• Amma Therapy®
  • The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy
  • Tai Chi/Chi Gong
  • Yoga

Amma Therapy® is an ancient energy work rooted in the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The practitioner massages the meridians of the body with their hands and fingers to enhance the flow of Qi, blood and fluids in those channels. By stimulating certain points on the channels, the practitioner can open blockages in the energetic system or strengthen channels that are open. This therapy does not just consist of body work but also includes nutritional counseling as well as stress management in the form of breath work, Tai Chi and Chi gong.

Amma Therapy® encourages you to be an active participant in your wellness.

How does AMMA Therapy® work?
AMMA Therapy® is rooted in Oriental Medical Principles. It is fundamentally concerned with the balance and movement of "life energy" (Qi) in the human body. The application of hand techniques is used to balance the flow of energy in the channels. Whereas the acupuncturist will insert needles into these energy pathways to stimulate and move the energy, the herbalist will use appropriate herbal remedies to do the same, the AMMA Therapist relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands to manipulate the life energy. AMMA techsniques include both deep tissue massage that is used in other forms of therapeutic massage, and the stimulation of energy movement that is the basis of Chinese Medicine.

AMMA Therapy® addresses problems from a multi-system, multi-directional point of view. The process of assessment uses both Western and Eastern knowledge and techniques - combining traditional Oriental medical principles for assessing energy imbalances, with a Western approach to organ dysfunction. A diagnosis is based on the assessment of every facet of the mind/body complex - including observation of the tongue (considered a road map of the body), the taking of various pulses, evaluation of diet, complexion, bowel movements, posture, emotions, vitality, personal likes and dislikes, smells, tastes and sounds. Every sign and symptom reflects the state of internal organs - and can be used in assessment. Small areas of the body are often a microcosm of the whole, revealing much about the entire organism. For a comprehensive assessment, the AMMA Therapist also uses information from available medical tests (blood, X-ray, MRI, EKG, etc.) and any medications being taken. Once energy imbalances and organ dysfunctions are diagnosed, the AMMA Therapist's hands and fingers can appropriately palpate and treat the body - removing the blockages, freeing the flow of energy and bringing healing energy to problem areas.

History of AMMA Therapy®:
AMMA Therapy® was founded and developed by Tina Sohn, co-founder of The Wholistic Health Center. Tina Sohn was born into one of the "800 Families" which constitute the traditional ruling classes of Korea. The women of her family were masters of the ancient healing arts, while the males were superior masters of the martial arts. Within the family, training in energy development and control began during childhood. Along with the legacy of physical and spiritual training, Tina Sohn inherited a responsibility to the people she served. She began her training at the age of four, studying hatha yoga-like exercises and esoteric energy development exercises. She was trained to become a champion long distance ocean endurance swimmer and by adolescence had attained this status. Her final training, in the mountains of Korea, was completed with her grandmother, an acupuncturist, herbalist and a practitioner of AMMA.

Through a crippling accident when she spent 30 days in a coma and was given up for dead by Western doctors in her native Korea, Tina Sohn evolved a heightened sensitivity to the physical condition of others and developed into a true Diagnostic Sensitive - a woman of unmatched inner strength and power, who knew herself to be more than a material body.

Years later, under guidance of her husband and teacher, Robert Sohn, Tina Sohn pursued her destiny as a diagnostic sensitive and healer. She integrated her knowledge of Oriental Medicine and Western Medicine with her heightened sensitivity - and created a bodywork therapy that is like no other. It is through her efforts that AMMA Therapy® was brought to this country and, in conjunction with Robert Sohn, that this healing art was introduced into the American health care delivery system in the early 1970s.

In 1976 Dr. and Mrs. Sohn co-founded The Wholistic Health Center - to bring to Long Island a fully integrated out-patient facility using natural and preventive approaches to provide quality Wholistic health care services. Under the guidance of Tina Sohn, a group of students studied and trained in AMMA Therapy® and Oriental Medicine. The Wholistic Health Center is known today as the New York College for Wholistic Health, education and research in Syosset, New York.

What is a Typical Session in AMMA Therapy®:
An AMMA Therapy® session usually lasts from 45 minutes to one hour. During this massage-type treatment, you can wear a gown or loose clothing and are treated on a massage table.

Before treatment, your Therapist will ask about your medical history, current complaints, symptoms, diet and exercise patterns. All this information is confidential.

After your history is reviewed, the Therapist will escort you to the treatment table, feel your pulse and examine your tongue. She then proceeds to do the massage which includes the manipulation of specific points. An important part of the AMMA process is patient education, regarding appropriate principles of diet and therapeutic exercises directed toward optimum health. AMMA Therapy® also stresses patient responsibility and cooperation in following through with the recommendations of the AMMA Therapist. This is an essential component of a successful therapy.

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The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® has been practiced in many cultures for centuries. Malpositioned pelvic organs are coaxed into correct position by using your hands. This helps to enhance blood and lymph flow to relieve symptoms. This technique aims to relieve stagnation, blockages of blood, lymph, chi and nerve conduction. Examples of this type of stagnation would be low back pain, menstrual cramps, fibroids, prostate and other maladies. It is non-invasive and is taught to clients so they can do self care at home. This therapy is equally beneficial for men as it is for women.

How does it work for women?
This external massage gently lifts and guides the uterus into its optimal position in the lower pelvis. The uterus is held in position by over 10 ligaments. Ligaments, when stressed or strained cause the uterus to become mal-positioned. If the uterus is mal-positioned, women experience a multitude of symptoms.

