The Koshi Balancing™ Method (KBM) brings a structural approach to Japanese acupuncture. Using careful palpation and manual medicine techniques, this integrated approach addresses the underlying structural system and supports overall constitution, energetic flow, and physical movement.
KBM focuses on two concepts, structural distortion and bio-tensegrity, to identify misalignment in the body. Seeing, palpation, movement, and acupoint stimulation are used to correct this misalignment. When the meridians are in structural alignment, qi flows, movements are graceful, and there is harmony in mind, body, and spirit.
KBM is rooted in classical teachings and Japanese cultural body-mind concepts of ashi-koshi-hara. Classical teachings suggest a clear but neglected understanding of the structural organization of the body. The importance of balanced structure for optimal vitality is expressed at all layers of the ancient channel system. However, structural applications from the classics was relegated to a secondary position over internal medicine and herbalization of acupoint indications.
The foundational alignment of the ankle joint for agility in movement was understood by the Yin and Yang Qiao Mai. Ankles, knees, and hips provide the dynamic structural stability that organizes the koshi to support the upper body. Sotai reinforces structural alignment at the critical transitional osseous axes. Sotai teaches new movement patterns for better qi flow, strengthening weak muscles, moving lymph and improving circulation.