FAQ - Amatsu Therapy International

Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ
What is different about Amatsu?
Amatsu comes from the teaching of Toshitsugu Takamatsu - the last Ninja Warrior in Japan. He passed his knowledge to Hatsumi, who is the current Grand Master or soke of nine martial schools. Hatsumi now mainly teaches Budo Taijutsu or natural body movement. It is this natural body movement that creates a powerful change with a gentle touch. For more information on Hatsumi please see the links page Taijutsu or natural body movement (as it translates from Japanese) is used by the practitioner to induce movement in the client which then facilitates a deeper level of integrated, whole body correction. This method of working is consistent with the biotensegrity principle as explained by Dr Steven Levin, which looks at the body as an holistic, self supporting unit rather than the traditional bio-mechanic machine it is often described as, for a better explanation please refer to Dr Levins' website.
What factors does Amatsu take into account when assessing a client?
It looks at the interaction of five factors for health referred to as the Godai (Go meaning 5 in Japanese). These five factors, Structure, Nutrition, Energy, Emotion and Environment are interdependent and can cause illness in any of the other areas. Therefore, it is not just a physical injury that can cause problems to the body. All too often life's stresses mean that our bodies have to adapt and cope with tensions and strains, leading to poor posture, sluggish digestive systems, aching shoulders and necks. Amatsu can help to relieve these strains.
How does an Amatsu Practitioner assess a client?
Amatsu has developed by using diagnostic tools from a wide range of disciplines including Kinesiology muscle testing and Orthopedic testing to understand and explain the body's natural principles. During a treatment the practitioner will assess specific dysfunctions and the most effective way to restore balance back to the whole body with minimum intervention. Amatsu uses a range of techniques including soft tissue work, structural alignment, balance to the organ system and cranial work, in order to release inherent wellness that becomes subdued with dis-ease.
I'm pregnant - can Amatsu help me?
Amatsu is a gentle therapy, which is very effective throughout pregnancy. Speak to your practitioner to clarify at what stages it would be beneficial for you to visit. It can help with back pain, tension in the ligaments of the uterus, symphysis pubis and other conditions. It will also help to bring your pelvis back into balance. A pelvis that is in balance can move and turn to allow the baby to deliver as quickly and safely as possible. Amatsu treatments (balances) are gentle and non-invasive and are suitable for people of any age, from the very young to the very old and for those with limited mobility. For a comprehensive list of the conditions that Amatsu can help with please see: Why Choose Amatsu?
I've had my injury for years - can Amatsu help me?
Yes, but depending on the injury and the length of time the injury has caused problems, your practitioner will work with you to bring wellness, which may be focused on functionality and movement, bringing you back to a place where your body works well without pain. Amatsu treatments (balances) are gentle and non-invasive and are suitable for people of any age, from the very young to the very old and for those with limited mobility. For a comprehensive list of the conditions that Amatsu can help with please see: Why Choose Amatsu?
Can babies benefit from Amatsu?
Treatments or balances are suitable for people of all age groups. Even the tiniest baby can have experienced a trauma, often from the process of being born. Babies generally love Amatsu as it gives them back their natural freedom of movement. Amatsu treatments (balances) are gentle and non-invasive and are suitable for people of any age, from the very young to the very old and for those with limited mobility. For a comprehensive list of the conditions that Amatsu can help with please see Why Choose Amatsu?
How does Amatsu help the body heal itself?
Amatsu is a whole body treatment that works with the body's soft tissue eg: muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, organs and cranio-sacral system. It helps to re-balance other key mechanical and energetic structures eg: the spine, joints, bones, cranium and meridian circuits. By bringing the body back into balance, Amatsu empowers the body to heal itself.
What clothes do I wear?
Amatsu balances are given fully clothed, it is ideal to wear loose fitted clothing.
Are there any times when Amatsu may not be appropriate?
Amatsu practitioners are specifically trained to recognise when Amatsu may not be appropriate. It is not a matter of saying "Don’t have Amatsu if you have this or that condition". The best thing is to chat with your chosen practitioner on the phone before booking a treatment.
Can I have Amatsu while taking medication?
Yes, as Amatsu is body and energy balancing. Clients should inform their practitioner of any current medication intake.
Do I have to be sick before I can book a Amatsu balance?
No. A regular Amatsu balance is a good way to prevent health problems arising. Many people choose Amatsu just because they enjoy it and they recognise it helps them to stay well.

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