From the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Asian Bodywork: The Flow of Qi,” by Yolanda Asher, Debra C. Howard and Deborah Valentine Smith, in the July/August 2009 issue. Article summary: The energy system is just as real as the circulatory and respiratory systems that carry blood and oxygen. It is composed of the various pathways through which qi flows, acting interdependently with the other systems. Energy workers, which include Asian Bodywork Therapists, help with the flow of qi.

• The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) certifies schools, instructors and practitioners. Find an AOBTA-certified school, instructor or practitioner by contacting the AOBTA at (856) 782-1616 or by visiting

• The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) nationally certifies diplomates in Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT). For a nationally certified diplomate in ABT, contact the NCCAOM at (904) 598-1005 or visit