THE MEANING OF 'TE-ATE'
Copyright © 2009 James Deacon
Japanese word te-ate is formed from two kanji characters:
isolation, te means 'hand'; ate means 'to aim, 'to
put', 'to place', 'to apply'
combined word te-ate:
- which can also be written in the phonetic hiragana script also written as:
can mean “apply hands” or “hands-on”;
it can also mean, “touching with the hands”, “handwork”,
or “put hand (on injury)” and, by extension, has come
to mean 'Treatment'*
a modern medical sense, for example, the phrase "te-ate o suru":
'a putting on of hands') can mean 'to treat (an injury)' or 'to
nurse' or 'to cure'.
the word te-ate has, for centuries been a generic term covering
numerous different treatment practices involving the direct-contact
application of the hands - whether as manipulative therapy
or as 'energetic' laying-on-of-hands type intervention –
for the purpose of treating physical injury, trauma, ailment,
sickness and disease.
the pressure-point, energy stimulation/transfer, and manipulative
techniques (including: static touch, rubbing, kneading, palpating,
tapping, pressing, twisting, pulling, mobilisation of joints,
etc.) as practiced within therapeutic arts such as Shiatsu, Amatsu,
Seitai, Amma, Shindenjutsu, Ampuku,
Seiki Jutsu, Kiatsu, Kuatsu, and even Western-style massage, can
all be said to constitute 'te-ate'.
what about the art of 'Reiki' – can 'Reiki' be considered
a form of te-ate?
certainly Reiki Ryoho - when given 'hands-on' – can
when Reiki Ryoho is given as a 'hands-off' aura-treatment,
or when it is given at a distance, technically it does
not constitute te-ate.
the spiritual teachings and spiritual development (Reiho)
aspects of Reiki (and other similar disciplines) cannot be described
refers specifically to the hands-on treatment of physical
to confuse things a little, in other usage, the same word te-ate -
written using the same kanji - can refer to an allowance,
benefit, or compensatory payment, e.g. as in jido te-ate (Child Allowance)