About the Logo for The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia

Professor Wang's AOBTA logoHieroglyphics that describe massage techniques carved into bones and tortoise shell that date back close to 5000 years exist today. These bones and tortoise shells are called oracle bones. Diviners would submit questions to deities regarding such things as future weather, crop planting, the fortunes of members of the royal family, military endeavors, and correct medical treatment. These questions would be carved onto a bone or shell using a bronze pin.

Intense heat was then applied with a metal rod until the bone or shell cracked due to thermal expansion. The diviner would then interpret the pattern of cracks and then write the prognostication upon the piece, as well. These oracle bones  have left us glimpses into the daily concerns of the people of the time.

Professor Jin-Huag Wang was an expert on ancient Chinese writings, ancient and modern calligraphy, and Chinese Medical massage. He did this calligraphy of a character which means massage and dates back to this time,  and presented it to the AOBTA to use as their logo.  He believed that Asian bodywork therapy is the mother of Chinese medicine and that acupuncture grew out of this tradition.  Acupuncture and Asian medical massage have evolved their own similar but different theories over time.



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  1. Certain pressure points may feel tender, which some people describe it as “good pain.”
    If you feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment, tell your therapist and he or she will adjust the pressure so that it is comfortable to you.