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Pulse Newsletter | February 2020

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2019 Year In Review

By Deborah Valentine Smith, AOBTA President

2019 was a busy and productive year for the AOBTA, with some great leaps forward and some really challenging struggles to protect and support our ABT practitioners, schools and the ABT image. 

The AOBTA Board of Directors has been very active this year. You will see that reflected in the projects below. Meet them at Meet the Board

Consultant Staff Expansion
We increased our consultant staff to assist with on-going projects and daily maintenance. 
The joint efforts of all our consultants has garnered encouraging results and we look forward to continuing and refining their contribution in 2020.
  • Wayne Mylin – Managing Director, celebrating his sixth year keeping the organization going and thriving on a day to day basis. 
  • Yolanda Asher – Legislative Consultant, celebrating her 2rd year
  • Brian Skow – Communications Consultant, joined us in 2019.
  • Jessica Van Antwerp – Secretary to the Board, worked with us for 3 years and did an amazing job with the board records. She resigned this month to give more time to her own work. 
  • Sarah West – Secretary to the Board, joined us in 2019 to replace Jessica and will also be performing some of the tasks of the recently added Member Relations Consultant position while we work on clarifying its role.
Launch of the new Association Membership System through YourMembership
Thanks to Wayne Mylin, our managing director, for mountains of work getting this powerful new system up and running and teaching the rest of us how to navigate it. You can make an acquaintance with it through Wayne’s Lunch & Learn presentation on our AOBTA website: Site Navigation Video
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Looking Back: the First Issue of the AOBTA Pulse

by Brian Skow, 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 (insert AMS/W link). 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...
The Asian Healing Scene on the East Coast in the 1970s and 1980s: a Personal Recollection
by Cindy Banker, AOBTA Director of Education

Reflecting on the earliest history of the AOBTA, I think back to what it was like in Boston in the critical two decades of the 1970s and 1980s. There was so much going in the field of alternative medicine during those years!  The New England School of Acupuncture had been around since the 1970s, and there were acupuncturists practicing with patients first seeing an MD for referral. I had lived in a yoga ashram for eleven months as part of my own journey toward better health, and when I moved out in 1975 I was interested in learning more. I heard about both the acupuncture school and Shiatsu as options for learning how to use special points on the body for healing. Shiatsu was being taught at centers which focused on macrobiotics and I started there because that was the most easily accessible...
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Education Spotlight

If you are an instructor, we want to promote you!

Consider becoming a Lunch & Learn Webinar presenter.

get details and apply...
Advocacy Spotlight

AOBTA staff and member volunteers have been engaged in an extreme effort to protect the ABT profession in Illinois and Massachusetts. 

This effort is vital to your ability to practice - even beyond the borders of those states!

read this month's Advocacy report...
30th Anniversary Convention Committee

Planning for the 2021 Convention is in full swing and you are invited to join the fun!

There are many ways to participate in the upcoming party - join the committee and find out how.

join the 2/21/20 meeting...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 (ET)

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The 3 Treasures, Our 30th Anniversary, & The 2021 Convention

Presented by Deborah Valentine Smith, AOBTA President

The theme of both our 30th Anniversary year-long celebration and our next convention is "The 3 Treasures".

Join AOBTA president, Deborah Valentine Smith, for the first adventurous steps in our exploration of this theme. 

  • The 3 Treasures are Jing, Qi, and Shen.
  • How do we tend our treasures - as individuals; in our work with clients; as global citizens?
  • What are the jewels in your treasure chest?

Be the first to get a peak at the full slate of popular presenters and location of our convention in 2021!

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When is the last time you took a look at the discounted products and services that are available to you as an AOBTA member?

The MarketPlace is always growing and this year there will be some big additions. Look for announcements here in the Pulse.

The MarketPlace is a benefit for members - so you will need your member account username & password to log in to the site.


Bigger discounts and more options are coming in March!


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Welcome New Members

Katrina Bennett, MN - Student

Peri Bovitz, MN - Student

Hunter Brown, MN - Student

Jeana Doescher, MN - Student

Jonathan Hill, MN - Student

Rochelle Holmes, MN - Student

Analuvia Manon, MN - Student

Maryann Morse, IL - CP

Cheryl Stevens, MN - Student

Shallena Wade, MN - Student

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