A 3,000 year old therapy from Japan
What is amatsu therapy?
Amatsu has developed from an ancient Japanese therapy and is used to correct many musculo-skeletal problems, for pain management and for rehabilitation after injury. In addition it works to restore general health by addressing physical, emotional and nutritional stresses on the body.
Its origins go back at least 3000 years, and the present form of amatsu practised today has only been adapted from the original form following advancements in knowledge of the human anatomy. Only since 1995 though, has the art of amatsu been shared with the Western world when Japanese tradition was broken, and there are now a growing number of trained practitioners here.
How does amatsu therapy work?
In a hands-on way, amatsu is a form of push, pull massage, working to realign joints. But practitioners also work with clients by giving nutritional guidance, stress management and postural management, in order to address the body as a whole.
This is because amatsu is based on the five factors for health and harmony, called the Godai. These five factors are: physical (musculo-skeletal), emotional (mind), nutritional (food), energy (life force) and interaction within our environment.
If the five factors of the Godai are balanced, the person will be well balanced, physically and mentally.
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What can amatsu therapy be used for?
There are many problems which can be treated with amatsu, the most common of which are: back problems, headaches and migraines, sports injuries, sinusitis, irritable bowel syndrome, sprains and strains and knee problems, to name a few.
When used in conjunction with nutritional consultations, stress management and postural guidance, amatsu is capable of providing an all-encompassing therapy for the body, mind and soul.
Is amatsu therapy an effective form of therapy?
You would expect that a form of therapy that has been used for thousands of years must be effective. Added to this, the fact that amatsu has been adapted along with medical advancements would suggest that this is an effective form of therapy.
Are there any known side effects with amatsu therapy?
There are no known side effects with amatsu therapy, and it is in fact safe for people of all ages, from newborn babies to the elderly.
Practitioners in the UK are specially trained over the course of two years and are members of the Amatsu Therapy Association (ATA). The ATA is regulated by the Institute for Complementary Medicine.
Where can you find further information on amatsu therapy?