Korean Martial Therapy | KMT

Published: May 7, 2021 | Revised: Jul 7, 2023
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Korean Martial Therapy | KMT

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Korean Martial Therapy (KMT) is a traditional deep tissue massage modality, which applies massage strokes, body movement, stretches, acupressure, and Korean energy work.

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Korean Martial Therapy consists of a range of centuries old Korean medical therapies that were applied for wounded and recovering martial art fighters, but also to keep warriors fit. The modality can also be used as a form of self-care and self-therapy.

The idea behind KMT is that the same things that can be used to inflict pain to and damage an opponent in battle can also be used to heal a wounded person. In fact, many of the pressure points along the Qi Meridians are used in both Korean Martial Therapy for healing as in the Koran Martial Arts — for instance in Hapkido — to neutralize an adversary.

The receiver of a KMT session can lie on a massage table or on a mat on the floor, or may be seated in a chair. Oils may also be used to accompany the massage, but are not mandatory.

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