What is Amatsu?

Amatsu has its roots in traditional Japanese medicine and is based on principles of natural movement. Your body has many different systems, all of which need to work in balance to give you the health you want. These fit into five main categories – Physical, Electrical, Chemical, Mental and Environmental.

None of these work in isolation. With Amatsu, by treating the whole body, not just the symptoms, all the elements will be able to work together to regain health, function and balance. Amatsu comprises a number of different techniques such as massage, mobilisation, re-patterning and cranial balancing. All of these can be used in many combinations to suit your needs.

Amatsu is a holistic Japanese therapy that has been influenced by Chinese, Korean and other Oriental sciences and philosophies. It has grown into its present form through the research and clinical experience of its practitioners. Its philosophies are as appropriate now (if not more so) as they were 2,000 years ago.

The Benefits of Amatsu

Amatsu can treat a wide range of conditions, such as:

This is not a comprehensive list as many more conditions may also be treated.

The History of Amatsu

The Amatsu principles originated from the Ancient School of Hi Chi Bu Ku Goshin Jutsu. This is a school of breathing techniques and physical modalities of wellbeing and translates as "The Secret School of the Opening Flower." The term Amatsu Tatara relates to the scrolls which record the basis of Amatsu.

The scrolls are a collaboration of martial arts, medicine, philosophy, strategy and religion. Traditionally, this knowledge and skill was shared with only a handful of people in each generation that was passed down in an unbroken chain.

The present day head of this tradition is Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi (PhD) of Noda City, Japan. He is the founder and grandmaster of the Bujinkan Dojo.

Dr. Hatsumi was born in December 1931, he is universally acknowledged as the last traditionally trained Ninja. From a young age he studied many martial arts including Judo, Karate and Kobudo. In his twenties he began an apprenticeship to the late Toshitsugu Takamatsu which continued for fifteen years at the end of which Takamatsu passed the knowledge and skills held in the Amatsu Tatara to Dr. Hatsumi.

Dr. Hatsumi broke with tradition in the early 1990's and granted Master Teaching Licenses to Dennis Bartram, William Doolan and Chris Roworth. Amatsu in its present form has been primarily developed by Dennis Bartram, who is the Chairman and Principal Trainer of the Amatsu Therapy Association.

Dennis Bartram has trained with Dr. Hatsumi for over twenty years, his background in Osteopathy, Touch for Health, Physiotherapy, NLP and many martial arts has provided a wealth of experience to combine Dr. Hatsumi's natural movement principles with scientific research to re-define how pressure therapy can normalise musculo-skeletal injuries by using biotensegrity as a model.

For more information regarding biotensegrity visit Dr Stephen Levin’s website.

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