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Asian Bodywork

Person getting Amma Therapy at Whole Being Massage

Amma Therapy with David

60 Minutes: $70
90 Minutes: $105

Limited-time, practice session pricing

Integrative Asian Bodywork with John

75 Minutes: $110
105 Minutes: $140

Amma Therapy

Amma Bodywork Therapy is an ancient modality of massage rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Its earliest origins have been traced as far back as 5,000 years ago. Amma is a full-body, front-and-back treatment, wherein the practitioner works along the energy channels of the body to move Qi, or energy. This facilitates true, deep healing in the client’s body.

The Amma practitioner also utilizes pressure points along these channels to hone in on certain imbalances and bring harmony back into the body. These are the same pressure points an acupuncturist would access, though we don’t use needles and instead stimulate these points with digital (finger) pressure. Other techniques such as fire-cupping and gua sha (scraping) may be used to further assist in the movement of “stuck” Qi.

The practitioner may use tongue and pulse diagnoses to assess imbalances in the body. Dietary and lifestyle recommendations are generally offered, as well, to allow the client to assist in their own healing outside of the treatment room.

An Amma treatment leaves the recipient feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and rebalanced. Amma Therapy is effective for treating headaches, fatigue, digestive issues, sinus congestion, chronic pain, muscle aches, and more. Amma increases circulation, improves flexibility of joints and soft tissue, enhances injury healing, circulates and drains lymphatic fluid, and strengthens the immune system through preventative treatment.

Amma Therapy is typically performed on a heated massage table with the client unclothed and draped under a sheet.

David offers classical Amma Bodywork Therapy.

Integrative Asian Bodywork

John custom blends the many modalities he has studied to offer Integrative Asian Bodywork. Also described as Asian Oil Therapy, this work aims to enhance your well-being by balancing and harmonizing Mind, Body, and Spirit. The foundational modalities of Integrative Asian Bodywork are Acupressure for Emotional Self-Healing, Zen Shiatsu, Acu-Lomi Lomi, and Tui Na.

Acupressure for Emotional Self-Healing

More than 5000 years ago the Chinese discovered that by applying pressure with their fingers and hands to specific points in the body, they could relieve pain. Through instinct, trial and error, and methodological observation, they generated hundreds of acupressure points that could be used to alleviate physical symptoms, benefit the healthy functioning of internal organs, and balance the emotions.

Acupressure stimulates the same points as acupuncture, but instead of needles, it uses the gentle but firm pressure of the hands to release muscular tension, promote the circulation of blood, and stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure reaches to the core of many emotional disorders and stress-related physical problems. By freeing unresolved emotional experiences stored in the body, acupressure can alleviate a wide range of everyday aches and pains, allergies, poor circulation, sleeplessness, and other chronic complaints. It can even unveil the memory of a traumatic experience that caused an emotional wound.

Our most powerful spiritual experiences are rooted in the body. The life energy flowing through your body’s points and meridians is the essence of your spirit – the source of your enthusiasm, vitality, and inner being. Emotional pain inhibits this energy from flowing. Tension from emotional wounds constricts life energy much as a muscle contracts after an injury. Many adult emotional issues stem from traumatic childhood events. Healing the inner child that we carry inside us as adults is fundamental to emotional healing.

Tui Na

Relaxing, Invigorating, and Therapeutic
Balances Mind, Body, and Spirit

Tui Na has been used in China for more than 5,000 years. Defined as “the ancient healing art of fingers and strength,” Tui Na (pronounced twee nah and translated as Push – Grasp) has been gaining international attention for its safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions.

Tui Na bodywork is different from Western massage because it is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tui Na is also quite different from Western massage therapies in that it goes beyond the muscles, bones, and joints to work with the body on a deeper, energetic level. Tui Na practitioners tap into energy along meridians (energy channels) using stretches, pressure points, and joint rotations, with the intention of balancing the body’s vital energy (Qi) flow.

Tui Na is a mother practice of Integrative Asian Bodywork and John uses Tui Na as a holistic foundation for integrating Eastern and Western Therapies.

“Tui Na is the dance of energy of Tai Ji between two people.”
~Master Fu Ling

Zen Shiatsu

Shiatsu literally means finger (shi) pressure (atsu). A Japanese style of bodywork and breath meditation, Zen Shiatsu is based on the same principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used in Acupuncture. The roots go back to Tao-Yin (or Taoist Yoga) in China around 500 BC and to Amma Therapy.

Zen Shiatsu is primarily pressure with the breath and is usually applied with the thumbs, arm, and elbow along the meridian Qi (energy) lines. This pressure is adjusted to the client’s preferences and the needs of their body and can be light, medium, or deep. Extensive soft tissue manipulation and both active and passive exercise and stretching may be part of the treatments. Therapy and diagnosis are one in this elegant and meditative style.

Benefits include improved bowel function, decreased fatigue, improved sleep quality, headache relief, and improvement of chronic lower back pain.

Acu-Lomi Lomi

Lomi Lomi is known as the Loving Hands of a contented cat kneading. Lomi is a word in the Hawaiian and Samoan Languages, meaning, “to knead, to rub, or soothe: to work in and out, as the paws of a contented cat.” Kaleo Chin, John’s Hawaiian teacher, integrated this soothing and restorative healing art with the meridians (energy lines) of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to create Acu-Lomi Lomi. It is a combination of techniques, nut oils, breathing, prayer, and dance to restore the body’s Qi energy.

As Margaret Machado said, “the difference between Lomi Lomi and Swedish massage is the ‘loving touch.’ Its holistic approach creates a connection between your mind, body, emotion, and spirit.”

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