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 physical 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 and 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, and 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. Amatsu gets to the root of the problem rather than simply addressing the symptoms you present with.

Amatsu can relieve:
• Back pain
• Joint pain & stiffness
• Stress symptoms
• Digestive symptoms
• Migraine & headaches
• Neck & shoulder complaints
• Pregnancy aches & pains

Amatsu can improve:
• Energy levels
• Range of movement
• Recovery from sports injuries
• Stability & 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 physical therapy dating back three thousand years. The head of this ancient tradition is Dr Masaaki Hatsumi, a martial artist  in Japan  who 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 practiced today. It is this blending of Japanese physical therapy and western principles of research which makes Amatsu a unique combination of East and Western concepts .

What to expect from your Amatsu treatment.

Before the treatment (the  balance ) drink lots of water. Wear loose baggy clothing eg track suit bottoms and T shirt. Switch off your mobile phone and remove all magnets. The balance will take about an hour, although the first treatment  will take up to one hour fifteen minutes whilst I gather  information about your  general health, previous conditions and symptoms and life style. You remain fully clothed throughout  the balance. I use a range of diagnostic tools such as muscle testing and orthopaedic tests to examine the body carefully before using natural body movement to gently mobilise your soft tissue to create change and realign the body.

If you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment, let me know.

Following the balance, you may feel very relaxed or you may experience some stiffness which should wear off. It is advised that you drink lots of water and avoid  strenuous exercise, caffeine and alcohol for at least 24 hours.  If possible, consume bland food to give your digestive system a rest and above all be kind to yourself.

The number of treatments you need depends on the nature of your problem, how long you have had the problem, your age, the stress in your life, your life style and your posture.  Some people feel different straight away, either energised or very tired, while others take at least three sessions to see change in the body. Once your body has healed, it is recommended that you return at intervals to maintain your body in balance and hence your health.

Amatsu should not be used to replace medical treatment. It is a complementary therapy that works along side medical practice. Before coming off any medication you should always consult your GP to ensure that it is safe to do so.