Founders and Gurus of Acupressure


Acupressure is an ancient therapy. It was mainly discovered in China about 5000 years back. They came to know about pressing or putting specific amount of pressure on the painful area or to some other points of the body that are not directly connected to the body. After some time they knew about the pressure points that were helpful in alleviation of pain and also helped in healing. This therapy was used by the soldiers of China. They noticed the wounds that were not easy to heal, vanished after this treatment. This treatment influenced the internal organs of the body works. Chinese physicians have found a way of treatment by striking or piercing some special points, which gave relief to the people. The art and science of acupressure and acupuncture was well developed during this time. There were some specialists in this field, who were able to know about the specific pressure points that were to be pressed, for a specific duration to heal different types of diseases or pains.

Chinese people practiced it for many years in order to keep them happy and healthy.

After few years, many other places in the world, this therapy became popular like in India, Japan etc.

Gurus of Acupressure

One of the biggest institutes of acupressure is Acupressure Institute in California. Since 1976, this institute has been dedicated to impart training on Acupressure, particularly on Traditional Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) such as Chinese Meridian Massage (Tui Na) and Shiatsu massage.

Michael Reed Gach

Michael Reed GachHe founded the Acupressure Institute in 1976. He is a graduate degree holder of Health & Human Services from Immaculate Heart College in Social Relations and Columbia Pacific University. He has taken extensive training in point location from Frank Chung, L.Ac., O.M.D., Zen Shiatsu from Reuho Yamada (Japanese Zen priest), Jin Shin Acupressure from Ron and Iona Teeguarden and Yoga of Awareness from the 3HO Foundation.
He has been practicing Acupressure from the last 30 years. He dedicated his life to share his knowledge on Acupressure and so far trained over 100,000 people. He has published many books on Acupressure like Acu-Yoga, Arthritis Relief at Your Fingertips, Greater Energy at Your Fingertips, The Bum Back Book, Acupressure for Lovers, Acupressure’s Potent Points and Acupressure for Emotional Healing. He has presented Acupressure through many instructional self-healing audio, video tapes, CDs and DVDs.

Joseph Carter B.S.

Joseph Carter He is the current Director of Acupressure Institute. He is a graduate degree holder in Conservation of Natural Resources from U.C. Berkeley. Joseph is a Licensed Acupuncturist.
His private practice is in the area of gynecology and immunology at Marin County and the East Bay. He is also a faculty member of Academy for Guided Imagery.

Kathleen Davis

Kathleen Davis Kathleen has done her graduation from Mills College. She attended extensive 850 hour- Advanced Acupressure Teacher Training Program from Acupressure Institute. She has learnt qi gong with Vajrayana Master Zi Sheng Wang.
From Mary Burmeister, she has learnt Jin Shin Jyutsu. Apart from this, she has her private practice in Chinese Tui Na Massage combined with Jin Shin Jyutsu. She is acting as a core faculty member of Acupressure Institute.

Brian O'Dea

Brian O' Dea Brian is expert in Martial Arts, meditation, and health care. He is practicing it for the last 40 years. He has done his graduation from the Acupressure Institute and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences.
He practices Jin Shin Jyutsu with Mary Burmeister and Patricia Meador and Qi Gong with Simu Ou Yang Min. Brian also has extensive knowledge in Yang style Tai Chi Chuan with Prof. Cheng Man Ching and Aikido with Lou Kleinsmith. He is doing his private practice in Oakland and his practice includes Jin Shin Jyutsu, Tui Na Massage, and Acupuncture.

Alice Hiatt

Alice Hiatt Alice has extensive knowledge in Touch for Health and Esalen Massage. She is one the most important core faculty members of Acupressure Institute. She is taking 20 different classes in Acupressure.
She particularly puts her emphasis on the emotional aspects of health and disease. She is a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years. She has her private practice in Berkeley.

Katie Carrin

Katie Carrin Katie finished her 850-hour Acupressure Therapy Program from Acupressure Institute. She got her certificate in Traditional Thai Massage from the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand in the year 1995.
She has certification in Ashiatsu Teaching from master teacher Edward Spencer. She has her private practice along with her work as a co-author for instructional text on Northern Style Thai Massage.

Jason Frye

Jason Frye  Jason Frye studied Tui Na and Acupressure along with Tai Chi and Qigong with Brian O’Dea and Kathleen Davis in the year 1998.
He got his certification in Jin Shin Jyutsu. He combines Jin Shin Jyutsu with Tui Na and Medical Qigong in his every session.

Kaleo Ching

Kaleo Ching Kaleo is a certified acupressure massage therapist from Acupressure Institute. To know more of his work, visit his site

Traditional Thai Medicine- history through the present
Thai AcupressureMedical massage is practiced in Thailand since the Sukhotai era (1240 to 1320).
Throughout Thai history, the ruling Royal caste made an effort to collect, record, and store medical knowledge, and a mainstream body of knowledge was created. Medical knowledge had originally passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, but since the Sukhotai era, it was preserved also in stone inscriptions, on palm leaves, and by other means. In 1836 over 1,000 formulas and the knowledge and theory of traditional medicine regarding the origin of diseases and their treatments were gathered and inscribed on marble tablets and placed on the walls of Wat Po and Wat Raja Oros. The marble tablet inscriptions also included the principle of Thai traditional massage with explanations of the symptoms or diseases each massage spot could heal. In the carvings are 60 diagrams of the body. Twenty of them explain the energy lines and the four elements of earth, water, wind and fire; the other 40 describe the effect of the therapy points. Many of these points are used for the treatment of orthopedic disorders, but many others are aimed at treating internal disorders. Treatment of internal disorders with the use of these points is an advanced practice involving a deep knowledge in the theory of Thai traditional medicine.