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Acupressure Training – Education and Skills for the Modern Bodyworker

Find Acupressure Training in the United States and Canada. Though there are many healing arts schools that offer acupressure training, not all are the same in course offerings, and no two are alike in length. The similarities in acupressure training programs, however, can be found in the fundamentals of the course – which often includes basic acupressure, anatomy, physiology, and business practices.

As a touch therapy, acupressure training is essential to those wanting to expand patient/client services in a massage or health spa setting. Candidates who elect to enroll in acupressure training courses can anticipate learning a traditional Chinese technique that is based on the same principles of acupuncture. The difference that sets the two healing arts apart is that while acupuncture facilitates needles to achieve results, acupressure is gentle bodywork that utilizes firm pressure through the elbow, hand or foot.

Both the novice and professional massage therapist gain a wealth of knowledge and skills from acupressure training because it offers yet another method of unique and ancient, natural healing. In most cases, acupressure training begins with foundational instruction in the various forms of acupressure; including hands-on training in Shiatsu, Jin Shin and reflexology. In some cases, acupressure training programs may include electives in Chinese medical massage (Tui Na), aromatherapy massage, as well as Ashiatsu (barefoot Shiatsu).

Students participating in acupressure training programs learn how to pinpoint key locations (meridians) on the body, and their interrelationship to various organs. By understanding how these locations affect imbalances, students apply acupressure to these pivotal points to transform energy in the body and to remove blockages that may be creating dis-ease within the body.

Individuals who have successfully completed acupressure training are often awarded with a certificate and/or diploma, and ensure that they have attained the skills necessary to help patients and clients relieve common health problems including backaches, headaches, musculoskeletal disorders, and many other health conditions.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in finding acupressure training, let professional education within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore career school programs near you.

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Acupressure Schools – Pursuing an Education and Career

There are numerous opportunities for receiving a higher education in the field of acupressure. You can find a program and enroll in order to prepare for entrance into a career as a professional acupressurist. Opportunities exist at different levels to help you receive the career training that fits your individual needs and goals. You can pursue an education and career from acupressure schools by requesting more information and learning more about the options available to you.

The field of acupressure uses various techniques to apply pressure to certain areas that correspond to other areas of the body in order to reduce pain, stress, and more. By pursuing a natural healing career in acupressure you will have many options to choose from when looking to find the right educational training program for you.

  • Studies can be completed at the certificate, bachelor, or master degree level.
  • Training for a certificate can take up to one year for you to complete.
  • Pursuing a bachelor or master level degree can require four to six years of training.

Accredited schools and colleges are designed to provide the skills that are needed to complete various tasks that are carried out by acupressure professionals. There are numerous places that you can seek employment once a higher education is obtained.

Once an accredited certificate or degree is obtained in this field, you can enter the workforce and the career that you long for. Training will help you to prepare for work in a number of different facilities. You can expect to find employment in:

  • Spas
  • Clinics
  • Private Offices
  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Hospitals

…and many other related businesses. In order to prepare for employment in places such as these, you will need to enroll in a program and complete the required coursework and training.

Opportunities for learning can vary based on the level of educational training that you have chosen to obtain as well as the place of desired employment. Some programs may include courses that provide a more thorough look into the specific area of study. You can look forward to learning a variety of skills that will help you provide acupressure treatment. Schooling will provide you with the chance to learn massage therapy, meridians, trigger points, pharmacology, key pain points, and numerous other topics. Accredited schools and colleges may also provide the chance to study in acupuncture, circulatory systems, reflexology, first aid, and various other subjects. With training in these areas you will be ready to enter the workforce.

Accredited acupressure training programs can be completed in order for you to receive the quality career preparation that is necessary to seek the right employment. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork ( ) is one of numerous agencies that are approved to fully accredit the best higher education schools and colleges. By doing your research and requesting additional information, you can find the program that offers training to fit your individual career goals and educational needs. Start the path to the future you dream of by enrolling in an accredited school or college for acupressure training today.

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We Need a Global Consortium For Brain Fitness and Training Innovation

The World Economic Forum asked me to write “an 800 words summary of your most compelling actionable idea on the challenges of aging and gerontology”, in preparation for the Inaugural Summit of the Global Agenda taking place November 7 to 9th in Dubai.

