“We’ve always believed in the benefits of body alignment which basically is a result of good posture. The way you carry your body is important because it improves the body’s overall function. In addition, proper body alignment allows you to perform routines efficiently and optimally,” Tomohiko explains.
Hiroaki relates how the ancient Japanese technique of body alignment healed his lower back pain that developed during his long affair with weight lifting and martial arts.
According to Hiroaki, the Karada principle teaches that fatigue, stress, pain, and discomfort can be attributed to misalignment in one’s body thus restoring the body’s balance points (the atlas and the pelvis) is key. “Once the atlas and pelvis are aligned, the whole body will also align and the muscle will improve its function and pain will be released.”
The Karada technique also offers supplementary benefits like regulating hormones, improving flexibility, and boosting overall stamina. The approach is clinical and effective in keeping stress-related discomfort and malfunctions at bay, including certain illnesses.
Karada is not your normal massage center in that it offers services that are therapeutic and corrective. It offers Atlas and Pelvis Balance (AP Balance), a choice list of body treatments (BT), and a combination of AP & BT for the full Karada experience. Its signature treatment, AP Balance, is an original technique expertly developed by Karada in Japan using the combined principles of Chiropractic Care, Seitai, and Judoseifuku. The treatment is centered on the atlas (neck and shoulders), and the pelvis, which is the base of the body. Once the atlas and pelvic positions are realigned, balance, posture, and mobility are improved and restored to their natural state.
Other treatments include stretching and loosening of strained or loosened muscles where Karada therapists reach for the deepest core of stiff joints and apply deep tissue massage.
According to Tomohiko, first-time clients are encouraged to come back after three to five days for follow-up treatments “so that their body will remember the new structure and forget the old way they carry themselves.”
“Ideally, people should come back at least five to 10 times so that the body structure will be fully improved,” Hiro adds.