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Acupressure Institute


1533 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States
T: 510-845-1059

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Since 1976, the Acupressure Institute has offered comprehensive acupressure trainings in traditional Asian bodywork and massage to students from around the world. The Institute provides high-quality education that supports each student's professional and personal goals in a setting that encourages communication, respect, confidentiality and safety for everyone. As alternative therapies gain greater acceptance and recognition, the ancient hands-on practice of acupressure is becoming a vital part of the future for healthcare.

The Acupressure Institute offers various levels of bodywork trainings. Students begin with the undergraduate 150-hour Basic Acupressure Program, receiving a certificate, and then continuing with the 200-hour Specialization Program or the 850-hour Acupressure Therapy Program.

Profile and Credentials        

Acupressure Institute’s founder, Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., graduated from Columbia Pacific University. Michael has practiced acupressure for 30 years and has presented to over 100,000 people. He is the author of Acu-Yoga (Japan Publications), Bum Back Book, Greater Energy at Your Fingertips (Celestial Arts), Arthritis Relief at Your Fingertips (Warner Books), Acupressure for Emotional Healing, and the best selling acupressure book entitled Acupressure's Potent Points (Bantam Books).

Philosophy and Comments        

Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hands, acupressure is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, self-treatment and preventive health care. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain and develops vibrant health.

Work Hours and Fee Schedule        

Our programs are as follows:

* 6 Required Classes
* 3 Elective Classes
* Clinical Practice

Tuition - $2100, ask about work-trade options

200-HOUR ADVANCED STUDIES PROGRAM -- Choose a focus of study from the following:
* Advanced Acupressure
* Advanced Shiatsu
* Traditional Asian Therapies
* Stress Management
* Women's Health
* Emotional Balancing
* Sports Acupressure
* Pain Management
* Acupressure for Seniors

Tuition - $2950, ask about work-trade options

This program completes your training as an acupressure professional, offering advanced acupressure training in traditional Asian modalities and related bodywork therapies. This extensive program prepares practitioners for National Certification. The Acupressure Therapy Program is designed for students who want to become recognized professionals in the field. There is an optional Teacher Training component within this program that enables students to become Acupressure and Shiatsu instructors. The prerequisites for this program include our Basic Training or equivalent and an entrance exam.

Tuition - $8950, ask about work-trade options





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