What is Amatsu?

Amatsu is a modern adaptation of an ancient soft tissue therapy used in Japan for thousands of years. It is a whole body treatment that works with the body’s soft tissues, skeleton, cranio-sacral system and meridian lines.

The therapist  uses the principles of natural body movement to effect change in you through mobilizing the body’s soft tissues including muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, organs, and meridians.  It restores balance to the body, empowering the body to heal itself. The treatment is gentle and non-invasive, is performed fully clothed and does not involve any cracks or crunches!

By working on the soft tissue, it can align the cranio- sacral system, joints, bones,organs, the spine and meridian lines thus helping your body to repair and heal itself. Amatsu treats the whole body not just the symptoms that you present with to get to the root cause of an on- going problem.

Over time we can build up injury patterns in our bodies, that are embedded deep in the body’s tissue and only later come out as symptoms. The injury may have  come from abdominal surgery carried out years previously leading to internal scar tissue, or adhesions in the abdomen. Or it  could be an old sports injury or whip lash following a car accident. The therapy finds these injury patterns, releases them layer by layer, a bit like peeling back the layers of an onion. This can lead to a relief of symptoms and an increase in vitality.
Amatsu can relieve:

  • Back pain
  • Joint pain & stiffness
  • Stress symptoms
  • Digestive symptoms including bloating, reflux, IBS
  • Migraine & headaches
  • Neck & shoulder complaints
  • Pregnancy aches & pains
  • Women’s Pelvic problems
  • Groin pain
  • Premenstrual pain
  • Lower abdominal pain

Amatsu can improve

  • Energy levels
  • Range of movement in joints
  • Recovery from sports injuries
  • Stability and flexibility of the skeletal system

Amatsu should not be used to replace medical treatment. Consult your GP and myself if you have any questions about this.

The History of Amatsu

Amatsu is a blend of modern research and ancient Japanese practice dating back three thousand years. The head of this ancient tradition is Dr Masaaki Hatsumi, a martial artist in Ninjutsu. He holds the scrolls of knowledge and skill passed down through generations. In 1986, two  English and one Irish osteopath, went to Japan to study this ancient therapy with Hatsumi. On his return to the UK, Dennis Bartram studied  osteopathic and  chiropractic research combining it with the principles of biotensegrity to develop Amatsu as practised today. It is this blending of the Japanese martial arts of Ninjutsu and it’s healing tradition and western principles of research which makes Amatsu a unique combination of East and Western concepts of medicine.


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