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What do you mean by 'the root cause of pain?'

Adapting our whole body posture to compensate for pain is a natural response, e.g. limping.  When limping, we use different muscles, which puts a strain on the rest of our body.  Each time the body is injured, the site of injury has an impact on the rest of the body.  However, our bodies are very clever at adapting and finding a new normal in order to be able to continue everyday life, but the original injury pattern often silently remains. As we use and abuse our bodies over the years, we continue to adapt and our posture alters accordingly, brushing off minor aches and pains and effectively plastering over the cracks, until one unfortunate day, there are no more adaptations available to make and suddenly, we are in severe debilitating pain, for no apparent reason.  It is often only at this point that we start to contemplate seeking help.  The pain may be in your back for example, but the original injury, or the root cause, may have been in your shoulder.  Therefore, Amatsu Practitioners are trained to look at the body as a whole, we look for patterns of adaptations with an understanding that muscles and ligaments interconnect and have an overall effect on our posture and shape.  In order to reveal the root cause of pain, each layer of compensatory reactions need to be unravelled until the body is back in balance.

Can you relieve my pain?

I never make any promises, but do take a look at my testimonials and client experiences.  Amatsu Therapy is very gentle and it is suitable for all ages.  I work conscientiously with each client and do everything that I can to help, however, Amatsu isn't suitable for everyone, therefore if I do not believe that you are suitable for Amatsu Therapy, I will tell you in advance.  You may have a medical condition which is inappropriate for Amatsu or I may suggest that your GP should be your first point of call.  Whatever your condition, you can be assured that your health and wellbeing is my priority.

How long does it take to feel better?

Many clients report some form of improvement after their first session.  However, this is just the start of the process.  Most people need a minimum of 6-8 sessions, it very much depends on your age, previous injuries (see above - what do you mean by the root cause of pain?) and how long you have had your existing condition. I strongly believe that any method of resolution that involves a quick fix, is unlikely to be truly resolving the issue.  It has often taken many years to get to a point where help is sought, therefore, it is likely to take a reasonable amount of time for the body to rebalance.  Clients who work with me as a team, and want to be a part of improving their overall health and wellbeing, usually improve more rapidly.

What should I wear?

All clients are treated fully clothed.  Stretchy or loose clothing that allows room for full movement is ideal.

I've tried everything to help, nothing seems to work, what makes you different?

As an Amatsu practitioner, I understand the body to be under tension and compression (biotensegrity) as opposed to being biomechanical (Dr Thomas Myers explains biotensegrity very well in a video link here).  I have been taught to use an ancient Japanese body movement, known as Taijutsu, to create space within the body, whilst observing the body under tension and compression, using the fascia (Dr Thomas Myers explains fascia very well here) providing the body with the opportunity to resume posture and balance.

In addition to this structural consideration, I also take into account the nervous system, acupuncture meridians (though I do not use needles), kinetic energy, environmental/lifestyle circumstances and biochemical processes within the body such as hormones and digestion.  This whole body approach has proven to have far reaching effects with my clients, even clients who have tried conventional treatments both privately and with the NHS and other complimentary therapies.

What is Nutrigenomics?

Nutrigenomics uses information about our genetic make-up to provide a preventative, proactive and personalised approach to health.  Sleep, stress, physical activity, nutrition and other environmental factors can affect our health and responses to pain.  Understanding your personal genotype can help to identify which lifestyle changes could be most effective for you.  I have qualified as a Nutrigenomics Practitioner with Lifecode Gx, who supply a range of specialist Nutrigenomics specialist DNA test panels applying the latest genomics science.

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