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Amazons don't like to have their bodies touched, usually. They are not cuddly birds although they can be VERY affectionate (kisses, preening your hair, etc). Aside from that, touching a bird's back is a no-no as it's an erogenous zone.
Target training is good but, for it to work, you can't free-feed seeds because that's what you need to use as a treat. Mind you, not that you should ever free-feed amazons the protein food (pellets, nuts, seed) because, if you do, the bird will end up with high uric acid and fatty liver. My zons would do anything for a peanut (I get the unsalted, roasted human grade ones in the shell, open them, and split each in half). Zons are food motivated birds so that's what you need to use to train.
Let him out of his cage (put a perch outside the cage so he can use it if he wants or, if he prefers to climb to the top, instead, it's fine, too) and once he is comfortably perching somewhere, show him the treat and putting your right (or left if you are a lefty) hand in front of him, give him the command while you hold the treat in your other hand, just on the other 'side' of the hand where you want him to perch, close but far enough that he would have to step onto your hand if he wants to reach it and, when he does, praise, praise, praise.