: an= pressure, ma =massage.
Anma was imported to Japan from China during the 6'Th century
AD and is in use as one of the major healing medical forms ever
since then. Since its arrival to Japan Anma is known in many levels,
from the general basic level (health maintenance) up to a clinical
level used by traditional healers for diagnosis & treatment
includes a wide variety of massage techniques such as muscle kneading,
rubbing, pressing, body tapping, shaking, vibrating and more.
went through a tremendous theoretical & clinical development
while in Japan, after centuries of being guided under Chinese
classical theory (until 17th century). Anma became mainly attributed
to blind therapists (known as highly sensitive) who were training
in various schools in Japan at that time.
the import of modern medicine to Japan (19'Th century AD) Anma
had lost its medical value and was lowered to a level of "relaxation
massage". The term "Anma-San" became a nick-name
for blind therapists. Many healers lost their livelihood looking
for another way to introduce the effectiveness of this healing
art to the public. This is one of the reasons for the development
of SHIATSU and a professional awakening of many healers at the
beginning of the 20th century