Amatsu Therapy

What is Amatsu Therapy?

Amatsu Orthopathic Therapy is a non-invasive whole body therapy with its roots in the teachings of Dr. Massaka Hatsumi on the Hichibuku Goshin-jutsu school of traditional Japanese medicine. Dr Hatsumi is a Japanese Osteopath, Accupuncturist, Sekkotsu therapist and is inscribed on the wall of honour of the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

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Mr. Dennis Bartram, Dr. Massaka Hatsumi’s direct student has  from Dr Hatsumi’s original teachings through the research of the principal trainers  and students of the ATA, at the forefront of which is Mr Dennis Bartram. Dennis learned  the therapy directly from Dr Hatsumi and blended his teachings with the research of Dr Stephen Levin MD in Biotensegrity along with  Dennis’ own background in massage and Osteopathy to create a western framework on Dr Harsumi’s traditional eastern teachings.

Dennis and the ATA principal trainers are constantly doing new research to raise the standard and effectiveness of this therapy and the distinction of  Amatsu Orthopath reflects this higher standard with its increased effectiveness and more professional approach.

Amatsu Orthopath therapists use specific anatomical knowledge and progressive testing to find  critical points in that body that when treated using the gentle, yet powerful, techniques elicit the greatest response in the body.

Practitioners are creating a state in the body where the bones, joints, nerves, soft tissues and viscera are free to move and function in an un-inhibited manner. This relieves excess stress on the nervous system and promotes the self-regulation of the body.

Clients are also given advice on how to maintain good posture and poise and methods to limit stress on their bodies.

The core concept of the therapy is the minimal amount of techniques performed gently in anatomically specific locations to elicit the maximum amount of change for the client by restoring normal yet optimum function.


Who is Amatsu Therapy suitable for?

Amatsu Treatments (balances) are suitable for people of all age groups and those with limited mobility.


How does Amatsu Therapy work?

Amatsu uses soft tissue and mobilisation techniques that are rooted in the ancient Japanese ‘feeling’ practised by Dr Hatsumi and developed by Dennis Bartram. Together they provide Amatsu with a unique set of techniques for clients.

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They are movement orientated and engage with the body’s soft tissue to initiate movement at an injury site. This helps to release painful spasms or restrictions around the injury and, therefore, supports the rebuilding of healthy neurological patterns and global body balance or proprioception.






Amatsu and Proprioception

It is important to talk about proprioception in relation to Amatsu because every balance (treatment) aims to support its restoration to your injury sites and your whole body. Proprioception refers to the body’s ability to sense movement, enabling us to know where our limbs are in space without having to consciously look. This system is subconscious, which means that we don’t have to think about making the movements. Sometimes the reactions take place so fast they are termed reflexive. Proprioception is important in all of our everyday movements and, in particular, during complicated movements where precise co-ordination is essential; such as those in sporting activities or when undertaking a complicated manoeuvre such as parallel parking your car.

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Our proprioceptive sensory receptors are located throughout the body and are found chiefly in the muscles, tendons, joints and the inner ear. They provide information to your brain about joint angle, muscle length and tension, which are integrated in order to allow the brain to be able to detect the position or motion of a limb or the entire body in space.

Therefore, distorted information being received from any of the joints, tendons or muscles that have been injured will have a negative effect on your proprioceptive abilities and bodily co-ordination. A more specific example of this is when the receptors within the joints or ligaments are damaged such as with a sprained ankle. This means that the information that is usually sent to the brain by the ankle ligaments will be impaired and, therefore, their whole body proprioception will be compromised. As a consequence many clients say that the joint feels odd or just doesn’t feel right and that they are unable to walk easily in their normal way. This can leave the person with decreased co-ordination during their daily activities making them more prone to falling over and re-injuring themselves. In addition, they will also be walking differently to compensate for the injured ankle which could lead to other injuries or strains in other parts of their body.

Amatsu supports and works with the natural abilities of your body, aiming to aid the restoration of the proprioceptive quality in your body and movement.

We all have the potential to move in a natural, easy way but long-term bad postural habits, accidents or illness can inhibit or damage this. Our body’s natural movement should require no conscious control; thereby our day to day activities or ‘walk’ are automatic reflex actions.

Therefore, in line with Amatsu’s roots in ancient Japanese natural movement principles, as a practitioner I am trained to understand the importance of your body’s movement restrictions or injuries. I utilise my own integrated natural body movement within my techniques, thereby also working to allow your body to regain its own ease of motion. By re-learning how to move our bodies in a natural and integrated manner, we enhance more than just body movement, we also enhance our health. The essence of this is to move and act as natural human beings. Once this is obtained, other Amatsu techniques are utilised to help to maintain the balance of the body and therefore promote good health.

An example of an unconscious reflex action is when you burn your finger on a hot substance. Your reflexes will remove your finger from the source of the heat, without enough time for conscious thought. If you had to consciously think about removing it first, your finger would remain on the hot substance for much longer and become more damaged. Examples of natural movement principles are also constantly visible all of the time within nature. Consider the ability of the albatross to fly around the globe with barely a flap of his wings or the complexity of the amazing flight dynamics of a dragonfly which even now are still not fully understood by today’s aeronautical experts.

Throughout the ages man has understood, comprehended and copied nature. Quite often though, our copy becomes a mechanised version of the natural source. Modern life can also mechanise us to some degree as we now spend much of our daily lives operating machines or computers and driving our cars. This can make us lose our inherent, inbuilt abilities to move in natural ways. We will often then become susceptible and vulnerable to injury whilst performing the most simple of tasks. Our practitioners are trained to understand this, and work to help restore your natural movement capabilities in every treatment (balance.)


Call us now on 085-143 4299 to discuss your health issues in complete confidence.