History of Yumeiho Therapy

The founder of the YUMEIHO® therapy– OTSUKI MASAYUKI – best known under the pseudonym of SAIONJI MASAYUKI, was born on 18th of November, 1943, in Tokyo – Japan.

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In his early life, despite his passion for the oriental traditional medicine, he followed the “MEIJI” University courses in Tokyo, Faculty of Commerce, upon the insistence of his father. In his student years he was mostly drawn to studying the Chinese language and calligraphy instead of the principles and rules of commerce. Consequently, he gradually abandoned the university courses in favor of studying in depth the Chinese calligraphy.

He was a Chinese calligraphy instructor for three years. He often visited China in order to improve his technique, and it is precisely in China that he gets in touch with the Chinese traditional medicine by means of the ancient books that he was studying from a calligraphic point of view. The theoretical principles, the philosophy and the therapeutic manual procedures in particular featured by these works fascinated him, and therefore he decided to assimilate them.

In 1975 he met Shuichi Ono Hidekazu, a well known master of Seitai Ho – [manual healing method designed to balance the human physiology starting from postural adjustment by applying certain procedures of myo-articular functional balancing, point therapy, massage and joint manipulation].

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Master Shuichi Ono Hidekazu had founded his therapeutic procedures based on a long study of the Zheng Ti Fa rehabilitation techniques applied within the Buddhist monasteries from China (within the famous Shao Lin monastery too, amongst others).

He studied various traditional Oriental manual healing methods, especially the Chinese and the Japanese ones (Tui-na, Zheng Ti Fa, An-Ma, Shiatsu, Do In, Seitai-ho etc.) for 6 years.

In 1980 he opened a private cabinet in Tokyo. He also began to study Esperanto, which subsequently helped him a lot in promoting his own therapeutic method.

In 1981 he completed the studies he had begun within the National Japanese School of Shiatsu and Traditional Oriental Therapies (NIHON – SHIATSU SENMON GAKKO).

In 1981 he also set up an innovative therapeutic system, initially called “Divine Massage” and then “Coxal Bone Adjustment and Acupressure Therapy” or “Yumeiho Therapy”.

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In 1982 he founded, together with a close group of collaborators, the organization called “The League for Generalization to the Whole Humanity of Correcting Coxal Therapy, through Massage and Point Therapy” and then, in the same year, he founded the “AKAHIGE” foundation ( “Akahige” or “Red Beard”  is the title of Akira Kurosawa famous film, where in the title role of a remarkable doctor played by most recognizable Japanese actor – Toshiro Mifune), the president of which he remained until 2005, the purpose of this foundation being to spread Yumeiho® therapy all over the world.

In 1983 he was licensed as a Master of Shiatsu massage and point therapy; the license being presented within the Examination Foundation for Oriental Therapy Techniques and Researches, the only institution which was accredited by the Ministry of Health of Japan to provide such titles, thus being officially accredited as a Japanese manual therapy master.

In 1987 he founded the “International Institute of Practical Preventive Medicine in Tokyo”, the director of which he was until his death, in 2005.

Beginning with 1989, he was invited to various countries around the world to present his therapy, these visits being organized mainly by groups and organizations of Esperanto speakers. The first his visit out of Japan was in Poland and first Yumeiho Therapy course he led in September 1989 in city of Rzeszow (Poland).

Between 1989 and 2004 he traveled to over 40 countries, in view of popularizing the Yumeiho therapy and of training practitioners outside the Japanese borders.

The current Director of Yumeiho Center in Japan is Kitami Toshiharu. The highest certified Dan level 7 is Maciej Dluski, official Director of Yumeiho in European Union.