Go-Dai and Gairon – The Philosophy behind Amatsu
What is Go-Dai?
One of the principle philosophies of Amatsu therapy is that of the Go-dai.
Go-dai means the ‘Big Five’ and it focuses on the inter-reaction of the five major body systems.
- Physical – structure, bones, muscles, ligaments, viscera
- Mental – thought processes, emotions, beliefs and values
- Electrical – energy systems, nervous system and energy levels
- Chemical – hormones, digestive system and the food you eat
- Environmental – where, when and how you do what you do
In essence, the principle is that none of these systems work in isolation, they are interconnected. Therefore, treating with Amatsu techniques will have an impact not only on the physical, but on all of the other systems.
It is becoming well documented that our emotions and the physical body are interconnected. For example, we are all familiar with the likelihood of stress or mental anxiety leading to physical tension in a part of the body such as the neck and shoulders. Similarly, our energy levels (and/or digestive system) can be affected by physical pain in our joints or muscles and the postural choices that we make at work or in the car can lead to tension and pain in the body. Thus everything within the body is linked and Amatsu treats the body as a whole rather than just the individual symptoms. In today’s modern world where many of us live with consistently high levels of stress, it is vital for this to be taken into account within any treatment that you may receive.
By treating the whole body, all of the elements will be able to work together to regain better health, function and balance. Regaining the natural, healthy patterns relevant to you is the aim of every Amatsu treatment (balance).
What is Gairon?
Gairon is the foundation of Amatsu therapy. It is pronounced Guy-ron which loosely translates to mean “the bigger picture, consider everything, discount nothing, use the best available and find that which is not obvious.”
Therefore, your Amatsu practitioner is trained to consider the bigger picture of any problem or symptom. For example, a bad knee could be because of a direct injury on the knee. However, it is also likely that the posture (total body position) and the natural walking and standing pattern of the client has led to the progressive damage and degeneration of the knee, therefore creating a vulnerable area.
Amatsu is different because it considers not only the localised condition within the knee, but also the bigger picture of the other stresses, strains and torsions that are placed on the knee by the whole body.