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Anma Massage

You don't even need to undress to feel the physical, mental, and energetic balance of the Anmá massage, which is performed over the clothes through movements made only with the hands on the body, without using any kind of oil or cream.

Read on to learn more about the oldest body therapy from the East, a gentle massage that promotes muscle relaxation and restores health and well-being!


What is Anmá Massage?

Anmá massage is an oriental therapeutic massage technique that combines several movements that can be performed in different areas of the patient's body to relieve muscular pain and increase energy and vitality.

The word itself in Japanese - An means "to squeeze" and Ma "to knead" or "rub" - explains how this ancient therapy that promotes homeostasis or physiological balance of the body works.


Characteristics of the Anmá Massage

The therapist uses his fingers, hands, and arms, dispensing with any kind of oil or cream. And this is the main characteristic of the Anma massage. Besides that, it is a flexible massage, perfectly adaptable to various types of patients, including those who feel uncomfortable undressing in front of strangers, because it is usually applied over the clothing through movements that stimulate energy points, relieving muscle tension and facilitating the circulation of blood and vital energy.


Anmá Massage Technique

The Anmá massage is a softer massage, whose technique consists of a series of pressure, kneading, vibration, sliding, stretching, pinching, and percussion movements.

Movements from the center of the body to the extremities, which are alternated according to the patient's body region to target each part in a specific way and promote muscle relaxation, relieve pain, and restore overall health.

For all these reasons, these massages in Lisbon and Porto are very indicated for the elderly, people with osteoporosis problems, and people under great physical and mental stress.


Origin of Anmá Massage

The exact time when Anma massage began to be practiced is unknown, but there is no doubt that it is at least 7,000 years old. It is one of the oldest forms of massage in the world, and the oldest form of body therapy in the East.

It is known, however, that this massage was described as a method of diagnosis and treatment 2,500 years ago in the ancient books on Anmá, and that with the introduction of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Japan (during the Nara Period between 710 - 793 AD), it came to be considered the simplest and safest technique for treatments, so much so that later the first Japanese doctors felt the need to study Anmá to become familiar with how the human body works and prescribe treatments.

From then on Anma massage became a healing art that used and still uses special techniques to stimulate key points and promote the body's natural healing ability, in essence the basis of all oriental medical training.

However, as this therapy was intended only to combat simpler health problems, over time it became associated with relaxation, pleasure, and comfort. Today Anmá, as well as a more contemporary technique derived from it, shiatsu massage, is frequently performed in the Western world on patients seeking physical and mental relaxation and relief from pain and other health conditions such as colds, anxiety states, migraines, and nervous disorders.

Benefits of Anma Massage

The growing demand for Anma massage, which treats body and mind, is due to a wide range of benefits:

  • Relieves chronic pain.
  • Reduces muscle tension.
  • Promotes relaxation.
  • Benefits posture and muscle tone.
  • Stimulates the central nervous system.
  • Improves blood circulation.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Improves concentration.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Helps in the treatment of depression, panic attacks and migraines.
  • Promotes well-being.

In addition to these benefits, Anmá massages relieve symptoms of bruxism and TMJ disorders (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), such as pain in the face, fatigue of the chewing muscles, and headache. They also combat various diseases related to blood pressure, asthma, insomnia, menstrual cycle irregularities, and sexual dysfunction, and facilitate intestinal peristalsis.


Contraindications to Anmá Massage

Is Anma massage right for you? Possibly yes, but as in any other type of therapy, it is worth knowing the contraindications before scheduling massages in Lisbon or massages in Porto. And that's because Anma is not recommended for people in feverish states, with skin infections, contagious diseases, alcohol or drug intoxication, recent surgeries or fractures, cancer problems, and it is also not recommended for pregnant women in the first three months of pregnancy.


Where to have an Anmá Massage in Lisbon?

Right here in the massage center Genuine Tantric Chiado or Saldanha! We have a team of certified and prepared therapists to perform the Anma correctly and achieve the best results. Remember that sudden movements or intense pressure in certain areas of the body, carried out by masseurs in Lisbon without qualification to perform the Anma massage can cause serious injuries!


Where to have an Anmá Massage in Porto?

In Genuine Tantric in Trindade, of course! A massage center in Porto that in addition to this therapeutic oriental massage that relieves muscle tension and pain, has a wide range of therapies: from holistic to reflexology, through reiki, shiatsu and massage therapy.