All people have hope in their physical body

Yuru exercise has been available for anyone to learn to teach since September 21st, 2015, the United Nations' International Day of Peace.
*We call this the "Full-scale launch of Yuru Exercise."

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To All of Us Humankind…

Episode 2: From top athletes to physically challenged, a Yuru exercise routine to benefit all

(Updated to be released on January 31 ,2015)

We now focus our attention to the physical abilities. Proper use of Yuru exercise can be beneficial to people at any level of physical ability, from top professional athletes, Olympic gold medalists, experts of body training, such as yoga, tai chi and Pilates, and top performers of ballet, dance, music performance and theater, to the general public who enjoy practicing as a hobby and who use it as a way to keep fit on regular basis. In many cases, it can greatly alleviate daily brain and physical fatigue, then redevelop the capacity in the most basic levels that the body possesses, which results in improved and heightened abilities.

Especially in the areas that require relatively difficult physical exercises, such as sports, dance and yoga, proper use of Yuru exercise can alleviate brain and physical fatigue from everyday activities, and then reduce injuries during practice in your special field, reduce excessive body movements, improve efficiency during practices, and reduce brain/physical fatigue from practices. Thirdly, it can reduce the trainer’s physical and mental exhaustion. In general, proper use of Yuru exercise can create the most basic physical infrastructure for all kinds of development methodologies, physical or otherwise, by reducing the physical and mental burden while practicing that methodology and supporting more efficient progress.

Let’s focus on people with physical disadvantages. Proper use of Yuru exercise can be helpful to those with limited physical movements due to disabilities or illnesses, pregnancy or childbirth, or a need of assistance due to aging or wheelchair users. If you can at least move some parts of your body, Yuru exercise can become the infrastructure of exercises for anyone with free or limited mobility, young or old and even toddlers to improve the physical problems and to live better. Therefore, Yuru exercise has the potential to become a new and excellent form of alternative medicine, preventive medicine and reproductive health treatment.

Cases where “Yuru Exercise” is Applied in the Fields of Medicine, Childbirth, and Sports

lean back neck "Mozo-Mozo" Exercise、ARM SUPPORT HIP “mozo-mozo” EXERCISE、wrist "Pula-Pula" Exercise

  • lean back neck "Mozo-Mozo" Exercise

Ideas and Effects of “Yuru Exercise”

“Yuru Exercise” is a systematic exercise that can satisfy people of various conditions and needs, from top athletes and general sports lovers to those who are ill, aged, or pregnant, with exactly the same methods for all.

“Yuru Exercise” has been practiced by modern people of all ages who are tormented by a decrease in basic physical ability, especially those who dislike any form of physical exercises, who are elderly, lacking in learning ability as well as in mental and physical energy, and who are pregnant, disabled, or ill, with limited freedom in physical movements. It has provided many positive results.

“Yuru Exercise” has also proved to be an effective method in building capability, to prevent injuries, and recover from fatigue for athletes of various sports, ranging from amateurs or professional and Olympic level athletes.

To these seemingly different demands, “Yuru Exercise” provided successful solutions. There are two simple reasons for this: one is that “Yuru Exercise” includes every idea to fully relax both body and mind, and the other is that every set is programed for practitioners to gain the best result with minimum effort.

By loosening every part of your body and fully relaxing, your basic physical ability will develop on its own in order to freely operate and control your body parts which are considered to be especially difficult: inner muscle, respiratory muscle, pelvic floor muscle and bone, spine, and ribs. This improved ability has been proven to help you achieve safer and improved recovery and performance in medicine, childbirth, and sports, even though these areas are different.

Cases of “Yuru Exercise” Applied in the Fields of Medicine

☆ A ten-minute “One-on-one Yuru Exercise” led by eight instructors has received wide support from the clinic’s patients seeking to relieve temporary or chronic pains and has been practiced 20,484 times in 2014, reaching1,707 times a month on average. Sixty percent of the clinic’s patients are currently practicing Yuru Exercise!

