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What Is Asian Bodywork Therapy?

30 Dec 2013

Familiarizing yourself with a wide range of modalities is a great idea for bodywork professionals, no matter what your focus or specialty. Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) is an important area for anyone interested in studying other facets of massage therapy.

Before we explore some of the benefits of ABT, it’s good to have an understanding of what the term means. This practice has its basis in traditional Chinese medicine and is designed to assess and evaluate the body’s energetic system. The idea behind this technique is to use traditional Asian treatment strategies to bring balance to the body, the emotions, the mind for the purpose of maintaining and restoring health.

Asian Bodywork Therapy is actually a field which encompasses a number of Eastern bodywork therapies.  There are a number of different forms that have been recognized by ABT professionals. Most have their roots in Chinese medicine which was also adopted and developed in Thailand, Japan, Korea and, more recently, North America and Europe.  The most well-known is Shiatsu.  There are many other means of treatment available to those who practice this form of massage therapy. Here are a few:

  • Acupressure
  • Amma (or Amma Therapy)
  • Qigong (also referred to as Chi Kung)
  • Chi Nei Tsang

There are a number of different methods and means of evaluation involved with this kind of treatment. They may include:  tongue and pulse assessment and the Chinese Four Pillars of Examination; observation, listening, palpation and asking. 

Training in Asian Bodywork Therapy Is Now Available in the Minneapolis Area

Anyone interested in learning more about  some of the forms of ABT will find plenty at CenterPoint’s Minneapolis Massage School.   Training in Shiatsu Therapy is one of three diploma program options, and Advanced Asian Bodywork Therapy is an elective course available to all students.   Check out our continuing education calendar if you’re a bodywork therapist looking to add more Asian Bodywork Therapy techniques to your skills.  While both Advanced Asian Bodywork Therapy and Chi Nei Tsang were presented last fall, our current Continuing Education calendar includes upcoming workshops in Shiatsu Basics and Qi-Yoga (a combination of Yoga and Qigong).

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