Continuing Education at Downeast School of Massage, Waldoboro, Maine

Acupressure Certification Program

5 Weekends: March 20-22; April 17-19;   May 22-24; June 26-28;  & October TBD, 2020
Time: Friday & Saturday, 9-5pm; Sunday 9-4pm
20 CE hrs, NCTMB Approved
Cost: $2,500.00                                                                                         Payment Plans Available, Call DSM for details, 207-832-5531.

Acupressure, derived from the ancient system of Chinese Medicine which gave us acupuncture, has been called “acupuncture without needles.” Chinese Medicine utilizes a broad range of modalities and tools to help people attain physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.

This is the first in a series of five weekends to attain the certification in Acupressure. In this first weekend, students will gain a working competence in using the Balance Method and Meridian Sinews. These are two simple and highly effective techniques to relieve pain and relax muscles very quickly and reliably.

The completed certification will present students with a basic working knowledge of the theory and practice of Chinese Medicine using the most basic and powerful of those tools: the fingers. Acupressure can be used to treat many common health issues such as emotional stress, digestive issues, cardiovascular disorders, and fatigue. Because such issues are frequently the root cause of muscular tension and pain, integrating acupressure into bodywork sessions can result in a dramatic improvement in therapeutic results.


  • Students will learn a working competence of Oriental Medicine, Channel Theory, Yin/Yang Theory, Five Element Theory, Qi, and acupoints.

Required Texts:

  • The Web That Has No Weaver, Ted Kaptchuk

Instructor Ching Liu, M.T.O.M., L.Ac. (CA), L.M.T., has been practicing holistic health since 1996, when he first trained in massage therapy at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in Los Angeles, CA. He took nearly one thousand hours of classes there before moving on to study Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA. He received his master’s degree and then acupuncture license in 2005 and went into private practice in Los Angeles. During that time, he used acupuncture and Chinese herbs to treat many health issues, but specializing in trauma (causing addiction, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain), fertility, and digestive disorders. Ching joined the faculty of four schools of Oriental Medicine in the Los Angeles area: Emperor’s College, SAMRA University, Dongguk Royal, and Southern California University – School of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture where he was the faculty chair of the acupuncture department. He moved to Maine in 2016, and started a new practice in Newcastle, utilizing acupressure and Chinese herbs while he gets his Maine acupuncture license. His experience in bodywork, practicing Oriental Medicine, and teaching Oriental Medicine are all distilled into his acupressure classes at DSM.

For more information or to register for this course, call Downeast School of Massage, 207-832-5531.

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