Sotai - Exercises for Structural Balance
The Benefits of Sotai
Sotai is a Japanese form of muscular or movement therapy which was invented by Dr. Keizo Hashimoto, a Japanese medical surgeon (1897–1993). Sotaï therapy provides a method for neuromuscular re-education and promotes healing in the circulatory, nervous, endocrine and energetic systems by untwisting muscular holding patterns.
Through his knowledge of Oriental and Western medicine, Dr Hashimoto developed a model of treatment based on the principles of kinesiology and biomechanics. The underlying philosophy of Sotaï is that the body will move towards a natural balance and away from pain.
While Sotaï promotes a movement away from a painful position, we first work with the client’s breathing to progress past the comfortable range of movement. We then place a small amount of resistance at the final stage of the out-breath and ask the client to relax fully. As the body relaxes, a large amount of blood is shunted into the injured area, nourishing the tissues and clearing metabolic wastes. The resistance at the end-of-range position also helps to ‘turn off’ a hyper-stimulated nervous system, which is often responsible for muscle contraction and imbalanced holding positions.
An individual set of Sotaï exercises is often incorporated in the treatment of acupuncture to adjust any remaining imbalances of the muscular and skeletal structures. Many methods have been advised, in both East and West, for correcting structural imbalances. In the field of Oriental medicine there are manipulative techniques including Tui Na, in addition to exercise systems such as Qi gong, Tai chi and Sotaï.