“Doji-sokan-sohosei” The law of reciprocity
a) Four factors
Dr. Hashimoto has found out that there are in fact four factors which contribute to our inside balance.
Respiration: A slow, quiet respiration is important for optimization of body processes; long breath leads to long life.
Nutrition: Regular, balanced nutrition is a presupposition for the development of healthy organs (“You are what you eat!”)
Movement: One should always do those movements that are good for our body, which fit to us.
Thinking: Gratitude is the key to moderate thinking and positive life attitude.
In the ideal case balance rules in all four points. But this is rather rarely the case.
So a person who moves normally can affect his health by bad nutrition negatively. On the other hand is a balanced point, for example respiration in state to equalize a neglected area, for example the nutrition.
As long as within this system balance rules, one says, the person is healthy. Only if at least one of these pillars collapses, disease appears.
Environment: Also the environment affects the body balance, for example, by stress factors like noise or frantic.
Our organism is a kind of a microcosm. Communication with the environment, including the connection between the inner and outer world will only work smoothly if within our own system balance rules.
One could imagine that the exterior condition is a mirror of the inside. Perhaps a harmonious society could only develop if any individual is able to rest in himself.
b) The movement chain
The law of the reciprocal effect has not only validity within the model of the four health factors: it refers in every kind of movement. A movement never (!) takes place in one segment only. It is not detached from the remaining body! It spreads out as a kind of a chain starting from one link going to the to the adjoining and finally over the whole body.
The whole organism is always involved in prformance. So the birth of a local hardening is the result of a process which works in the whole organism.
A prolapsed disc appears at that places within the chain which are not permeable, where the forces are held.
So it is well conceivable, for example, going out from the model of the movement chain, that also toothaches and jaw joint syndromes find their origin in a false load of the lumbar vertebral column!
Sotaiho is no curation treatment in the usual sense. Sotaiho requires the co-operation of the affected person.
This is meant as a sort “listening to yourself” during the treatment. Therapists, doctors and medicaments cannot heal. This can only be done by nature! So it is an essential part of the therapy to hunt up independently false positions of the several joints and to understand them as a cause of the problem.
While Dr. Hashimotos work has concentrated in essence upon the partner’s work, it was Dr. Sato who has strongly developed the Self-Sotai. By my opinion it belongs to an extensive therapy to train an affected person in self-exercises.
If the affected person has understood the Sotai idea once, he can extend it to all areas. This understanding also includes the idea that there is an optimal degree of the pleasant. Too much of it is again harmfully: e.g., a piece of cakes may be probably tasty, however, a whole cake causes certainly stomachaches.