Amma Massage

Amma is an extremely specialized form of massage therapy rooted in a philosophy based on Taoism dating back about 5000 years to the period of the legendary Yellow Emperor of China. Amma therapy combines deep tissue manipulation with the application of pressure, friction, and touch to specific points. While acupuncture inserts needles into the energy pathway to stimulate and move the energy, the Amma therapist relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands. Amma has proven to be an effective and powerful therapy for people of all ages for the promotion of health and well being, prevention of illness and for the treatment of specific disease.

Amma Can Benefit

  • Stiff neck with Shoulder Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Muscular Pain
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Poor Sleep Pattern
  • Stress

Amma can be used as Treatment for

  • Headaches
  • Rigidity and pain in the neck
  • Spasm and intense pain of the neck, upper back muscles, acute and chronic
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Sinusitis


Shiatsu refers generally to a Japanese pressure therapy used to relieve a variety of problems including back pain, neck and shoulder problems, stress, insomnia, digestive problems, and fatigue. It is based on traditional Chinese medicine techniques, particularly massage therapy that has been recommended since ancient times, with certain Japanese innovations.

Zen Shiatsu is a form of bodywork administered by thumbs, fingers, palms and elbows, feet and knees. It depends for its success on a meditative activity of the practitioner, aimed especially at detecting the body responses to the treatment, which influences the subsequent treatment step by step. Pressure is applied to all parts of the body along specific pathways (meridians). These are essentially the same meridians that are used in traditional Chinese medicine for acupuncture, though modified and extended by Masunaga (so they are sometimes called Masunaga Meridians. It is understood that this technique stimulates the natural healing powers of the body, wherefore symptoms of disease lessen and vitality is regained.