  • Kotake Orthopedic Clinic (Specialized in orthopedics and rehabilitation therapy in Nara City, Nara)
  • Director Shiro Kotake

About Kotake Orthopedic Clinic

The clinic was opened in May 2007. Eight of the 30 workers at the clinic and Director Kotake, are Yuru Exercise instructors. While they provide the latest medical practice including MRI, CT scans, and echo, as well as treating spines and prosthetic joints for outpatients who require surgery in cooperation with neighboring hospitals, they also provide Yuru Exercise to most of the patients with chronic pains. The clinic has been highly praised for reducing symptoms and improving the physical ability of the patients. New patients in clinics usually decrease in number every year, but this clinic has maintained over 2,000 new patients a year.

How Yuru Exercise is instructed

The clinic started instructing the exercise as a trial with one instructor in April 2009, then launched a full-scale program with three to four instructors in April 2011, now operate with 8 instructors as of 2014. Currently, the rehabilitation room is always attended to by three to four Yuru Exercise instructors. Based on the medical examination by Director Kotake, the patients who practice Yuru Exercise receive one-on-one guidance for about ten minutes, once a week, and learn to develop self-care habits and physical abilities.

Orthopedic cases where Yuru Exercise are adopted

  • The cases are mainly chronic pains sorted by site and listed in order of the number of patients.
  • The chart above can be enlarged by clicking on it.

Non-orthopedic or small-number cases where Yuru Exercise is adopted

Yuru Exercise has improved the quality of life for many patients with osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, depression, psychosomatic disorder, parkinsonian syndrome, etc. It has been even applied to those with deterioration in the respiratory system after surgery for lung cancer, lymphedema after surgery for breast cancer, paralysis after brain infarction, spinal cord injury, etc.

Rate of prescribing Yuru Exercise to patients

Yuru Exercise is taught to 60% of the visiting patients a day, 1,707 times a month on average in 2014. With an exception for the patients with external injury and who are in acute pain, most patients who can visit the clinic with chronic symptoms can be advised to practice Yuru Exercise.

The Roles of Yuru Excersice at Kotake Orthopedic Clinic

Surgery is the main treatment in orthopedics, but in reality it is only an effective solution for a small portion among all cases. For most of the patients that do not require surgery, it is important that the clinic should not be just a place to have medicines prescribed for them but a place where, with the help of kinesiology that is in the theoretical background of Yuru Exercise, the patients can understand the cause of their own symptoms and learn how to improve them.

The clinic can also provide Yuru Exercise to athletes, artists, and those who seek athletic ability of more than a healthy person. By practicing Yuru Exercise with all the staff members together, twice a day before examination start in the morning and afternoon, the staff who are not instructors can deepen their understanding of Yuru Theory through their own health maintenance, making it possible to form a unified operation of the clinic.

Director Kotake’s future view in adopting Yuru Exercise at Kotake Orthopedic Clinic

“Aiming to instruct the theory of kinesiology and each method of Yuru Practice typified by Yuru Exercise to not limited to those with disease but to wider range of people, from health-conscious elders to children bearing the next generation, more effectively and deeply, I hope to renovate the formation of the clinic and launch an ‘outpatient department of kinesiology.’”

Cases of “Yuru Exercise” Applied in the Fields of Childbirth

Exercise for Expectant and Nursing mothers, and Problems

Rather than “passive involvement in childbirth” using medicines and machines, doctors, midwives, and kinesitherapists with high awareness of problems have been making greater efforts in choosing “positive attitude in childbirth” in which the initiative of the mothers are respected. Attempts to improve physical ability, posture during delivery, and the environment for physical exercises by incorporating exercises such as yoga, muscle training, stretching, and breathing exercises have apparently brought many highly evaluated results, while they have revealed problems requiring further improvements.

