New Amma Therapy Video by The Wellspring School for Healing Arts.
Program begins in Portland, Or October 2015!
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May 21, 2014
CONTACT: Organic Consumers Association: Katherine Paul, 207-653-3090, email@example.com
FINLAND, Minn. – On Wednesday, May 20, voters in two counties in Oregon passed ballot initiatives to ban the growing of genetically engineered crops.
Jackson County’s Measure 15-119 passed overwhelmingly, by 66 percent to 34 percent. Proponents of the ban raised only $375,000 compared with a record nearly $1 million raised by the opposition, which included agribusiness giants Monsanto, Syngenta and DuPont Pioneer.
Voters in Josephine County passed Measure 17-58 by a vote of 58 percent to 42 percent. However, the ban will be tested in court because the state passed a controversial law in October 2013, stripping counties of the right to pass GMO bans. The Jackson County measure is exempt from the state law because it had already qualified for the ballot prior to the passage of S.B. 863.
Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), and the Organic Consumers Fund which mobilized its members and donated $50,000 to the Oregon campaigns, issued this statement today:
“The passing of these two GMO bans in Jackson and Josephine Counties should send a clear signal to politicians that citizens not only reject unregulated and hazardous GMOs, but are willing to defy the indentured politicians who pass laws, like Oregon’s S.B. 863, that take away county rights to ban GMOs and obliterate a 100-year tradition of home rule and balance of powers between counties and the state.
“This is a tremendous victory for the citizens of these two counties, and for the farmers who are determined to fight the threat of unwanted contamination by GMO crops. It is also a victory for the national anti-GMO movement as it builds momentum for similar bans in counties in other states.
“The margins of victory for these two measures also bode well for passing Oregon’s Ballot Initiative #44 in November 2014, a statewide ballot measure to require mandatory labeling of GMO foods and foods containing GMO ingredients, sold at retail.
“And finally, these victories make it clear to agribusiness giants like Monsanto and Dow that the day has come when they can no longer buy and lie their way to victory. By using the tools of democracy, such as ballot initiatives, citizens can overcome corporate and government corruption through honest campaigns, built on a foundation of truth, science and fair play.
“The OCA looks forward to helping the citizens of Josephine County defend their right to ban GMOs when they go to court to test the state’s new law, S.B. 863, and to helping the Oregon Right to Know campaign pass a strong GMO labeling law in November.”
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action.
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Want to do well on that upcoming test? Consider a little meditation, a new study in the journal Mindfulness suggests.
Know there are still some of you stressing over end of the year exams… thought this might be useful. :)
So, is it like shiatsu?”
This is the question we most often hear when people first hear about Amma Therapy and begin to wrap their head around it. The answer is kind of - and no.
Asian Bodywork plays a major role in Amma Therapy, and, like shiatsu, this form of bodywork interacts with the channels and acu-points to move qi in the body.
But Amma Therapy is so much more than the technique of massage. It truly is a comprehensive form of healthcare that integrates, Chinese medicine theory, mindful movement, nutrition, herbs, supplements, and personal development along with the bodywork, all grounded in a lineage and the principles of Chinese Medicine. It gives you a complete framework through which to look at health and disease.
Sounds complex? It is, and we think that makes it an excellent match for the full complexity of human beings.
The bodywork component of Amma Therapy
When you watch an Amma treatment, you’ll see the practitioner apply deep circular digital pressure along all of the channels on the patient’s body, using fingers to access acu-points along the way. The channels and acu-points are the same ones used by acupuncturists. Amma Therapy just uses hands instead of needles to stimulate qi.
It is rhythmic and often more vigorous than a relaxation massage, and at the same time very grounding.
In the words of Michelle, a client and LMT:
“I love receiving Amma because it is so well-rounded, I feel like it touches on all aspects of my wellness. In one session I get the benefits of acupuncture without the needles, a relaxing and therapeutic massage, a nutrition consultation and a Chinese medicine diagnosis.”
Studying Amma Therapy vs. Massage
Amma Therapy is a wonderful alternative or addition to the study of massage therapy. In Oregon, our graduates are eligible to sit for the exams held by the Oregon Board of Massage and, upon passing, can practice as Licensed Massage Therapists in the state.
You will be able to offer a powerful form of Asian bodywork, as well as other tools to help your patients create and sustain health.
The same tools also help you take care of your own health on all levels, to minimize practitioner burn out (which unfortunately happens to too many massage therapists after a few years of practice) and can cultivate a sustainable and fulfilling career.
Want to dig a little deeper?
We love sharing our knowledge and experience with Amma Therapy, so come stop by our next Open House on June 10th. If you are intrigued by the idea of Amma Therapy as a professional path, you can also contact us with questions. And if you have never had an Amma therapy treatment, stay tuned for updates about our student clinics which will begin in January 2015.