AMMA (lying down)

Amma technique (Amma = to soothe with hands) is a traditional Japanese massage practice which dates back over 1300 years. This is an acupressure massage incorporating modern variants of Shiatsu. Amma is composed of a sequence of movements and well-orchestrated rhythm called "kata". For each movement, the practitioner is positioned accurately. By harmonizing gestures and with a concentration that recalls the practice of Qi Gong, the massage therapist gives the massage a fast and fluid rhythm with both a soothing and an energetic pace. The person is dressed and comfortably lying down on a massage table with specially designed ergonomic cushions.

For nearly an hour, the body receives nearly 3,000 stimuli in the form of pressure, scans, percussion, stretching and rocking with thumbs, hands, forearms and body weight. More than 140 acupuncture points are stimulated as well.

Amma massage harmonizes and improves the flow of energy in the body. Deeply relaxing and stimulating at the same time, it helps to reduce the effects of stress and nervousness while providing a deep state of well-being. It also improves concentration and improves sleep. It is also suitable for athletic types, before or after exercise.