Since 2000, we have started activities to spread Thai traditional massage with the embassies and various government agencies. It is known to many industry officials that TTMA's current president, Souichiro Watanabe, has made the beauty of Thai massage a reality.
Lucy Dutton is a Thai style yoga. I introduced Lucy Dutton in Japan earlier than anywhere else in a mook book supervised by Souichirou Watanabe of TTMA.
Massage volunteer by the Japan Traditional Thai Massage Association (TTMA), a non profit organization led by Choro(Soichiro Watanabe). Activity record of 19 volunteer therapists. A video recording of a visit to Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, a disaster area caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and huge tsunami that occurred in March 2011. TTMA Link
I, Choro (Soichiro Watanabe), has established the TTMA, an industry group to spread Thai traditional massage, and has been involved in the development of the industry to some extent. I have been teaching Thai massage to thousands of people at school for over 15 years. And I have faced many questions and problems. Many schools report massage as a mere procedure. It is an educational policy that all you need to do is learn the routine. I never think that massage is a routine procedure. The massage I think of has no steps or sequence. Each client's body is different, and simply following the same steps will never be effective. Therefore, until now, I have taught many professional therapists and national qualified people the massage that I thought of. I've been teaching under the name of Thai Massage, but to be exact, it's my style of massage. I have invented many stretching techniques and have communicated them in school lessons. I don't know what Thai ancient massage is ... What I've been teaching is my style of massage. If Thai traditional massage is a routine procedure, I must apologize to the graduated students.
Many students asked me questions. "How can I get a good massage?" I replied. "If you want to be able to do good massage, first of all, don't think you'll be good at massage. If you provide what your client wants, you'll probably be said to be good." First, take what the other person wants. And if you can shape your needs and wants into words, that's fine. To do this, calm yourself and gently touch the other person's body, and you'll know what the other person's mind and body want. Energy is transmitted naturally because the bodies are touching each other. If you lose yourself and the line between you and the other person disappears, you are the other person and the other person is you. If you stay in control of yourself, you can't see anything because you are locked in your own shell. Before learning technical skills, it is important to have a good mind when doing massage.
I think massage is the way. Calm your mind and lose yourself. And to unite your energy with the other person. That way, your body will move freely and you will get the massage your opponent wants. If we can integrate ourselves into this universe on this earth, we will see many more things.
Just as there are many schools of yoga, Thai massage schools are also branched by way of thinking. Bangkok style is a staple, but it has a strong acupressure element, and Chiang Mai style, which is said to have a lot of stretch, does not actually include much stretch. Government style is a safety-oriented technique, so stretching is minimal.
Up until now, I've only told this method to students who learned Bangkok style and Chiang Mai style, but recently I realized that it was a detour. Therefore, at this Lesson Studio, we would like to teach this treatment method from the beginning regardless of whether you are an experienced person or an inexperienced person.
◆RELOCATION TO THE FOREST
The main reason for moving the base from the Tokyo Shibuya building to a place called Gokurakuji is because of the existence of natural energy. Natural energy has a great impact on the human body. The natural healing power is not only found in the human body, but also in the place. Natural healing power has been thought to be the energy of the inner energy of human beings, but in reality, there is it in the environment and the place, so it is important to increase the energy of the place. In Feng Shui and the fauna, we aim to heal the mind and body and improve luck by incorporating good energy. A place where you can feel refreshed and relaxed is called Iyashirochi. On the other hand, a place of low energy that is depressing is called Kegarech. In order to increase one's life energy, it is important to put yourself in a place with high energy. The Tomigaya area in Shibuya Ward, where I worked as a teaching base for about 20 years, was never a place where I could give off negative energy, but I was able to find a better place and have a connection with this place.
◆About Shivaga Traditional Medical School
The Shivaga School of Traditional Medicine is located on a small hill in the forest of Gokurakuji Temple in Kamakura. It is a place that has been certified as a historical site and buried cultural property enclave in Kamakura City. It is a part of the precincts of Gokurakuji Temple, which once boasted a great power, and it seems that it is also the place where the Nitta Yoshisada army took part in the offensive and defense against the Kamakura Shogunate. In other words, it is a place protected as a ruin of the Kamakura period. This place is a separate place where the chirping of birds echoes, as it is in the mountains where you can finally reach the 100 steps up from the entrance. You can't hear the noise of cars or the sounds of people's lives. There is no need to worry about a tsunami because it is over 40 meters above sea level. It is one of the few areas in the Kamakura area that is being developed as a downtown town, where good old Kamakura remains. The site of the Kamakura Gokurakuji Dojo is about 1700 tsubo (5500 square meters or more). The dojo is enshrined in it. In the forest, you can bathe in the forest, meditate in the forest, and recharge your energy. I think it's a great environment to stay away from everyday and explore something. In addition, a vast forest owned by Kamakura City spreads around the site, and it has become a hiking trail. It is not accessible by car, but you can reach Eno electrode Rakuji station in about 5 minutes on foot from the entrance.
