Amma Therapy

Now Enrolling for Fall 2017 Program!

For a quick glimpse into our professional Amma Bodywork Therapy program, please enjoy this short video:

Are you ready to learn more about this exceptional modality and becoming an Amma Therapist?

To Learn More:

1. Download the student catalogue.  

The student catalogue contains extensive information about Amma Bodywork Therapy, from its lineage and philosophy to career options. It also includes the program curriculum and current class schedule, tuition information, and logistical details. Download it here.

 2. Speak with our staff or attend an upcoming Amma Info Session.

Personal attention to each student is one of our core values, and it starts before you even apply. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you evaluate whether our program fits your ambitions and your circumstances. Contact us.

Next Amma Info Sessions:
Wednesday, August 9th – 5:30-7:00pm

3. Experience an Amma treatment.

Our student clinic, which begins in September, is an excellent opportunity for that! We can also connect you with local practitioners (many of them alumni) who we know do amazing work.

4. Sit in on a class, chat with a student or alum.

Contact us to request a class visit. Please note, our students will be on spring break from March 26th through April 9th and we don’t have classes scheduled during that time. However, we can connect you with current students or alumni so you can get a firsthand view of what it’s like to be a student in the program.

5. Apply.

The button below will take you to the application materials and next steps.


Top 5 Questions from Prospective Students

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.

How long is the program and when are classes?

The 1046-hour Amma Therapy program takes a little over 2 years to complete. Classes are broken into six, 15-week segments with breaks between each segment and additional time off given for holidays. Classes for the upcoming April 2017 program will be Tuesdays and Saturdays. Class days generally begin at 9:00am and end by 5:30pm.

What does the program cost?

Core Tuition for the 1082-hour program is $14,201. This does not include the cost of administrative fees, books, massage table, student liability insurance, etc. A break down of all program expenses can be found on pages 11 & 12 of the student catalogue.

Do you offer financial aid or payment plans?

We are not a FAFSA school, so we do not offer financial aid. However, we do offer payment plans for the core tuition ($14,201). These options are:

1) Pay in full with cash, cashier’s check, or check and receive a 7% discount ($994.07)
2) Pay in full with Visa, Master Card, or Discover Card to receive a 4% discount ($568.04)
3) Pay a deposit ($3550.25) prior to the program start and 3 subsequent equal payments ($3550.25) made every 6 months over the subsequent 18 months. No interest.
4) Pay a minimum deposit of $2,000 prior to the program start, then make monthly payments (minimum $300/month). There is no interest the first 12 months. After the first year a 2% interest fee is applied to the remaining balance. Payments are made via auto-withdrawal. Payments can be made up to 12 months post program. Individual amortization schedules are provided for each student. There are no credit checks required for this option.

We encourage students to talk with us about their financial situation to figure out which scenario will work best for them.

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.

Feel free to contact us for information on how our graduates practice Amma Therapy across the U.S.

“Because of my education through The Wellspring, I have created a life of rich health and balance. My career as an Amma therapist has been very fulfilling for me, financially and as a way to be a voice for self- empowerment for each individual who I work with.” – Michele Casey, ABT, CMT, 1999 graduate of The Wellspring School for Healing Arts

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