History of Seitai Shinpo
Sorimachi Sensei combined the moxibustion wisdom of a very well known Japanese bone-setter moxibustionist, Sawada Ken with that of Dr. Keizo Hashimoto, a western trained physician and inventor of Sotai Ho, a form of spinal aligning exercises.
Sorimachi found that by doing acupuncture to the specific areas of distortion along the spine, a release occurs. A potential mechanism as to how this release works is found in the Neurotransmitter Theory: Acupuncture done on the body sends a message to the brain stimulating the release of endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals into the brain and spinal cord. This state of relaxation enables one’s body to gradually realign itself and enter into a state of homeostasis – balance. Likewise, other chemicals are released, (i.e. norepinephrines, acetylcholine, and several types of opioids) to help balance our autonomic nervous system – the “fight or flight” aspect of our response to outside stimuli.
The second half of the treatment concentrates on moxibustion, a form of thermal therapy. Small cones of moxa Artemesia Vulgaris are added to the areas where the needles were placed. This therapy helps to accelerate blood flow, increase the production of white blood cells, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the immune system overall.
The overall goal of a Seitai Shinpo treatment are as follows:
- To correct distortions in skeletal structure by treating the soft tissues.
- To increase the body’s natural immune response through the use of moxa.
- To harmonize the autonomic nervous system.
- To relieve pain and numbness through the stimulation of the vertebral nerves and the release of endorphins, serotonin, and other “feel good” chemicals.
- To strengthen adrenal activity.
- To support the cardiovascular system.
- To stimulate the lymphatic system.
- Every treatment have the same goals, however, as with any individualized treatment, the results may vary from patient to patient.