is as been practicing and teaching Amma/Shiatsu for the last 40
1962 - 1964
Ito was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1942. He entered Chuo University
in Tokyo in 1960, graduating with a degree in law. At the age of
18, while at university, he began the study of Shotokai Karate with
Master Shigeru Egami. As a part of his martial art training, he
began the study of traditional Japanese health care (Shiatsu/pressure-point
massage and Kappo/ »first aid » techniques traditionally practiced
among Japanese martial arts instructors) under the guidance of Master
In 1965, Ito joined Rakutenkai a group of creative artists headed
by Shintaido creator Hiroyuki Aoki.
In 1971, he established the Sogo Budo Renmei (Holistic Martial Arts
Federation which later became "Shintaido Kyokai") with Hiroyuki
Aoki as head instructor, and served as the first administrative
director, laying the groundwork for the spread of Shintaido in Japan.
During this apprenticeship period, he studied a wide range of healing
and Meditation techniques under the guidance of Master Aoki.
In 1975, Ito moved to California in order to develop Shintaido in
North America and Europe. In 1982, he met David Palmer in San Francisco
and began studying a complete program of Amma (traditional Japanese
massage) while teaching Shintaido to David Palmer. Through their
cooperative efforts, Shintaido became a part of the training program
of the Amma Institute of San Francisco.
In 1986, when David Palmer established the Touch-Pro onsite massage
program, Ito became consultant and trainer for the program.
In 1990, on David Palmer’s recommendation (or « with
an introduction from David Palmer »), Ito began a series of
visits to L'Attitude, Center of Massage and Relaxation in Quebec,
Canada where he developed and taught a program of Shintaido Meditation
and Healing along with specialized techniques for Amma and Shiatsu.
In 1995, under the sponsorship of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation,
Menlo Park, and with the support of Hospice by the Bay's Executive
Director Connie Borden in San Francisco, He began developing and
presenting programs across the United States using Shintaido moving
meditation to help hospice staff and caregivers with stress management
and self-care. These programs are now being given across the United
States, including enthusiastically received presentations to annual
conventions of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association
and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations.
H.F. Ito is a founding faculty member of the American School of
Japanese Arts in Santa Rosa, and is currently a consultant/trainer
at The Amma Institute, the Touch Pro Institute, and Touch Wellness
in San Francisco, CA, Seaman Medical Translation in Bellingham,
WA, the Wellness Resource Center in North Dartmouth, MA, L'Attitude
in Quebec, Qc, Canada, Mood Disorder Association -Japan in Tokyo,
and theInstitute of Holistic Psychology & Education in Mie,