Stephen Forde Daoist Arts, Tai Chi XingYi , Meditation and AnMo-Shiatsu

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Stephen Forde in a sitting meditation posture

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Ling Shu AnMo~ Shiatsu 

Traditional Chinese Bodywork in Stockport

Relieving Pain, Enhanced MobilityI and Improved Posture with AnMo - Shiatsu 

AnMo is the original Chinese Bodywork therapy that have been used for at least 2,500 years, that’s as far as known written records go back. The theoretical basis for Chinese Medicine was codified in the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic), but there are texts published prior  to this that illustrate the evolution of Chinese Medicine. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic was produced in two parts; the second part was called the Ling Shu and it is the physiological structures (the Jing Jin) outlined in that book that forms the theoretical basis for my style of AnMo.

AnMo is a sophisticated system of holistic bodywork, it is designed to stretch and relax tissue and aid the balanced circulation of blood and fluids  around the body. AnMo is the forerunner of Japanese Shiatsu and Thai Massage, predating both by many centuries. 

The name AnMo  simply describes the basic techniques of this profound healing art:  “An“ press and “Mo“ means “to circle“ (rub), Through the application of massage, manipulation and finger pressure techniques. AnMo  seeks to balance bodily functions and through this establish a more harmonious body, enabling the body to naturally heal itself. For clarification: I sometimes use the term AnMo - Shiatsu, this is only for convenience because more people are familiar with Shiatsu. While the methods (AnMo and Shiatsu) are historically linked they are different.

AnMo features a range of techniques including the use of a variety of palm, finger and knuckle techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques using passive stretching to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships.  

AnMo combined with Dao Yin (Daoist Tantric Yoga) makes a remarkably powerful therapy that is effective in treating far more than just musculoskeletal ailments. It is also a great way of improving general flexibility, range of movement and posture. This is not only great for  athletes of all types but those of us less active. Boosting energy, creating ease of movement and relaxing the mind, AnMo  is a unique and powerful holistic therapy.

AnMo: A Treatment

AnMo is a full body treatment that typically takes about an hour and a half, the first session takes a little longer to allow for initial assessment. It will usually be carried out through thin clothing as oils are not often used. You should avoid eating a large meal in the three hours prior to a treatment and alcohol is best avoided for 24 hours before a session, while drinking plenty of water to ensure hydration before and after a session is encouraged. N.B. Athletes / dancers are advised not to book a session less than 24 hours prior to an event / performance. Treatments can be carried out on a massage table or a padded Shiatsu floor mat. The table is easier for those less agile or struggling with leg injuries, working on a mat facilitates a wider range of passive stretching work.

AnMo  sessions are charged as follows:

A 90 minute AnMo session  (£80).

In the first instance please email me.

Studio 17 AnMo treatment space

Studio 17 Therapy Centre

An Image of Su Sing Miao Legendary Chinese Physician

Su Sing Miao Legendary Physician 

An image of an early acupuncture chart

Master Jianzhen responsible for transmitting AnMo to Japan, leading to the creation of Shiatsu 

A diagram of the muscles of the rear arm and shoulder

A Muscle Chain as envisioned 2,500 years ago

An image of Stephen Forde AnMo - TuiNa Therapist
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