Sotai Therapy

What Is Japanese Sotai Therapy

Sotai is a Japanese form of correct muscular, skeletal and general body movement, Dr Keizo Hashimoto (1897-1993) a Japanese medical doctor found that the strict forceful exercise regime in Japan many being the Martial Arts, Karate, Aikido, Samurai, and Jujitsu to name a few, could unbalance the body,Dr Hashimoto looked at balanced movements that are natural and beneficial to the anatomy and those that are unnatural and cause strain and physical disorder.Dr Hashimoto developed treatments that work on the principals of restoring structural balance, working with the breath and movements towards the comfort or away from the pain.

How does Sotai work

Sotai therapy is a method of neuromuscular re-education and unwinding muscular holding patterns thus balances the nervous and muscular system.The principal is that structural distortions can be returned to a more normal condition by moving the body in the comfortable direction. Using the effects of an isometric contraction followed by a sudden relaxation (post-isometric relaxation) can normalise the strained condition. Sotai has many techniques that a patient can do at home to help realign the correct body movement.

Japanese Sotai Effective For

  • Acute or chronic back pain
  • neck pain
  • Joint mobility
  • Joint exercises
  • Body range of movements, and stiffness
  • Sport injury strain(Sotai body alignment techniques)
  • Sotai exercise to improve sports performance
  • Correct limb and joint directional movements
  • Tendon and muscle stiffness
  • Pain and malfunction along the 12 Tendino-Muscular Meridians
  • Correct lower limbs, upper back, neck and arms
  • Stretching techniques
  • Improve posture
  • Hip and sciatica pain
  • Sotai exercise can be done in the comfort of the home
  • Pilate’s reformer is very useful for body movement and strengthening core muscles

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