Here you have my proposal to create a Global Consortium for Brain Fitness and Training Innovation and help ensure that “No Brain is Left Behind”:

I. The Context

- Growing Demands on Our Brains: Picture 6.7 billion Primitive Brains inhabiting a Knowledge Society where lifelong learning and mastering constant change in complex environments are critical for productive work, health and personal fulfillment.

Welcome to Planet Earth, 2008.

- Further stretched by increased longevity: Now picture close to 1 billion of those brains over the age of 60 – and please remember that, less than 100 years ago, life expectancy was between 30 to 40 years. The rapidly evolving Knowledge Society is placing new and enormous demands on our “primitive” human brains. And the longer our lifespans, the more obvious the “cognitive gap”. Hence, from a health point of view, the growing prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease and its precursor Mild Cognitive Impairment. And, from a workplace point of view, the perception that older workers can’t learn new tricks, and are to be substituted by younger employees as soon as practical.

- Significance of lifelong neuroplasticity: The good news is that substantive brain research is showing how our brains retain lifelong neuroplasticity (the ability of our brains to rewire themselves responding to experience), how they can physically be strengthened -via the Cognitive/ Brain Reserve- and its functions enhanced, opening the way to slow-down if not reverse the cognitive decline that often comes with age. Use it and Improve It may be more accurate than Use It or Lose It, and help close the growing cognitive gap. Humans can become the gardeners of our own brains by focusing on four pillars: a balanced diet, cardiovascular physical exercise, stress management and brain exercise that incorporates well-directed novelty, variety and challenge.

- Cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology are ready to step up: a growing number of research-based frameworks and applications present clear mainstream opportunities, yet they are often misunderstood, since they are presented in fragmentary and confusing ways. Think about the potential for having an annual “mental check-up” that helps set up a baseline and identify appropriate interventions. Think about being able to pinpoint specific needs and enhance, in non-invasive ways, specific neurocognitive functions, such as visual and auditory processing speed, working memory, executive functions, emotional self-regulation, attention.

II. The Problem

- We need bridges: There seems to be multiple areas of disconnect between gerontology, preventive healthcare overall, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. Innovative and collaborative partnerships will be required to transform the growing amount of mainstream interest and research findings into a rational, interdisciplinary, and sustainable approach to neurocognitive fitness.

- Growing confusion among consumers and professionals: there are no “magic pills” or “general solutions”, but very useful tools when used appropriately. Better assessments, taxonomies and integrated research efforts are required for the field to mature. Some brain functions tend to improve as we age, whereas some tend to decline. For example, as executives tackle many difficult situations over time, we grow an “intuition” (or crystallized pattern-recognition) for best approaches. As long as the environment does not change too rapidly, we can continue to accumulate wisdom. But some areas of mental functioning typically decline. We usually see this in areas that test our capacity to learn and adapt to new environments, such as effortful problem-solving in novel situations, processing speed, working memory, and attention. Research has shown that all these areas can be enhanced in older brains. But the priorities are not the same for all individuals, or for all objectives (safer driving, preventing Alzheimer’s symptoms, improving memory…) In summary, the field holds much promise, but the picture is complicated.

III. The Opportunity

- A Global Consortium for Brain Fitness and Training Innovation composed of 100 leading universities, policy-makers, healthcare/ insurance providers and developers of technology-based neurocognitive assessments and training tools can provide the taxonomy, guidance and structure required to guide applications of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology in gerontology and geriatrics -and healthcare overall.

- A transparent online presence could facilitate the engagement of professionals and the public at large. Especially, yes, of brains over 60.

- Outcomes:

1) Best practices: to share best practices in preventive brain health education, seniors housing, hospital-based programs, insurance-led initiatives, public policy efforts.

2) Standards: to define standards for neurocognitive assessments and training tools,

3) Taxonomy: to establish a common taxonomy and language,

4) Education: to engage professionals and the public at large in well-informed “brain maintenance”,

5) Policy readiness: to anticipate policy implications and improve readiness,

6) Research path: to propose a research and applications path.

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