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AOBTA® History


The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®) is the national not-for-profit professional membership association of the students, practitioners, instructors, schools, programs, and supporters of the various Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) Forms.

The AOBTA® was formed in 1989 when a number of associations and representatives of the various ABT professions decided to unite into a single organization as a single profession.

The ABT professions that AOBTA® refers to as "ABT Forms" originally had their roots in China. Over the centuries China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and more recently North America and Europe, have changed and evolved these Forms of bodywork into separate and distinct professions. The AOBTA® recognizes those Forms of ABT that meet established professional curriculum standards and have been approved by an application process.

Find out more about the ABT Forms

AOBTA® currently serves about 1,100 active members in the U.S. and abroad and offers a number of membership levels, some professional and some non-professional. Professional membership levels require completion of well-defined educational standards and approval via a Peer Review process. 


The AOBTA® Logo

Painted and presented to AOBTA® by Prof. Jin-Huai Wang, our logo means “bodywork” and dates back 4,000-6,000 years ago to China.

It was found carved on bones in ancient prescriptions such as, “for stomach pain, press on a point 3 cun below the knee” (an acupoint still used for that today!).

Prof. Wang believed that Asian Bodywork Therapy is the mother of Chinese Medicine and is rightfully the first branch.


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