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In Sotai built-up tension is suddenly released at the end of exhalation. This leads to a local shock that takes the inner fascia and pervades the entire body


Function und structure

There are different drafts of treatment which would like to improve either the function of the movement organ or try to change its structure. Sotaiho strives to connect both. The attempt here is that function as well as structure belong to each other. According to the laws of Wolf and Meier this is not new! If I change the function, the quality of the tissue changes. That means if I normalize the function, the tissue is able to regenerate, so curation will occure.

Principle of treatment

Sotaiho is a system of treatment with which the collaboration of the affected person is demanded. An affected person frequently does not feel his body any more correctly. The perception almost always is focussed on the pain source.

Espacially with chronically affected persons the own perception of the body might strongly have decreased to disfavours of the pain.

Sotaiho offers to the affected person the possibility to train the own perception and to sensitize the body in order to discover minimal movement habits.

The direct collaboration is demanded by the continuos interaction. He is asked in his personal responsibility, has to decide independently which movement is good, which not. In this way there grows a new body consciousness.

Movement chain

The cause for the disturbance of the supporting pier often lies with constant repeating of a habituated movement patterns. If a movement is implemented once “wrongly” the body can lightly compensate. Repeating of that pattern for 10.000 times already has bad consequences. Finally, for years away crept patterns will bring the pillar in order to collapse and disturb the system sensitively.

People usually shift their weight over the big toe bale. I suppose that the body arises from here by the neurological set reactions (Hogeschool Arnhem en Nijmegen, in 1999). The force can gather in the lower abdomen (Hayashi, in 1999), the pelvis – as a basis of the spinal column – has tipped over forwards: that will be the original state.

But if the person becomes tired, he will shift the weight more outwardly, in direction of the small toe. The consequence is that the force cannot be centred any more in the lower abdomen naturally!

Now the spinal column must be held on straight using a compensatory way. This is why tension patterns will appear which will have an effect first on the position of the sacrum. Dependent on our movement character, which determines the leg which is loaded more frequently, a twist in the pelvis could appears with a lateral bend of the spinal column.

Working method

The therapist never forces the affected person to a painful movement! Pleasant movements are always strengthened.
If for example, the hip rotation is lighter to the left, the affected person is asked to turn to this side.

Because the pelvis is the centre of the movement organ, here the basic treatment starts. Aim is to bring the movement of the body ends in consonance with those of the pelvis belt.
In other words, all actions, that start in the pelvis region will have a high efficiency.

Exercize A “Initiation of the setreaction”

The affected person lies relaxed on the back, hands on the breast. Feet will be set up and knees are fold up loosely.

Popliteal space test to determine the side of treatment

The treatment procedure starts on the side on which (more) pain can be provoked.

Treatment technique

On the affected side lift the forefoot (when both sides are affected both front feet should be lifted) and gently shift the focus towards the heel.
After 3 – 5 sec. relax. This will be followed by a relaxation phase.
Perform exercise 3 – 4 times.

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Sotaiho is a modern body therapeutic system developed by the Japanese physician Dr. Keizo Hashimoto. Main point is the idea that the body could be restored by emphasizing the pleasant movement.
Sotaiho is also a manual-medical method that Dr. Hashimoto developed from traditional oriental healing arts. Untwisting muscular holding patterns, it is a method of neuro-muscular restructuring in the body.

Illustr. from: Sotai Natural Exercise; K. Hashimoto; GOMF; Oroville; 1981; gomf@earthlink.net


When Dr. Hashimoto began with his practical activity as a physician, he had to find out that the learned methods partly brought unsatisfying results, especially in case of shoulder- / neckpain and loins complaints.

One day he noted with some patients an improvement, after they were in treatment with an acupuncturist or a manual therapist. So he began to examine each of his patients on their build: He recognized that the method of the backward motion treatment, discovered by Michio Takahashi in the 1920s, achieved good results.

The construction of the body
Dr. Hashimoto recognized that the organism always moves as a unity and formulated from it “the law of reciprocity” (“Doji-sokan-sohosei”).

Illustr. from: Sotai Natural Exercise; K. Hashimoto; GOMF; Oroville; 1981; gomf@earthlink.net

The construction of the human body resembles in principle that of a house. Four supporting piers correspond to our arms and legs, the ridge corresponds to the spinal column.
If the balance one of these pillars is disturbed sensitively, this will become apparent as a malfunction in the backbone.

There are hardly people by whom the mobility of the spinal column would not be slightly limited. Malfunctions in the spinal column find their origin mainly in a lateral imbalance.

This has to do with the fact that we appropriate movement habits since earliest infancy which will be finally pulled, through the whole life. On the other hand tense organs can cause by reflex an imbalance in the trunk musculature as well.

The following regularity can be derived from here: If a part of a chain is impaired in its function, the whole movement chain will be impaired! If one wants to reach lasting improvement of a symptom, the root – that is the dysbalanced supporting pier – must be treated.

Without pain returning back to center

Dr. Hashimoto developed Sotai in the 30s of the previous century. With this simple method the affected person succeeds without pain in restoring the mobility of the spinal column.

By using aimed movements going exclusively to the pleasant direction tenseness could be solved lastingly. This coupled to exhalation and sudden relaxation will shift tension from the outside to the axis of the trunk, reinforcing natural regenerating power.

Dr. Hashimoto named this principle reverse motion treatment; later it was also named the technique of sudden relaxation. Finally, the notion Sotai, a reversal of the notion Taiso – gymnastics, established itself.

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