More specifically, monotonous and difficult exercise methods can result in additional mental and physical burdens to the mother. Strengthened muscle or intense muscle contractions may, depending on the mother’s individual characteristic, reduce the ability to relieve the pelvic muscles, result in making the delivery more difficult.

Tokyo Midwives Association, among other maternity centers across Japan, has been adopting Yuru Exercise as an effective method that has cleared several problems seen during pregnancy in order for expectant mothers to maintain health and safety, to have a safe, relaxed, and an incredibly easy delivery, to have a comfortable and healthy postpartum recovery period, in addition to developing a wonderful relationship with her baby. Here, we would like to briefly introduce two cases of childbirth.

Cases of “Yuru Exercise” Applied in the Process of Childbirth
Ms. K.N (Editor for a publishing company, 28 years old, first childbirth)

She attended the class of “Body Toning for Yamato Nadeshiko*” (seventy minutes, three times a month), until three days prior to her delivery just like any other participant. She gave birth to a baby girl at 3:10 am on April 25, 2005, within four hours from the beginning of her labor. Her husband, a Yuru Exercise lover, supported her with his “strokes” and “breathing method”, making the whole delivery process a more pleasant experience.

* A Yuru Exercise class for women, where participants learn methods to naturally master the way Japanese women in Edo era used their body in a relaxed manner.

Ms. O.S (Staff for a national medical center, 32 years old, first childbirth)

In September and October 2003, she learned Yuru Exercise at the class “Exercise for Controlling Inner Trunk” five times. At home, while listening to the CD “Body Toning for Yamato Nadeshiko*”, she practiced “Yuru Exercise” three to four times a week, roughly every two days. At 2:47 am on April 11, 2004, she gave birth to a baby boy within three hours after her labor began. She listened to her body and freely took a comfortable position during her delivery. After the labor started, she tried to ease the tension from her body similar to the times she was practicing “Yuru Exercise.”

Here are the words of mothers who applied Yuru Exercise to their childbirth.“Thanks to Yuru Exercise, my childbirth experience was easy and wonderful.” “I always practice ‘stroking’ in Yuru Exercise, which helped me to relax my body.” “I have been conscious of my own body through Yuru Exercise. This served me very well.” “Yuru Exercise was very effective to recover from exhaustion after childbirth.” “My baby born thanks to Yuru Exercise is lively, strong, and easy to raise.”

