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About Deborah Valentine Smith
About Asian Bodywork Therapy
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About Deborah Valentine Smith
Deborah’s work is rooted in over 30 years of experience accompanying students and clients as they track inner truths through the
information stored in the body. As a member of a dance/theater collective in the mid-70’s, she became interested in the influence of
the mind and emotions on habitual muscle tensions and holding patterns. She found the closest match to her ideas in Oriental
Medicine and studied Shiatsu with Wataru Ohashi from 1975 through 1980, when she completed his Advanced Studies. Through the
then Shiatsu Education Center, she found Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® and Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, M.A., L.M.F.T., the
founder and developer of JSD. Deborah became a Registered Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Acupressurist in 1979 and an
Authorized Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Teacher in 1983, when she also graduated from the Swedish Institute in New York
and became a licensed Massage Therapist in New York State.
Deborah has traveled extensively in the US and abroad, teaching the full JSD training program for Acupressurists and other courses
she has developed, including “Western Body, Eastern Mind: Integrated Anatomy & Physiology,” and “TendinoMuscular Meridian
Technique.” She has taught on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City, the Connecticut Center for Massage
Therapy, the Meridian Shiatsu Institute in Wayne, Pennsylvania, the Acupressure Institute in Quincy, Massachusetts, the Massage Arts
Center in Philadelphia, PA, the Intensive JSD Teacher Training Program, and has been on the adjunctive faculty of the Cayce/Reilly
School of Massage Therapy in Virginia Beach, VA since 1995. Currently, her integrated A&P course is part of the curriculum of the
Shiatsu School of Vermont. She has also been a presenter at national and regional conferences for the AOBTA® (American
Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia) and AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association).
Deborah contributed three chapters to A Complete Guide to Acupressure, Revised 2002, by Iona Marsaa Teeguarden. She has
written many articles on Asian Bodywork Therapy that have appeared in publications including Massage Magazine, Massage Today,
The Shiatsu Journal (Shiatsu Society, UK), Acupuncture Today, The North American Journal of Oriental Medicine, and AOBTA®’s
national newsletter, Pulse, of which she was editor-in-chief from 2000 - 2015. She was featured in the video, "Natural Pain Relief,"
produced by the New York Open Center, and has produced and recorded three Meditation/Music CDs (See Resources) with musicians
Maureena and Fran Spadaro.
In 2013, Deborah was awarded Lifetime Membership in the AOBTA® and the President’s Award, “in appreciation of the many years of
dedicated service to the Asian Bodywork Therapy Profession and the AOBTA® community.”
She maintains a private practice in New Paltz, NY and New York, NY.
About Asian Bodywork Therapy
Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) is the treatment of the human body/mind/spirit, including the electromagnetic or energetic field, which
surrounds, infuses and brings that body into life, by pressure and/or manipulation. According to the United States Department of
Education, ABT is defined as a way to provide relief and improved health and well-being based on Chinese medical principles through
one or more of the traditional bodywork therapies of Asia.
Different from Massage Therapy. According to the United States Department of Education, massage therapy/therapeutic massage is
defined separately from Asian Bodywork Therapy. Massage therapy is defined as a way to promote relief and improved health and well-
being through the application of manual techniques for manipulating skin, muscles and connective tissues.
About Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®
“Jin Shin Do®” means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses gentle yet deep finger
pressure on specific acu-points and verbal Body Focusing techniques to help release “armoring” or chronic tension, balance the “Qi”
or energy, and improve vitality. The clothes-on method helps relieve stress-and trauma-related problems. A unique synthesis of a
traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acu-theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise
techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, it is recognized as a major form of Asian
Bodywork Therapy (by NCCAOM & AOBTA® among others). Originated by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, JSD
Acupressure promotes a pleasant trance-like state, in which one can relax and move out of the head and into the body, accessing
feelings and inner wisdom.
|Licensed Massage Therapist
New York State
AOBTA® Certified Instructor
American Organization for Bodywork
Therapies of Asia
Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy
National Certification Commission for
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Senior Authorized Jin Shin Do®
Bodymind Acupressure® Teacher
and Registered Jin Shin Do®
Jin Shin Do® Foundation for
National Certification Board for
Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Deborah Valentine Smith is
approved by the National
Certification Board for Therapeutic
Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as
a continuing education approved
Inquire about NYS CEs.
This site was designed by Deborah Valentine Smith and last updated on 2/6/17.
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The forms of bodywork offered here are not intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. They are relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, you
are strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, these techniques can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being.