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Sotaiho – Dynamic muscle energy work

The Japanese physician Dr. Keizo Hashimoto (1897-1993) developed the Sotai method (Sotaiho) in the course of his life. Included are his experience of traditional healing methods like acupuncture, Japanese “bone setting” and Seitai jutsu.

Pain and deformity

There is a relationship between pain and joint deformity.
If two joint partners are displaced, the flow of movement stops. The blocked energy accumulates and finally manifests as pain!

The aim of treatment

By breath-synchronous movements new muscle protein routes are initiated. Old holding patterns dissolve in the restructured muscle paths. The joint partners will lay favorable to each other. By decreasing tension in the joint capsules finally the pain stimulus diminishes.

The principle

Crucial difference to other body therapy methods is that therapeutic movements are always performed in the pleasant direction from the pain away! In the course of a treatment technique continuously tension is built which will be released after a short holding period in a sudden relaxation.

Mode of action

With the resultant impulse, the joint is aligned in the chain of movements. Local set reactions change the tonus of the muscle spindles. The pain level is reduced and replaced by natural, active & vigilant tension.

Sotaiho seems to be helpfull in case of back pain, jaw problems, neck or shoulder pain, but also by reflex to internal organs.

Variations on basic techniques

Target groups

  • Physicians
  • Occupational therapist
  • Midwife
  • Naturopaths
  • Nurses
  • Speech therapists
  • Masseur
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
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