What is Amatsu?

Amatsu is a soft tissue and mobilisation therapy which 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, and not just the symptoms, all the elements will be able to work together to regain health, function and balance. Amatsu comprises several different techniques such as massage, mobilisation, re-patterning and cranial balancing. All these can be used in many combinations to suit your needs.

Amatsu is a Japanese physical 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. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your condition or symptoms if they are not listed and we will be happy to advise if Amatsu or other treatment may be beneficial to you. Amatsu physical therapy should not be used to replace medical treatment without consultation with your GP or other healthcare professional. If unsure, please contact Colin or Dáire and your GP for advice.

The History of Amatsu

The Amatsu principles originated from the Ancient School of Hichibuku Goshin Jutsu. This is a school of breathing techniques and physical modalities of well-being 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 1931, and 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 with 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.

Thought for Today

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
- Mahatma Gandhi

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