General Information  ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY Imagine a massage that pampers you, that helps you to relax. Amma massage combines deep tissue manipulation with the application of pressure, friction and touch to specific points and the channels (Meridians) on which they are found. These channels are the pathways through which energy passes throughout the body.  Amma’s major concern is the manipulation and harmonization of the energy system and its profound effects on the physical body. The word Amma means “push-pull” in Chinese. It is applied to a form of Oriental massage dating back five thousand years to the period of the yellow emperor. It is pre historic to Shiatsu. Read what ”Healing LifeStyles & Spa” wrote in the March/April 2008 issue.  What is AMMA  Therapy / Massage Amma Therapy techniques include both deep tissue massage that is used in other forms of therapeutic massage, and the stimulation of energy movement that is the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The basic idea is the concept of a polarity of forces (yin/yang) which actively changes throughout the day season and lifetime, but which maintain a certain balance, which is named the homeodynamic balance. Amma Therapy, an Ancient Massage focuses on hand techniques aimed to remove blockages and free the flow of Qi to balance the whole mechanism. BENEFITS:     * · Increase circulations     * · Reduce fatigue     * · It reduces pain (e.g. neural-gating mechanism)     * · It enhance tissue repair and facilitate healthy scar formation     * · It reduce anxiety     * · Increase superficial circulation     * · Promote specific and general muscle relaxation     * · It promote joint function     * · Relieve muscle pain from tension and poor circulation     * · Reduces stress both emotional and physical     * · Flushes the tissues of wastes     * · Soothes the nerves     * · Better overall health SWEDISH/THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE: The history of massage is both ancient and global. It is used for health and healing in native and folk cultures all over the world. Two men influential in the development of modern Western massage ere Pehr H. Ling (1776-1839) of Sweden, and Johann G. Mezger of Amsterdam (1838-1909). Ling developed a system of active and passive movements to treat medical conditions and strengthen the body that in the late 1800s was called the Swedish Movement Cure in the United States. Mezger popularized the use of the familiar French terms for the Western massage techniques categories of Effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, and friction. Therapeutic massage was revived as a valuable health and healing practice in the 1970s. In the 1990 and early 2000s, there were several noteworthy milestones in the history of massage therapy. Increase in scientific research about massages Creation of institutions to fund research U.S. government began to develop public policy related to CAM therapies Standards for massage therapist were raised BENEFITS:     * · Decrease heart rate and slower respiration     * · Decreased muscle tension     * · Increase blood flow to internal organs     * · Decreased anxiety, fear, and phobias , and positive mental health     * · Improved quality of sleep     * · Reduced blood lactates, blood substances associated with anxiety     * · Relief of discomfort, distress or suffering due to irritation of   stimulation of sensory nerves, esp. pain sensors     * · Improved local circulations BIOFIELD THERAPY (Reiki): Reiki is a bio-field therapy that is an energy-based approach to health and healing. It uses touch to influence the human energy system.  The energy that surrounds the body and the energy centers ( Chakra centers) control the energy flow from the energy field to the physical body.  This is a non-invasive technique utilizing the hands to clear, energize and balance the human energy fields. During a Reiki session, the energy is channeled through the practitioner into the client on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual to provide stress reduction and relaxation which in turn, leads to wellness.
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