Amma Program Alumni Spotlight: John Mermin


Meet John Mermin, Amma Therapist!

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John was our student speaker at the AG02 graduation on February 3rd, and it was a pleasure to hear about the journey that led him to becoming an Amma Therapist. Continue reading for a Q&A with John!

Q: You just officially graduated (literally) and have already launched your practice. Tell us a little about your practice – your philosophy, your focus area(s) and anything a prospective client would be interested to know.

A: Amma Therapy is the most powerful bodywork modality I’ve ever experienced. It is an incredibly effective tool for creating a more peaceful and harmonious world. I believe that every person who takes initiative and improves their wellbeing will naturally treat the people in their life in a more mindful and compassionate way. This creates ripple effects leading to a healthier and happier city and world.

I am seeking clients who take ownership of their health and are highly motivated to reach their health goals. They sense that there is more that they could be experiencing in life. They are not seeking a “magic bullet” to instantly fix or put a bandage on their symptoms. Rather, they are seeking deep work that gets to the root level, producing lasting healing and change.

I have not yet settled on a definite focus area, but I have some ideas that I may pursue further down the road. One potential focus area I’ve identified is performers (athletes, musicians, public speakers, actors, students, etc.) who suffer from performance anxiety.  I’ve played sports for 30 years and have developed a wisdom for the mind-body connection and have insights to share with those who must regularly perform under pressure.

Another common client may include over-worked office workers who experience frequent job-related stress. They seek Amma treatments and self-care tools to help calm and ground themselves to ensure optimal job performance. I can empathize with these clients as I have experienced severe work stress during my urban planning career over the last 15 years. I experienced debilitating symptoms of anxiety, headaches, teeth grinding, poor digestion, and flat out not feeling comfortable in my own skin. Since discovering Amma Therapy, I’ve transformed my physical and mental health and am ready to inspire and empower them to do the same.


Q: What differentiates your practice from what other bodywork therapists offer?

A: I have an ability to put people at ease through my distinctly approachable, gentle and calm demeanor. I strive to help people on a deep, emotional and spiritual level, while keeping things grounded and practical. I have a talent for making people feel more optimistic, empowered and positive about their health.I excel at providing an optimistic lense that helps clients see their situation through a new light. I  provide my clients with a blueprint for balanced and healthy living that will serve them for the rest of their lives.


Q: Where will you be practicing? How can someone book an appointment with you?

A: I am currently practicing at The Amma Space within the The Wellspring School for Healing Arts, 2440 NE MLK, #202, Portland.

Thus far, my regular treatment schedule is Thursdays 3-8pm and Saturdays 10-3pm

Appointments may be made via my website: Click “SCHEDULE ONLINE” near the top of the page or call me at 503.998.6882.

I strongly encourage anyone interested in working with me to learn more about my approach in the following ways:

1) Download my free report from my webpage: Optimal Body & Mind Blueprint: Four Tips to Optimize Performance, Reduce Anxiety, and Promote Calm and Ease.

2) Like my Facebook Fan page: where I frequently share more self-care tips with a thriving community

3) Sign up for a free 30-minute holistic health assessment via:

This will allow us to discuss your health goals, provide you with some initial diagnostic info from observing your tongue & pulse, discuss my overall approach and whether we seem like a good fit to work together.


Q: Reflecting over the last two years, what is your biggest takeaway from the Amma program?

A: The body’s natural state is one of balance, wholeness, and thriving. An Amma Therapist simply needs to use their skills and sensitivities to clear the client’s energy blockages, stagnation and imbalances. Just as importantly, the therapist must inspire and empower their client to initiate basic self-care habits. This combination of bodywork and self-care allows the client to thrive as their body returns to its natural state of balance.


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say to your fellow alum/practitioners/current students?

A: You get out of life what you put into it. Yes, I know it’s a cliche, but damn if it’s not true! The key decision to structure my life to wholeheartedly embrace the Amma program and related complementary practices like Tai Chi, Qigong, Feldenkrais, mindfulness, meditation, etc.  has paid off like nothing I’ve ever experienced in life.

The Wellspring School has helped me experience (at a very deep level) the power of Amma Therapy – especially the strength of the connection between mind, body and spirit. I have left this program feeling like an authentic person who has found his true purpose and calling in life! I can’t thank The Wellspring School’s staff, alum and fellow students enough for their passion, commitment and heart. I learned so much from all of them and know that we are collectively going to bring real peace and harmony to our planet, which so dearly needs it.


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