Amma Therapy – My Next Favorite Cancer Treatment

Amma Therapy Cancer TreatmentBy Diana Ross, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

I love my Amma cancer treatments. I have had the great fortune to have incredible healing practitioners coming into my life and working on and with me. Elizabeth Valenzuela is just one of these special people. Her wholistic and spiritual approach to healthy living is an adventure for me into understanding myself and reaching my true destiny of love and purpose. I know it sounds corny but I am learning so much and I so believe that Elizabeth was placed on my path of wellness to expand my consciousness and gain a greater awareness of purpose. Elizabeth and her Amma Therapy make this possible. Besides being a spiritual and sensitive person, her passion lies with helping animals that suffer and cannot speak. She has such a loving connection to all creatures.

So What is Amma Therapy?

Amma Therapy is an ancient healing system which dates back some 5000 years ago during the Yellow Emperor era. It is a highly skilled system of body work therapy which employs massage techniques, manipulations, and the application of pressure, friction and touch-to-points on the energy channels on which they are found. The channels are the pathways through which energy passes throughout our bodies. Amma, is less defined by a specific technique than by its purpose, philosophy, and sophisticated practice as a healing art.

Amma Therapy is fundamentally an energetic therapy focused on the balance and movement of “life energy” in the human body. Starting with the basic application of hand techniques used to balance the flow of energy. Then other methods were developed, including the use of needles (acupuncture), heat (moxibustion), skeletal manipulation, the appropriate use of herbal medications, diet, and then meditation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) all these methods target the flow and balance of energy in the channels. The modern Amma therapist is knowledgeable in all of these areas but relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands to manipulate life energy.

Am-ma means “push-pull” in Chinese. Amma Therapy utilizes all the techniques of the major forms of therapeutic massage:

Deep pressure and point manipulation used in Shiatsu massage are applied to attain the desired effects of energetic movement and release of muscular contraction.

Foot reflex points commonly referred to as “foot reflexology” are stimulated during to these points which often has a profound outcome on the deeper organs and tissues within the body.

Deep facial manipulation techniques and connective tissue manipulation used in Rolfing are used for muscle stretching and pushing techniques that are common to European or Swedish massage.

In addition, the master therapist is well versed in, and fully capable of, the skeletal manipulations that are the basis of chiropractic. Elizabeth also uses essential oils and healing crystals. She feels the energy blockages and moves energy through. I can feel the warmth rising and my breath being freed. Love my Amma Treatments. Love having Elizabeth in my life especially now. But everything has a reason to appear so here I am sharing my next favorite treatment.

love and light,

Louise Scalza Breast Cancer Authority Contributor
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Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have questions.


Healing Beyond The Superficial Layer

By Louise Scalza
Board Certified, Licensed Massage Therapist

When we think of healing we typically think of a cut we get on our skin after placing some ointment on it and slapping a band aid for protection, or maybe we think about healing after a surgical procedure when all the bandaging and stitching is over. Superficially the healing process begins immediately after an injury. Blood begins to clot, endorphins start to pump and T cells flood the vessels. The body intrinsically begins to work its magic from the inside out on the physical level. Intuitively we take action to aid our body in its healing process by nurturing the injury from the outside. This process of self care and internal autopilot is imbedded in every human being.

Positive Energy

Let’s go beyond the superficial for a moment and look at the instinctual process of nurturing an injury on the emotional level. As a mother runs to the aid of her Injured son as he falls off a bike and scrapes his knee, soon after assessing the injury, mom naturally coddles the child with soothing words and some motherly strokes to the head comforting the child’s emotional distress. This level of comfort is a type of emotional healing we naturally implement after a traumatic experience. Studies have shown that a persons injury is healed quicker and recuperates with less stress while the physical healing is coupled with emotional healing.

We take this to a deeper level and see their is more than meets the physical and emotional eye to a place of energy.

On this level of vibrancy and subtleness we tap into very powerful fields of intangible yet effective levels of healing. It is scientifically proven that the human body is made up of mostly energy that uniquely resonates to each individual, this energetic frequency emanates mainly from the heart center but also resonates within each of our cells.

Love Yourself

This is an easy test you can try at home. Start your day with 20 min of positive self talk, look in the mirror and speak nothing but love, praise and compassion, see yourself as a radiant, beautiful and joyful person smiling from ear to ear, hug and kiss the mirror if you will and feel that loving energy throughout your system. The next day do the opposite and berate yourself, calling yourself horrible names shout and scold yourself for 20 min. You will immediately feel tired, sad, maybe even depressed and sluggish, your day may even have a domino effect with negative outcomes.  After each day take notes and notice the effects this experiment has on you, Your emotions, your actions, your energy , your day, your choices and how the people around you behave as well.

The emotional energy we put into ourselves weather conscious or subconscious has a major effect on our bodies and a domino effect thereafter. Words and intentions are very powerful tools for healing and with awareness and the right intention we can unlock another level of healing in our tool box.

Healing has many levels and the more levels we tap into the more possibilities we have to thrive as an individual and as a collective species. The next time you get injured or someone you love gets psychically hurt remember to address the emotional and energetic component as well, this is the beginning of healing beyond the Superficial.

Louise Scalza, LMT, CIMI, REIKI IIILouise Scalza LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Reiki Master Practitioner
Magnified Healing Practitioner
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