A relatively modern approach, created in 1981 by a man named Masayuki Saionji, Yumeiho is a complex set of techniques targeting the entire body in a systematic fashion.
After meticulously studying and examining Eastern healing methods, such as Shiatsu, Seitai-Ho, Zhen Ti Fa, Tui-na, An Ma, Do In and others, Saionji synthesized them into a comprehensive therapy - Yumeiho.
Being grounded in disciplines like biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and other disciplines, Yumeiho is a method that can be explained in a logical, scientific manner; a rarity for an Eastern art, where the punchline is often esoteric in nature.
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What are these Dans I hear about?
Yumeiho organizations around the world follow the original Japanese qualification system. There are 7 levels (Dan), describing the level of experience:
1st Dan – denominates a beginner.
2nd Dan – has completed training and is competent with most techniques.
3rd Dan – a fully licenced practitioner who has a firm grasp on all Yumeiho techniques. Can only be achieved after at least 12 months of practicing as a 2nd dan.
4th Dan – is an assistant tutor. At least 2 years must pass as 3rd dan. Can issue 1st and 2nd dan diplomas. Must report to headquarters in Japan.
5th Dan – is a lead instructor. Can issue diplomas up to 3rd dan and perform demonstrations. At least 3 years must pass as 4th dan.
6th Dan – exam can only be taken in Japan. At least 5 years must pass as 6th dan. Can issue diplomas up to 5th dan.
7th Dan – achieved through years of hard work and dedication. Can open a school.
What can the Yumeiho method treat?
Yumeiho is mainly focused on dealing with chronic symptoms. Things like chronic lumbalgia, scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, discapthies, sciatica, lumbosacral pains, fatigue, headache, muscle pains, cramps, weakness and many others.
What about fresh injuries?
Generally we avoid working on acute injuries. While in some cases instant results may be achieved, most of the time the relief is temporary. Yumeiho works best with cumulative sessions, and has the best results when dealing with chronic problems or applied as a preventative measure. If someone shows up with a dislocated knee, we send him to the doctor.
Why isn't Yumeiho practiced on acute injuries?
Generally it's best to leave the body to heal on its own, however, depending on the type of injury, an experienced practitioner may chose to work on the patient. Such work is risky, since it can cause further damage. Therefore new students are instructed to avoid treating clients with acute symptoms.
Is Yumeiho the same as Chiropractics?
No. While there are many manual techniques in Yumeiho, this is where the similarities end. The therapy is focused towards the entire body, not only the skeleton. There's a lot of soft tissue work involved; techniques like lymphatic drainage strokes, acupressure, reflexology and some massage methods are all part of the method.
Can Yumeiho fix everything?
Certainly not, and any claims of a panacea should always be taken with a bucket of salt. Yumeiho can cure many ailments, and prevent just as much, however there are times when surgery is the only option left! Most of the time we can help patients avoid the operating table if they receive treatment in time, but one must know when that time is past.
Is Yumeiho safe for children?
As long as it's applied by an educated practitioner, it is absolutely safe. In fact, the creator of the therapy (Masayuki Sayonji) wanted every family to have a member that practiced the method, so as to ensure a healthier future generation!
I heard that popping joints is bad for you...
That is an age old myth that has been since disproved by many studies. Rest assured, you won't suffer any adverce effects.
Why is there an exam at the end of the course?
Yumeiho has a lot of manipulating techniques, also known as tractions. These techniques are aimed at the joints of the body, and as such are very effective. However, this also means that improper application can result in serious damage to the joint, and therefore the patient. Given the responsible nature of these tractions, it's imperative that every qualified practitioner is well educated on the fundamental principles of Yumeiho. Improper application can severely damage the reputation of both the practitioner and the therapy itself. Since in most cases you'll be working on people with established injuries, such situations should be avoided at all costs! Therefore the training is extensive, and the examination is thorough.
Can a Yumeiho practitioner interpret x-ray and MRI images?
Image interpretation is a very important, although non-essential skill to have. You won't be tested on radiology reporting, that being said, as you practice you will have to learn the skill. Higher level courses go further in-depth on the topic, but effort must be made on your part to be competent at interpreting clinical images.
How difficult is it to learn Yumeiho?
It's hard to tell, as it depends on your aptitude, previous experience and your capacity for learning. The courses usually aren't too demanding, but they do cover a lot of material. If you spend a few hours at home to study, you shouldn't have too much trouble passing.
What else can you tell me about Yumeiho?
Here are some interesting tidbits about Yumeiho:
You don't need to visit a doctor in order to have Yumeiho applied to you.
The method is powerful against fatigue and low libido.
Preventative against many onset illnesses such as arthritis, radiculitis or DDD.
Increases muscle tone and strengthens the immune system.
Improves mobility in the joints and muscle flexibility.
Promotes growth in terms of height, especially in children.
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