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.


5 Ways To Begin A Plant-Based Diet To Prevent Breast Cancer

Plant Based Diet For Breast CancerBy Kelli Roberts: Skilled Vegan Chef with a plant-based diet certificate from Cornell University

We have an opportunity every single day to bring excellent health and wellness into our lives.

Times are changing rapidly. In 1940, women had a 5% chance of getting breast cancer. Today, that number has risen to more than12% – one in 8 women. What we eat is also vastly different now. In 2010, 50% of meals were eaten outside of the home, and the average diet is largely comprised of fast and processed foods made of ingredients we can’t even pronounce.

The good news is that it’s easy to make changes to your diet that will create resiliency in the body to prevent and reduce diseases. Studies have shown that a diet which includes animal products or little fiber can contribute to breast cancer, while a vegan diet – free of meat, eggs and dairy – can help prevent and even reverse it. Increased intake of fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of cancer. A healthy diet consists of more fruits, legumes and vegetables, and a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. We want to lower the intake of Omega-6 fatty acids (from vegetable oils), and increase Omega-3 fatty acids, found in chia seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts, for example.

It’s easy to begin eating more of a plant-based diet, and exciting to experience the energy and vitality that a balanced vegan diet gives. By embracing a few simple changes, health improves, and energy is gained. We want to continue on the path of good nutrition and wellness. The natural state of our body is great health, and if we provide good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, it will return to that natural state.

Here are a few ideas that you can incorporate into your diet right away, along with a couple of quick and easy recipes to begin with. You can also join our 28- day Transition to Vegan program beginning mid-May. More details at

  • Focus on adding healthy foods to your day, not on what you’re trying to take out. It’s easy to add delicious plant-based meals.
  • Drink your veggies! By drinking a smoothie or juice each day, your vegetable and fruit intake will quickly increase.
  • Eat the rainbow every day. Brightly-colored fruits and veggies contain loads of antioxidants and phytonutrients, which strengthen the body’s immune system and aid in destroying tumors.
  • Increase your Vitamin D intake by eating green leafy vegetables and getting an adequate amount of sun exposure. Studies are showing that vitamin D can inhibit cell proliferation and promote apoptosis and cell differentiation in breast tumor tissue.
  • Help reduce inflammation by adding omega-3 fatty acids such as chia and flax seeds, and increasing anti-inflammatories such as ginger and turmeric.
Kelli RobertsKelli Roberts is a skilled Vegan Chef with a plant-based diet certificate from Cornell University, and is a certified health & nutrition counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been vegetarian for nearly 20 years and vegan for 11, and is a Level 3-certified TriYoga teacher. Kelli teaches vegan cooking classes and programs to transition to a plant-based diet (online and in person), leads vegan yoga retreats, and offers individualized nutrition and lifestyle counseling. 
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