PROFESSIONAL SOTAI ASSOCIATION
Welcome to the web page of the PSA, the Professional Sotai Association, a
not-for profit organisation for sotai professionals and students.
Our aim is to promote and further the study, use and training of professionals
in the complementary health therapy called Sotai or Sotai Ho.
The art of painless relief
Sotai or Sotai Ho is a form of muscular or movement therapy of Japanese
origin created by Dr. Keizo Hashimoto, a Japanese medical surgeon
Through his knowledge of Oriental and Western medicine he developed a model
of treatment that was based on returning natural body alignment by moving
joints in a comfortable way rather than adjusting towards pain.
Sotai Therapy provides a method for neuromuscular re-education and promotes
healing in the circulatory, nervous and endocrine systems by untwisting
muscular holding patterns.
Sotai exercises increase mobility, flexibility and reduce or eliminate pain as
found in back problems, torticollis, scoliosis, ankle or knee sprains, etc.
Sotai Ho is a systematic form of exercise using active and passive exercises to
correct imbalances in the structural integrity of the body. The goal is to see
where one’s body is out of alignment and to practise specific exercises to
alleviate each disorder.
The exercises and techniques are very gentle, equalise muscle tone and can
correct postural imbalance.
The aim of a Sotai treatment is to eliminate pain, line up bones when they are
misaligned and release muscular stiffness or pain anywhere in the body.
The two main principles behind Sotai are:
1) Follow the line of least resistance. If you have difficulty, or it is painful
to move a muscle to the left, then you should do the exercise in the other
direction, away from discomfort, pain or stiffness.
These stretches in only one direction (i.e. only to the right, or only to the left),
the direction in which the movement doesn't hurt, or feels the most
comfortable, lead to principle number
2) NO PAIN.
Following these two principles gives us the most important characteristic of
Sotai: we can alleviate, reduce or eliminate muscular pain with exercises that
are not painful.
“To treat a patient for an illness without correcting distortion in their frame is like bailing water
with a bottomless bucket.” – Keizo Hashimoto