◆Gokurakuji Temple in the Kamakura period
Ninsho, who opened Gokurakuji Temple in the Kamakura period, is a high priest who has been esteemed as "Io King Nyorai" by focusing on social projects. Ninja is a powerful person at the time, who was entrusted with the management right of the port, the fishing right, the right to collect the customs, etc. from the shogunate, and even managed the roads and rivers on land and sea. At the time, Gokurakuji was a powerful force, and many relief facilities were built in this Gokurakuji area. Although it is depicted in the "Gorakuji precincts picture", Ninja is known for having set up a ward and treating many patients with intractable diseases. It is said that he has saved the lives of many people in 20 years at the medical care facility he built. It is said that there are 46,800 living people and 10,450 dead people, and about 80% of them have lived. At the time of famine, he also porridged people, built horse sickness houses for sick cattle and horses, and worked to rescue the poor, orphans, and even animals. The Buddhist spirit of mercy prohibited the hunting of wildlife and the killing of creatures. At that time, when there were no monks who touched patients with leprosy due to the presence of imperfection, they visited the patients themselves or took an unwalkable beggar on their back to a place with a lot of people, and met again in the evening. An episode is being told that he will come home with him. If you compare it to the modern style, would it be like executives of large corporations, politicians and influential people in the governor class take care of seriously ill patients and homeless people? We were very fascinated by the monk called Ninja, who has a tradition with these two conflicting images.
◆Massage in modern society
Human activities have been repeated for thousands of years. And over the last 100 years, humankind has faced dramatic changes. Life has become convenient, but at the same time, various problems are emerging. The structure of modern society is a world in which the economy is always in a dominant position. And, by pursuing profits, various harmful effects are produced. Many problems have come to the fore, such as stressful society, air pollution, radioactive contamination, food additives, etc. Things are always two sides of the same coin. I think that it is a fact that we cannot forget that pursuing convenience comes with its negative effects. The world is full of uncertainties about what is good and what is bad. I searched for something that could help someone without harming anything, leaving no negatives, but I couldn't find much. The only thing I could recognize is that massage is a wonderful act that can help someone without damaging the global environment.
◆Through this school
When you are alive, you will face some difficulties and hardships. I think happy things should be 10% of the total. Most of the time, it's not what you want. I am no exception. That's why I try to practice daily and try to maintain my normal mind. I've thought about killing myself several times in my life. I thought about it each time. If you give up your mind to live for yourself, for the sake of yourself ... if you want to live for someone ... you think you can do anything if you have the determination and courage to die, and consider yourself It is a series of reminders every day. A tribe who betrays others for money and maintenance. A group of people who have the criteria to judge things only based on their own profits. It's been a long time since I thought that the majority of people in the world are such egoists. I started to massage because my parents couldn't do anything when they passed away. Rather than quibble, I wanted to make someone easier with my own hands. As a massage therapist and instructor, we would like to welcome those who are thinking of making a new start at this school. In a sense, even if it's a dojo, we would be happy if it could be useful to everyone.
◆Choro History (Soichiro Watanabe's profile)
Born March 1964
1987 Graduated from Waseda University Faculty of Social Sciences
1991 Established Healing Therapy Development Co., Ltd.
1996 Established Crazy Stupid Genius Co., Ltd.
2000 Established Japan Traditional Thai Massage Association (TTMA)
2001 The Nuad Bo'Ran School opens in Tokyo / Shibuya
2007 Thai massage school started nationwide FC business
2009 NBS Chiang Mai opened in Thailand / Chiang Mai
2014 School Retreat started in Minami-Hakone, Okinawa
2015 TTMA moved to Kamakura Gorakuji
2016 TTMA Shivaka Traditional Medicine School opens
Centered around Thai traditional massage, he is a key figure in the industry who is engaged in activities that utilize traditional medicine as alternative medicine. While nationwide expanding the presidents of industry groups and schools, he has produced many therapists and therapists from all over Japan to overseas.