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Looking Back at the First Issue of Pulse

Thursday, February 13, 2020   (0 Comments)
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By Brian Skow, M.S., AOBTA®-CP, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA® Communications Consultant

With 2020 being the 30th anniversary of the AOBTA®, I began looking back by reading the American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association Interim Bulletin, Volume 1, No. 1, Winter 1990. This is considered to be the first newsletter of our organization, though, at the time, the organization was still forming and had a slightly different name. While reading, I felt appreciation, familiarity, and optimism.


Appreciation, because many people, many years ago, put in much effort to come together and create an organization that represents and promotes our profession of Asian Bodywork Therapy. It’s not easy getting over differences and creating a sustainable structure! But, that’s what was done, and here we are. Not many organizations have been as long-lived.


Familiarity, from recognizing some “famous names” and long-standing issues and subjects. With regard to names, for me, Cindy Banker, Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, Lindy Ferrigno, Vernon Smith, Kiiko Matsumoto, Honora Lee Wolfe, DoAnn Kaneko, and James Mitose, You may recognize others, including Nandi Dubitsky, Steven Schenkman, Lorri Rosenthal, Mary Alice McAlister, David Champ, Stevie Converse, Emil Grancognolo, Kenneth Slining, Robbee Fian, Christy Salbego, Ben Tibbetts, and Raymond Castellino. As for issues and subjects: organization structure, positions and processes; educational standards; certification and licensing; relationships with other organizations, including the AMTA; continuing education; forms; putting together a convention. Many of the names, and most of the issues and subjects, are still with us. Some, of course, in different ways!


Optimism, seeing that we’ve weathered many years. We’ve had to work hard in certain areas, suffering losses and enjoying wins. Yet, we continue, and seem to be in an “upswing” with regard to engagement. Looking back has made me look forward, and I hope for even greater participation and success!


So, have a read of the American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association Interim Bulletin, Volume 1, No. 1, Winter 1990. You may experience some wonders, too.


Please share your recollections and ideas with me ( and Wayne Mylin ( so that we all continue learning from the past and move, with strength and wisdom, into the future.


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