Practitioner Training Program
Integrative Acupressure is unique in its comprehensive approach to body/mind health and optimization, based on three components—the Chinese energetic model of the body/mind, structural and functional optimization of the body based on the Western physiology model, and client dynamics rooted in psychology, mindfulness, and self-development.
The Integrative Acupressure system is designed to be modular. It includes several modalities and enables the integration of other techniques and modalities within an overall view of the body/mind. It is a powerful, highly effective and comprehensive approach to understanding and managing health and well-being. It is a comprehensive, highly effective system for health work combining an in-depth energetic approach, unique structural and functional optimization, and ways to work with both the short and long term underlying state of the nervous system which then affects a person’s health and well being. The integration of these viewpoints serves to increase the efficacy of the work over any one approach by itself.
The energetic aspect of the Integrative Acupressure system is based on the Chinese medical approach to health, as is acupuncture. However, Integrative Acupressure is optimized for finger pressure and manipulation instead of needling.
The system combines this energetic approach with a sophisticated method of non-forceful structural release and balancing. This method incorporates neurological repatterning techniques to prevent recurrent loss of alignment. This is coupled with several powerful modalities including lymphatic release, cranial release.
Additionally, the Integrative Acupressure system is designed to be modular. Other techniques and modalities can be integrated using the overview and understanding afforded by the Integrative Acupressure system. Several Western alternative techniques are included in the program, such as reflexology, Iridology, etc. Practitioners are encouraged to develop their own “toolbox” using these and other approaches.
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The 250 hour Integrative Acupressure Practitioner Training Program is a comprehensive course of study covering all aspects of the Integrative Acupressure system.
The Program consists of 150 hours of class time and video supervision, and a 100 hour independent study.
Some of the more outstanding features of the system which will be covered in the training include:
- The Chinese philosophy of medicine, including the concepts of Yin/Yang and the Five Elements. The unique approach of IA allows for a deep understanding of these concepts.
- The locations and functions of the Twelve Organ Meridians and Eight Extra Meridians as well as point release patterns to facilitate short term relief and long‑term balancing of body/mind imbalances.
- Chinese imbalance analysis, including basic pulse analysis, point palpation, voice, tongue, and facial analysis, along with traditional associations of imbalance.
- Techniques for structural release and balancing of the back, shoulders, hips, knees and feet and for the prevention of recurrent loss of alignment.
- Approaches to balancing the emotional state using awareness techniques along with bodywork for the release and repatterning of anxiety and trauma.
- Acupressure Lymphatic Release, a system which can often be very effective with conditions associated with the immune system, mucous problems, and edema.
- Foot Reflexology, a simple but effective Western approach to acupressure.
“Approaching health work as an extension of your own self-development makes one a far better practitioner. When the body/mind is approached from this way of seeing, it is endlessly fascinating.”
Level I: 75 Hours
Basic Integrative Acupressure with an emphasis on structural acupressure. Course includes an overview of the Integrative Acupressure approach to health, including: Basic Oriental Medical Theory, The Organ Meridians and Meridian Theory, Shu and Alarm Points, Back, Shoulder and Neck Release and Alignment, Foot Reflexology, Yin/Yang and the Five Elements, Five Emotional Spectra, Introductory Pulse Analysis, and Basic Acupressure Lymphatic Release.
Level II: 75 Hours
In this course, we expand upon the concepts, techniques and skills introduced in the first course, along with more emphasis on the energetic aspects of Integrative Acupressure. There is also an increased emphasis on hands-on work and supervised practice.
In particular, we will be covering: The Five Elements, The Eight Principles, the Eight Extra Meridians, Pulse Analysis, Exogenous Causes of Imbalance, Advanced Acupressure Lymphatic Release, Command Points, Intermediate Structural Release, Tuning Forks, and Client Dynamics.
Level III: 100 Hours–Independent Study
The Level III consists of 100 hours of supervised practice, keeping a journal of this practice. The journal reflects the student’s knowledge of Integrative Acupressure and their approach to client care. Journaling is highly recommended throughout the program, but is especially helpful in the year following completion.
Also included in the Level III are monthly consultations with Sam and other students via video chat or in person. Sam is also available for answering questions and supervision around clients.
When the journal is complete, the student meets with an instructor to review their work.
“True health work is more than just knowledge and technique. A practitioner must be something of an artist, synthesizing an understanding of their areas of expertise with their awareness of the client.
Tuition and Schedule
The 2023-24 Practitioner Training Program is currently forming. Classes will be held every 4th weekend, meeting Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm starting the weekend of August 26-27 through the weekend of May 4-5. In the event of a snow day, we will meet the weekend of June 1-2.
