George Takahashi, inventor of the Gravity Massage Board, was born in Idaho, USA and grew up both in the United States and in Japan.A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, with a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science, he taught Japanese language at UCLA full time for twenty years.He
has written several articles on Japanese culture, language and the martial arts.In 1998, George Takahashi
published a 376 page book on the English languare entitle An Adventure in English Language Space, a Key to the Mysteries of English prepositions.Professor Takahashi has been involved with Karate since 1952 and holds a 6th degree black belt in the Shotokan style.He is also the founder and chief instructor of the West Los Angeles Karate School.He
was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the Ken Studies Institute in 1990 along with the congratulatory letters from George Duekmejian, then Governor of the State of California
and Pete Wilson, then U.S.
In Japan, Mr. Takahashi
, Japanese finger -pressure therapy, to help his
mother who suffered from shoulder and back aches.He
investigated karate exercise as a means of strengthening the muscles of his
own weak back.As an extension of that interest, and in the wake of the many people he
encountered who suffered from tension-related pain of the back, shoulders and head, he
began working on a prototype massage device.