What could cause a displaced uterus?
- High Impact exercise, running on cement surfaces, high impact aerobics, etc
- Injury to the sacrum or tailbone from a fall, car accidents, etc.
- Pelvic ligaments that have weakened due to overstretching during pregnancy and birth
- Lifting & carrying heavy objects before or during menstruation and too soon after childbirth
- Time and gravity
- Past surgeries
- Weak pelvic floor muscles
- Chronic muscle spasm around the low back and sacrum
- Emotional armoring from abuse at anytime in life

What are the symptoms of a displaced uterus?
- Painful or irregular periods; painful or irregular ovulation
- Dark or brown blood at the onset and at the end of menstruation
- Headache or migraine with period
- Varicose veins of the legs and/or tired, weak or numb legs
- Low backache; back pain with period
- More serious imbalances including: Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids and Uterine Polyps
- PMS/ depression
- Frequent urination; bladder infections, incontinence
- Recurrent vaginal infections
- Chronic miscarriages
- Difficulty getting pregnant/Infertility
- Painful intercourse
- Chronic constipation
Difficult menopause      

How quickly should I expect a change?
Depending on the severity of the problem, it may take as little as one session and as long as many months for the uterine position to be corrected and for the ligaments to gain enough strength and elasticity for it to stay in place. 3 sessions are usually the minimum.

Women often report a rapid improvement in symptoms and sense of well-being when self-care is performed regularly.       

Is uterine massage recommended for all women?
Almost every woman, even those who have had hysterectomies can benefit greatly from uterine massage through improved circulation, lymphatic drainage, and a decrease in the formation of scar tissue.

Uterine massage is not performed: 1) during menstral bleeding; 2) within the first 6 weeks following a normal vaginal delivery or the first 3 months after a c-section; 3) for a woman using an IUD for birth control; 4) if cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or the client is undergoing chemotherapy for this condition; 5) during the first trimester of pregnancy; or 6) hiatal hernia - gentle touch only.

How is this massage helpful for men?
The massage is done the same way for men. The prostate is a glandular organ that rests behind the bladder it has no ligaments to speak of for support. The prostate gland can become congested resulting in early stages of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), impotence (depending on the cause), decrease sperm count, etc. By applying the massage to the abdomen it supports healthy organ function and relieves congestion.   

Does uterine massage support fertility?
It has been estimated that approx 30 % of woman who have been unsuccessful in conceiving eventually conceive after a succession of MAM treatments. Treatments generally consist of massage, diet and lifestyle modifications, herbal therapies to enhance fertility.

Once the uterus is in its optimal position, there is improved hemo dynamics and homeostasis to support and enhance fertility. When including the partner in the process, we find fertility is increased! After all, men need this work as much as women do.

I've had a hysterectomy - how does uterine massage help?
Women who have had hysterectomies benefit greatly as well. The technique improves circulation in and around the area of the scar and allows for proper flow of the lymph, which often becomes blocked after surgery, resulting in swelling, burning and deep aching pains in the pelvis. By using uterine massage techniques on a regular basis, scar tissue will be prevented from forming in the pelvis after surgery. Ligaments and other remaining organs are benefited from improving circulatory flow to the pelvis.

How does the Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy help with digestion?
Many anxieties and emotions through life are stored in our body's tissues and organs. A very common place is in the organs of the digestive system. Those so called "butterflies in your stomach" can lead to constipation, indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, and eventually to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gasto Esophageal Reflux (GERD), Crohn's and more.

Stresses and emotions cause the small intestine and colon to be "twisted or kinked" leading the blockages in the flow of peristalsis. Surrounding fascia creates adhesions that mal-position organs and impede proper blood flow and enzyme secretions. Maya Abdominal Massage helps to break down facial adhesions, scar tissue and removes any "kinks" in the digestive tract. Often there is a dramatic improvement after just one session when combined with proper diet and self-care.

What is "self-care" and why does it help?
Each client is instructed in performing the abdominal massage for themselves. By doing self care massage daily for 2 - 3 minutes of daily massage, it provides the individual with the ability to improve their symptoms while
working with their practitioner. 
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Tai Chi/Qi Gong

Movement Meditation for Health & Wellness The Principles of the Chinese Healing Arts are based on the belief that in all of life there is a balance of opposing forces. When we maintain that balance, we feel well, we sleep well and we say we have energy. When that balance is off, we begin to manifest illness ,disease and at times chronic conditions. The Chinese believe that we are filled with energy, which they refer to as Qi (chee). For centuries they have practiced exercises which help to maintain that energy balance. Qi (chee) means energy or breath and our breath is considered our life force since life begins with breath at birth. These exercises are designed to affect a person on every level. It physically strengthens the body and promotes flexibility. It also stimulates energy flow throughout the body thereby increasing vitality. Tai Chi and Qi Gong is safe and effective for health maintenance and enhancement. The exercises are not too strenuous and can be done by people whose health is compromised by illness. The dance like movements use every part of the body and have been shown to improve balance, coordination and endurance. Although they are not strenuous, they are aerobic, thereby improving cardiopulmonary output. Tai Chi and Qi Gong help people relax as well as invigorate them.

What is Yoga? Yoga is part of the Hindu philosophy and a way of life. The ultimate goal of yoga is to reach complete peacefulness in your body and mind. While traditional yoga philosophy requires that students adhere to this mission through behavior, diet and meditation, chances are you aren't looking for a complete change in lifestyle but rather increased flexibility, relaxation and stress relief. If that's the case, then like most people in the United States, you're interested in hatha yoga - a type of yoga designed to encourage a more flexible body and a calm mind. The style done at The Ixchel Center is a Kripalu style yoga which is very gentle. You don't have to do every pose. If a pose is uncomfortable, or you can't hold it as long as the instructor requests, don't do it. Spend time sitting quietly, breathing deeply until your instructor moves the class on to another pose that's more comfortable for you. Breathing Time will be spent on learning breathing techniques as well as physical postures. Come join us in managing the challenges life can give us.