This literally means 'to push and pull'. Specific areas of the body are pushed and pulled (gently) to release tension and tightness, thereby restoring the normal flow of blood and lymph to promote growth, repair and restoration of normal function.
The techniques involved very closely resemble those used in massage, so that Anma may be regarded as a form of remedial massage.
Unlike most western massages, Anma often uses no oils and can be done through the clothing with the client either sitting or lying down. This makes Anma an extremely flexible style of massage, suitable for a wide variety of client needs and environments.
It principaly releases muscular tension. This facilitates the circulation of blood and energy and the removal of toxins which, in turn, promotes growth, repair and the restoration of natural function.