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Aisen Shiatsu Therapy was established on March 3, 1977 and is owned and operated by Sensei Fumihiko Indei. He is a graduate of the Namikoshi Gakuen (Japan Shiatsu College) in Tokyo, Japan where he was an instructor of Shiatsu Therapy. The title, Doctor of Shiatsu, has been bestowed upon Sensei (teacher) Indei by the Japan Shiatsu Association.
Shiatsu literally refers to a method of therapy through the use of thumbs and fingers to apply pressure to the surface of the human body to restore orderly body functions. The Shiatsu therapy we now practice has been developed systematically through the adoption of scientifically proven theories of the instinctive manipulation by fingers as well as the refined clinical experiences of the therapy itself. (Naturally, there are many forms of manual manipulation therapy in the world.)
In 1976, 35-year-old Fumihiko Indei, with no fluency in English but with confidence and determination in his heart, arrived in Honolulu to bring Namikoshi Shiatsu therapy to Hawaii.
It was an intimidating challenge, but Indei Sensei (teacher) had the blessing of Tokujiro Namikoshi, who as a young boy in the early 20th century used his thumbs to apply pressure and relieve his mother's pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. He refined his therapeutic technique and later named it Shiatsu (?finger pressure?).
Namikoshi's therapy uses the human hand and the human heart to stimulate the body's self-healing powers to correct imbalances, restore flexibility to muscle tissue, and relieve pain. His guiding slogan was "The heart of Shiatsu is like a mother's love."
Namikoshi went on to establish the Japan Shiatsu College to train Shiatsu practitioners. Indei graduated in 1972 and assisted Toru Namikoshi, the founder's son and the college's president, to set up Shiatsu seminars in Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Canada.
Various types of manual massage were already established in Hawaii, so Indei diligently worked to secure a foothold for the unknown Namikoshi Shiatsu. Among his early efforts, he conducted a non-credit Shiatsu therapy class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Campus Center.
Word quickly spread about the gentle therapy where clients did not have to disrobe and no oil was used. It became so popular that within a year, Indei opened his own establishment, Aisen Chiryo Doin, to service his growing clientele.
Over the years, his clients have included politicians and business leaders, movie stars and educators, athletes and homemakers. Still highly regarded in Japan, he is popular with Japanese tourists who seek relief from the aches and pains of traveling.
Just as Tokujiro Namikoshi did in Japan, Indei established his own school in Honolulu to train Shiatsu therapists. Established in 1977, Aisen Shiatsu School is licensed by the Hawaii Department of Education.
Indei also continued Namikoshi's philosophy of supporting the local community. For example, since 1979, Aisen Shiatsu therapists have volunteered their skillful thumbs and fingers to help thousands of Honolulu Marathon runners recover from cramped muscles, exhausted legs, and inflamed feet.
The 38th Honolulu Marathon on December 11, 2011, marked the 33nd straight year that Indei and his dedicated team of therapists worked nonstop to restore strength and energy to weary runners. Under a large tent, therapists treated runners stretched out on cots and straw mats. With each session limited to 15 minutes, the vast majority of runners requested Shiatsu treatment for their calves and feet. Hamstring and lower back treatments were also popular.
Indei also has a professional relationship with the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine and has brought Shiatsu therapy to such local agencies and events as the Kuakini Medical Center, Pola Cosmetic of Hawaii and Hale Malamalama Nursing Home.
In recognition of his outstanding achievements, the Third International Shiatsu Convention presented Indei with the title of Doctor of Shiatsu. He has also been honored with an Award of Merit from both the State of Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu.
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