What is it like to be a student in the current Amma Therapy program?
10 weeks into the program, we checked in with Amma Therapy student Nicole Adamson – mere minutes after her midterm exams! Read on to find out how she manages the transition to being a student again, what excites and challenges her about the program, and how she experiences the learning environment at The Wellspring School.
WSHA: How would you describe the experience of being an Amma Therapy student at this point in the program? What is the atmosphere like?
NA: It’s intense, in a good way. There is so much to learn, and at the same time we are all figuring out how to be a student again. Our lives changed on the first day of class, and we have been navigating that transition over the past weeks. I think by now we are getting in the groove.
WSHA: I notice you say “we” – it sounds like you already have a strong connection with the other students in the group.
NA: Yes, we are often meeting up outside of class to study together, and we are also practicing on each other, since we already started to learn the bodywork technique that is part of Amma. We’re definitely in this together.
WSHA: Do you remember what first drew you to Amma Therapy?
NA: Oh yes, I used to come to the clinics at The Wellspring School and absolutely loved it. Amma helped me with some of my own health issues, and I enjoyed that I was getting the benefits of a relaxing massage along with the effects of acupressure. I think this combination is more powerful than each one by itself. I am also fascinated by the concept of bringing forth the effects of acupuncture without the needles.
WSHA: Have you encountered anything in the program that you didn’t expect?
NA: The intensity. We are learning and memorizing a lot. It’s hard, but we know that everything we learn now gives us the foundation we need to practice later, and that makes it all worth it.
WSHA: What aspect of the program are you most excited about these days?
NA: Learning pulse and tongue diagnosis, and how to apply both together. As Amma Therapists, we are using our eyes and hands to see what needs balancing and adjustment in the body. I like that approach.
WSHA: How much time do you dedicate to the program outside of class times?
NA: Probably about 15 hours each week. As I said, there’s a lot to learn!
WSHA: What else do you have going on in your life? Are you working while you are in the program?
NA: Yes, I work at a pet store four days per week. It’s a great place that specializes in raw food for cats and dogs. Actually, I am thinking about possibly bringing Amma Therapy to animals after I graduate. I’m not set on it, but acupuncture has shown to be quite effective for animals and I imagine they would enjoy the acupressure massage more than the needles.
WSHA: Thank you so much for the conversation, Nicole!
Interested in joining this group?
This January, we are offering an accelerated program track that allows dedicated students to take segment one and two concurrently, and then continue with the current group on the regular program schedule. Find out more on the Amma Program page and in this recent blog post, or contact us to explore this option. Applications are due December 30, 2013.
(Photo by pbuergler on Flickr.)