Acupressure Course and Class Descriptions

Acupressure is a relaxation and wellness therapy that doesn't use needles, unlike its closely-related bodywork acupuncture. Although acupressure is its own discipline, programs and courses in massage instruction, acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may contain acupressure lessons.

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Acupressure courses are found at various public colleges, as well as private healing arts schools specializing in bodywork or Eastern medicine. There are independent self-help classes for those with no experience and acupressure classes for experienced therapists and medical workers who want to expand their knowledge. Within a training program, students get a chance to practice their acupressure techniques as part of their curriculum.

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List of Common Acupressure Courses

Basics of Acupressure

This course introduces students to the basic skills and theories of acupressure. Students learn about Kyo and Jitsu, Yin and Yang, the meridians of the body, the six divisions and the 5-element theory. Locations and functions of acupressure points are illustrated through class instruction and hands-on practice. Qi Gong, a Chinese meditative practice, may also be included.

Asian Bodywork

Acupressure is part of this overview course in traditional Asian medicine. Students are introduced to acupressure points, meridians, the six divisions and the theory of disease as applied to bodywork.

Massage Techniques

A combination of several massage techniques is taught in this hands-on overview course. Modalities include Swedish massage, theories of TCM, acupressure and Shiatsu. Students practice on each other to gain experience in acupressure, as well as identifying and releasing energetic blockage in the body.


This Japanese massage modality contains elements of both Western and Chinese medicine. Students learn acupressure techniques, as well as stretches that increase the blood flow to the body and promote muscle relaxation. Graduates possess knowledge of acupressure theory and practice.

Tui Na Massage

Tui Na, an ancient form of Chinese massage therapy, incorporates aspects of acupressure, traction and massage to treat musculoskeletal and other conditions. Students learn 12 hand techniques with subtle variations for working on clients in both prone and supine positions. An advanced Tui Na class may include a larger range of motion, barefoot Tui Na and more advanced acupressure movements.

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