Cases of “Yuru Exercise” Applied in the Field of Sports

  • A Local Racer Achieved the World Top Level with Yuru Exercise & Yuru Practice
    Kuragon (Racing Driver)
  • In 2002, when he was just a local Japanese racer, he started practicing Yuru Exercise and since then he has devoted himself to cover a wide range of Yuru Practice. He quickly improved his ability and moved his racing career overseas. Invited by a top racing team in Europe to join them as a foreign spot driver, he has been participating in Germany’s Nürburgring every year. Even though he drives the course only once a year, an overwhelming disadvantage compared to local drivers, his speed is far greater compared to others and his stable driving has been highly regarded. In a race held in June 2012, he won first place in the hard-fought SP4T class for the first time as a Japanese racer. In the race of August 2014, he participated in the SP9, the fastest class, with Mercedes SLS GT3 and proved his ability as a top-class racer.
  • By stopping muscle training and adopting Yuru Exercise, the team became the best among the high school teams in Japan for six consecutive years!
    Okayama’s Kanzei High School Boys’ Boat Club
  • In 2003, the team adopted the necessary training methods selected from Yuru Practice typified by Yuru Exercise. At the same time, they completely stopped muscle training, save for a small amount of it practiced by the rowers who participate in matches where muscle training is seen as the most important training method. Before the adoption, in the category for high schools of the National Athletic Meet, three consecutive top ranking was the best record for the team throughout all events of the National Athletic Meets that they participated in. However, from 2004, the following year after they adopted Yuru Exercise, to 2007, they achieved four consecutive top rankings. In 2008, they marked the 5th, and in 2009, they marked their 6th consecutive top ranking, which was an outstanding success. Also in 2008, they achieved the four titles as a high school team by winning the top ranking at four national tournaments, including an invitational tournament, Asashi Regatta, Inter‐high School Athletic Competition, and National Athletic Competition. Yuru Exercise enabled them to achieve a higher ability in all aspects of mentality, skill, and power, to be the champion of the high school boat teams.
  • Putting an end to muscle training, Yuru Exercise alone helped the university team become the national’s best!!
    Girls’ Bascketball Team of National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya
  • After adopting Yuru Exercise in 1999, the team further adopted the training methods they needed chosen from Yuru Practice, at the same time reducing muscle training and completely ending thattraining in early 2004. The team had never been able to place in the top sixteen of the national level, but they increased their ranking almost every year at national tournaments. In 2005, the second year after completely stopping muscle training, the team finally achieved first place in the All Japan Girls’ Invitational Tournament. In 2004, when the team marked the 3rd place of the tournament, the girls occupied the individual awards of the top scorer, the top three-pointer, and the top assistant.
  • Family’s three generations won the 1st place in four events in All Japan Alpine Ski Championships!!
    Kensaku Katagiri (former Alpine Skier)
  • After adopting Yuru Exercise in 2003, he has been practicing the training methods selected from Yuru Practice typified by Yuru Exercise. He had always had quick reflexes, but he was not good at relaxing his body and his movements were poor for skiing competitions, which require flexible and smooth movements, which kept him away from high rankings at national level tournaments. However, after taking in Yuru Exercises, he successfully developed a way to relax his body and improve flexibility. In 2007, the fourth year of his Yuru Exercise history, at All Japan Ski Championships, he missed the top ranking in each event. However, he achieved first place for the total score, and fist place in the Super Giant Slalom event in 2008. Furthermore, in 2009, in the Giant Slalom event, the most important event in Alpine Skiing competition, he achieved first place with a remarkable result leaving the second place skiier 1.7 seconds behind. With his grandfather, Tadashi Katagiri, who won the 1st place in Slalom, and his father, Mikio Katagiri, who won first place in the All Japan Alpine Ski Championships, three generations of the family made a historic achievement by occupying first place in four events in the All Japan Alpine Ski Championships.
  • An Executive Who Keeps Walking on the Path to Genuine Master by Practicing Yuru Exercise
    Hideki Kitago (Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan)
  • Since 1997, he has practiced Yuru Exercise as the base as well as a wide variety of Yuru Practice methods. To improve his health, anti-aging effects, base ability as a company executive, skill in Kendo, techniques of golf and drum performance as his long-time hobby, he has been thoroughly applied Yuru Exercise and Yuru Practice, enjoying their successful effects. He holds the title of Kyoshi (advanced instructor) 7th Dan in Kendo, recognized by All Japan Kendo Federation, and is an executive member of “JapanGokui* Bujutsu** Association”, as well as “Sword of Kensei*** Miyamoto Musashi” developed and founded by Hideo Takaoka, fully applying the kinesiology. In 2008, he was awarded an excellent performer in the category of the 7th Dan at Tokyo Kendo Festival. In 2014, in “Japan Gokui Bujutsu Association,” he was given Pre-6 Kyoku, a rank the holder is recognized to have passed the line to enter the stage of a genuine master. His performance as an active drummer in his band is also remarkably progressing.
  • *Gokui is a Japanese word that is often translated as ‘secrets,’ ‘hints,’ ‘magic,’ keys,’ ‘tips,’ etc. However, in Takaoka's concept, the term ‘gokui’ refers to ‘ultimate awareness.’
  • **Bujutsu is Oriental martial arts.
  • ***Kensei is Great Swordsman, master fencer.

Examples of Yuru Exercise Ideal for Patients, Expecting Mothers, and Sports Players

Movie of a set of golden three Lying Yuru Exercise »Click here

  • WRIST “Pula-Pula” EXERCISE