These articles were facilitated by the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®), which provides education and support to practitioners of Asian bodywork modalities.
Asian Bodywork Therapy is a unique bodywork therapy that supports healing. It is unique because the primary focus is on treating the body’s system of qi, meridians and acupoints through the lens of Chinese medicine. By dispersing stagnation, nourishing weakness, creating balance and encouraging the flow of qi, profound healing is realized.
The most common forms of Asian Bodywork Therapy include shiatsu, anma, tuina and acupressure. While having roots in the same Far East Asian medicine theories and principles as acupuncture, Asian Bodywork Therapy uses thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees and non-invasive instruments rather than needles. Treatment of the client includes using various assessments, strategies and techniques in order to promote, maintain and restore physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual health.