do you need help with your pain?
If you are like many of my clients, you are a strong and capable person who others respect and rely on. You have a full and busy life and have many things that you enjoy doing. But, right now, you are in pain.
You might have had an accident or injured yourself and you are still feeling the after-effects or maybe you can't actually pinpoint the reason for your pain. Perhaps you have been to see your GP who has suggested painkillers and a course of physiotherapy. You might have felt a little improvement but you are still not feeling right. You may have been on-line to Google your symptoms but not really known exactly what it is you are Googling as your issue is not clearly defined. Perhaps you have tried yoga, acupuncture, massage, osteopathy or other complementary treatments which have helped, but they haven't had a lasting effect.You may have had an MRI scan that hasn't been conclusive.
You may have been advised to do certain exercises to strengthen your muscles, but you are not sure that you are doing them correctly and you are afraid that you might be making things worse. You would really like to avoid surgery if at all possible but you wonder if that might be your only option to get rid of your pain.
You really just want to be able to do the simple things that other people take for granted such as exercising, shopping, gardening, travelling and making life plans without fear that your pain will get in the way. You would like to feel comfortable to socialise with friends without the concern that too much sitting or standing will bring on your pain. You would like to enjoy a good night's rest without being disturbed by your pain. You may be starting to worry that your only option is to learn to live with the discomfort or limited range of movement.
It is only natural that your mood may be affected by this. Maybe it makes you feel vulnerable, low and depressed and you find that you are more irritable, snappy and moody with the people around you which upsets you and them. Or perhaps, you put on a brave face for the people around you, but that may make you feel quite alone with the problem. You wish that your loved ones and colleagues could understand how difficult it is to stay positive when you can't do the simple things in life without fear of pain. Perhaps your pain and movement restrictions have caused you to gain weight or affected your
sex life which may be affecting your self-esteem and confidence.
I know that pain is so much more than 'it hurts'.
This problem may be quite new or you may have been living with it for a while. Perhaps it is a constant pain or you have had this problem on and off for years and you are almost resigned to the fact that it will always come back. Maybe you feel as though, for the past few years, you have had various different issues and you haven't really felt right for ages. You may be wondering if the issues in your body are all somehow connected.
Do you wish that you could find a holistic treatment that would address your physical concerns but also take into consideration your emotions and mood?
Do you long to find a practitioner who is supportive, understanding and committed to helping you improve your own health?
Are you ready to make changes in your life so that you can feel more alive and vital?
If so, I would like to help you using Amatsu.
what is Amatsu?
Thousands of years ago, martial artists in Japan devised ways of correcting injuries sustained during fights using their understanding of movement and their appreciation that everything in the body is connected. Amatsu practitioners still embody these principles which are combined with a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology to create Amatsu as it is today - a highly effective and unique therapy that is powerful but respectful to the body.
Amatsu is a truly holistic treatment as it views your body as a whole. This is extremely important because our modern medical understanding divides the body into distinct units and we may be referred to specialists who focus on individual body parts. As a result, we may miss vital clues as there is no-one who is able to help us to 'join the dots'.
how does amatsu work?
Your body shows the history of your life. Any physical breaks, strains and blows, as well as emotional stresses and postural habits create the body in which you find yourself today. To help to illustrate this, let me share a metaphor:
Picture four people each holding a corner of a sheet, pulling it taut and keeping it in a state of balanced tension. A fifth person comes along and takes hold somewhere else and pulls too. Immediately, the sheet is distorted and pulled out of shape. The tension is no longer balanced.
Now use the sheet as a metaphor for your body. When the four people are holding the sheet, that balanced tension represents health in your body. If you have an accident or continually adopt specific postural or lifestyle habits, the natural balance of your body will change as though the fifth (or even sixth and seventh!) person takes a pull. You will compensate to reduce pain or favour one arm or leg when you do tasks. Over time, your body adopts a different shape that may or may not result in pain of some sort.
