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About The Seimei Foundation

The Seimei Foundation is comprised of practitioners from various professions, educations, cultures and religions. The binding agent for this diverse group of individuals is the recognition and practice of Seimei; we are learning that Seimei is an evolutionary process of discovery and potential and the Foundation was founded to support its members in a variety of ways. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization.

Our mission is to share the knowledge of Seimei with individuals and groups through Introductory Workshops, Educational Programs, Seminars, Practical Applications and Demonstrations.

Our purpose is to provide people the opportunity to make positive differences in their lives, improve their well-being and achieve their highest potential.

History Seimei came into being with the birth of Toshihisa Hiraki, a great man of wisdom and clarity, in 1947 in Kumamoto, Japan. He acknowledged the existence of a unique phenomenon within himself that defied physical laws as we know them. He named this phenomenon Seimei or “the awakened Buddha Nature." He then proceeded to prove it into physical manifestation by using it to alter the taste of liquids and relieve pain and discomfort in all things animate without physically touching the object or the person.

Hiraki eventually devised a curriculum and awakening process that allows people to explore, learn and know about their own Seimei. The awakening process, called the Go Juki No Gi ceremony, translates as "The Awarding of Power." This happens directly from the Founder in Japan. This is where the journey starts. Then one takes classes and finds their own passionate uses for Seimei.

There is a lot more to Seimei than can be described, but it is used primarily as an alternative non-touch healing technique. It is very powerful and can help relieve pain, stress and tension from the mind, body, and spirit. For acute conditions, Seimei is phenomenal: One minute the pain is there, the next it's better !* Tens of thousands of people in the East have been taught to use their own Seimei creating better lives for themselves and those around them.

Introduction of Seimei to the West began ten years ago and is an on-going endeavor.  We are a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization.

*Seimei results vary depending on how long a person has had a condition, and it is not a substitute for sound medical care.

A Proven Technique From Japan


Try It … You’ve Nothing To Lose But Your Discomfort!

  • Complementary, non-touch technique
  • More than 15,000 Japanese practitioners
  • Totally non-invasive

The Seimei practitioner initiates a process that allows your body to heal itself. The practitioner also locates the point of pain you described and monitors the changes taking place. Seimei works by removing stagnation in the body that can cause pain and discomfort. Results vary depending on how long you've had the condition.

Some of the more common issues associated with pain are:

  • Accidents
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain
  • Balancing
  • Burns
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Cuts & Bruises
  • Depression
  • Heart Burn
  • Headaches
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Muscle Strain
  • PMS
  • Sciatica
  • Shock/Distress
  • Sore Muscles
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stiff Neck
  • Stress
  • Tendonitis
  • Tension
  • Tight Shoulders
  • TMJ

Seimei (An Awakened Buddha Nature) is a proven technique. We do not diagnose, provide advice or make recommendations regarding health. As with other holistic modalities, we are a complement to, not a replacement for, sound medical care.

Seimei is absolutely safe. In fact, we have no physical contact with our clients and offer no remedies or supplements.

Seimei has attracted more than 15,000 Japanese practitioners. The attraction to this work is based on the speed in which results take place.

This healing phenomenon is truly unique because both you and the practitioner experience positive results.

About our Lead Instructor: Nicola Bertolo

Without doubt, Nicola Bertolo is not your average teacher. At age 40, she has journeyed from New Zealand, her country to origin, to Japan, to New Jersey in hope of making the world a better place through Seimei, the activation and study of vital life force.

Nicola started her relationship with Japan by being an American Field Scholar. She challenged the traditional system of education for women in Japan to pursue Judo, a male dominated activity. With a black belt accomplished, her teachers recognized her skill and guided her in her pursuit of her newest goal: the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Judo was not a big sport in New Zealand at the time, so to get to Barcelona under her own country’s flag, she would need to achieve an international ranking of 15th or better and win the New Zealand Nationals the year prior to the Olympics. In the three years prior to the ’92 Olympics, Nicola placed first each year in her country’s nationals and also achieved an international ranking of 11th in the world at the Barcelona World Championships. She had achieved her long term goal of going to the Olympics under her own country’s flag. That discipline characterizes her passion to bring Seimei to the world today, beginning with the United States.

Knowing her life was at a crossroads, she had to decide whether to continue in Judo or not. Drawing on all of her life’s experiences, especially those of her youth in New Zealand, Nicola was toying with the idea of becoming an acupuncturist. As she was deciding what course to pursue, Nicola met an old friend, Mr. Harada. After hearing of her interest in becoming an acupuncturist, he took Nicola to see a demonstration of Seimei.

Mr. Harada had been battling a severe case of Lymphoma and as a wealthy man, he had been able to travel the world for help with this illness. He had experienced many types of healers and techniques in both conventional and alternative medicines to no avail and had been living with a bleak prognosis. It was understood that he had a relatively short time left to live. It was through his travels that Mr. Harada discovered Toshihisa Hiraki, the Founder of Seimei.

In addition to discovering Seimei, Toshihisa Hiraki had created a science to teach people how to use their own awakened,vital life force, or Seimei, to relieve the pain of others, while helping themselves. “I was completely mesmerized as I watched people’s faces change as their pain disappeared,” said Nicola. “To help myself as I helped others was intriguing to me. I was hooked not long after being introduced to Seimei because I saw its potential for the world. It’s a great way to help people take responsibility for their own health and well being.”

With special permission from Hiraki himself, once again Nicola was pursuing a path in an area rarely tread by women, let alone by a foreigner. She was trained in the healing technique of Seimei. True to her style, she rapidly achieved a high level of proficiency within the teaching program and was asked to join the staff to begin teaching others how to use Seimei. Over time, because of Nicola’s ability to bridge eastern and western cultures and her rapidly growing skills in both teaching and the use of Seimei, she was raised to a Director’s level and asked by Hiraki to take on a new challenge. He asked her to bring Seimei to the USA.

Since 1995, Nicola Bertolo, the highest ranking practitioner outside of Japan, has been introducing Seimei to the west. She has worked on many thousands of people with various ailments and has trained approximately 150 practitioners in the U.S. She has established the Seimei Foundation of which she functions as president, to support the practitioners in the pursuit of their training. She has achieved her mid-range goal of finding a location that functions as the main U.S. headquarters for this foundation and a permanent office in the Southwest region, Santa Fe, as well. One of the immediate goals of the foundation is to bring 300 people to Japan to share the cultural experience and benefits of experiencing Seimei in its home of origin.

On a more personal note, Nicola shares her life with husband Phil Bertolo and dogs in the Liberty Corner section of Bernard’s Township. When asked what might be her own wishes for her future, she said, “For myself? I am happiest when I bring Americans to Japan and watch what happens. Some day soon, I hope to bring some of the Japanese practitioners here. The bridge must be strong enough to support travel in both directions. Our entire community would love that.”

And Mr. Harada? He is alive and well in Japan today.