Asian Bodywork Therapy

We are members of the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA). Our school is directly recognized for graduates of our program to test for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exam. Our main practice at the school is Amma Therapy® as well as Amatsu Medicine (Bujinkan Amatsu). Below are some other descriptions of Asian Bodywork as well.


AMMA Therapy®

AMMA Therapy® is a highly refined and complex system of Bodywork Therapy utilizing techniques and treatment strategies combining the use of traditional Oriental medicine principles for assessing and evaluating general imbalances in the energetic system and a Western approach to organ dysfunctions. AMMA Therapy restores, promotes and maintains optimum health through the treatment of the physical body, the bio-energy and the emotions which reflect and are bound into the neuromuscular system. AMMA Therapy® has proven to be an effective healing modality used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. The treatment includes the use of dietary therapy, herbs, nutritional supplements and the external application of herbal preparations. This method was created by Tina Sohn and is protected by copyright®.
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Chi Nei Tsang

(Organ Chi Transformation and Healing Light Massage) Chi Nei Tsang is an entire system of Chinese deep healing that makes use of the energy flow of the five major systems in the body: vascular, lymphatic, nervous, tendon/muscle and acupuncture meridians. With this practice, one is able to increase the energy flow to specific organs through massaging a series of points in the navel area. Chi Nei Tsang frees the energy blockages in the navel and then guides the healing light energy into other parts of the body. Master Chia and Rod and Diana are the only Taoist masters who teach this science of healing in the United States.
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Five Element Shiatsu

The primary emphasis of Five Element Shiatsu is to identify a pattern of disharmony through use of the four examinations and to harmonize that pattern with an appropriate treatment plan. Hands on techniques and preferences for assessment varies with the practitioner, depending on their individual background and training. The radial pulse usually provides the most critical and detailed information. Palpitation of the back and/or abdomen and a detailed verbal history serve to confirm the assessment. Considerations of the client's lifestyle, emotional and psychological factors are all considered important. Although this approach uses the paradigm of the five elements to tonify, sedate of control patterns of disharmony, practitioners of this style also consider hot or cold; internal or external symptoms and signs.
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Integrative Eclectic Shiatsu

Integrative Eclectic Shiatsu utilizes Japanese Shiatsu techniques, Traditional Chinese Medical Theory and Western methods of soft tissue manipulation. Dietary and herbal methods are also included to create a comprehensive integrated treatment method.
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Japanese Shiatsu

Shiatsu literally means finger (Shi) pressure (Atsu) and although Shiatsu is primarily pressure, usually applied with the thumbs, along the meridian lines, extensive soft tissue manipulation and both active and passive exercise and stretching may be part of the treatment. Extensive use of cutaneovisceral reflexes in the abdomen and on the back are also characteristics of Shiatsu. The emphasis of Shiatsu is the treatment of the whole meridian; however, effective points are also used. The therapist assesses the condition of the patient's body as treatment progresses. Therapy and diagnosis are one.
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Macrobiotic Shiatsu

Founded by Shizuko Yamamoto and based on George Ohsawa's philosophy that each individual is an integral part of nature, Macrobiotic Shiatsu supports a natural lifestyle and heightened instincts of improving health. Assessments are through visual, verbal and touch techniques (including pulses) and the Five Transformations. Treatment involves non-invasive touch and pressure using hand and barefoot techniques and stretches to facilitate the flow of Qi and to strengthen the body-mind. Dietary guidance, medicinal plant foods, breathing techniques and home remedies are emphasized, corrective exercises, postural re balancing, palm healing, self shiatsu and Qigong are included in Macrobiotic Shiatsu.
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Shiatsu/Anma Therapy

Shiatsu/Anma Therapy utilizes a unique blending of two of the most popular oriental bodywork forms practiced in Japan. Dr. Kaneko introduces traditional Anma Massage Therapy based on the energetic system of Traditional Chinese Medicine in long form and contemporary pressure therapy which is based on neuro-musculo-skeletal system in short form. Ampaku, abdominal massage therapy, is another foundation of Anma Massage Therapy in his school.
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Traditional Thai Massage

Nuad Bo Rarn is the Traditional Thai Medical Massage. Thai Massage is based upon an integration of Indian Buddhist medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thai Massage utilizes hand techniques and a unique approach to passive movement and stretching to open up the veins or energy passages and release chronic tension from the body. Traditional Thai Massage incorporates a spiritual dimension in its gentle and focused approach to Oriental Bodywork.
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Tuina

Tuina is a method of Chinese Bodywork that utilizes soft tissue manipulation, accupoints and structural realignment methods to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal and internal organ disorders. Tuina utilizes Traditional Chinese Medical theory in assessing energetic and functional disorders. In addition, the use of external herbal medicines and therapeutic exercise is also included.
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Zen Shiatsu

Zen Shiatsu is characterized by the theory of Kyo-Jitsu, its physical and psychological manifestations and its application to abdominal diagnosis. Zen Shiatsu theory is based on an extended meridian system that includes, as well as expands, the location of the traditional acupuncture meridians. The focus of a Zen Shiatsu session is on the use of meridian lines rather than on specific points. In addition, Zen Shiatsu does not adhere to a fixed sequence or set of methods that are applied to all. It utilizes appropriate methods for the unique pattern of each individual. Zen shiatsu was developed by Shizuto Masunaga.
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