Lauren Paap, AOBTA® CP, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM)®
Lauren began her training at Zen Shiatsu at Charles River Institute for Healing and Inner Arts and Acupressure Therapy Institute, graduating with a certificate in Acupressure Shiatsu under the guidance of Barbara Blanchard. Continuing her studies with Michael DeAgro, she earned a Postgraduate Clinical Shiatsu Studies certificate.

To further her education, Lauren is currently enrolled in the Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at New England School of Acupuncture*, studying the Traditional Chinese Medicine style of Acupuncture and Herbs, as well as Japanese style of Acupuncture. Lauren is a Diplomate as an Asian Bodywork Therapist with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)® and maintains a private Acupressure and Shiatsu practice in Cambridge, MA.

With a lifelong passion for learning and building community, and with the support of her mentors, Lauren created Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center (EMTEC). Its mission is to inspire learning, create community, and offer NCCAOM PDA’s for Acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists, and Eastern Modalities Practitioners and enthusiasts. For more information, or to learn how to get involved, contact Lauren directly at or (617) 435-3586.

*NESA is now a part of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services University,

Professional: Current
Practitioner: Acupressure Shiatsu Therapist (2008 – present)
Founding Director: Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center (2016 – present)

Professional: History
Horizons for Homeless Children, Greater Boston Playspace Programs Director (2003-2010)
Women’s Lunch Place, Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator (1999-2003)
Towards Independent Living and Learning, Program Coordinator (1998-1999)
Boston Community Services, Program Director (1994-1997)

Education: Formal
New England School of Acupuncture: Masters of Oriental Medicine Candidate (2019)
Postgraduate Clinical Shiatsu Studies: Certificate (2015)
Acupressure Therapy Institute: Acupressure Shiatsu Certification (2008)
Framingham State University: BA, Psychology (1994)

Education: Mentors
Barbara Blanchard: Teacher of Acupressure Shiatsu, Adjunct Therapies, Treatment Strategies, Professional Mentor and Advisor
Cindy Banker: AOBTA Mentor and Legislative Advisor
Dennis Willmont: Source of Inspiration and Life Long Learning
Michael DeAgro: Zen Shiatsu
Diane Iuliano: Japanese Treatment Strategies, Auriculotherapy

Professional Activities
American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia: President (2015-present)
Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) Education Network: Coordinator (2014-present)
Parkland Management Advisory Committee: Vice President and Public Safety Chair (2002-2005) 
Rosie’s Place: Board of Directors, Serving on the Education and Justice Committee (2002-2005)
Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office: Volunteer Caseworker for Juvenile Diversion Program (1989-1990)

Manny Jefferson Gratitude Award: 2006
City of Boston, Mayor’s Community Service Award: 2002

Contact Information:

Lauren Paap, BA, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM®), AOBTA®-CP
AOBTA® President
EMTEC Founding Director
Acupressure and Shiatsu Therapist
AOBTA®-CP =  Certified Practitioner of Asian Bodywork Therapy with the AOBTA® (to learn more read below)
** Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM®) = Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy with

Shiatsu Therapy
335 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center
Mailing Address: 335 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

Tel: (617) 435-3586


Investing in our Community: The AOBTA® is a national Membership Association for Asian Bodywork Therapy Students, Professionals, Educators and Schools and the only organization dedicated exclusively to serving the ABT profession. 

The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®) is launching a membership drive and fundraising campaign.

In an effort to support the AOBTA® (my personal charity) and ABT community Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center (EMTEC) will offer all new AOBTA® professional members $75 credit to apply towards the full program price of one program. Offer good April 1, 2017 - April 1, 2018.

To learn more and apply:

For current members, EMTEC will match any contributions given though waving the AOBTA® member discount upon purchase of each class. i.e. $25 waived equals $50 donated to the AOBTA®.  Inquire for details.

Contact: Lauren Paap, Founding Director of EMTEC*

Cell: (617) 435-3586


* In full disclosure, I am also currently serving as Board President of AOBTA®.

To learn more about us visit:


AOBTA® Board of Directors:

Letter from the President: 2016 Year End Review (link)

Lauren Paap LinkedIn: