Seitai is probably the most unknown of all disciplines but not least interesting and valuable. It is a Japanese life-health culture based on the observation and understanding of human nature, its spontaneous manifestation and how it blocks when accumulating tension, the main cause of physical and psychological disorders. Life is movement, and this is in what Seitai is based, a practice that allows the body to move spontaneously to balance itself.
Seitai's founder is the Japanese Haruchika Noguchi (1911-1976), a practitioner of traditional Japanese medicine until the end of World War II, when he began to become a specialist in body and mind, attending to thousands of people including the Imperial Family of Japan. His great discovery was that the existence is organized intelligently through a permanent swing between tension and relaxation. The practices based on this idea allow to recover the order and the natural balance through the movement that spontaneously arises in our body.
This spontaneous movement (the same that has made us born, grow up and keep us alive) is called Osei and includes more and less oases, the 5 vital movements (vertical, frontal, lateral, rotary and central) and which are the 5 fundamental forms of manifestation of life. These 5 movements are born from the SVP (skull-vertebrae-pelvis) which is the whole head and trunk.
In the simple practices of the cultural activity Seitai, KATSUGEN UNDO, YUKI and GYOKI, we look at our spontaneous movement and help us to solve our particular Partial Excessive Tension, which is the internal stagnation of the vitality that has accumulated inside us. These practices allow us to recover the natural coordination of the various cellular activities of our organism and the natural association between the conscious and the unconscious.
KATSUGEN UNDO: Movement (undo) that is the origin (gen) of vitality (Katsu). It consists in paying attention to the spontaneous movement of our SVP and it is practiced based on “not knowing anything”.
YUKI: Another simple practice of the Seitai Culture directing our attention to our hands, placing them on the part of the body required.
GYOKI: It is the traditional respiratory method in China and Japan and is fundamental in the practice of Martial Arts. In the Seitai Culture practice the essential Gyoki, that is, basically, to pay attention to the automatic respiratory sway between the lower belly and the chest.