If you have an interest in the human body and how it works, Amatsu training will take you on an amazing journey of discovery.

If, as an already established complementary therapist, you are feeling frustrated that you cannot quite access the root of your client’s health problems and want to help them more, Amatsu training could be the answer for you. Our Amatsu training school in Ireland will provide you with excellent skills to assist profound changes in your client’s wellbeing.

Amatsu training is also suitable for those of you who are really interested in complementary health and are looking for a new career. The practitioner course covers a comprehensive syllabus of anatomy and physiology and Amatsu theory and principles.

Our Amatsu school in Ireland offers an intensive practical course, with a concentration on hands on training which includes the assessment of treatments in the form of case studies.

Our tutors are Ireland’s foremost Amatsu practitioners and this school is approved by the Amatsu Therapy Association in Ireland.

The Amatsu core practitioner training runs over a two year period and is organised so that you can complete our in depth course alongside your jobs and busy lives. Once you have qualified as an Amatsu therapy practitioner you will then be offered the opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills base with the two additional levels of study – Shinden Jutsu and Kenku Jutsu.

There are also many continuous professional development (CPD) courses, run annually, on a wide variety of Amatsu or related topics.




The Course

The Amatsu practitioner training is broken down into three main areas:

  • Anatomy and physiology study (A&P)
  • Principles and philosophy of Amatsu
  • Case studies and practical workshops

Training in these areas will give you the skills, the knowledge and the confidence required to become a confident and competent Amatsu practitioner.

You will partake in a minimum of 32 days class study and approximately 1,000 hours of directed home study. In addition you will cement your clinical knowledge with over 70 client case studies, which are regularly assessed by your teacher in order to monitor your development and competence. There is a formal examination at the end of each year before students are awarded their qualification. Annually, this includes two practical client treatment assessments, and two theoretical exams covering anatomy and physiology, and the principles and philosophy of Amatsu.

Initially you will be taught how to gain information from the body and learn skills such as observation, questioning, testing, and palpation. Having these skills will open up the world around you and it is the foundation of the whole course.

The first year at the Amatsu training school is Anma, which focuses on Japanese massage skills and concentrates on assessing and treating the musculature of the human body. At the end of this year you will receive an Anma massage qualification. This means that you can start treating clients in a professional capacity after your first year of study.

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Anma is the first year of study for an Amatsu therapy qualification and it can be interpreted as the ‘massage’ level as it encompasses the application of natural movement principles on soft tissue structures, with the primary focus being on the musculature system. Unlike most western massages, Anma often uses no oils and can be done through the clothing with the client either sitting or lying down. This makes Anma an extremely flexible style of massage, suitable for a wide variety of client needs and environments.

Anma is over 5,000 years old and it means ‘to push and pull’ body tissue. It originated in ancient China and it is thought to have been first brought to Japan by warrior monks from China through Korea about 1,500 years ago. Anma’s application on the body influences many structures and systems. The stroking, stretching and kneading of the tissue is an ancient art, not only in man, but in all animal species. These techniques were considered so effective in Japan that before the introduction of western medicine all doctors were trained in Anma. This only changed with the Meiji Restoration in 1868 when the government were focused on ‘westernising’ Japan. Therefore they decided to abandon much of their traditional culture including the ‘healing art’ of Anma. As a special exemption only the visually impaired were allowed to continue to train in Anma and other ancient healing arts.1

In the early 1900s a group of Anma trained practitioners formed the basis of Shiatsu, effectively re-naming this approach and using some of Anma’s methods. (Tina Sohn Anma Therapy.) The modern day founder of physiotherapy, Professor Ling, also studied Anma/ Tuina in China prior to the establishment of his Swedish massage and exercise.2

Dr Hatsumi explained to Dennis Bartram that in the beginning ancient man had no real knowledge of pathology or deep anatomical structure. The kneading or stroking would be applied to injuries or pain according to instinctual feel. He explained that by coming from their hearts through their thumbs, ancient man would bring out the wellness in other people.

From the very beginning of their Anma studies our practitioners are trained to evaluate, assess and treat the whole body incorporating all of the symptoms of your illness or injury. Once students have completed their first year of study they are qualified to treat clients in a professional capacity at an Anma level.

The second year at the Amatsu training school is Seitai, which builds upon the theory, practical skills and techniques from the first year and extends your knowledge and understanding of the body’s ligamentous structure.

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The Seitai level of study incorporates the same principles and fundamentals as Anma but with the technique application now primarily focused on the ligamentous system. Ligaments act as a support and movement suspension system for the stability of joint and bone movement. Injury or illness alters the pulls on muscles and ligaments around these joint structures. Seitai works to balance, realign and integrate joint movement, which will aid the integration of all of the body’s systems to help to re-balance and realign the key mechanical and energetic structures (eg: the spine, bones, joints, meridian circuits and cranium)

This will promote healing whilst effecting change in the muscular skeletal system and improving the client’s general well-being, as well as acting as a boost to the homeostasis (immune system) and the body’s balancing sense known as proprioception.



Together Anma and Seitai form the full Amatsu practitioner qualification in Ireland.

This core Amatsu practitioner training in Ireland runs over a two year period and covers Anma and Seitai. Once qualified, practitioners are then offered the opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills base with the two additional levels of Shinden and Kenku Jutsu.


The focus of study in Shinden (the heart feeling in Amatsu treatments) is to alter the pulls in the fascial tissues that surround and support our vital organs. Many organs are held in position by a negative suction reinforced by a tough tissue called fascia. As organs function they need to alter their space with surrounding organs e.g. the lungs filling and emptying. This delicate and subtle movement is finely balanced within our body’s other structures. Injury, illness, and incorrect posture can lead to biased pulls on the fascial tissue surrounding the organs which can, in turn, lead to organic changes and eventually degenerate to disease in some cases.

Shinden Jutsu works to address these imbalances to bring about the freedom of movement and integration of organ structure and function.


Many of our body’s vital systems such as digestion, blood pressure, respiratory, and hormones, are centrally governed by the head. The brain controls around 90% of the nerve system.

In order to accommodate the expansion and return of the brain’s fluid system, the bones in the cranial move in a synchronised and gentle way. This fluid system nourishes the body’s organs and balances nerve activity, and stretches from our head to our pelvis. A range of physical ill health symptoms can result from trauma to this system. Birth trauma, blows to the head, stress and problems with dental occlusion can all have a negative impact on this complex and fragile mechanism.


Kenku helps to balance, regulate and maintain this essential mechanism to aid the other aspects of Amatsu.

For information about when the next courses are starting, to discuss if you would be a suitable candidate and what the logistics and costs of taking part are please call our programme director on 085-143 4299