to the psoas major.

taihekifrontal predominance of the frontal osei + predominance of the frontal osei –

When the accumulated tension resulting from not being able to fulfil or express the desire of the pragmatic psyche becomes excessive partial tension, the following symptoms appear:

  • fatigue or general muscular heaviness;
  • stiffness in the tissues organised around vertebrae Th3-Th4, L5 and Th7 and back pain;
  • a knot at the centre of the pit of the stomach that reduces the chest-abdominal breathing;
  • need to relax and sleep due to the EPT on the shoulders;
  • mild and chronic asthma (only when osei VI is predominant).

At the psychic level the following type of obsession appears:

  • anxiety or obsession caught by the internal over-excitation of some brain activity which always acts in a hasty way;
  • excessive fear or continuous restlessness of unknown origin but having to do with the fact that the breathing is blocked at the level of the shoulders; breathing does not arise from the lower area of the abdomen (this state of discomfort is similar to the restlessness we feel when we need to evacuate).

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predominance of the lateral osei

Congenital predominance of the lateral osei: left-right taiheki, types three and four

 

When the lateral osei + (III) is predominant by taiheki the following physical structure arises:

The formation of the abdomen (digestive cavity) stands out and it usually protrudes. The head is small, reaching its highest development in the area of the temples, whereas the crown area is not much developed. The face is egg-shaped as a result of the formation of the head, the underdeveloped jaws, and its largely developed mid area (between the eyes and the mouth, the nose and the ears). The neck is very slender. Dropped shoulders to the extend of looking as inexistent. The volume of the thorax expands in the f-e plane and it resembles the chest of a dove due to the low intensity of the f-e movement in the different tissues. As a result, the thorax leans forward and bends slightly over the abdomen. The mid area of the back (bilateral region of the thoracic curve) shows a large curve or rise which makes the head and the neck look as if they were leaning forward. Actually, both the head and the neck lean either to the left or to the right. The buttocks are usually bulky but they lack muscular strength. The upper and lower extremities are very slender. The second finger and toe are usually longer than the others. The skin has a special light colour (the blood vessels are usually contracted) and it can become strikingly red. A substantial difference can be observed between the formation of the left and the right sides of the body. This structure is predominantly curve-shaped.

This structure is activated from the dorsal area due to the A tension that is channelled through it. This A tension activates, among other tissues, the bilateral series of muscles that are formed around the bilateral region of each curve of the vertebral column. These muscles are connected to the iliocostalis and the spinalis capitis in relation to the rectus superior of the abdomen.

When the lateral osei – (IV) is predominant by taiheki, an overall structure similar to that in osei + (III) arises although there are some differences:

The abdomen does not protrude, the shoulders do not drop, and the curving of the back is not as large as in osei + (III). The shoulders are usually raised and square-shaped but they lack muscular strength. The skin is reddish due to the dilatation of the blood vessels and it can sometimes have a light colour.

This structure is activated from the ventral area as a result of the A tension being channelled through it. This A tension activates, among other tissues, the same series of muscles as those in Osei + connected to the spinalis capitis, scalenus posterior, and the lateral part of the longitudinal portion of the longus colli in relation to the iliocostalis and the rectus superior of the abdomen.

taihekilateral

predominance of the lateral osei + predominance of the lateral osei –

When the accumulated tension resulting from not being able to fulfil or express the desire of the emotional psyche becomes excessive partial tension, the following symptoms appear:

  • stiffness in the tissues that are organised around vertebrae C4, Th6-Th9 and L2 resulting in back pain;
  • a knot on one side of the pit of the stomach reducing the chest-abdominal breathing;
  • different kinds of disorders on either side of the body;
  • digestive problems such as constipation or diarrhoea;
  • dizziness and visceral discomfort, cerebral vertigo without any abdominal discomfort;
  • heartbeat irregularities: tachycardia (predominance of osei III) and arrhythmia (predominance of osei IV);
  • blood disorders: diabetes (predominance of osei III), anaemia, lack of iron and low blood platelets (predominance of osei IV), and other circulatory problems;
  • skin breaking up (pimples);
  • rhinitis;
  • very frequent headache.

At the psychic level two different types of obsession appear:

  • either frequent states of euphoria (predominance of osei III) or depression (predominance of osei IV);
  • anger or irritation due to no external cause;
  • emotional anguish or obsession caught by the internal over-excitation of some brain activity that is focused on the need to be liked by others or to be pleasant;
  • fear of being alone.

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predominance of the vertical osei

Congenital predominance of the vertical osei: upward-downward taiheki, types one and two

 

When the vertical osei + (I) is predominant by taiheki, the following physical structure is formed:

The head is very big. The face is long and inverted triangle-shaped due to the development of its cranial area and to the slightly developed mouth and jaw areas. The neck is long, robust and very erect. The shoulders are narrow. The overall CVP is elongated and stands very erect. The buttocks are small. The upper and lower extremities are short, thin, and not very strong. The hands, feet, and especially the fingers and toes are long, big, and strong.

This structure gets activated from the dorsal area as a result of the distribution of the A tension through it. This A tension activates, among other tissues, the static series of muscles connected to the trapezius.

The vertical osei – (II), predominant by taiheki, yields a structure similar to that described above:

This structure gets activated from the ventral area through which the A tension is channelled. This A tension activates the same series of muscles as in the vertical osei + and which are represented by the sternocleidomastoideus. The main characteristic of this muscle is that it can contract, either as a passive or defensive reaction. This contraction is what makes the strong neck look thinner and the small buttocks look lower than in the vertical osei + (I).

taihekivertical

predominance of the vertical osei + predominance of the vertical osei –

When the accumulated tension resulting from not being able to fulfil or express the desire of the contemplative psyche, becomes excessive partial tension, the following symptoms appear:

  • mental fatigue and an overwhelming need to sleep;
  • stiffness in the tissues organised around vertebrae C1, Th1, L1, and Th7;
  • a knot at the centre of the pit of the stomach that reduces the chest-abdominal breathing;
  • impotence due to the absence of pelvic activity;
  • itching all over the skin with no visible disorders;
  • mild gastritis (only when the predominant osei is II).

At the psychic level some obsession as described below appears:

  • excessive fear of losing one’s reputation or credibility, or of not being able to be right or fair;
  • pondering (only when the predomiant osei is II).

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