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Acupressure and Shiatsu for Healthcare Practitioners

This course is designed for massage therapists, nurses, nursing assistants, home health aides, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapy assistants, and other healthcare providers. No prior acupressure or shiatsu training is required.

Acupressure and Shiatsu are traditional manual therapies from Asia used for pain management and stress reduction. They are easy to learn and have proven effective in many clinical contexts.

This course will teach participants how to integrate acupressure and shiatsu techniques into their day-to-day health care work. The course will focus on applying these techniques on clients who are on massage/examination tables, in hospital beds or seated in chairs. It will have two learning tracks-one for those new to acupressure and shiatsu and another for those experienced in and who wish to further their study in acupressure and shiatsu.

Learning Objectives
  • Give a massage or other therapeutic intervention that integrates a variety of possible acupressure or shiatsu techniques to help with a range of medical conditions
  • Learn an extensive range of acupressure points for addressing common ailments
  • Gain or deepen familiarity with traditional Chinese medicine and shiatsu principles
  • Develop greater body awareness through the regular practice of qi development exercises

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Last Updated: 9/29/15