One of the fundamentals of the Amatsu approach is the concept of 'Biotensegrity'.This offers an clear explanation of how our body structures work together and therefore affect each other when damaged.

“Amatsu’s whole body, tensegrous approach helps the body to regain its natural balance and movement by identifying and releasing injuries or distortions, allowing biotensegrity to be re-established within the body”
                                                                                   The Amatsu Therapy Association

The word ‘Tensegrity’ is derived from a combination of two words: tension and integrity.
The concept was introduced by an American architect, Buckminster Fuller; known for his geodesic dome design. Tensegrity dictates that a structure is composed of rigid struts and tensile elements.

In the 1970’s, the orthopaedic surgeon, Stephen Levin, proposed that the human body resembles a tensegrous structure. The soft tissues of the body provide tension; the bones and incompressible fluids in the body compartments provide compression struts. He describes the body as “A soft tissue entity, with local bony spacers, rather than a hard tissue entity with soft tissue motor units.”

The principles of biotensegrity apply at all levels: the 206 bones in the body are pulled up against the forces of gravity by the pull of tensile muscles, tendons and ligaments. With trauma or ill-health the ideal bio-tensegrous model will be compromised. The rigid bones respond to increased load by compressing or shortening and the connective tissue responds to increased stress with increased tension.

At Positive Health we work with biotensegrity in mind. Whatever injury or illness is presented to us we consider the whole body structure, recognising that a change in one area of the body can have quite distal effects.

An example taken from the Amatsu Therapy Association website:

"If a person simply twists their ankle by turning it over onto the outside then they may stretch (or possibly tear) the ligaments in the ankle. This inherent change in the shape of these ligaments will affect the shape of the whole leg, which will then also have an effect on the position of their pelvis and spine and then their entire body structure. This adaptation of the pelvis will then also change the walking posture of the person, the shape of the ribcage and the balance of the shoulders amongst many other things. Therefore, a simple ankle sprain can irritate or affect an existing vulnerability or old injury elsewhere in the body, or create a new condition, which may not be obviously directly related to a sprained ankle."

Our Positive Health logo was designed as a representation of a tensegrous balanced structure.

More information can be found at Stephen Levin’s website at