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The word Amma, which means "push-pull" in Chinese, was applied to a form of Oriental massage dating back five thousand years to the period of the Yellow Emperor. Founded and developed by Korean-born Tina Sohn, Amma Therapy is a highly refined and complex system of bodywork whose techniques and treatment strategies combine the use of traditional Oriental medical principles and a Western approach to organ dysfunction. It utilizes a variety of techniques, sometimes paralleling those found in major forms of therapeutic massage, as well as powerful new points discovered by Tina Sohn.
• This revised and enlarged edition now serves as a textbook for bodyworkers.
• Accompanied by extensive illustrations and twenty detailed treatments for a variety of common medical conditions, this teaching guide explains and demonstrates the proper execution of Amma Therapy techniques applied directly to the physical body.
• Includes nutritional and exercise recommendations providing a remarkably holistic guide for practitioners and students in all fields of bodywork.
"Amma Therapy delivers exactly what the title says: this is the most comprehensive textbook for Oriental bodywork therapists in the English language."
Foreword by Faye N. Schenkman, Academic Dean of the Amma Therapy Program, New Center College for Wholistic Health Education and Research
Preface: The Origins of Amma Therapy in America by Linda Saslow
Part One: The Philosophy
1 What is Amma Therapy?
2 The Development of Wholistic Heath Care
3 The Homeodynamic Model
4 Nutrition: Evolution, Theory, and Practice
Part Two: The Principles
5 The Fundamentals
6 The Anatomy of Energy
7 Oriental Physiology
8 Methods of Diagnosis
Part Three: The Making of an Amma Therapist
9 The Development of the Amma Therapist
10 The Development of Sensitivity, Strength, and Palpatory Skills
11 The Importance of T'ai Chi Chuan to Amma Therapy
12 Ethics and the Amma Therapist
13 The Basic Amma Therapy Treatment
Part Four: Applied Amma Therapy
14 Amma Therapy Assessment and Diagnosis
15 General Treatment for Revitalizing and Balancing the Body
16 Treatment for Stiff Neck with Shoulder Pain
17 Treatment for Lower Back Pain
18 Treatment for the Common Cold
19 Treatment for Indigestion
20 Treatment for Constipation
21 Treatment for Diarrhea
22 Treatment for Headaches
23 Treatment for Premenstrual Syndrome
24 Treatment for Hypertension