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A forum for those interested in Asian Bodywork and Continuing Education in Asian Bodywork.

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Started by Mihael Mamychshvili. Last reply by Mihael Mamychshvili Oct 4, 2011.

How Is Shiatsu Therapy Viewed Where You Practice? 4 Replies

Started by Mihael Mamychshvili. Last reply by Mihael Mamychshvili May 2, 2011.

The placement of cups in cupping. 5 Replies

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Comment by Maria Troia on July 27, 2009 at 5:03pm
Welcome to Asian Bodyworkers, Dell. Thank you for posting about your work in Shiatsu and Tuina!
Comment by Dell on July 27, 2009 at 3:25pm
Hello fellow ABT !
I am a practicing Shiatsu and Tui Na therapist in the Boston, MA area. I am excited to be a member of this group. Thanx ;-D
Comment by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB on July 18, 2009 at 4:19am
I especially enjoy offering Thai massage. Warmly, Ariana Vincent, Ariana Institute,
Comment by Ashwin Nathi on July 17, 2009 at 4:55pm
hi all,
I enjoy giving tuina.
Comment by Maria Troia on July 11, 2009 at 1:38am
Hi Alicia,

Thanks for posting! I enjoy cupping too, although I find I don't use it much. I sometimes use moxabustion in my sessions. I also make my own Di Dat Jow and use that in nearly all my sessions.

With regard to technique, I am an AMMA Therapy(R) practitioner. AMMA Therapy(R) is Korean bodywork, based on the 5 Elements and the 8 Principles of TCM. Chinese diet and the internal martial arts are also part of this 5,000 year old system of healing. AMMA was brought to the U.S. by the late Mrs. Tina Sohn who with her husband established the NY College of Health Professions. AMMA Therapy(R) comprised half of the massage program at the college and was also taught in the acupuncture program. It was also the focal point of the holistic nursing program at the college and was being integrated with great success into hospitals in NYC. I learned AMMA at the college and was later asked to return to teach and supervise in the student massage clinic, a magical and incredibly rewarding time in my life.

Eventually, I relocated to Arizona (Phoenix Valley) and found that I felt like a fish out of water without my AMMA colleagues around me. Ultimately this inspired me to become a NCBTMB approved CE provider and teach AMMA Therapy(R) workshops. It is my hope to continue Mrs. Sohn's efforts and share AMMA with other therapists so that others may benefit from it as well.

Nearly 10 years ago, AMMA changed my life in ways I could have never imagined and I am grateful each day for what I learned through AMMA and the chance to share this information with others, knowing it will change their lives too. I am especially excited to be taking AMMA Therapy (R) north toward Sedona this fall. I know the red rocks of Sedona will be a brilliant and powerful setting in which to teach AMMA. More information can be found on the classes at

I am very eager to hear what styles of TCM bodywork others here are practicing and how they came to resonate with the work they do. For me, the resonance came in the 5 Elements. Upon learning about the correlation between the elements and the emotions, I found my home as a bodyworker.
Comment by Alicia Barrera-Warwick,HHP,LE on July 10, 2009 at 10:44pm
I am interested in what forms of bodywork everyone is doing. Myself, I love the cupping technique as an alternative to deep tissue work.
Comment by Maria Troia on July 8, 2009 at 1:43pm
Welcome to this forum for Asian Bodyworkers.

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