Sarah Barnes. Amatsu Therapist and Buteyko Instructor. BA(rem ling), MBRCP, MBPI , MIAHP.


I first encountered Amatsu as a result of a fall which subsequently led to a frozen shoulder.  In chronic pain, unable to work for 6 months and after seeking help from seven different health professionals, I eventually discovered Amatsu. After two sessions, Clare Heal my Amatsu practitioner  relieved my symptoms  significantly and finally I saw light at the end of the tunnel.   I became fascinated by a treatment that was so effective and that addressed my whole body rather than just my shoulder.

Amatsu enabled me to live my life without pain, to feel energized, breathe more deeply and eventually drive my car and return to work.  My return to health awakened in me a new found body awareness, which led to a fervent interest in anatomy and physiology.  As a result of a journey that began with an accident, I took the decision to embark on a 2 year course at the Amatsu Training School in Hertfordshire, qualifying with Distinction.

After working for over 25 years as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS, I made the life changing decision  to give it up and focus all my energies on practicing  Amatsu full time.  I am committed to helping ease pain and increase the well being of others with injury-related, chronic or lifestyle conditions.

I am also is a fully certified Buteyko Instructor, accredited by Patrick McKeown.  I took Patrick’s course and my life- long Raynaud’s disease (cold hands and feet) got better in just two months and I was inspired to become a Buteyko instructor. I realized that breathing correctly was the missing piece of the jigsaw in my own health. There is a huge body of scientific research into how the actual biomechanics and biochemistry of breathing  can effect your health, but  is scarcely recognised in medical and complementary practices.  As a Speech Therapist in the NHS, I always had an interest in oral and facial development when working with children, which now informs my  practice as a Buteyko instructor. I offer private training in Buteyko breathing both face to face and on line.

Visceral manipulation of the abdomen.

Visceral Manipulation
Since qualifying I have been doing further training at the Barral Institute in Scotland, London and Copenhagen. See Visceral Manipulation  gently mobilises organs in the body such as the stomach, liver, gall bladder, intestines and bladder. These gentle manipulations may potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body. Visceral Manipulation can improve functioning of a stagnant organ and effect digestive symptoms such as gastro-esophageal reflux, stomach bloating and discomfort, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation and pain in the abdomen. The pelvis holds many vital reproductive organs. Congestion here can cause problems with the lymphatic and venous drainage impacting not just the pelvis but the back and the legs.  Simply treating the afflicted area such as a painful knee does not always solve the problem, if the source  is in the pelvis.  If you have had abdominal surgery, such as an appendectomy or a Cesarean section, this can cause adhesions deep in the tissues. In other words, the layers of tissue can stick together and over time can manifest as seemingly unrelated problems in the body. Visceral manipulation can pin point where the stagnation lies and release these adhesions, restoring healthy function. 

I continue my CPD training with both the Barral Institute and Amatsu, so that provide the best possible treatment to my clients. See

Sarah Barnes. Member British Register of Complementary Practitioners.

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