As Master Instructor of Shintaido, H.F. Ito has been giving workshops for the past several years to hospice audiences, both caregivers and patients to help them connect their mind, body and soul. He advocates the use of body movement to provide a means to express spirituality in cross cultural, ethnic, and religious environments. As a result of using the techniques he demonstrates, caregivers of all kinds, volunteer, professional, and family, have enhanced their ability to provide a calm, focused environment for dying patients.

Shintaido Moving Meditation Program for Caregivers

Even though Shintaido literally means New Body Way, it is rooted in traditional Japanese martial arts training. It has a wide range of programs from fighting techniques to meditation and healing exercises. At this seminar, the participants will study four basic movements of Shintaido, which everyone can use as a daily form of exercise. The following is a list of these four movements and their benefits:


A routine of gentle stretching exercise can be done every morning within 15-20 minutes. It makes you feel happy and healthy, and helps you unify your mind and body.

Wakame-taisô: This is a nickname for partner exercise in meditation. While one side pretends to become seaweed, the other side pretends to be a part of the ocean current. This exercise will lead you into a deeper understanding of yourself and a deeper communication with your exercise partner.

Tenshingosô: Literally this means "five expressions of heavenly truth," which you practice by vocalizing five vowels. This opening, stretching exercise can be done within one minute, but energizes you and naturally leads you into deeper appreciation of the rhythm of life and the cycles of nature.

Eikô: Originally named "Eikô no Ken" it means sword of glory. This simple form of sword movement is an embodiment of the basic oriental philosophy of "Ten Chi Jin," or heaven, earth and man which was the backbone of the ancient Samurai code. The goal of this exercise is unification of yourself with "Ten," or heaven.

Course Type and Length of the QHCS

- One or two day intensive, in or out of company.

- The seminar will be led by Haruyoshi Ito

- Participants will receive documentation covering all aspects of the course.

- Maximum number of participants: More than 30 registrations can be accepted, but Ito works best when he teaches around 20 people.

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