The letters behind my name stand for American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia, and C.P. means Certified Practitioner.
“The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia is a national not-for-profit professional membership association of the practitioners, instructors, and schools/programs of the various Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) Forms.
The AOBTA® was formed in 1989 when a number of associations and representatives of the various Asian Bodywork Therapy professions decided to unite into a single organization.” — About AOBTA
To become a Professional member who can acquire certification from this reputable organization, one must complete a 500 hour curriculum of the following :
|160 Hours||Asian Bodywork Technique and Practice|
|100 Hours||Traditional Chinese Medical Theory|
|70 Hours||Observed Clinical Practice|
|100 Hours||Western Anatomy & Physiology|
|70 Hours||Other: Must include first aid, CPR, business, legal & ethics courses. May include Tai Chi, Qigong, massage, etc.)|
For comparison, Naturalhealers.com expresses that “a common requirement for states with massage licensing criteria is the need for 500 to 600 hours of training.” Take confidence that this AOBTA-C.P. got a graduate level experience to achieve a similarly rigorous certification.
I got my training and education in Tuina from AOMA, Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. The amazing Dr. Fan works there as a Tuina specialist and teacher. I learned from him, and conducted my clinical internship with him. I continue to study alongside many TCM practitioners as an Acupuncturist intern, too. Soon I will also offer that modality, but I urge you to try tuina, guasha, cupping, medical qi gong and tai chi.