The Wellness Resource Center in North Dartmouth is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary by hosting Haruyoshi F. Ito, an internationally acclaimed speaker and presenter on …
The Wellness Resource Center in North Dartmouth is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary by hosting Haruyoshi F. Ito, an internationally acclaimed speaker and presenter on massage, hospice work, and martial arts. In addition to massage therapy, Mr. Ito is an expert instructor in martial arts training which he uses to train caregivers in physical and emotional balance and centeredness.
"Martial Arts and healing arts are really two sides of the same coin,” says Mr. Ito. “To perform Martial Arts well one needs to be balanced, focused, clear, and precise. It is the same with healing arts but the motivation and result is much better for human society." Motivated by his experience as child in the bombing of Hiroshima and also by the events of 911, Mr. Ito also founded the Taimyo Network for Peace.
When he founded the Wellness Resource Center twenty-five years ago, Don Cardoza hoped to create an organization that would serve the community. His concept was driven by the notion of peace and strength through compassion and service. “Positive touch brings us together,” he says, “It connects us in a way that heals our core because it is not negative or sexual. Just compassionate.”
In reflecting on the last twenty-five years, Mr. Cardoza says, “Dreams can be given to you by celebrities but for most of us they require work over time. The best thing about this milestone is that it is built on faith in people and faith on the positive impact we can have on each other. The truth of that belief is why we are still here and will continue to serve the southcoast region for years to come.”
The dream he envisioned a quarter century ago has enabled The Wellness Resource Center to donate over 30,000 hours of its services to clients with special needs, the elderly, people living with HIV/AIDS, stroke and cancer survivors, and groups raising money for animal shelters and Relay for Life, and the Special Olympics, among many others.
The WRC Center will offer massage for $25 for the next 25 weeks on Fri from 9-6 to introduce people to the positive effects of touch. If you’re interested in receiving or studying massage therapy, studying or finding out more about Aikido, or would like to learn about Haruyoskin F. Ito, you may call the center at 508-996-6054 or visit their website at WWW.wrc1.com. Mr. Ito will be in residence at the center until June 15.