Amma Apprenticeship 2020?!

I’ve had a number of inquiries about my Amma Apprenticeship program. Some want to learn just the theory to possibly add it on to their current healthcare practice. Some want to learn the theory and the magnificent bodywork form. Obviously, I cannot teach the bodywork portion of Amma therapy due to the pandemic and making sure we safely social distance. However, I can teach the didactic portions of the program via live streaming. For those who also want to learn the bodywork techniques, I will offer workshops or week training when it is safe to touch again.  I’m ironing out the details this next week and will keep you posted. Please let me know if you are interested as I will limit enrollment numbers. This is a work in progress and I will be updating this page regularly. 

Purpose and Vision

I have laid out the classes to fulfill requirements of the AOBTA (American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia), which nationally certifies practitioners in Asian Bodywork.   Formerly, the AOBTA’s guidelines were used for the NCCAOM’s requirements to be eligible to take their national certification exam. The AOBTA’s current requirements can be viewed here.

The program and classes are the property of April Crowell.   

I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone and will dismiss a student from the program if their behavior is inappropriate or they have failed to keep up on payments. for classes.

April Crowell


AOBTA Certified Instructor & Practitioner

Certified Holistic Nutritionist

Since 1993, I have immersed myself in the practice, study and teaching of Chinese Medicine and Holistic Health. And I love my work!  It’s not something that everyone can say, but I am glad that I am one who can. From 1995-2012, I worked with The Wellspring School for Healing Arts in many different capacities; serving as Boise Lead Amma Therapy Instructor, Holistic Nutrition Instructor, promotions lead and administrator.  

I maintain my full-time private therapy practice in Chinese Medicine, Amma Therapy and Holistic Nutrition.  I enjoy working with a varied clientele, from young to old, treating serious disharmonies to health maintenance.  Having other practitioners to work with on a daily basis allows us to provide more for our clients, to support each other with our own unique skills, and to maintain healthy practices on all levels.

Teaching is one of my true passions and I offer classes to the general public and advanced techniques for therapists. With each new group or class there are new faces, new challenges, new ideas and deeper levels of knowledge to be gained.  It is amazing to see students not merely learn techniques, but more importantly embrace a holistic lifestyle and evolve their own lives.

Recognizing that self-improvement is fundamental to being able to serve others as a healthcare provider, continuing education is important to me.  I believe that Chinese Medicine and holistic healthcare are excellent avenues for well-being and the evolution of consciousness on the planet.  I also believe that life changes present opportunities – I look forward to exploring them. 

2018  OUTLINE* – to be revised for 2020!

Foundational Theories (100 hrs)

  • History, Tao, Yin & Yang – 15 hours
  • 8 Principles & 3 Branches – 5 hours
  • 5 Element Theory – 10 hours
  • 6 Jiao & Forms of Assessment – 10 hours

Channel & Point System (30 hrs)

  • Zang Fu Theory – 15 hours
  • Points- 15 hours
  • 8 Extra Ordinary Vessels – 15 hours
  • Tongue & Pulse – 15 hours

Western Anatomy and Physiology (100 hours)

  • Obtained through BSU or other approved school – 100 Hrs

Technique Classes (160 hours min for AOBTA) – when I can offer them

  • Amma Tech  – 80 hours
  • Applied Amma Tech – 80 hours

160 Hrs Student Clinic

  • Amma Clinic & Review 1 – 70 hours
  • Amma Clinic & Review 2 – 70 hours

Electives (70 hours)

  • Business & Ethics – 15 hours
  • Student Choice–Electives – 45 hours
    • Examples: Lonny Jarrett workshop,
    • My public classes: Colds & Flu, Allergies, Women’s Issues, etc

Movement (T’ai Qi, Qigong & Yoga) 10 hours

CPR/First Aid 70 Hrs

*Complies with AOBTA 500 hour requirements of 2016.  Elective treatment observations count as 1 hour technique.