The Anma therapy is one of the oldest known bodyworks. It originated in China 5000 years ago and was the manual part of the original traditional Chinese medicine.
Anma means : An – pressing, Ma – rubbing. Traditionally also means “A relaxed arm movement”.
The Anma therapy is based on the philosophy of the Taoism, the model of the “Yin and Yang” and the Chinese “5 elements theory”.
Around 1500 years ago, Anma body work arrived to Japan, brought by warrior monks that had been sent by the japanese Emperor to bring different Chinese arts that could enrich the Japanese culture.
In Japan the Anma has been adjusted to the Japanese culture and the locals needs. The form of the Anma we practice today is the Japanese one. Many of the healing arts we know today, like Shiatsu, Tuina, Swedish massage and more are based on the Anma body therapy.
Anma is based on “traditional Chinese medicine”. The therapist uses different kinds of stimulation techniques on the Qi points located on the meridian system of the body. He then uses a large variety of exercises and stretches of different parts of the body. The main purpose of the work is to stimulate the Qi points and release muscle tension, creating energy movement in the meridians system, triggering a better Qi and blood circulation and improving the body ability to heal itself.
The Anma can be used as a preventive treatment or to treat problems such as headaches, cold, asthma, numbness in the body, high and low blood pressure, digestive problems, breathing problems, gynaecological problems, insomnia and sexual difficulties.
The word Ampuku means “The Pulse of the Hara” or “Calming the Abdomen”. Ampuku is a corporal treatment combined with verbal communication; the physical work concentrates in the “Hara”, the energetic center of the body located in the abdomen.
There are two major methods of Ampuku, the physiological method that treats the pathologies, and the emotional method, that deals with the roots of those pathologies, manifesting the energetic blockages and the emotional difficulties.
The traditional Ampuku has been created in Japan 400 years ago by the legendary master Ota. Ota used the abdominal work of the traditional Anma as the base for the Ampuku. His idea was to create a balance in the basic Qi energy of the abdomen, in order to improve the function of the internal organs and to contribute to the general health and harmony of the body.
Through Ampuku we can connect the imbalances of the body to the inner blockages that created the moulds of diseases. The Ampuku therapy helps to start a personal inner process that can help transform those moulds.