Nurse Healers Professional Associates, Inc., provides information about Therapeutic Touch and training for health care providers. The length of trainings varies and there is no formal certification. Address: P.O. Box 444, Allison Park, PA 15101, phone (412) 355-8476.
Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc., is an organization for practitioners who have completed a five-day training course in this method. Practitioners are encouraged to repeat the basic training several times, but there is no formal certification. There is also an advanced course. Address: 8719 E. San Alberta, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, phone (602) 998-9331.
Jin Shin Do® Foundation for Bodymind Acupressuretm; is a network of authorized teachers and registered practitioners who have received standardized training in this approach. Registered practitioners have 250 hours of training plus practical experience. A directory of registered practitioners and authorized teachers is available from the foundation. Address: 366 California Ave., Suite 16, Palo Alto, CA 94306, or P.O. Box 1097, Felton, CA 95018, or call J.S.D.F. in Palo Alto, CA at (415) 328-1811.
American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association (AOBTA) is an educational and certifying organization for practitioners of a variety of forms of oriental bodywork. Associate members have at least 150 hours of training with a certified instructor and a hundred hours of practice. Certified practitioners have completed five hundred hours of such training and passed a certification exam. AOBTA has about eight hundred members and publishes a membership directory. Address: 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY 11791, phone (516) 364-5533.
Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) provides professional support and legislative advocacy for massage therapists and bodyworkers. Membership is of two levels: practitioner level requires a hundred hours of training. Professional level requires five hundred hours or state licenser or registration. ABMP also publishes Massage and Bodywork Quarterly. Address: 28677 Buffalo Park Rd., Evergreen CO 80439, phone (303) 674-8478.
The Upledger Institute, Inc., is an educational and clinical resource and training center for manipulative therapies such as CranioSacral Therapy™, visceral manipulation, and other holistically oriented approaches used by bodyworkers. Founded by John Upledger, D.O., it conducts training nationally and internationally. It also produces several instructional publications and a directory of alumni of its trainings. Address: 11211 Prosperity Farms Rd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, phone (800) 233-5880.
American Academy of Reflexology conducts training in ear, hand, and foot reflexology and can provide referrals to certified practitioners. Address: 606 E. Magnolia Blvd., Suite B. Burbank, CA 91501, phone (818) 841-7741.
International Institute of Reflexology conducts two-day trainings nationally and internationally and a certification exam in the Ingham Method of reflexology. They also can provide referrals to trained practitioners. Address: 5650 First Avenue North, P.O. Box 12642, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, phone (813) 343-4811.
About The Author
William Collinge, PhD, MPH is a consultant, author, speaker and researcher in the field of integrative health care. He has served as a scientific review panelist for the National Institutes of Health in mind/body medicine, complementary therapies, and health care services; and for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs on breast cancer, prostate cancer, and......more