Originally posted by Brad Williamson
(snippage) ... Professor Henry Okazaki ... hoping ORM will have a direct relationship to my aikido ... massage system based on aikido that he called Kiatsu, but it doesn't seem to be widely taught ...
Delurking a moment with a few comments. ORM is a real interesting thing. We brought Tom Lang (co-author with Don Zier of the book 'JO, the Japanese Short Staff' and a few others) to our dojo a while back for a visit. Tom's a great fellow, a yondan in Danzan Ryu, holds a few other ranks in various martial arts as well.
He taught us the basic ORM series and we use it frequently. It's simple, straightforward and effective. My wife is a certified massage therapist with training at Lauterstein-Conway as well as th elocal university. She has integrated some of the ORM technique into her sports massage regimen and her clients love it.
When we trade bodywork, I use primarily ORM technique alongside some of the sports massage and Swedish stuff she's taught me.
Tom's been back to our place a few times since then and we've continued to pick his brain for info on his jujutsu and his massage technique. Personally, having had free instruction in ORM, I think the price quoted above for those classes is a bit steep, but on the other hand, I think good, professional instruction in something like that is well worth what you put into it. I'll be interested in seeing your review of the training and how it affects your aikido.
As for the kiatsu, yes, it's another form of massage and healing developed by Tohei and others, and is readily taught within the Ki Society itself. It is structured somewhat apart from their aikido instruction and has it's own ranking and teaching certificates, if I recall correctly.
Having experienced both (ORM with Tom and Kiatsu from the late George Simcox and some of his students), I prefer ORM for basic, overall massage, but found Kiatsu quite interesting and helpful with specific complaints.
Good luck and please do post your review!