Seiki-Soho, “breathing again,” is the style of bodywork established by Akinobu Kishi, that grew from the tradition of Namikoshi and Masunaga Shiatsu. “The original core of Japanese Medicine is manual therapy, based on a philosophical view of what it is to be human. Sei-ki is looking into human nature and seeing things as they are. The essence of this method is resonance.”

What to Expect in a Session


Each Seiki-Soho session lasts approximately one hour. Treatments are on a futon on the floor. The client stays fully clothed. Seiki-soho is a therapy that works on the individual as a complete being — not just the physical body but also on an emotional and/or mental level. A variety of Zen shiatsu techniques can be used to follow the ki flow. These techniques might include gentle holding; pressing with palms, thumbs, and fingers; and, when appropriate, more dynamic movements. During a treatment, the client might experience katsugen, or spontaneous movements and release.

Heart of Zen now offers Seiki-Soho treatment. To learn more, please call Heart of Zen at 231-386-7616.

Please wear or bring loose, comfortable clothes (“yoga” wear or pajamas), and a clean pair of socks.

Please do not wear colognes or heavy scents.

To schedule your appointment, please call Heart of Zen at 231-386-7616.

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The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine ( offers exam-based certification for Asian bodywork therapists (Dipl. A.B.T.). The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia® ( recognizes certified practitioners of Asian bodywork therapy (AOBTA®-CP) based on educational standards.