Amma Therapy


Amma Group 01 – Portland


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The 1000+hour program is taught over six, 15-week segments and takes roughly 24 months to complete. Classes included in the program are:

SEGMENT I – 179 Hours
Amma Technique I – 52 Hours
Asian Principles and Foundations – 45 Hours
Intro to Wholistic Nutrition – 15 Hours
Qigong – 15 Hours
Western Musculoskeletal Anatomy – 52 Hours

SEGMENT II – 172 Hours
Amma Technique II – 52 Hours
Asian Anatomy & Physiology I – 45 Hours
Daily Dose: Guide to Supplements – 15 Hours
Qigong II – 15 Hours
Western Physiology – 45 Hours

SEGMENT III – 184 Hours
Applied Technique I – 52 Hours
Asian Anatomy & Physiology II – 45 Hours
Chen Tai Chi – 12 Hours
Ethical Practice – 24 Hours
Qigong III – 6 Hours
Western Pathology – 45 Hours

SEGMENT IV – 155 Hours
Applied Technique II – 52 Hours
Asian Clinical Assessment – 52 Hours
Chen Tai Chi – 6 Hours
Complementary Techniques – 15 Hours
Food & the Treatment of Disharmony – 15 Hours
Qigong III – 15 Hours

SEGMENT V – 148 Hours
Additional Bodywork Techniques – 30 Hours
Chen Tai Chi – 6 Hours
Clinic I – 60 Hours
Clinic Review – 10 Hours
Eat to Live – 15 Hours
Intensive With Rylen – 15 Hours
Qigong IV – 12 Hours

SEGMENT VI – 167 Hours
Building a Practice – 28 Hours
Chen Tai Chi – 15 Hours
Clinic II – 60 Hours
Clinic Review – 13 Hours
Intensive With Rylen – 9 Hours
Intro to Chinese Patent Herbs – 42 Hours

PROGRAM TOTAL = 1005 Hours

Amma Therapy Program

Starting February 20, 2013 in Portland, Oregon

Become a student of the body!

We are thrilled to offer our first Amma Bodywork Therapy Program in Portland, Oregon this winter. In Oregon, The Wellspring School is a private career school licensed with the Oregon Department of Education in accordance with the Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 581, Division 045 ( Upon successful completion, graduates receive certification from The Wellspring School for Amma Bodywork Therapy. In Oregon, our graduates are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam offered by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, and after passing the exam, can practice as a licensed massage therapist in Oregon.

If you have been considering a new career in wholistic health, Chinese medicine, or bodywork, or if you are a practitioner looking to expand skills and offer more comprehensive care, contact us by email at or call us at 503.688.1482 to talk more about the program. We would be more than happy to help you decide if Amma Therapy is the right path for you, and we can also connect you with alumni of our previous programs who can share their first-hand insights and advice with you.

Application Process

Please take a moment to download the student handbook. You can also download a PDF of the program schedule to see when classes will be offered for this program.

The handbook has detailed information about classes and tuition as well as the application materials. If you are ready to apply, fill our the application and send it to us via snail mail, email, or fax (503.688.1482). Once we’ve received your application, we will set up an interview time and review next steps.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact us at or 503.688.1482.

What is Amma Therapy?

Amma Bodywork Therapy is a lineage Asian 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 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.

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.

The program teaches honoring the principles of a living art form, The Wellspring strives to maintain Amma Therapy in its purest nature. Students learn an extensive, dynamic, and comprehensive form of wholistic healthcare including training in a traditional Asian bodywork form, wholistic nutrition, meditation, and Qigong. We urge each student to reach his/her highest potential and embrace a lifestyle that is congruent with these beliefs.

The 1000+hour program is taught over six, 15-week segments and takes roughly 24 months to complete. To download a PDF of the program calendar, click here.

“This program has taught me more than taking notes and tests well. It has enabled me to embrace the information we learn in a lifestyle that creates balance for myself and therefore in those I touch.”
~ Kylie Cole, Amma Graduate