About the Author – Resume

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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