Acupressure uses gentle hand and finger pressure along the body's energy/meridian channels, to restore and balance the flow of energy throughout the body, thus promoting healing. There are several different forms/styles. What they have in common is their foundation in Chinese medicine.
Our classes train students in several different acupressure styles (some quiet and some active) Students learn how to work with the 5 element theory, the organ meridians, and the acupressure points. Some of the work may be done on traditional floor-mats and some on a massage table.
We offer a large number of Acupressure classes can be taken as part of a 250 hour or 500 hour massage therapist program OR can be taken as continuing education classes. These classes offer a thorough education in Acupressure and may be combined with Western-style Massage Technique or used in your Acupressure practice.
Instructor: Kathleen Davis
Our complete training includes these classes: Acupressure - a practice in Harmony (30 hrs), Acupressure – Tui Na (30 hrs), Five Element Acupressure-Assessment and Application (30 hrs), Cupping and Moxibustion (12 hrs), Energies of the Acupressure Points (15 hrs), Acupressure for the Chakras (8 hrs), Acupressure Reflexology- Energies of the Feet, Hands, and Ears (24 hrs), Acupressure Dreaming (6 hrs), Acupressure Chair Massage (7 hrs)
You may take classes in any order as long as you are in compliance with any prerequisites.
ACUPRESSURE REFLEXOLOGY- Energies of the Feet, Hands, and Ears (24 hrs) Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Feb 7, 8 & 9 (9 am – 6 pm)Your entire body can be mapped in your ear, hand and foot. Working with these areas is a powerful way to assess energy flow and to stimulate the body’s ability to heal. The class explores a variety of techniques from traditional Chinese massage with an emphasis on keeping the practitioner’s hands healthy. The course includes meridian, reflex, and acu-point location and contributes to the student’s understanding of assessment. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk: $320, 4-Wk: $310.
ACUPRESSURE FOR THE CHAKRAS (8 hrs) Monday, Feb 10 (9 am – 6 pm) Energetic touch to bring balance to the Wheels of Life Force along centerline. Each chakra relates to a particular aspect of our development. Learn to recognize the feel of balanced mobility in the chakras and ways to work with them to increase overall vitality.Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110
ACUPRESSURE CHAIR MASSAGE (7 hrs) Fri, Mar 28 (9 am – 5 pm)Heighten the effectiveness of chair massage by learning to include meridian pathways and acu-points and to mobilize the client. Use of variety of stances and hand techniques facilitates both the safety and vitality of the practitioner while enhancing the experience of the client. Prerequisite: none. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $99 Prepay: 2-Wk $95, 4-Wk $90.
ACUPRESSURE-TUI NA (30 hrs) Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, May 9, 10, 11 & 12 (9 am – 5:30 pm) Learn the ancient art of Chinese meridian massage. This is an active style that includes moving muscles, joints, and bones. Excellent for adding to your sports massage and increasingly popular in spas. Tui Na is an adaptable style, appropriate for a full range of clients. You will learn the pathways of Chi and a variety of hand movements (sho fa) with which to work the meridians. Additionally, we will work through a full session pattern allowing ample time to get comfortable with the techniques. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $430 Prepay: 2-Wk $410, 4-Wk $399
CUPPING & MOXIBUSTION (12 hrs). Thu & Fri, May 22 & 23 (9 am –4 pm). These two techniques are great to add to your toolkit. Cupping works to clear deep tension easily and quickly. Moxibustion is an effective way to build qi, allowing you to offer a truly nurturing session. Both are time-honored practices of traditional Chinese medicine. We will utilize lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practicum. You will learn to apply cups in a variety of techniques, remove them safely, and clean them. We will discuss appropriate uses of cups and contraindications for their use. Students will also learn about yang meridian pathways, as well as benefits and contraindications, safety procedures, and several techniques of moxibustion. Prerequisite: None Instructor: Kathleen Davis Cost: $180 Prepay: 2-Wk $170, 4-Wk $160
ACUPRESSURE FOR NECK, SHOULDER & BACK PAIN (6 hrs) Thu, Jun 5 (9 am – 4 pm).Simple point formulas to help yourself and your clients – easy to add into your regular session work. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis Cost $90 Prepay: 2-Wk $85, 4-Wk $80.
ACUPRESSURE FOR EASING FIBROMYALGIA & CHRONIC FATIGUE (6 hrs) Fri, Jun 6 (9 am - 4 pm)) When the whole body is tender to the touch and the whole being is exhausted how do we offer help? Learn to work powerfully while maintaining a light soothing touch. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis Cost $90 Prepay: 2-Wk $85, 4-Wk $80.
FIVE-ELEMENT ACUPRESSURE-Assessment and Application (30 hrs) Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, July 25, 26, 27 & 28 (9 am – 5:30 pm) Refine your assessment skills and expand your understanding of acupressure meridians and their ability to bring vitality, joy and health. The Five Element approach to acupressure allows you to create powerful sessions through which you can help your clients to harmonize imbalances in their health and energy. As you learn the associations of each element and how the elements interrelate, you will begin to see patterns that can help your clients understand how their choices are influencing their meridian flow and their sense of well-being. In class we will look at how color, smell, posture, voice and attitude reflect the balance of a person’s elements. We will learn 12 points that help with assessment of the meridian balance and palpate meridian pathways to sense which textures reflect the elements in stress. $11 text required (please pay instructor). Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $430 Prepay: 2-Wk $410, 4-Wk $399.
ACUPRESSURE- A Practice in Harmony (30 hrs). Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, Oct 3, 4, 5 & 6 (9 am - 6 pm).This class introduces students to the ancient Chinese healing art of Acupressure, a quiet form of energy work which emphasizes a listening touch. Students will learn key points with which to balance energy in the body through the meridians and extraordinary vessels of Traditional Chinese Medicine. You will learn how to work with the meridians to affect specific conditions of imbalance. We will use a quiet form of energy work which allows the development of a subtle touch and the ability to read subtle energy. The understanding of the meridians will enrich any forms that you practice. You will be able to offer a full session and you will find that the style blends well with a wide variety of body work. $11 text required (please pay instructor). Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $430 Prepay 2-Wk $410, 4-Wk $399.