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). Sotai 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 East Asian and Western medicine, Dr Hashimoto developed a model of treatment based on the principles of kinesiology and biomechanics. The underlying philosophy of Sotai is that the body will move towards a natural balance and away from pain.
While Sotai promotes a movement away from a painful position, we first work with the client’s breathing to progress past the comfortable range of motion. 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.
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