What is Amma Therapy?
Amma Therapy is a Korean lineage healing art form brought to the United States by Tina and Dr. Robert Sohn in the early seventies. Urged by Mrs. Sohn to teach and guided by Faye Schenkman, Rylen began teaching the Amma Program on the West Coast in 1992. The Wellspring School is the only school in the United States preserving and teaching this profound healing art in its complete form.
A Classical Asian Bodywork Style
A classical Asian bodywork style that predates acupuncture, “Amma” is the oldest Chinese word to describe massage. Amma is a specialized form of bodywork therapy that combines deep, therapeutic, circular digital pressure and acupressure point stimulation with Chinese medical principles for accessing and treating imbalances in the energy system. Amma Therapy, like acupuncture, focuses on the balance and movement of Qi (energy) within the body. Whereas the acupuncturist inserts needles into the energy pathways to stimulate and move the energy, the Amma practitioner relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands to manipulate the client’s life Qi.
Amma Therapy techniques include both deep-tissue manipulation that is used in other forms of therapeutic massage and the stimulation of Qi movement that is the basis of Chinese medicine. Amma Therapy addresses problems from a multisystem, multidirectional point of view. A diagnosis is based on the assessment of every facet of the mind/body complex, including observation of the tongue, taking of various pulses, and evaluation of many signs and symptoms that reflect the state of internal organs.
A Powerful Therapy
Amma is a powerful therapy for patients of all ages for both prevention and treatment of disease. It has been used to successfully treat and/or manage conditions including traumas such as sprains, strains, and fractures; chronic disorders such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, circulatory problems, anxiety, depression, gynecological problems, premenstrual problems, perimenopausal problems, menopausal considerations, autoimmune diseases, and neuromuscular disease.
What can I do as an Amma Therapist?
As an Amma Therapist, you can enjoy a fulfilling and sustainable career in wholistic health. Amma Therapy is beneficial to both the recipient and giver of treatment, so burn out and injury does not impact Amma Therapists as much as it does many in the field of traditional massage. Amma Therapists receive the training to practice for 25+ years, or until they are ready to retire.
Our graduates have started their own private practices or joined existing practices, worked along side naturopathic doctors, chiropractic doctors, and acupuncturists. Our students and graduates take pride being an integral part of maintaining the Amma Therapy lineage. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive certification from The Wellspring School for Amma Bodywork Therapy. In Oregon, graduates are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam offered by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists and, upon passing, can practice Amma Therapy as Licensed Massage Therapists.
- Download a copy of a student catalogue to give you a detailed overview of classes covered, tuition costs, school policies and more about the program.
- Speak with one of our staff, students or alumni. We are happy to answer questions about the modality, future program opportunities and the school.
- Experience an Amma treatment! Through May 2018, we offer weekly Amma Therapy student clinic appointments on Wednesdays. We can also connect you with local practitioners (many of them alum) who can tell you about the program and allow you the opportunity to experience this incredible modality firsthand. Contact us for more info.
- Contact us to request a class visit. If our students are in session, we can arrange for you to sit in on one or more classes.
Insights & Perspectives
Below is a collection of blog posts featuring insights and perspectives from Amma Therapy students, alumni, instructors, practitioners, and patients:
- Amma Therapy as Preventative Medicine (video)
- Movement Arts and the Lineage of Amma Therapy (video)
- A Life Rich in Health and Balance - Building a Career as an Amma Therapist
- Amma Bodywork Therapy - More Than Massage
- Q&A with Amma Therapy Instructor Michael Guida
- What Amma Therapy Is, And Why We Need to Continue the Lineage
- What is it like to be a student in the current Amma Therapy program?
- Alumni Spotlight: Corinna Snow - Amma, Immunity and Baked Pears
- Amma Therapy: From Client to Student to Practitioner
- Amma Therapy Q&A
- What You've Been Asking About Amma Therapy
- Phenomenal Interview With Dr. Robert & Tina Sohn About Amma Therapy