History of Amatsu Therapy

Amatsu therapy, in its modern form within the Amatsu Therapy Association (ATA), was developed by Dennis Bartram. He took inspiration from his mentor who is considered the living grandmaster of Amatsu, Dr Massaki Hatsumi.

Dennis was taught the fundamental ‘heart feeling’ and techniques of Amatsu by Dr. Hatsumi, which he has researched and translated into a modern western framework taught today only by ATA approved schools. The Japanese symbol shown on this page translates to mean ‘mysterious hands’. It was drawn by Dr. Hatsumi especially for Dennis during one of his visits to Japan in recognition of his personal expertise and excellence in Amatsu.

David McCarthy Amatsu Therapist in Japan

In addition to being our chairman, Dennis is also the ATA’s principal researcher and teacher. He is registered with the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP) as a senior practitioner and advisor, and has been awarded a Fellowship to the ATA.