Amma (sometimes spelled anma) is the traditional word for massage in the Japanese language and means "to calm throught the touch".
This form of bodywork is more than 1,300 years old. The amma techniques encompass pressing, stroking, stretching, and percussive manipulations with the thumbs, fingers, arms, elbows, knees, and feet on acupressure points along the body’s major meridians. Amma brings Western culture the ancient art and wisdom of traditional Japanese massage.
Through the structure of kata (choreographed movement), amma teaches the importance of rhythm, pacing, precision, and form in massage. Shiatsu was developed from the amma tradition.
Unlike Western massage, amma utilizes no oils and can be done through clothing with the client either sitting or lying. This makes amma an extremely flexible style of massage suitable to a wide variety of client needs and environments.