Self-treatment method developed with sciatica

I learned from experienceing massage paradox

My lower back pain was cured, but this time I got sciatica. I always work in a half-standing position, so I had pain from my buttocks to the back of my thighs.

When I palpated myself, I found that there was stiffness deep in the muscle and it was difficult to reach.  So, I put a small wooden pestle on the wall and put my weight on it.

This method penetrates deeply and was

very effective.

A few minutes of pressure relieved the pain and it felt good. But after a while it hurt again, so I repeated the process.  The pain became unbearable during a business trip so I pressed the hotel clothing brush against it. However, this was not ideal. No matter how hard I tried, it didn't cure. The pain soon returned.

"The Massage paradox" The more you massage it, the harder it gets.  

One day, I had my apprentice treat my back and he said, "The surface stiffness is soft but in deep it’s hard." Pressing the stiffness with a wooden stick only made the nerves insensitive by mechanical stimulation, and the stiffness became more fibrous. Some of the patients repeatedly pressed themselves with a tennis ball and came back to my clinic because their back pain did not relieve. They also had a hard stiffness.

This is known as "Anma-Tako (Anma mean Japanese traditional massage, Tako mean stiffnes." or "pressing or rubbing", the body becomes hard due to the natural defense reaction. In other words, if you "push or rub hard", the body's defense reaction will make it even harder.


This is not a cure. It only destroys the tissue and fibers to make it less painful.  It can't be cured unless we do "Jiwa-pa" gently with the softness of our fingertips. So, I devised a method where I could reach the deep part of the muscle. I realized that if I did it well, I could reach the deepest part with my fingers. Now it doesn't hurt at all and there is no recurrence. After discovering this method to heal myself, I'm now teaching it to others.