Amma Therapy 

What is Amma Therapy?

A classical form of Asian bodywork that predates acupuncture, “Amma” is the oldest Chinese word to describe bodywork or massage.  Chinese medicine is made up of three broad branches: Acupuncture, Herbs (includes nutrition) and Bodywork forms.  There are many forms of Asian bodywork such as Tui Na and Shiatsu.  Amma therapy is one form of Asian bodywork, descended through the lineage of a Korean born Tina Sohn (Kim).    The Amma therapist is highly trained in the principles of  Chinese Medicine including; Yin/Yang theory, 5 Element Theory, Organ theory, tongue and pulse diagnosis, holistic nutrition and food energetics. Like Acupuncture, Amma Therapy focuses on moving Qi (energy) in the body by accessing acu-points along the energetic channels. Where the acupuncturist would use needles, the Amma Therapist uses their fingers to manipulate these points.  This combined with a deep, circular, therapeutic massage technique, balances energy in the body and promotes healing at the root level.  The Amma therapist relies on their strength and sensitivity of hands, questioning and other assessment skills to give them continual feedback during treatment.

What can Amma do for you?
In ancient China, you did not pay your doctor while you were ill–you paid them while you were well–what a different medicine model.

At its best, Amma is a fantastic form of integrative holistic healthcare.  Amma is excellent for patients of all ages for both prevention and treatment of disease. It is a very powerful tool in addressing specific illnesses including difficult and chronic diseases.  Amma Therapy (acupressure/massage) has been used successfully to treat and/or manage conditions such as sprains, strains, and fractures; chronic disorders such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, circulatory problems, anxiety, depression, gynecological problems, premenstrual problems, peri-menopause, menopausal considerations, autoimmune diseases, and neuromuscular disease.

In addition to their training in Chinese Medicine, Amma Therapists are also trained in the holistic nutrition and food energetic, allowing them to provide their clients with specific recommendations to help them maintain health and continue healing after the treatment. These recommendations may also include forms of movement or exercise that would benefit a specific condition and other lifestyle recommendations for overall health.  Whether you are looking for treatment of a chronic disease, support during pregnancy or just simple preventative wellness care, Amma Therapy is beneficial for everyone.

What to expect
Amma Therapy sessions range anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hour treatment.  Clients fill out an initial intake form.  Based on the client’s health concerns and their level of complexity, the Amma therapist may choose to do a brief or full intake before beginning treatment.  Assessments are made through questioning, observation, tongue and pulse assessment and palpation.  In most cases, clients leave the session feeling alert and energized, yet calm and peaceful, and ready to continue the day.  It is not uncommon to experience mild detox effects like, lassitude, slight headache, and hunger.  Most symptoms resolve within 5 to 6 hours.  Your practitioner may recommend herbs, foods, exercises and/or other specific suggestions for you to work on after the session.  Many Amma practitioners may include adjunct therapies in their treatments like gua sha, moxa or fire cupping with informed client consent.

Should you come in if you are sick?
Yes! Getting Amma therapy at the first signs of a cold or flu is ideal for helping push the ‘invasion’ back out of the system or helping you move through the illness faster.  If you have been fighting something for a while, Amma can help boost your immune system and promote healing.  Your practitioner will hone the points, treatment techniques and recommendations to bring you back to health.  The focus of Chinese Medicine is to treat the acute first and then the chronic, so as to not strengthen the disease or disharmony.  If you are receiving treatment for a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia, and catch a cold, your practitioner will focus on the acute (cold) first and then return to treating the chronic.

For emergency or crisis situations, please go to the closest emergency room or call your doctor.

Call us today at 955-8272 to learn more.

Pulse currently has 4 practitioners trained in Amma Therapy, these practitioners may also offer other forms of therapy, as well.

April Crowell, Nathan Mandigo, Tyra Burgess and Anna Rydman