We will also be meeting on video chat every week for one hour, starting at some point after the second weekend. Videos of each chat will be available online shortly after the chat.
Tuition for the course is $3,000, with a $250 deposit refundable up until 30 days before the course starts. Full payment is due one week before the course starts, or you may opt for a payment plan which will cost somewhat more. A typical payment plan would be a $1,000 initial payment (total $1,250 with the deposit) and seven payments of $275 paid at the start of the first seven weekends, for a total of $3,175.
Certificate requirements include submitting 100 hours of journaled practice time and a final meeting with Sam, both of which must be completed within a year of the completion of the course.
To apply, click the Application tab.
Syllabus for Levels I and II
This is a general syllabus of the course; it can (and probably will) vary somewhat from this.
Introduction, Oriental vs. Western medicine, Chinese Medical Theory Overview, Working with State 1 – Making Peace with Stress & Anxiety, Foot Reflexology 1, Boundaries, Yin/Yang Theory, Foot Reflexology 2, Meridian Theory, Acute/Chronic, Basic Acupressure
Lung & Large Intestine Meridians, Working with State 2 – State and Breathing, Shu Points and Back Release 1, Client Dynamics 1 – Boundaries, Yin/Yang and Five Elements 1
Stomach & Spleen Meridians, Client Dynamics 1 – Boundaries, Yin/Yang and Five Elements 2, Shu Points and Back Release 2, Working with State 3 – Definitions, Yin/Yang and Five Elements 2, Shoulder and Neck Release 1
Heart & Small Intestine Meridians, Associations of Imbalance, Five Emotional Spectra, Five Element Associations, Pulse Analysis 1, Working with State 2 – Voices, Five Element Voices, Back, Sacrum and Neck Release 1, Shoulder and Neck Release 2, Treatment
Kidney & Bladder Meridians, Client Dynamics 2 – Boundaries 2, Five Elements 3 – Triangles, Sacrum Release, Working with State 3 – State Generation, Source & Luo Points 1, Yin/Yang and Foods, Back, Sacrum and Neck Release 2 – Structure
Pericardium and Triple Warmer Meridians, Client Dynamics 3 – , Energy Circulation in the Meridians, Evaluation 1 – Pulse, Voice, Associations and Triangle, Alarm (Bo) Points, Treatment (Evaluation – Pulse, Voice, Associations; Treatment – Back, Sacrum and Neck Release, Reflexology, Alarm Points)
Liver & Gall Bladder Meridians, Point Technique and Ergonomics, Facial Analysis, Tongue Analysis, Analytic Outline, Organ Release 1
Conception & Governing Vessels, Source & Lo Points 2, Back Sacrum & Neck Release 3, Treatment, Acute Care Protocols, Organ Release 2, Treatment Demonstration, Treatment
Overview of Extra Meridians, Wei Mai Vessel, Basic Acupressure Lymphatic Release 1, Qiao Mai Vessel, Point Technique, TX Demonstration, Full TX with Basic ALR
Penetrating & Belt Channels, Working with State 4, IA Cranial Release 1, General Treatment Review and Full TX with Basic Cranial Release
Tuning Forks, Command Points, Pulse Analysis 3, Five Elements and Analysis, Energetics Treatment, Activating and Directing the Immune System, Advanced ALR 1
Extra Meridians and Hormonal Control, Knee & Foot Release and Alignment, Structure Treatment, IA Cranial Release 2
Eight Principles, Fundamental Substances, Pulse Analysis 2, Back Sacrum & Neck Release 3 – Working with Scoliosis, Chronic Back Issues, Disc Issues, Sacroiliac Issues, Neck Mobility Issues.
Acute Imbalance Treatment, Acupressure Lymphatic Release 3 – Breast, Extremities, and Cranial Release, Shoulder, Arm & Hand Treatment along with Overall Treatment
Client Dynamics 3, Organ Release 2 – kidney and liver, Cranial and Craniosacral Release 2, Disc Release
Review and Enhancement—Structure; Treatment, Source and Lo Points, Chakras, Diet
Working with State 4, Organ Release 2, Cranial and Craniosacral Release 3, Pelvis, Imposed Triangle, Requests
Working with State 5, Review and Enhancement—Energetics; Treatment
Practice, Questions, Refinements
Putting it Together—Evaluation and Treatment
Practitioner Training Program Application and Deposit
To apply for the program, complete the form below and then you will be redirected to a form for payment of the $250 deposit. Deposit is refundable up until 30 days before the start of the program.
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Use the contact form below to request further information or to set up a time to speak with Sam. If you have already submitted an application, Sam will be in touch.