About me

My name is Stephan Grabner

Originally a trained nurse, working for many years as an International Business Development Manager, I decided to have a career change after being successfully treated in 2015 by Clare Heal, a very experienced Amatsu therapist, for hip and knee problems.
I was amazed that these problems went after about 3 to 4 sessions. The gentleness and effectiveness of the treatment convinced me to train as practitioner.

I am a fully qualified Amatsu Therapist and studied with Jane Langston at the award-winning Amatsu Training School near London and have taken the Amatsu Level 1 (Anma) Exam in 2016 and the Amatsu Level 2 (Seitai) Exam in 2017, both with distinction. I completed my studies in April 2019 for Amatsu Level 3 (Shinden) course.

I am based in Abergavenny and work here at the Amatsu Centre in Monmouth Road opposite Lodge Dental.

I am also fully insured, DBS/CRB checked, First Aid trained and a full member of Amatsu Therapy International UK (ATI).

To book treatments please call me or text me on 07710 258 104 or via e-mail: amatsu@amatsucentre.com

What I am doing

This is a question that I get asked a lot when I'm treating! Although Amatsu is completely explainable in scientific and energetic terms, most of my clients have no idea why I am doing what I'm doing and how it makes them feel better. Why do I always check their pelvis even though they have a neck problem? Why are their big toes so important that I always check them at least twice? Why do I lift their arms and legs? Although I try to answer as many questions as possible, during a treatment session I am concentrating on the person I am working with and can't get into too much detail. So, for my more curious clients, here are a few explanations of why I'm doing what I'm doing!


How long is a treatment?

First treatments normally last up to 60 minutes to allow time to complete relevant medical forms and discuss your medical history. Subsequent treatments last about 45 minutes.

Is massage available?

Yes, massage with or without oil is also available if needed.

What should I wear?

Amatsu is a fully clothed therapy. You should wear loose comfortable clothing (Jogging pants and T-shirt or similar). Please do not wear jeans or heavy or tight fitting clothing that restrict body movement. Please make sure you wear or bring a pair of clean socks as your feet are an import part of your treatment.


Your amazing pelvis

Many of you know that I always start here, gently checking the balance of your pelvis. In Amatsu, we view the pelvis as of (quite literally) central importance. It is the centre of your body, the meeting point of your spine and your lower body so any imbalance here can affect your whole body. Our pelvis is affected by things like sitting cross-legged, carrying children on a hip, too little activity and exercise, bad posture and a whole host of other factors. So that's why I always start there even if you have a dodgy knee!


Our poor feet!

With their relatively small surface area, they carry our body weight around all day long. We cram them into ill-fitting shoes or socks, wear high heels, stand too long and take very little notice of what is such an important part of the body. Our big toe in particular is of utmost importance and in Japan it is considered good healthcare practice to keep the big toe fluid and mobile by gently rotating it. If our big toe loses its freedom to move, we start to walk differently to compensate. When we do that, over time we put pressure on other joints higher up the body. Knee or hip pain may have started due to a foot problem or bad walking pattern. So big toes really matter!



The part of the treatment some of my clients find a little strange is when I lift their arms and legs in different combinations and ask them to hold them briefly in position. Why do I test individual muscles? Well, it's not actually about the individual muscles and whether they are "strong". It's more about the holistic view of a person's body. With any pain or injury we adapt to cope with what hurts. We move differently to reduce the soreness and so what started out as a shoulder problem for example, may also start to involve our neck too as we compensate. Amatsu always looks at the bigger picture - your whole body - not just where it hurts and these tests allow me to see which other parts of the body are affected. So hopefully that gives a little more information about some of the things I do in an Amatsu treatment!

Reference and Certificates

BRCP Qualified

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AMATSU Level 2

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AMATSU L2 Certificate

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ATS Shinden

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CThA Membership

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Definitions of Amatsu based on Personality types


Amatsu is a Japanese therapy which has been adapted to suit our Western lifestyles. It's a treatment which corrects imbalances in our body that prevent us from functioning the way we should.


Amatsu delivers fantastic results in the UK. New in the UK, it is based on solid ancient roots. It's a system of bodywork that allows your body to fix itself naturally, as it should be and to work effectively. It's non-invasive and it works.


Amatsu is a balancing treatment which allows the body to self-correct and heal, involving ancient Japanese techniques. It has been proven effective for a wide range of ailments.


Amatsu is a technique that involves a series of orthopedic and muscle tests to determine areas of dysfunction in the body. The treatment then involves isolating key areas or "kyushu", which are worked on to release the torsions and tensions, allow the body to re-align itself.