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What is Amatsu?

Amatsu is a holistic Japanese therapy that has evolved over a period of five thousand years.

Influenced by Chinese, Korean as well as 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 5000 years ago.

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Hichi buku goshin jutsu ryu (tradition of the secret flower opening school for the defence of the self) is the ancient traditional healing art of Japan, the main purpose of which is the restoration of the body's ability to heal itself through gentle manipulation of ligaments and skeletal muscular systems, etc.

Amatsu Natural Japanese Medicine emerged in the West due to the efforts of three westerners - Dennis Bartram, William Doolan and Chris Rowarth, studying under the guidance of Professor Masaaki Hatsumi (see right).
Their experience in Physical medicine came from a background of Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Physiotherapy and Natural medicine.


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Amatsu medicine clinics now exist in Ireland, England, The Canary Islands, Austria, Spain, and other European countries.

The Godai

According to the Godai, health can only exist when there is a balance between our Physical (Musculo-Skeletal System), Emotional (Mind), Nutritional intake and excretion (Food), Energy (Ki/Qi Life force) and our interaction within our environment. In Amatsu medicine it is important to balance the Godai of the person, rather than the condition, which is a manifestation of the person's loss of balance. For example any physical injury places greater demands on the nutrition on the person.

General Principles of Health

Amatsu recognises that there are a number of indicators which occur naturally and which give tell-tale signs that the Godai are out of balance. Some of these, such as pain, serve as signs that something is wrong within our bodies. Pain is a signal within our central nervous system that tells us that something has gone wrong. Prior to the sensation of pain we normally experience loss of normal function. The pain signal can be referred to almost anywhere, for example, organ dysfunction can be referred to the muscles and joints of the body - heart to chest and left arm, gall bladder to left shoulder, liver to neck, eyes and upper back etc.

Treating pain with painkillers and an anti-inflammatory agent does not always correct the causative factors and often overloads the liver, which is already overworked dealing with environmental factors such as pollution, TV, computers etc.
Obviously all pain should be investigated to ascertain its true nature and exclude pathological causes first. Once these are ruled out a good diet, musculo-skeletal correction, energy (meridian) balancing, relaxation training and gentle exercise can help to maintain balance and alleviate painful conditions.

In Amatsu clinics we treat the underlying causes, balance the natural factors or Godai and alleviate pain by natural methods. As Professor Hatsumi says "If you were outside on a cold day and felt the pain from the cold, only a stupid person would take a pain killer, sensible people go indoors and get warm!"

What can Amatsu treat?

Amatsu can benefit most people because it acts as a catalyst for their own self-healing mechanism. It has been successfully used to treat conditions such as:

  • Muscular or joint problems anywhere in the body including strains, sprains, neck, back and shoulder pain
  • Housemaids knee, rib pain
  • High/low blood pressure
  • Neuralgia
  • Arthritic problems
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sciatica, trapped nerves
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Sports injuries such as tennis and golfers elbow, groin strains
  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
  • Postural problems
  • Bowel complaints e.g. IBS, colitis
  • Digestive problems e.g. colic, heartburn
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Ante- and post-natal problems / discomfort
  • Stress and tension
  • Spinal curvature
  • Sinusitis and other ear/nose/throat problems
  • Mobility problems

What are the potential benefits of Amatsu?

Amatsu can help revitalise the body's innate healing system by:

  • Adjusting body alignment
  • Encouraging body tone and co-ordination
  • Maintaining the position of vital organs
  • Stabilising the skeleton
  • Balancing and de-stressing the cranio-sacral system
  • Revitalising the immune and nervous system
  • Removing toxins
  • Improving circulation
  • Reawakening the body's own healing mechanism



The techniques of Amatsu allow treatment right across the age range. Amatsu can treat newborn babies or the most senior of citizens.

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