Amma Therapy: A Complete Textbook of Oriental Bodywork and Medical Principles

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 448 pages
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The word Amma, which means "push-pull" in Chinese, was applied to a form of Oriental massage dating back five thousand years to the period of the Yellow Emperor. Founded and developed by Korean-born Tina Sohn, Amma Therapy is a highly refined and complex system of bodywork whose techniques and treatment strategies combine the use of traditional Oriental medical principles and a Western approach to organ dysfunction. It utilizes a variety of techniques, sometimes paralleling those found in major forms of therapeutic massage, as well as powerful new points discovered by Tina Sohn.

• This revised and enlarged edition now serves as a textbook for bodyworkers.

• Accompanied by extensive illustrations and twenty detailed treatments for a variety of common medical conditions, this teaching guide explains and demonstrates the proper execution of Amma Therapy techniques applied directly to the physical body.

• Includes nutritional and exercise recommendations providing a remarkably holistic guide for practitioners and students in all fields of bodywork.
 

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Contents

WHAT IS AMMA THERAPY?
2
THE DEVELOPMENT OF WHOLISTIC HEALTH CARE
9
THE HOMEODYNAMIC MODEL
17
NUTRITION EVOLUTION THEORY AND PRACTICE
40
THE PRINCIPLES
55
THE FUNDAMENTALS
56
THE ANATOMY OF ENERGY
67
ORIENTAL PHYSIOLOGY
109
GENERAL TREATMENT FOR REVITALIZING AND BALANCING THE BODY
258
TREATMENT FOR STIFF NECK WITH SHOULDER PAIN
265
TREATMENT FOR LOWER BACK PAIN
278
TREATMENT FOR THE COMMON COLD
294
TREATMENT FOR INDIGESTION
307
TREATMENT FOR CONSTIPATION
324
TREATMENT FOR DIARRHEA
338
TREATMENT FOR HEADACHES
353

METHODS OF DIAGNOSIS
131
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AMMA THERAPIST
159
THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENSITIVITY STRENGTH AND PALPATORY SKILLS
166
THE IMPORTANCE OF TAI CHI CHUAN TO AMMA THERAPY
179
ETHICS AND THE AMMA THERAPIST
184
THE BASIC AMMA THERAPY TREATMENT
189
AMMA THERAPY ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS
249
TREATMENT FOR PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME
375
TREATMENT FOR HYPERTENSION
387
APPENDIX
400
SUGGESTED READING
403
BIBLIOGRAPHY
406
INDEX
408
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1996)


Acknowledgments

Foreword by Faye N. Schenkman, Academic Dean of the Amma Therapy Program, New Center College for Wholistic Health Education and Research

Preface: The Origins of Amma Therapy in America by Linda Saslow

Part One: The Philosophy
1  What is Amma Therapy?
2  The Development of Wholistic Heath Care
3  The Homeodynamic Model
4  Nutrition: Evolution, Theory, and Practice

Part Two: The Principles
5  The Fundamentals
6  The Anatomy of Energy
7  Oriental Physiology
8  Methods of Diagnosis

Part Three: The Making of an Amma Therapist
9   The Development of the Amma Therapist
10  The Development of Sensitivity, Strength, and Palpatory Skills
11  The Importance of T'ai Chi Chuan to Amma Therapy
12  Ethics and the Amma Therapist
13  The Basic Amma Therapy Treatment

Part Four: Applied Amma Therapy
14  Amma Therapy Assessment and Diagnosis
15  General Treatment for Revitalizing and Balancing the Body
16  Treatment for Stiff Neck with Shoulder Pain
17  Treatment for Lower Back Pain
18  Treatment for the Common Cold
19  Treatment for Indigestion
20  Treatment for Constipation
21  Treatment for Diarrhea
22  Treatment for Headaches
23  Treatment for Premenstrual Syndrome
24  Treatment for Hypertension

Appendix

Suggested Reading
Bibliography
Index

Bibliographic information