We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Sotai?

By Angela Williams Duea
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Sotai is a Japanese therapy used to correct imbalances in posture and ease muscle tension, pain, and headaches. It was developed in the 1970s by Keizo Hashimoto, a doctor who was also involved with martial arts and body massage. This movement therapy is a gentle realignment of muscles and balance, based on the principle that over time, muscles can become twisted into unnatural, uncomfortable positions. Sotai works to move body parts in a comfortable direction, retraining the muscles into proper balance.

Oriental medicine, including disciplines like acupuncture, bonesetting, and sotai, often works with the concept of energy pathways, or meridians. These pathways may become blocked or unbalanced for a variety of reasons. Sotai therapy focuses on the neuromuscular structure of the body, eliminating stiffness and postural misalignment, thus opening up the energy pathways of the body and relieving disorders of internal organs affected by structural imbalance.

A sotai practitioner will first work with patients to determine their range of motion without pain. Beginning at the neck and moving down the body to the feet, the practitioner gently manipulates muscles to determine how far each area can stretch without discomfort. The practitioner will also assess whole muscle groups and general posture to determine where muscles are too tight or maladjusted. Feedback from the patients during initial treatment helps pinpoint problems.

Once the areas of stiffness and pain are identified, the practitioner works with patients to design a stretching exercise program to lengthen the muscles. There are two ways to stretch and heal the muscles. Post-isometric relaxation is a technique of stretching or relaxing a muscle to its normal resting length, after the muscle has been worked. Reciprocal inhibition is used to relax a muscle that causes chronic pain, by tensing the opposing muscle; for example, a patient may stretch a sore bicep by flexing the opposing tricep.

Sotai therapy aims to teach patients to pay greater attention to comfort and pain sensations and gently move toward comfortable positions. The combination of slow, meditative breathing and prescribed exercises are intended to restore energy flow, flexibility, and proper muscle length. Over time, patients learn to assess their own body alignment and work to heal painful muscles. Sotai’s gentle movements and emphasis on comfortable alignment make it a suitable therapy even for people with severe, chronic conditions. As with all exercise and stretching programs, patients should check with a doctor before beginning this therapy.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.