Amma Apprenticeship 2019? – February meeting date cancelled. 

I will reschedule the meeting for late March or early April. Stay tuned.

 I’ve had some interest and from people here and abroad about learning Amma Therapy. Some are interested in just the theory, some are interested in learning the theory and form. I am mulling over various options and ways to run the program and  classes feasibly. I will present these ideas Wednesday, February 20th to those who are considering the program. Possibilities include theory classes being live online and intensives for technique so those out of town can attend. Again, I have nothing firmed up yet and am looking at options. The meeting can be attended in person at Pulse Holistic Health or joined online. Please let me know if you are interested. In the meantime, please note that any class I offer – even those online -is either already a required part of the program or can be recognized as an elective in the curriculum. You can view the curriculum as it currently stands here. 

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.

I am committed to teaching about 2-4 students through the requirements for AOBTA–excluding Western Anatomy and Physiology.  Theory classes and some advanced technique classes will be open to the public. At the end of each class, students will receive a certificate showing satisfactory completion of the class.  Requirements for each class vary. Students are responsible for submitting their certificates and other required transcripts (Western Anatomy and Physiology) to the AOBTA for certification following the AOBTA’s Pathway 2.

I am not setting up as a school or a program under contractual agreement with students.  Classes will be pay as you go, so completion of the program will be highly dependent on each student’s engagement and our commitment to each other.  If it is unfeasible to run classes because of enrollment, I will be reschedule them.

The program and classes are the property of April Crowell. Most classes will be held at Pulse Holistic Health, unless other space is necessary.  Pulse is not responsible for the cost or any management of the classes.

Classes will be $22/hr.  There may be slight variances in theory classes that are open to the public.  In estimate, I will be teaching about 370/hrs of the 500 hours required. Current estimate is $8510. These prices reflect the 2018 apprenticeship.  I reserve the right to change class prices as necessary.

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 at Pulse Holistic Health with other like-minded therapists.  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 wellbeing and the evolution of consciousness on the planet.  I also believe that life changes present opportunities–I look forward to exploring them. 

2018  OUTLINE* – 

Technique Classes (160 hours min for AOBTA)

  • 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

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

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.  See sample transcript/roll sheet.

Texts and resources

I am not going to police or demand that you purchase textbooks, though I have some that I highly recommend you own.  Below are the books you will need access to to get through the program.

  1. Amma Therapy–A Complete Textbook of Oriental Bodywork and Medical Principles.  Tina Sohn
  2. Tao & T’ai Chi Kung–Dr Sohn
  3. Between Heaven and Earth–Beinfield
  4. Acupuncture chart
  5. Acupuncture Points Images and Functions-Lade

Staying Healthy With The Seasons–Haas