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

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By Tina Sohn

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Tina Sohn

Tina Sohn
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.



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. 
"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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