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A forum for practitioners of AMMA Therapy(r) and those interested in learning more about this form of Korean bodywork brought to the United States by Mrs. Tina Sohn.

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Started by Tina Holt Feb 20, 2012.

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Comment by Vivian Menjivar on March 27, 2013 at 12:46am

Dear All, I am an AMMA Therapist in Greece. I received my bachlors degree in AMMA therapy back in 2001 from the NY College WHER before the big change. Faye Shenkman was my main teacher along with Kim Rosado. I would like to teach here in Greece but want to be certified to teach this. How can I go about this. I have searched all over the web and have communicated with a number of teachers but to no avail I havent received any responses. I also teach the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and my students really want to learn AMMA.

Thank you,

Vivian Menjivar, LMT, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM)

Comment by Kent Bergstrom on August 17, 2012 at 1:20am

Its been ages since I've been on this site. I noticed the comment from Daniel Cohen in 2011. The link that he provided is of Billy Rusticcia's place and Yotsume Anma. Although I know Billy and he is an amazing practitioner of both ABT and Martial arts his style has absolutely zero to do with AMMA Therapy. The lineage "unbroken" of teacher in the USA are myself and Maria Troia and that it. There are some "splinter" groups that are popping back up that used to be Amma Therapeutic Massage and they're changing their identifiers back to Amma Therapy but if the do not mention their connection to Mrs Sohn and how they continued to teach with her AFTER she stopped her connection to the NY College then they are not lineage connected to her. Period.  
I see the same baloney that happened with Reiki many years back starting to happen with AMMA Therapy now.. Very interesting. 
I still teach AMMA Therapy. I just closed my formal commercial school in pursuit of my Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine. (which I completed) and as a Master Instructor termed by Mrs Sohn before she passed and a CAT from the old days under her we still have an unbroken lineage available 
People can friend me at facebook  **
Kent Bergstrom

Comment by Daniel Cohen on December 31, 2011 at 5:52am

Amma is not easy to find even on the internet. it may be the oldest form of North Asian massage. It is said to predate Traditional Chinese Medicine. Throughout China, Korea, & Japan it was until recently an occupation of the blind. It is a simple form of massage that has been over shadowed in the past 50 years by Tuina in China, Acupressure in Korea, & Shiatsu in Japan. In all three it is still practiced and when you travel you can request it in many hotels. Not for the squeemish Amma goes right to the spot and deep, as with most Asian massage. My experience in Japan was relaxing afterward but the most painful massage I've experienced and having traveled in China, Korea, & Japan I have had some very painful therapies.
This is the most detailed description I have found on the internet.

Comment by Michelle Ryan on August 8, 2011 at 5:29pm

Dear Maria,

My name is Michelle Ryan and I am a graduate of the New York College when it was under the supervision of Mr. and Mrs.Sohn. I graduated 1997 just after Mr.Sohn passed on. It is very sad to know that the school no longer teaches Amma. I had Basic AMMA 1 and 2 and still utilize the techniques till this day. Do you teach the more advanced techniques and are you a C.A.T.

Thankyou and regards,

Michelle Ryan L.M.T.


Comment by Kimberly Rogers on November 21, 2010 at 6:28pm
Hi Maria,
Thanks for the information. I did find a Menomonie-area trained AMMA Therapist working in Shawano, WI. I am going to give her the information for this website/group. I have found AMMA to be so incredibly helpful to me for personal healing, it should be taught in more massage schools. If I was to ever open a school, it would teach students both western & eastern (AMMA) techniques.
Comment by Maria Troia on November 1, 2010 at 12:40am
Hi Kimberly,
I'm so sorry to just find your post now. I don't get to spend much time on the boards anymore. Look up Kent Bergstrom. He is in the Menomeonie area and practices and teaches AMMA Therapy.

Maria Troia, MSEd, LMT, NCTMB, CH
Comment by Kimberly Rogers on November 1, 2010 at 12:23am
Anyone in central Wisconsin looking for an AMMA Therapist? There is one in the region. Other AMMA therapists are situated around the Eau Claire/Menomonie area.
Comment by Kimberly Rogers on June 17, 2010 at 7:55pm
Hello! I have been interested in AMMA since I received a series of treatments over two years ago. I was impressed by how my therapist was able to get my body to relax and remove pockets of restrictions that I had been carrying around since I was a teenager. My treatments were twice a month for almost ten months. It was an amazing experience. And I have been interested in learning this modality since. She is located in NW part of my state. My business took me there each month, so it was easy to make an appointment. Unfortunately, I no longer travel there. I miss the boost of energy I would get following my sessions.

I live in central WI. I have no idea where I can go or even look to find a teacher or school who teaches AMMA. I have seen the title AMMA incorporated in with Shiatsu. Are they similar? I have watched some shiatsu training DVDs, and did not see anything that looked like AMMA happening. Thank you so much for letting me join this group! :D
Comment by Maria Troia on February 8, 2010 at 1:32pm
New dates for AMMA Therapy Basic I in Phoenix, AZ have been posted to my website. If you are interested, I encourage you to enroll. Due to the time demands of my own academic schedule in the acupuncture program, odds are good this will be the only section of Basic I offered this year.

Maria Troia, MSEd, LMT, NCTMB, CH
Comment by Maria Troia on December 27, 2009 at 1:10am
Welcome, Judith! Please feel free to post your comments, questions, or experiences with AMMA Therapy!

Maria Troia, MSEd, LMT, NCTMB, CH

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