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Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.

Internationally Recognized Acupressure Expert

Author, Publisher, Producer, Educator, Speaker
Acupressure Institute Founder (1976)
www.acupressure.com
gach@acupressure.com


    Education:

  • Columbia Pacific University, San Rafael, CA. Ph.D. in Health Sciences. Advisor: Jonathan Shore, M.D. (1987 - 1994)
  • Community College Teaching Credential (1980)
  • Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, CA. B.A. in Social Relations; Elementary Teaching Credential, partial fulfillment. (1975)

    Authorship
  • Acupressure for Lovers, Bantam Book, 1997
  • Acupressure's Potent Points, Bantam Books, 1991 (Best seller, over 350,000 copies sold)
  • Acupressure for Emotional Healing, Bantam Books, 2005
  • Arthritis Relief at Your Fingertips (hardcover) Warner Books, 1989
  • Greater Energy at Your Fingertips: Celestial Arts, 1987
  • The Bum Back Book, Celestial Arts (4th Printing; German Translation) 1985
  • Acu-Yoga: The Acupressure Stress Management Book (26nd Printing; Translated into several languages Spanish, German, etc. Japan Publications, Harper & Row, Distributor, 1981


    Teaching Experience:
  • Acupressure Institute (Founder & Director) Berkeley, CA (1976 - 2009) Core Faculty Instructor for 12 courses From 2008-on, Gach teaches quarterly, approximately 50 to 60 days per year


  • Colleges & Universities: [Location / Course Names / Year / Length of Course]
    Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, Fundamentals of Acupressure, 1978, Weekend John F. Kennedy University, CA, Fundaments & Basic Acupressure Courses, 1983 ? 1987,
        Weekend Workshops and Weekly Semester Courses
    Marin College, CA, Releasing Shoulder & Neck Tension, 1979, Evening Presentation San Francisco State University, S.F., Eastern Perspectives of Healing, 1982-1989, 2003,
        Evening Presentations
    San Jose State University, CA, Releasing Shoulder & Neck Tension, 1981,
        Evening Presentation
    Stanford University, CA, Health Fair Guest Speaker on Acupressure University of California, Berkeley, Releasing Shoulder & Neck Tension, Acupressure:
        Discover the Benefits, 1984 - 1989, 1991 - 1997, Evening Presentations
    University of California, Los Angeles, American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
        National Conference, 1997, Weekend
    California Institute of Integral Studies CIIS, CA, Lifelong Learning Program, 2002 - 2003,
        Weekend Workshop Series


  • Hospital & Clinics (guest teaching):
    Dr. Gach has taught over 3,000 nurses and health professionals for continuing education credit at major Northern California hospitals, including:
      Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley 1982 - 1988, Releasing Shoulder & Neck Tension Children?s Hospital, Oakland, 1983 - 1987, Releasing Shoulder & Neck Tension,
          CEU One-Day Presentations
      Kaiser Hospital, Oakland, Department of Health Education, 1985 - 1991,
          Acupressure for Common Complaints, 4-hour classes


  • Associations, Centers and Institutes (guest teaching)
    Gach has presented a wide range of courses to hundreds of groups, including:

    • American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA), 1981
    • Acupressure Institute 1976 - 2007
    • American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), 1982, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1997 - 2001.
    • Department of Rehabilitation, San Francisco, 1985 (Presentations for the blind)
    • Emergency Nurses? Association, Berkeley, 1985
    • Institute of Noetic Sciences, San Francisco, 1986
    • San Andreas Health Council, Palo Alto, 1987
    • Atlanta School of Massage, 1990 - 1995 Acupressure Trainings (150 hours each)
    • Honolulu School of Massage, 1992 - 1996 Acupressure Trainings (150 hours each)
    • Pittsburgh School of Massage, 1988, 1992, 2002, Weekend Workshops for CEUs
    • Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck, NY, 1997 Acu-Yoga Workshop
    • Kripalu Yoga Retreat Center, Lenox, MA, 2001 - 2003, Acu-Yoga Workshops
    • Yogaville Retreat Center in VA 2005 - 2008
    • AMTA Silicon Valley Chapter, Linda Bertaut, President
          Reference: 408-984-6363


  • Corporate Consultations
    • Panasonic Massage Chair (NJ, NV, Japan) 2003 – 2006
    • Bayer Aspirin Corporation 2005


  • Professional Affiliations. Awards and Honors (1976 - 2007)
    • AOBTA Counsel of Schools & Programs
    • Bureau of Private Postsecondary & Vocational
    • American Shiatsu Association Lifetime member award




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