2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the clinical use of KAATSU. I have been hoping to be able to get over to Japan to meet Dr. Sato and experience a KAATSU session from the inventor himself. I also want to see KAATSU “in the wild”. With 50 years of use in Japan, KAATSU is much more widespread than it is anywhere else in the world.
I’m told that KAATSU is used very broadly in Japan. One experience I want to try is a spa-like treatment that apparently takes a couple of hours and involves both massage, body wrapping, aesthetic treatments, and KAATSU. It’s a high-end treatment. I’m told there is even a special package for brides-to-be, where for the 7 days leading up to their wedding, there is a specialized treatment every day. I must learn more . . .
KAATSU is widely used by the bodybuilding community in Japan. It seems every Gold’s Gym location in Japan has KAATSU. However, there are also myriad personal trainers who are certified in KAATSU use who provide KAATSU training to health and fitness-minded people of all ages. I’m very excited to learn more about what’s available there.
I hope to learn about the different ways KAATSU is being provided in Japan to see what might be applicable in the Canadian market. So many people can benefit from KAATSU, I just want to figure out how to get the word out about KAATSU to healthcare providers, athletic trainers, and other professions that focus on people’s health.
Will my dream become a reality this year? I certainly hope so. I will definitely keep you posted and hopefully I’ll have some really cool stories to share from the land of KAATSU later this year 🙂
Disclaimer: KAATSU protocols have not been evaluated by Health Canada. KAATSU is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and its use should be evaluated by your own physician before use.