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, […]