I’m an Amatsu Orthopath who has been receiving Amatsu treatments for over 16 years.
At 18 I hurt my lower back and for many years suffered “putting my back out” on average twice a year. Incapacitated for anything up to a week when this happened, it had a debilitating effect on my life, my mental health and my work, with dull headaches upon waking, candida, sluggish digestion, regular heart-burn and endless fatigue. This was my “normal” and I wondered what kind of state I would be in by the time I reached middle-age! I felt helpless and despondent until I was introduced to my Amatsu practitioner. Recovery following Amatsu balances was faster than any other therapies I had used and I came to the realisation, guided by my practitioner, that rather than wait for the wheels to come off the wagon I needed to keep my body in neutral alignment by using Amatsu as a prevention rather than a cure. I methodically followed the instructions given to me by my practitioner, and over the course of a couple of years cleaned up my diet and introduced a “rain or shine” daily walking routine into my life. I became increasingly aware of the importance of remaining in correct postural alignment at all times. As a result, my life, health and mental well-being was transformed and my list of symptoms became a thing of the past. I still attend my practitioner for regular balances and in 2015 I commenced my 5-year Amatsu training to Orthopath (Kenku) level. In January 2019 I took a sabbatical from a successful 25 year career in film production, opened my own Amatsu practice and haven’t looked back.
My fascination and curiosity with wellness on a physical, mental and spiritual level is ongoing and I love to share my knowledge and information with others.
In 2019 I completed a training in Orthopaedic and Soft Tissue Therapy (H. Dip.) and am a registered member of the Amatsu Orthopathic Association (A.O.A.) and R.O.S.T.I. (Register of Orthopaedic Soft Tissue Therapists Ireland).
Also in 2019, in keeping with my philosophy that “food is medicine”, I qualified in Raw Food Mastery at the Plant Based Academy in Dublin and continue to explore how plants offer the fuel, energy and support our bodies crave.
I am curious and passionate about the fact that how we move our bodies, fuel our bodies with food and nurture ourselves has an holistic effect on our overall well-being and to this end I continuously investigate and research these topics.
I encourage clients to explore the relationship between the body (in particular the role of the fascial matrix) and the important part movement plays in our lives, and I endeavour to guide them into a new appreciation of their own body-awareness and understanding of the body’s innate intelligence to heal itself. Re-balancing and continued maintenance with Amatsu is a fundamental key to all of this.
As a member of R.O.S.T.I. I am approved by VHI, Laya, Aviva Healthcare and other Irish health-care insurers.
Amatsu has its roots in traditional Japanese medicine and the martial art Taijutsu and is based on principles of natural movement. It is a gentle, soft-tissue therapy which restores the body to its anatomical neutral, allowing it to unravel and release restrictions in the fascia/interconnective tissue, organs, ligaments, muscles and skeletal structure. When our bodies start to move out of alignment/balance we aren’t necessarily aware and so our bodies adapt to support the mis-alignment. We continue to function in this adaption, and diet, lifestyle and stress can put us into further adaptions. The human body keeps adapting in order to correct the imbalances, however, at some point pain, discomfort and/or inflammation signal to us that something is amiss. Being out of balance has an adverse effect on all the systems of the body – digestive, immune, endocrine, lymphatic, cardiovascular and the central nervous system.
Amatsu identifies imbalances and instability in the body, focussing on the underlying cause of the symptoms. By treating the body globally in Amatsu, we coax it back to homeostasis, its preferred natural state. This then has a positive affect physically, emotionally and mentally.
The many techniques used in an Amatsu treatment are non-invasive and low impact. The client remains fully clothed and treatments take 50 minutes to one hour using soft tissue and mobilisation techniques. To address a particular issue, we suggest 4 to 6 treatments, and recommend regular assessments and maintenance following that in order to keep the body in balance.
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