Anthony teaching Sei Ki in Switzerland

EasternPeace Sei Ki HeartTouch

Sei Ki HeartTouch is the name I give to the resonance and compassionate touch based bodywork I share in my Zen Mindfulness courses.

I also share it independently in dedicated workshops alongside my Hara Conditioning work.

And it forms the basis of the 1-1 bodywork / trauma therapy sessions I offer, alongside mental health wellness coaching.

When I share it within a group as a form of mindfulness based connection therapy, I call the work HeartTouch.

When I offer it as a private therapy I use my teacher's Japanese name for it: Sei Ki.

The main inspiration behind this is the work of Akinobu Kishi. There is a tribute to Kishi Sensei here.

I had the privilige to study with Kishi Sensei directly on many occasions between 2005 and his death in 2012 and formed a personal relationship with him and his wife Kyoko. They have had a profound influence on my life.

HeartTouch

Anthony teaching Sei Ki HeartTouch in Thailand

HeartTouch is about developing the capacity to let go of one's emotional armour and connect with another person with an open heart in resonance.

We then follow a natural touch journey to support the other to become more alive in themselves.

Anyone can learn to do this.

In achieving a natural resonance together, both bodies will start to release hormones associated with our emotional soothing state and enter an empty mind, natural zen state.

There is a simple, good feel of authentically being together. It is the ultimate stress healing and is what all human crave most, to not be alone.

Our society generally teaches us to touch in superficial ways with people, or in a sexual way with a partner. Perhaps we share hugs with friends sometimes or hold hands, but we are usually unfamiliar with simple compassionate touch, leaving this to 'professionals'.

I believe there is much we can learn from this simple but profound practice about our emotional selves and the way we relate to others.

As well as needing to learn how to give care, we often need to learn how to be open to receiving it.

Along the way our capacity for empathy with others develops and our emotional intelligence.

We can then take this wisdom with us into every human interaction so it is ultimately for the benefit of everyone we share our lives with.

Many of the people I teach this practice to have no intention to work with it as a professional bodywork therapist. They simply want to learn to connect with others with more heart and sensitivity whether they are therapists, clinicians or members of the public.

Very often I teach people like myself whose natural inclination is to be afraid, confused, drained or simply overwhelmed by close contact with others. With this work we can grow beyond this.

I have a vision to roll this out as a community based service, which might contribute to general well-being and happiness in society, ease pressure on the mental health services and reduce the national suicide rate.

There is a dedicated website for this work on the way: Community HeartTouch

Sei Ki as a Therapy

Anthony giving a Sei Ki treatment in Thailand

Sei Ki as a therapy, in which one person with need receives from another with adequate experience and self-development is often a profound experience, touching the core of who we are.

Sessions can vary enormously, sometimes involving dramatic emotional or physical trauma releases from the receiver.

I see it as a kind of body psychotherapy, though its roots are in Japanese Ki (life force) Therapy and not Western psychotherapy.

Touch is usually very gentle, not pressure based like most Shiatsu and is given through the clothes usually with the client lying on a futon, though other formats are possible when necessary.

Anthony giving a Sei Ki treatment in Thailand

Sessions last about an hour but timing is less important than a feeling of completion. We sometimes need to continue longer as it is unhelpful to stop emotional or physical release midway.

Sei Ki is not specific in being useful for people with a particular problem or illness, rather it can help people to achieve a higher state of aliveness and balance within themselves, and that state may not involve whatever symptoms they experience before coming to the session. The body can take time to catch up i.e detox processes.

The best thing is to approach it with a sense of open-ness, not weighed down with too much burden of specific expectation.

Anthony giving a Sei Ki treatment in Thailand

This isn't easy, but some degree of acceptance of how things are now, along with allowing the space for this to change at the right time is a good way of approaching a session.

In my own work, I've been happy supporting people with anything from war trauma to sexual abuse and rape histories, 'bipolar' diagnosis, 'acute psychosis' diagnosis, 'paranoid schizophrenia' diagnosis (we got on well!) to terminal cancer. In each case the sessions came to a good feeling. This is beautiful work.

It is possible for people to experience change and move on from a single session of Sei Ki with me, but there can be deeper benefits from taking a series of treatments. This depends on the individual.

