Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Complementary Healthcare

American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)

The American Holistic Nurses Association embraces nursing as a lifestyle and a profession and provides a means to create bonds within the nursing community. Because true healing comes from within, the AHNA recognizes that nurses must first heal themselves before they can facilitate the healing of others. There are many roads to healing, and individuals must seek their own paths. The AHNA serves as a bridge between the traditional medical paradigm and universal complementary and alternative healing practices.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

The American Public Health Association is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities.

AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique)

A proven approach to self-care, the Alexander Technique is a method that people of all ages and abilities can learn to relieve the pain and stress caused by everyday misuse of the body. With the Alexander Technique, you learn how to strip away the movement habits and tensions patterns at the root of your discomfort. You learn how to balance your own body and take charge of your own health. You learn how to sit, stand and move — with safety, efficiency and ease.

APTA (American Polarity Therapy Association)

Polarity Therapy is a complete system of healing with a unique scope of practice. The APTA, the organization through which standards for the profession of Polarity Therapy are developed, advocates use of the APTA Standards for Practice, Education and Educators and its Code of Ethics as the basis of regulatory activities relating to Polarity Therapy. Anything less would negate the appropriateness of regulation as related to the public interest.

European Shiatsu Federation

The European Shiatsu Federation the "ESF" is non-party, nondenominational and non profit-making. The main objective of the ESF is to advance Shiatsu as a healing therapy throughout Europe and to promote high standards of professional practice. It aims to establish throughout Europe the legal right to practice Shiatsu as an independent, self-regulating health-care method, legally available as a first choice treatment option to the public. Also to establish, and to revise from time to time, procedures for the mutual recognition of professional practitioners, teachers and schools between member associations.


The Feldenkrais Method is for anyone who wants to reconnect with their natural abilities to move, think and feel. Whether you want to be more comfortable sitting at your computer, playing with your children and grandchildren, or performing a favorite pastime, these gentle lessons can improve your overall well being.

IASI (International Association of Structural Integrators)

The International Association of Structural Integrators is the professional membership organization for Structural Integration. Founded in 2002, IASI sprang up as a grassroots organization from within the profession to: set standards, move towards certification, insure continuation of a professional identity, and promote Structural Integration's continued growth as a respected profession in the healthcare field.

ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association)

The International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA) promotes a high level of standards and professionalism in the field of somatic movement education and therapy through advocacy and maintaining a registry of professional practitioners.

Maryland Acupuncture Society

A professional society of licensed acupuncturists representing over one third* of all licensed acupuncturists in Maryland. Our site has information for professional acupuncturists as well as for the general public who are interested in finding an acupuncturist or finding out more about acupuncture.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). We are 1 of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Qigong (Chi Kung) Association

The National Qigong Association is a membership organization of Qigong enthusiasts, open to all and working together to promote Qigong in America. We are unique individuals from all backgrounds, lifestyles and levels of experience—from professional instructors and healers to Qigong newcomers. We support all schools, traditions, teaching styles and philosophies of Qigong. We hold traditional systems in the highest respect while fostering and encouraging modern styles and innovations. We support those in the scientific community who are researching the benefits of Qigong. The NQA is a democratic, grass roots, nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. We are not just a list of people or a set of classes, we are a COMMUNITY.

NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), established in 1982 as a non-profit organization currently operates under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the NCCAOM is to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public. Since its inception, the NCCAOM has issued more than 19,000 certificates in Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Asian Bodywork Therapy. In year 2007, NCCAOM celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration

Rolfing structural integration has the ability to dramatically alter a person's posture and structure. Athletes, dancers, children, business professionals, and people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing. People seek Rolfing as a way to ease pain and chronic stress, and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. It's estimated that more than 1 million people have received Rolfing work.

The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The American Association of Acupuncture Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) Board of Directors welcomes you to the AAAOM Website. Whether you are a practitioner of Oriental Medicine, a student, a patient of OM, or someone choosing to learn more about this field of medicine, we are certain you will benefit from the information and resources we offer.

United States Trager® Association

The Trager Approach is a pleasurable, gentle and effective approach to movement education and mind/body integration. The Trager Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. The benefits of a Trager session are long-lasting and cumulative, with subsequent sessions allowing for deeper and longer lasting changes.