Amma Therapy with Samantha Romanowski
What is Amma Therapy? What can a client expect from a session?
Amma is a classic style of Asian bodywork that predates acupuncture. Literally meaning “push-pull” Amma is the oldest Chinese word for massage. Brought to the US in the 1970’s, Amma is a Korean based linage healing art, meaning that is has been physically taught and passed down from teacher to student over generations.
Amma Therapy is an integrative holistic form of healthcare based in the principles of Chinese Medicine. Understanding that a disharmony or imbalance of our energy, or Qi (pronounced “chee”), can lead to a state of dis-ease within the body, Amma focuses on the movement and balance of that energy to both treat and prevent disease.
By using rhythmic therapeutic pressure and point stimulation, an Amma practitioner relies on the strength and sensitivity of their hands to manipulate and invigorate the body’s Qi toward balance and harmony. In addition to bodywork, an Amma therapist may also use their knowledge of nutrition, herbs, and lifestyle practices as well as complementary modalities like Gua Sha, cupping and moxibustion to treat some health conditions.
A typical Amma session lasts 60 minutes, although the initial treatment is 90 minutes. It is important to spend adequate time discussing health history, current health challenges and lifestyle habits. Throughout the treatment, assessments about a client’s health are made through discussion, questioning, observation, and palpation as well as tongue and pulse analysis. After the bodywork at the end of a session, there is additional time for discussion of recommendations, or “homework”. Typically, a client is given recommendations to incorporate into their lifestyle as a way to feel the continued benefit of an Amma treatment.
In many cases, clients leave an Amma session feeling energized and invigorated, however it is not uncommon for some people to feel fatigued, hungry or slightly achy. These symptoms often resolve within a few hours. Because it is a comprehensive and wholistic style of healthcare, many people experience additional benefits like improved sleep, better digestion and reduced stress in addition to relief from discomfort.
Samantha is a lifelong student, having studied a variety of subjects from sociology and community/urban planning to Chinese Medicine. The common theme throughout her education (both formal and informal) has been a drive to study and understand people and to help them understand themselves. So when she stumbled onto the Amma Therapy program at The Wellspring School for Healing Arts, she knew that her career path would be forever changed. Amma Therapy has had a profound impact on Sam’s life, and she is so excited to offer her practice to this community, so that others may receive the benefits and feel the change in their lives as well.
Silver Rain Massage
Jae has several years of experience working in a chiropractic setting as well as a spa setting, and draws from these different atmospheres to create a style that is not only relaxing, but therapeutic as well. Her overall style uses broad flowing strokes, though when needed, utilizes deep tissue neuromuscular techniques including TriggerPoint Therapy and Gua Sha, as well as deep relaxation and energetic techniques such as CranioSacral Therapy and Reiki, helping many clients to recover from injury and return to an elevated state of wellness.
Specialties include Motor Vehicle Accident Injury, Swedish, Deep Tissue, CranioSacral Therapy, Lomi Lomi, Hot Stone, Aromatherapy, Fire Cupping, Reiki (all performed on the HealthyWave PRO PEMF Amethyst Jade Tourmaline Photon FarInfrared Mat)
"Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open."
Jae has a strong connection with nature and brings that grounding, healing power of the Natural World into her practice along with her caring presence. She includes the physical elements of Earth in decor, as well as in the healing session, using hot basalt stones and by custom blending plant/flower essential oils for each session.
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~Rachel Carson
When she's not creating a healing session, Jae's other interests include understanding how people's hearts and minds work; finding inspiration in nature, and then photographing it, writing about it, and/or painting it; things handwritten and homemade; planting crocus bulbs and digging up garlic bulbs; watching her chickens dig up all the bulbs; attempting the "crow" pose; and making her cats drool via the Swedish skin-rolling technique.
To schedule an appointment, send a message through her website at www.SilverRainMassage.com
Wendi Westbrook, LMT
I am an experienced LMT who, having worked alongside Chiropractors through my career, have learned to tailor each massage to the clients current needs. I specialize in therapeutic, deep tissue work in the hips, back, neck and shoulders. Relaxation is also key to successfully overcoming pain and stress, if this is what your body needs, this is where we will focus. I also have years of experience working on PIP auto injury cases. Massage is a great addition to any rehabilitation plan after an auto injury.
I look forward to working with you!
Arbor Vitae Massage + Somatic Therapy
I am endlessly awed and inspired by the adaptability of nature, how tree limbs grow with the wind and light, how water flows around obstacles, how bodies adjust their posture to accommodate injury to themselves and the spirits they contain. My job is as detective tracing back compensatory patterns, as vessel holding the space for each individual who enters my office, as alchemist co-creating gold out the dross of stress and trauma, as way finder guiding miraculous bodies as they adapt to a new potential for health. I love my work, and look forward to sharing in your journey with you.
I have a particular love for working with folks recovering from auto accidents and other traumatic injuries, those with chronic illness, and individuals working with a mental health professional on addressing issues of emotional trauma. The complexity of these cases intrigues me, so I have curated my skills to align with the "trauma-informed" model and provide a variety of safe somatic therapies that can be catered to the ever-changing needs of my clients as they move through the physical, emotional and spiritual layers of their states and conditions. These modalities include neurologically-based work such as CranioSacral Therapy and Ortho-Bionomy®, Myofascial Release to directly address the tissues of the body that commonly store emotion, and TRE (Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises) to somatically dissipate retained tension. I also teach Yomassage® to help make touch more financially accessible and for some more safe, not to mention it is just supremely relaxing.
Aside from my work in massage I spend my time mothering an active elementary schooler, making crafty things, growing food, and sometimes singing and playing ukulele.
Schedule an appointment with Jill Miller of Arbor Vitae at thearborvitae.com