We are very pleased to announce the launch of the AOBTA Wellness Community.
website-based collection of resources for maintaining health and
enhancing well-being is our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bodywork therapists and educators are a valuable counterbalance to the
pervasive fear and anxiety our society is experiencing. We excel at
providing support in the middle of suffering.
visit the site, contribute what you can to the collection, and share it
with your family, friends, and clients. They need and want what the ABT
community has to offer.
Wellness Community is also for you. It contains information and
resources that may be helpful as you navigate the impact that this event
is having on your practice or school. It includes resources for using
this "down time" to create a stronger and more resilient future practice
or ABT program.
all, this Wellness Community provides us with a platform for
collectively serving our society in a meaningful and tangible way.
There is great need and we have a valuable way to serve!
by Nancy L. Dennis RN, BA, Senior Jin Shin Do® Teacher, AOBTA®-CP
“Jin Shin Do®” means, “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®, uses gentle, yet deep finger pressure on specific acupoints and verbal Body Focusing techniques, to help to release “armoring” or chronic tension, to balance the “Qi” or energy, and to improve vitality. This clothes-on method helps relieve stress-and-trauma related problems.
During a typical 60-minute office visit, any client might express an audible greeting, remove his or her shoes, place them in an out-of-the-way location and maneuver onto the table in a stable fashion. The client then would communicate his or her wants and needs...
The Alchemical Transformation of Jing, Qi and Shen
by Lisa Van Ostrand, DMQ (China) and AOBTA®-CI
Whenever I think of Jing, Qi and Shen, I immediately think of alchemy. Alchemy is the transformation of Jing to Qi to Shen, or the practice of cultivating our energy and consciousness to a higher level.
You may know Jing, Qi and Shen as the Three Treasures. The Three Treasures are essential concepts in Chinese Medicine as well as alchemy. In the alchemical process of transformation, the Jing is refined into Qi (essence into breath), then Qi into Shen (refining breath into spirit), then Shen into union with the Dao (refining spirit and returning to our original source).
One of the most famous maps representing this alchemical transformation is the Nei Jing Tu. I love looking at this map...