Benjamin H van Leeuwen CP Zen Shiatsu, LMT, Dipl. ABT

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This is what all that stuff after my name means:

CP Zen Shiatsu Certified Practitioner of Zen Shiatsu


I am a member of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia. This is an internationally recognized group of professional practitioners through which I network with collegues and stay current in my field with various publications, events and conventions.
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LMT    Licensed Massage Therapist

Licensed Massage Therapist

My license to practice, awarded by the Louisiana State Board of Massage Therapy(LSBMT). Shown are the Certificate of Eligibility awarding the license, and the annual valid renewal. The LSBMT is the official organization of the State of Louisiana which regulates my profession. In order to be eligible for renewal of my license, the LSBMT requires that I remain insured and attend approved Continuing Education classes annually.

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Dipl. ABT    Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy

Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy


My certificate awarded by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; and a close-up of its seal. The training I received from the Boston Shiatsu School (below) was quite different than that of the accepted curriculuae found in Louisiana schools. Because the LSBMT doesn't have or recognize any exam related to my out of state and Asian training, I was required to pass a national exam administered by the NCCAOM to be eligible for licensure. The NCCAOM is a nationally recognized official organization regulating Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and ABT.

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My diploma from the Boston Shiatsu School:


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The school has officially closed. For the announcement on the Massachusetts Department of Education website, click here:


Continuing Education

AOBTA presents: Donna G. Landry

The Ebb and Flow of the Yin Meridians and the 7 Emotions:
Asian Bodywork Techniques for Eastern and Western Bodyworkers

A wonderful, relaxed retreat weekend at Tickfaw State Park and informative, useful Continuing Education! See you next year!

October 6 and 7, 2007


Introduction to Kinesiology

I opted to try a home-study course, and purchased this course
in Kinesiology from John H. Schewe's Living Body Series.
I'm glad I chose this, as I bought it 8 days before
Hurricane Katrina very much.

This was a great anatomy refresher and an interesting
look at the science of body movement.
I would recommend LBS courses to other practitioners.

I'd always been interested because my Uncle Nat van Leeuwen
was a revered Kinesiologist in Israel.

Continuing Education

AOBTA presents: Jeffrey C. Yuen

Eight Extraordinary Vessels and Their Clinical Applications

An advanced, very informative and useful detailed workshop. It wasn't recognized by the LSBMT, but well worth the trip to Austin.

June 5 and 6, 2004


Introduction to Thai Massage

A client, collegue and friend, Stephanie Shrum, LMT, went to Thailand to study then returned to share what she'd learned.

One of the most informative and useful classes I've attended;
I still use some techniques in every session.

I highly recommed any of her courses to anyone looking for a genuine, respectful interpretation of this time-honored
professional healing modality.

August 7 and 8, 2004