THE WAY OF TOUCH
“Sei-ki is real – it couldn’t be more real. No ideas, no concept, nothing disturbs the simple clarity of connecting through touch.”
What is Sei-ki?
Sei-ki is skill in touch. It is therapeutic, since people come to sessions for help and their conditions regularly improve or resolve; it is a deeply satisfying experience of support and being recognised; it is a philosophical position about what it is to be human; and it is more. It is a way to return to our original selves, to the rich texture of life; the possibility of change at a molecular level.
The Sei-ki practitioner works with touch but recognises that a person is not actually their body or their mind. The person is perfect and unchanging. Thus, the practitioner works to ‘see’ the distortion of mind/body that obscures the true self. In recognising this, who we really are comes to the fore and the mind/body resolves itself; the person is freer from fixed states of mind and body.
Who founded Sei-ki?
Kishi Akinobu (1949-2012) is the originator of Sei-ki. He was a consummate student and practitioner of Japanese Shiatsu and senior disciple of Masunaga (the originator of what is called Zen Shiatsu in the West). Following a period of breakdown and a profound realisation, Sei-ki was born on 24th February 1980.
Kishi offered his work mainly in Europe where he felt most free. With Alice Whieldon, he wrote Sei-ki: Life in Resonance, the Secret Art of Shiatsu (2011), Singing Dragon, London. This book has ensured the longevity of the work which is kept alive through his students.
I have seen this called Seiki or Seiki-Soho as well as Sei-ki…what is correct?
Sometimes you will see Sei-ki written as Seiki or Seiki-Soho. We prefer Sei-ki because other words in Japanese script (kanji) are sometimes translated into European languages as ‘seiki’ and sound the same, but the original kanji are different and have a completely different meaning. These methods have no relationship with Sei-ki.
Sei-ki is not to be confused with a Japanese energy work called Seiki nor a European method generally called, Seiki Shiatsu. Kishi & Whieldon in their 2011 book, Sei-ki: Life in Resonance, the Secret Art of Shiatsu wrote ‘Sei-ki’ as the best translation of the Japanese kanji into English.
Seiki-Soho is the perfection of the art of Sei-ki.
Is Sei-ki related to Reiki and other energy work…it sounds similar?
The simple answer to this is, ‘no’. Kishi did have early contact with the originators of Reiki and appreciated this work, but Sei-ki is different. Sei-ki cannot be described as ‘energy’ work.
Is Sei-ki a spiritual practice?
Sei-ki is highly practical. It is an embodied practice and a way of being. But we recognise that it is a philosophy which in the West would generally be called spiritual because we understand the person as being more than mind and body. Yet we see it as a way of life. To call it ‘spiritual’ seems to us to separate it from the rest of life, whereas, in our experience, we become more embodied and in life as we practice Sei-ki. We are interested in the Truth of how things are, based on actual, in the moment, experience and observation.
Why is Sei-ki included in Surrenderwork?
At the heart of Sei-ki is surrender. Surrender is the highest discipline in which form gives way to how things are and to flow; not in the control of our minds. Flow also gives rise to form. We set ourselves up in Sei-ki with some discipline and formality but, at its heart, there is flow. Unless you are open and surrender to the Truth of how things are, you will likely not
experience this opening up to flow.
Sei-ki is the perfect balance of discipline and surrender. A key practice of Sei-ki is katsugen which is regenerating movement; surrender.
I don’t want to be a Sei-ki practitioner, so what is the value of attending a Sei-ki workshop?
We move from solo surrender, through assisted surrender and into Sei-ki. It is a natural progression. We can do a lot of self-development on our own: observing, relaxing, meditating. But we cannot work on deep ‘case’ material solely like this. At some point we all need help. Working with others in this simple way of touch enables us to go more deeply into our fixed mind/body states and release them.
Sei-ki is a powerful approach that has the effect of bringing our mind/body distortions to the surface. Working with others is like working with a mirror; in others you experience yourself more clearly. You don’t have to be interested in being a practitioner to enjoy Sei-ki and you don’t have to have experience in any kind of bodywork to quickly learn the basics. On workshops, you will experience the deep healing of gentle, no-agenda touch and be moved by this simple, uncomplicated way of relating to others.
Alice & René
Come and join us for a deep Sei-ki Experience in one of our workshops.