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Integrating the Spirit of Japanese Martial Arts with Oil Massage; Shingitai Massage Practitioner Training June 12 - 14 in Niigata.

Niigata, Japan, Feb 14, 2009 - (JCN Newswire) - A new massage training program has been announced by Yoshie Sugai, LMT and founder of To be held June 12th - 14th in a hot spring resort in Niigata, the workshop will focus on teaching the fundamentals of long-stroke oil massage to current massage practitioners interested in enhancing their skills or those interested in becoming professional massage therapists in the future.

Additionally, the workshop will explore how martial arts stances and techniques from both Seifukai Aikido and Tai Chi can be used by massage practitioners to better support themselves when giving massage. The final day of the workshop will focus on meditation through a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

"The concept of shingitai integrates the body, spirit and technique through the martial arts," says Ms. Sugai. "These principles are vital both for the massage style that we will teach and the practitioner who applies them."

Yuka Akita, who is a licensed massage therapist from California's Esalen Institute and practitioner at "Kara" in Kansai will teach the basic principles of long-stroke oil massage. Toru Kinefuchi, who holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Seifukai Aikido, and 3rd Degree Black Belts in both Judo and Japanese Jujutsu will teach basic Aikido stances and techniques. Akemi Honma will lead each morning's Tai Chi classes, and Setsuko Saito will lead the final day's tea ceremony accompanied by live Koto music from Harumi Toyota.

The workshop will be held in the hot-spring resort "Iroian" in the mountains overlooking the Minami Uonuma Valley in Niigata Japan, accessible in 90-minutes by bullet train, or highway bus from Tokyo.

Early registration discounts are available before April 12th, 2009.

More detailed information and registration forms can be found online at (in Japanese) or (in English). Or for additional information, please contact Yoshie Sugai by email at

Source: JCN

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Date:Feb 16, 2009
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