About Deborah Valentine Smith                                   
     About Asian Bodywork Therapy                                     
     About Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®

About Deborah Valentine Smith
My 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, I became
interested in the influence of the mind and emotions on habitual muscle tensions and holding patterns. I found the
closest match to my ideas in Oriental Medicine and studied Shiatsu with Wataru Ohashi from 1975 through 1980,
when I completed his Advanced Studies. Through the then Shiatsu Education Center, I found Jin Shin Do®
Bodymind Acupressure® and Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, M.A.,
L.M.F.T., the founder and developer of JSD. I became a Registered Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®
Acupressurist in 1979 and an Authorized Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Teacher in 1983, when I also
graduated from the Swedish Institute in New York and became a licensed Massage Therapist in New York State.

I have traveled extensively in the US and abroad, teaching the full JSD training program for Acupressurists and
other courses I have developed, including “Western Body, Eastern Mind: Integrated Anatomy & Physiology,” and
“TendinoMuscular Meridian Technique.”I have 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 was on the adjunctive faculty of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage Therapy in
Virginia Beach, VA from 1998 to 2017.. Currently, the integrated A&P course is part of the curriculum of the
Shiatsu School of Vermont. I have 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).

I contributed three chapters to
A Complete Guide to Acupressure, Revised 2002, by Iona Marsaa Teeguarden. I
have written many articles on Asian Bodywork Therapy that have appeared in publications including
, 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 I was editor-in-chief from 2000 -
2015. I was featured in the video, "Natural Pain Relief," produced by the New York Open Center, and have
produced and recorded three Meditation/Music CDs (See Resources) with musicians Maureena and Fran

In 2013, I 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.”

I maintain 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
Bodymind Acupressure
Jin Shin Do
® Foundation for
Bodymind Acupressure

National Certified
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 4/8/19.
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Photo by Joanna S. Smith

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.
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