Restoration Therapy is also known as ‘Seifukujitsu’ [say fookoo ‘jit soo], in Japanese. For nearly 1,500 years, Japanese restoration therapy has been practiced, but it wasn’t until the late 20th century that this kind of massage therapy was recognized as a method of holistic medicine. Its restorative properties cannot be ignored and those who have been treated by a skilled deep-tissue massage therapist have come to believe in its ability heal. The system goes so far as to provide a very effective technique for reducing, and often eliminating, severe headaches, even migraines.
With regard to restoration therapy and the United States, in 1929, it found a solid place when Professor Seishiro Okazaki opened the Kodenkan Dojo, Ju-Jitsu School, and Nikko Restoration Sanatorium in Honolulu. His style of restoration therapy (Nikko) is a deep tissue massage treatment. The massage treatments work connective tissue and muscles as well as key acupressure points to stimulate blood and energy flow which helps the body heal itself faster and better.
Such a system was and is without a doubt one of the most beneficial gifts that professor Okazaki’s legacy provided for those of us who train in Judo and Ju Jitsu. While the massage can be soothing and relaxing, it was primarily developed to heal injuries that occur during training. So much so that while the hands are also used to provide the massage, it is the forearm muscle that is used most often as its size, strength and angle provided during the massage lends itself superbly to deep-tissue massage.