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The Forms of Asian Bodywork Therapy


AOBTA® uses the term "Forms" to refer to the various Asian Bodywork Therapies which have been recognized as specific and distinct.

All Forms that are recognized here originally had their roots in Chinese Medicine. Over the centuries, practitioners in China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and more recently North America and Europe, have adapted and evolved these Forms into separate and distinct therapies. The AOBTA® formally recognizes those Forms of Asian Bodywork Therapy that meet our professional curriculum standards and have been approved through our application process.

Although AOBTA® members are trained in a specific Form, they sometimes refer to their profession by a more generalized term such as: Shiatsu, Acupressure, Amma or Qigong.

Click on the links below to learn more about each Form.



Jin Shin Do®Bodymind Acupressure®


Amma Therapy®

Chi Nei Tsang

Jin Shou Tuina™

Nuad Bo 'Rarn (Traditional Thai)


Medical Qigong

Five Element Shiatsu

Integrative Eclectic Shiatsu

Japanese Shiatsu

Macrobiotic Shiatsu


Shiatsu Anma Therapy

Zen Shiatsu

Registering a New ABT Form

AOBTA® has a process for evaluating and approving new Forms of Asian Bodywork Therapy. Following are the basic criteria:

To qualify as an AOBTA® recognized ABT Form, the following criteria must be met (Article 18 of the AOBTA® Rules, Guidelines, and Procedures):

  1. The Form must have its foundation in Chinese Medicine.
  2. The Form must have a program of instruction that meets professional level membership requirements of the AOBTA® Curriculum.
  3. The Form must have clearly defined theories and techniques of treatment that, although founded in Chinese Medicine Theory, are unique and which distinguish it from other Forms.
  4. The Form must have origin of lineage or textual, canonical knowledge.
  5. The Form must have at least 20 graduates, which include practitioners and instructors of said Form, who are professional level AOBTA® members.
  6. The Form must have a written definition.

If you are interested in applying for the recognition of a new ABT Form, please contact the Director of Education at

Application for a new AOBTA®Form

391 Wilmington Pike
Suite #3, Box 260
Glen Mills, PA 19342



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