What is Amatsu Therapy:
Amatsu has been developed by Dennis Bartram since the 1980’s. It is based upon a traditional Japanese soft tissue therapy with a history that dates back thousands of years as well as more modern Western principles of anatomy, physiology and Biotensegrity (the originator of which is Dr Stephen Levin). Instead of treating the body as a series of parts, the body is treat as a whole unit, the principle being that every part of the body has an effect on all other parts of the body.
Below is a picture of a tensegrity model that represents a human pelvis:
As you can see, the struts (bones) are suspended within a tension network of elastic bands (fascia, ligaments, muscle and tendons). You can see by looking at this model that if any one elastic band has its tension altered that it will have an affect across all of the others, the “balance” of the whole unit is affected.
With this in mind a person could come seeking therapy for anything ranging from jaw pain to foot pain, an aching back to a swollen knee, each time the body is looked at as a whole unit. This is to enable the root cause of the problem to be treat and not just the symptomatic local issue, for example, tennis elbow. The benefit of this approach is that if the source of the problem is located and the body is brought back into correct alignment it has a greater capacity to heal.
As previously mentioned, the way the body is interconnected means that any misalignment has to have an effect on the whole being. In this context an imbalance can produce all kinds of symptoms as the body compensates to cope. The body has an amazing capacity to keep operating even when out of alignment, which allows us as humans (and animals alike) to keep operating in our everyday lives. In the past this has been vital for our survival.
Although we can still operate within our lives when out of alignment, we do so in a compromised state. At one end of the scale we may start out with an aching back when we get out of bed on a morning or a slight pain in a calf or hamstring every now and then. As we move on we may need to support ourselves while picking something up from the floor as we can’t bend over without being in pain or we may climb one stair at a time as one of our knees hurts too much or collapses if we try to climb the stairs normally. At the more debilitating end of the scale a person may prolapse or sequest a disc in the spine which can temporarily incapacitate and on occasion cause permanent movement and/or pain issues.
"A few months ago I was in quite a dark place, I had an operation on my cervical vertibrae which hadn't gone very well, this had then impacted on my lower back ( I'd had lower back problems prior to the surgery) this culminated in severe pain throughout my spine, pelvis and neck. I thought at one point I may be facing a future as a disabled person.
Purely by chance I encountered someone who recommended Amatsu and gave me John's number.
I had tried several therapies prior to this which had not helped at all. I decided to try one last therapy and I'm so pleased I did.
The first session I could barely get onto the treatment table as the pain was so severe ( I hadn't had a nights sleep for months by this point), I decided to give this new therapy 4 sessions before giving up again.
John made me feel totally at ease and it was obvious he genuinely cared about the people he treated.
I,m delighted to say after my 4th treatment I feel so much better, my pain is almost gone and I can see light at the end of this!
Considering I worried about being disabled I,m now looking forward to a future without pain. I will continue to see John for my balances because my biggest thanks is that he has given me hope and for that I,m so grateful."
It is worth noting that athletic performance can be improved after having a balance, even the smallest misalignment can have a negative effect to a person’s neurology, which in turn affects proprioception, balance, control and so on. This is increasingly important the more “elite” a person becomes where performance is concerned, be this in the field of athletics, boxing, cycling, powerlifting, cross-fit, whatever discipline that a person takes part or competes in.