Amma Therapy

A Complete Textbook of Oriental Bodywork and Medical Principles
By (author) Robert C. Sohn
By (author) Tina Sohn

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Amma Therapy
A Complete Textbook of Oriental Bodywork and Medical Principles
By (author) Robert C. Sohn
By (author) Tina Sohn

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Pages : 448

Book Size : 8.38 x 10.88

ISBN-13 : 9780892814886

Imprint : Healing Arts Press

On Sale Date : January 01, 1997

Format : Hardcover Book

Illustrations : 170 b&w illustrations

Amma therapy is a revolutionary form of wholistic bodywork, incorporating elements of acupuncture, herbalism, diet, and exercise to restore, promote, and maintain the movement of Qi (life energy) within the body. With its step-by-step illustrated guide to the entire Amma therapy treatment, this is the comprehensive textbook for all students of Oriental bodywork.

About Amma Therapy

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. 
Table of Contents

Table of content


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

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


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Author Bio
Born into one of the eight hundred traditional ruling families of Korea, Tina Sohn comes from a line of Oriental physicians and masters of the martial arts. Legendary for her intuitive ability to sense and cure disease, she has been instructing others in the healing arts for over twenty-five years. Robert Sohn has used his life's studies in Eastern and Western philosophies and medicine to help engineer the development of the wholistic health movement in America. He is founder and former president of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and in 1986 was awarded the honor of Acupuncturist of the year. In 1976 Robert and Tina Sohn founded the Wholistic Health Center in Manhasset, New York, one of the largest wholistic health centers in the United States. In 1981 they founded the New Center for Wholistic Health Education and Research, now a state-accredited college of wholistic medicine. Located in Syosset, New York, the New Center College serves as a model for wholistic health care and a school for future generations of wholistic practitioners.


Book Praise

Book Praise

"Amma Therapy delivers exactly what the title says: this is the most comprehensive textbook for Oriental bodywork therapists in the English language."

"Amma Therapy presents Oriental medical theory in a clear and logical manner, detailing its philosophical and physiological bases from Eastern and Western points of view. It also gives a philosophical overview of wholistic health care and contrasts it to the Western scientific 'disease-care' system. A section on professional development, which is emphasized in the Sohns' program, includes a beautiful description of the stages of proprioceptive sensitivity that are available to the dedicated therapist. A detailed protocol addresses hand strengthening, full-body conditioning, and training in proper body alignment. In addition, the book examines ethical behavior, a timely subject for our profession."
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