One has to experience Sei Ki to know what it is, cognitive descriptions never satisfy. Only then are there no more questions.

If you wish to read more, go to What is Sei Ki?

And for inspiration, there is some poetry: A Sei Ki Session

Courses & Workshops

Sei Ki / HeartTouch Workshops & Classes

Anthony teaching psychotherapists in Milan

I offer HeartTouch workshops for personal well-being, usually for people experiencing extreme distress including people with every mental health diagnosis.

I have facilitated a huge number of workshops since 2013, often with small groups of people, but occasionally with larger groups of 20-40 people.

I also offer Sei Ki workshops for bodywork therapists looking to deepen their work and personal capacity, especially in the mental health direction.

And I offer HeartTouch training to mental health clinicians, of all backgrounds.

Previously I offered a 5 day training in Ticino, Switzerland with 20 psychotherapists.

A two day training in Sao Paolo, Brazil with about 40 students. A single day training session for psychotherapists in Milan.

Along with many others events in London and Switzerland presenting my touch resonance work as a training towards greater empathy for clinicians.

Please contact me if you represent a centre that may be interested in booking me to train your students or if you are a small group of clinicians desiring to book me privately.

I am passionate about this work, as I know it can make a difference in psychiatric outcomes.

Contact Me if you would like to find out more.

News / Events

New: HeartTouch Workshop: Hara Conditioning & Compassionate Touch

When: August 21st 2022 10am to 5pm

Where: Imperial Wharf, Chelsea Harbour, London

What: A mindfulness & touch based training for people experiencing extreme states and those who care for them.

Why: To come to a good feeling within yourself & enhance your capacity to hold safe space for others, even if you are an experiencer (at times) of emotional pain, trauma or 'psychosis'.

Who: For Psychotherapists / Clinicians, Shiatsu / Bodywork therapists, Family Members & Experiencers of Extreme States.

Fee: £60 / £40 Concessions

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New: Sei Ki HeartTouch Workshop: Hara Conditioning & Compassionate Touch

When: September 18th 2022 9.30am to 1.30pm

Where: Shiatsu Milano Editore, Milan

A Sei Ki HeartTouch Training morning for Shiatsu therapists and psychotherapists

Fee: Please contact the school

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New: Sei Ki HeartTouch Workshop: Hara Conditioning & Compassionate Touch

When: September 23rd-25th 2022

Where: Kientaler Hof, Switzerland

An Intensive Sei Ki HeartTouch Training. Beginners and experienced therapists welcome!

Fee: See Kientaler Hof's website

More information...


New: One to One Qi Gong Coaching

Sessions can take several forms:

  • General Tai Chi training for Health & Well-being.
  • Tai Chi Movement Therapy to help with a specific problem such as fall prevention, stroke recovery, heart attack recovery, chronic fatigue recovery or mental health recovery.
  • Adhoc sessions to support a student attending a group based course.

We usually have a good conversation at the same time. No topics are off the table. I am not a psychologist or counsellor. I'm a human being who has had plenty of tricky experiences and come through them.

I am happy to consider sessions with anyone whatever their state of physical or mental health.

Session Fee: £50 / hour

Contact me to book a session...


New: Hara Conditioning Online Classes

  • Tuesdays: 7.15-8.30pm - Hara Conditioning

These classes have much to offer us to develop greater embodiment and enhanced physicality which serve us well when we need to strengthen our physical or mental health resilience.

Open to people with any physical or mental health condition.

Class Fee £15 / session. £7.50 concessions. Maximum 5 people per class.

Contact me to find out more...


New: Tai Chi Qi Gong Online Classes

  • Thursdays: 7.15-8.30pm - Tai Chi Qi Gong

These classes have much to offer us to develop greater embodiment and enhanced physicality which serve us well when we need to strengthen our physical or mental health resilience.

Open to people with any physical or mental health condition.

Class Fee £15 / session. £7.50 concessions. Maximum 5 people per class.

Contact me to find out more...


New: Tai Chi based Movement Therapy (Online)

  • Wednesdays: 4.00-5.00pm - Fall Prevention & Body Confidence

This is a very gentle class inspired by the needs of a friend with osteoperosis and other health issues associated with advancing years!

Open to people with any health condition.

Class Fee: £15 / session. £7.50 concessions. Maximum 5 people per class.

Contact me to find out more...