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Amma Therapy

By |2018-10-18T12:04:22-06:00June 13th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, Chinese Medicine|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 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, […]

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The 8 Branches Of Chinese Medicine

By |2018-05-22T11:31:59-06:00March 7th, 2016|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Common Conditions, Herbs & Spices, Holistic Living, Nutrition Articles|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on The 8 Branches Of Chinese Medicine

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

The Eight Branches represent the areas of one’s life that should be taken into account for maintaining a holistic, preventative lifestyle. They are listed in an ideal hierarchy—literally, what should be practiced regularly to maintain health before moving into more invasive methods to moderate or regain well-being. Here’s a brief overview.

1–Meditation–By meditating we are able to connect with the deepest aspects of our being, and therefore be able to engage in our lives with greater purpose and direction.  It provides the opportunity for deep introspection, creates connection with life and greater space within ourselves. Truly, this is the first step in finding out who you are, why you are here and what you can do.  Regular meditation also has innumerable physical benefits such as lowering blood pressure and helping to manage emotions.

2–Exercise–Appropriate exercise is a key to maintaining body and mind health. Finding the correct exercise for the individual needs is a priority. A lack of exercise or over exercising is also detrimental to overall health. Yang (very active exercise) like vigorous martial arts, power yoga, marathon running and mountain biking, may be appropriate for a person with a strong constitution and physical strength. Yin (restorative and calming exercise) like restorative yoga, and gentle qi gong or t’ai qi are great for those needing to replenish, stretch, and deeply nourish. For the overall healthy individual you need a little a bit of both, but for someone recovering from serious illness, gentle yin activity is the start.

3–Nutrition and Tonic Herbs & Foods–How we nourish ourselves is a direct reflection of our state of conscious health. Choosing foods vibrant in Qi, that are mostly local, organic, sustainable and seasonally […]