Amatsu works, not only to correct the symptom you are experiencing now, but to re-connect and balance the entire system of your body.
If you'd like to read more about how Amatsu works these two blog posts explain more deeply.
how is amatsu different?
Amatsu is primarily a physical treatment. However, what makes Amatsu different to other treatments you may have come across is that it not only views your body as a whole, it takes into consideration that your entire life impacts on how you feel. There are many factors that affect our well-being and, in Amatsu, this is represented by the Godai, or 'Big Five'. These factors are:
When I am working with you, I am always aware of these factors and how they are impacting on your wellbeing as well as focusing on the pain or discomfort you are feeling in your body.
what to expect in an amatsu session
I work out of a warm and comfortable clinic room within a larger holistic centre in East Dulwich. The first Amatsu session will be one hour and begins with a thorough conversation about your current symptoms and your longer term health history. We will talk about lifestyle, stress levels, diet and other factors. This part of the session is very important as it starts to give me clues about how I can best help you. For the remainder of the session, you will be lying on a treatment couch. You will not need to undress as the treatment is carried out through your clothes, but it is more comfortable for you if you wear 'gym clothes' or other soft garments. I will be asking you some questions and talking to you once you are on the treatment couch, but you can also use this time to relax and let go.
An essential part of the treatment is the assessment of your body using touch and movement of your limbs. I use muscle testing (also known as kinesiology) as a way of 'asking' your body which muscles, ligaments and other tissues are working optimally and which are not. This helps to give me a 3-D understanding of any imbalance in your body.
One of the things I love about Amatsu is it allows me to be specific. Every session is different, even for the same person, because I don't treat you using set points on your body. I feel for pulls, tightness and heat so that I know categorically where to work on you to release that. I can find exactly where your body needs to change that day to be balanced. If you are interested to know, I can tell you which vertebrae/ligaments/muscles are involved, and I know when I have made a change there. I can be a detective hunting for clues and seeing the mystery of your pain unravel!
how many sessions will i need?
One of the questions I get asked most frequently by my new clients is ‘How many sessions will I need?’ It’s only natural to ask this and I know I would do the same thing! Of course, we want to know how much time, money and commitment we have to put in so that we can feel OK again. We want to get on with our life.
However, if you’ve had a problem for some months or years, your body gradually changes shape. This may sound strange, but when you are in pain or you injure yourself, you start to do things differently. You walk, sit and do everyday tasks in a slightly different way over and over again. Over time, these new compensations crystallise into underdeveloped muscles in some places and overdeveloped in others. Your body changes shape gradually and that new shape - that imbalanced shape - might start to cause you pain in other places. Coming back to balance is also gradual and unfortunately, there is no fast-track to true health. Your muscles need to relax out of the spasm that’s held them taut, the bones that they have been holding out of position need to slide back, your pelvis needs to regain stability and with it your spine. It may take a little time. As an tried and tested estimate, I suggest that you will need weekly sessions for at least 7 weeks to begin with. You are likely to see some changes much more quickly than that, but to give me and your body the best possible chance to make significant and lasting changes, some time is needed. I am always happy to discuss your needs with you and I offer discounts for block bookings to reduce the total financial investment. Of course, if you would just like to try Amatsu and book a one-off session to see if you enjoy the treatment and like working with me, that is possible too.
I don't offer one-off sessions if you have a long-standing or complicated issues as in these cases, regular sessions are essential.
is amatsu right for you?
Having Amatsu with me will work best if:
We may not be a great fit for each other if:
If this all sounds OK to you, get in touch and we can talk further!
book an appointment-
Please feel free to call me on 07841 918899 if you would like to know more.
My office hours are Monday - Friday 9am-6.30pm but you are very welcome to leave a voicemail outside of those hours.
You can also email me in the first instance on firstname.lastname@example.org but I would like to speak to you before your first session. It's good to talk!
TALKING ABOUT AMATSU
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