The first vision of The ANMA Institute is to see skilled touch recognized in our culture as a basic requirement for health and well-being. We believe in touch. We believe it is essential for developing and maintaining physical and psychosocial health. We believe touch is essential to healing, which in the original sense means “to make whole”. We also believe that the absence of positive touch, like the absence of food and water, results in people developing a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms.
There are nine major categories of techniques within the art of Anma. Seven are original and two were added later on: (Kyosatsu Ho and Haaku Ho). Also, the Kyokute Ho methods are only found within the Japanese tradition of Anma and not in any other art form. Each section allows you to work the body in a uniquely different way. These nine sections create various effects that assist in the achievement of the goals of Anma Therapy. During an Anma massage all nine areas are utilized which creates a very complete full body therapy.
Here is my ongoing translation work from chapter 5 of Hatsumi Sensei’s book: Ima Ninja いま忍者 (Contemporary Ninja) Ko no Chiteki Henshinjutsu この知的変身術 (Their Intelligent Art of Metamorphosis). Chapter 5 of this book contains various aspects of how to maintain your health in your daily life and recover from disease utilizing the natural methods of the Hichibuku Goshinjutsu 秘致武九護身術.
At first, for every disease, hit the Tanden with a Hari (acupuncture needle). The Tanden is at a spot two Sun (old unit of length, about 6cm) below the navel. The Tanden is a place to move the Jinki (kidney energy). The Jinki controls vitality, and is the source of the 12 major Kei (organ meridians).
Previous Next 吉田流鍼穴法 Yoshida-ryū Shinketsu Hō (Yoshida Style Acupoint Method) I would like to explain about the secret family manuscript from the Yoshida-ryu titled: Yoshida-ryū Shinketsu Hō 吉田流鍼穴法 (Yoshida Style Acupoint Method). This secret manuscript (Kudensho 口伝書) explains/decodes their Kahi Shinketsu 家秘鍼穴 (Family Secret Acupoints) […]
I would like to introduce for the first time in English details about the Yoshida-ryū 吉田流, one of the few remaining traditions of Anma 按摩 (Japanese massage). Each school or style of Anma has its unique development and characteristics. Yoshida-ryu also has their own form of Shinkyū 鍼灸 (acupuncture and moxibustion).
Previous Next Shiatsu Hō 指壓法 Finger Pressure Method by Tamai Tenpeki 玉井天碧 I’m providing my first ever English translation of the Mokuji 目次 (Table of Contents) of Tamai Tenpeki 玉井天碧 book: Shiatsu Hō 指壓法. NOTE: If you share this translation please give the proper […]
This Japanese medical manual was written by Hongō Masatoyo 本郷正豊 in 1709. This early manuscript was designed for use by medical students who were going to become physicians. There are chapters on obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, massage, pharmacology (giving prescriptions), moxibustion, and acupuncture.
By receiving Anma people lose their illness caused by sick blood and energy. If the body is weak and the blood circulation is poor, the result is illness. The person does not become ill if they constantly exercise their hands, feet, or body, and they consume good food and maintain the circulation of blood and fluids, in this manner they do not become ill.