Best-Selling Author, Speaker & Producer
International Expert on Acupressure Therapy

Michael Reed Gach's Resume


  • 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)


  • 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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Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D. is the author of eight books. He founded the Acupressure Institute in 1976 and directed it for 33 years. During this time he taught over 100,000 people. When the school closed in 2008, Michael created three exciting online Acupressure Training Programs:


Gach’s books, CDs & Instructional Videotapes have sold over a half-million copies bringing hands-on healing to thousands. Michael is the author of the best selling book Acupressure’s Potent Points (Bantam Books), Acu-Yoga, Bum Back Book, Greater Energy, Acupressure Pain Relief, Acupressure for Lovers, and Acupressure for Emotional Healing (Bantam Books).

MEDIA: Michael Gach has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows. He has produced over forty instructional booklets, audiotapes and videotapes available and featured on – the most comprehensive website on Acupressure.

ACU-YOGA: Michael is the originator of Acu-Yoga, a self-healing system of exercises that integrates the knowledge of two ancient methods of health maintenance, Acupressure and Yoga. Increased effectiveness results from combining these two powerful forms of holistic healing.

EDUCATION: Gach received a B.A. degree from Immaculate Heart College in Social Relations & a Ph.D. from Columbia Pacific University in Health & Human Services.

TRAINING: Michael also received advanced acupressure training from Ron & Iona Teeguarden, Traditional Chinese Medicine from Frank Chung, and training in Zen Shiatsu from Japanese Zen Priest Reuho Yamada. He took the 3HO Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training from Gurucharan Singh Khalsa.

Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., is an excellent, inspiring teacher who combines a friendly, warm, accessible teaching style with precise technical skill. Through his fifty years of experience, his groundbreaking self-treatment techniques have brought pain relief and healing to thousands of people.