What is Amatsu? - Amatsu Therapy International

What is Amatsu?


What is Amatsu?

The History of Amatsu

Amatsu originates from the martial traditions of Japan. It has evolved into its current form in the Western world through the research and clinical experience of its practitioners. Its philosophies are as appropriate now as they were 2000 years ago.

In 1986, Dr Hatsumi invited three osteopaths from the British Isles to learn the art of Amatsu. Dennis Bartram from Hartlepool, Chris Roworth from Hillingdon and William Doolan from Dublin and they trained with Dr Hatsumi over a prolonged period. During this time, they used Western methods to evaluate the effects of Amatsu and formulate a therapy that was true to Dr Hatsumi’s teachings yet scientific enough for the Western world. They returned to their home towns, and set up training schools to fulfil Dr Hatsumi’s wishes: that the world should know about Amatsu. This has allowed Amatsu to grow in Europe with the formation of new Amatsu schools throughout England and Ireland. Each of these founders has developed their own interpretation of Dr Hatsumi’s teachings and has gone on to teach their own understanding of Amatsu.

Amatsu Therapy International (UK) Ltd has The Amatsu Training School Ltd, owned by Jane Langston as one of its recommended and affiliated schools. Jane has trained with two of the original three founders, and has further developed modern Amatsu and its teaching through the school..

Amatsu Therapy International (ATI UK) is created for and run by Amatsu Therapy practitioners. ATI UK has a full range of professional policies to support and protect both members and the public and affiliates Amatsu therapy schools and teachers, so members benefit from a range of Continual Professional Development and professional training compliant with National Occupational Standards.

ATI UK is also part of GCMT, the Council for Soft Tissue Therapies, who are now used as a key requirement of Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) registration. The Council for Soft Tissue Therapies is the only forum where Professional Associations who represent massage and soft tissue therapies can come together to discuss and resolve industry issues. The GCMT is the governing body for massage and soft tissue therapies that form all bodyworks and soft tissue techniques in the UK. GCMT are a non-profit making body with the following aims and objectives:

  • To define and influence educational standards in the field of soft tissue therapies
  • To act as a lobbying and pressure group in the areas of, education, regulation, insurance and employment
  • To cooperate collectively (e.g on commercial deals) for the benefit of our respective memberships
  • To share best practice and experience as Parent Associations
  • To bring together, and initiate, research into soft tissue therapy

Amatsu is ...

'A physical therapy that restores balance (biotensegrity) to the body using natural body movement (taijutsu) to correct anatomical dysfunction.'

Amatsu Therapy has developed by using diagnostics tools from a wide range of disciplines including 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.

This is possible because of the application of Taijutsu, which is one of the things that makes Amatsu Tnerapy unique. 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.

Amatsu Therapy uses a range of soft tissue work techniques to realign your physical structure, thus improving the efficiency of your muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments. This gives the body space again so joints and the body's functional organs can work efficiently, whilst improving movement. in order to release the inherent wellness that becomes subdued with dis-ease. It looks at the interaction of five factors for health referred to as Godai (Go being the Japanese for five). These five factors: Structure, Nutrition, Energy, Emotion and Environment are inter-dependent 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.

Amatsu Therapy practitioners are trained to give aftercare advice to clients, for example:

  • Correct physical posture whilst walking, standing, sitting and lying
  • Improving eating habits
  • Counteracting emotional stresses

Amatsu Therapy 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 may be able to help with please see: Why Choose Amatsu


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