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What is Amatsu Therapy

Amatsu is a blend of modern research, and an ancient Japanese Physical Therapy that dates back approximately five thousand years. The Amatsu principles taught today are from the Ancient Japanese School of Hi Chi Bu Ku Goshin Jutsu. It was first brought to the UK from Japan around 12-15 years ago by three Westerners; Dennis Bartram, William Doolan, and Chris Roworth. They were taught and granted Master Teaching Licenses by Dr. Hatsumi, who holds the original scrolls detailing Amatsu’s principles and methodology. He is also the grandmaster of nine martial arts schools.

Amatsu uses a combination of techniques including; massage, mobilisation, re-patterning, cranial balancing, energy balancing, and the stimulation of acupressure points. It is suitable for all age groups from young babies and pregnant mums, to those in their more advanced years, or those people with limited mobility.

There are now approximately 100 Amatsu Practitioners outside of Japan, and Amatsu training schools are established in Hartlepool, Doncaster, Dublin, Croxley Green, and Germany.

To find out more information on training in Amatsu please go to the ATA Website

It's possible to find out more about the history of Amatsu by visiting the History & Principiles of Amatsu page.

What to expect during an Amatsu treatment

Even Amatsu practitioners benefit from the therapyAn Amatsu treatment is called a balance and lasts for 30 minutes. Allow an hour for the initial balance as a detailed client personal history is taken. During a balance a full picture of any problems is built using a combination of observation, palpation (touch), and muscle testing.

A combination of techniques are applied according to your needs. These include; massage, mobilisaton, re-patterning, cranial balancing, and the stimulation of acupressure points. If your bones are out of alignment, it is because the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs) are holding them in that way. Amatsu is different because it works on balancing your whole body using soft tissue, which then naturally allows you to realign yourself. Therefore, long term improvements are also made to your body’s health and posture.

The number of balances required varies according to the nature of the condition. Many people find regular balances effective in maintaining good health.

It is not unusual to feel dramatic changes after only the first treatment, for other people it takes a couple of treatments for the changes to take place – it depends on the depth of the initial problem. In some ways injuries or problems within the body can be compared to an onion. As the body compensates, and learns how to cope with the damage caused by an injury or illness, further layers of pain and injury are created on top of the original problem. Often where it hurts today, is not where the original problem is – today’s pain has been created by months or years of adapted posture and movement, that has enabled the body to cope with the original problem. During Amatsu treatments the layers of pain/ injuries/ illnesses are peeled away (like an Onion skin) to reach and solve the original problem. How long it takes depends, on the number of layers, and the cause of the original problem.

Everybody feels differently after a balance! It is not unusual to feel the improvements straight away, although some people feel the changes over the next few days. Some people feel tired, whilst others have a boost of energy – or they have both! Your body is simply adjusting to the changes in the way that is best for you. Most people will, however, feel very relaxed after a balance.

It is always recommended that you drink plenty of water following a balance to keep your body hydrated, and to assist in the removal of toxins. Where possible, it is also advisable to avoid vigorous physical activity for 24-48 hours following a balance, to allow the body time to heal.

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