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Acupressure is based on the concept of life energy (also known as Chi or Qi), which flows through the body along pathways known as meridians. The belief is that many of the discomforts or even diseases that we suffer with are a result of blockages occurring in these meridians, causing a negative effect to the flow of our life energy. Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique that identifies specific points on the body (known as acupoints) where the flow of our life force is being hindered and, rather than using needles as acupuncture does, uses precise finger placement to apply pressure to these areas to unblock the pathway, freeing up the flow of life force and relieving symptoms.
It is particularly effective in the relief of stress-related ailments and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. It releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality and can be applied to the self, as well as others.
Studying the Acupressure Diploma Course, you will learn exactly what this ancient practice is and the how it works, the theories behind it, what the different types of acupressure are, common ailments that can be helped with the treatment, and the precautions you should take when applying acupressure.
The problem many people have when contemplating an Eastern alternative medicine, such as acupressure, is that they compare it with Western medicine, but the two are so different they become incomparable. The Acupressure Diploma Course highlights the differences between the philosophies and practices of the two approaches and presents the benefits of merging the two. You’ll also learn about one of the cornerstones of traditional Chinese medicine, the Five Elements Framework, and how this knowledge it important when practicing acupressure.
Combining theory with technique, the Acupressure Diploma Course gives comprehensive guidance in the techniques and treatments used in acupressure. This includes detailed explanations of the meridian system and the human energy field, which are fully illustrated to ensure understanding.
There are over 400 acupressure points on the body. For those new to acupressure this could seem like a dauntingly large number but most practitioners start off by gaining a deep familiarity with far fewer and learn about more as they gain experience. To start you off, this course introduces you to the 10 most effective points on the body – showing you where to find them and how to use each.
When starting a practice, it can be confusing to know where to begin, especially working in a one-to-one role, such as in acupressure. To ease this pressure and give confidence to both yourself and your clients, the Acupressure Diploma Course walks you through how to run an acupressure session. You’ll learn how to prepare you client for treatment, run through an effective consultation to ensure the correct treatment is given, understand what the client will be expecting of you, and the steps you should take to provide a seamless and effective treatment experience.
Furthering your confidence in acupuncture as an effectual treatment for various conditions, the course provides case studies from professional acupressure institutes. As well as boosting confidence, these real-world examples increase understanding of how you may conduct client sessions, including the observations you would make and how you might create or alter treatment plans depending on how the client responds.
Before you start taking on clients, it is important to be familiar with the regulatory bodies in your country. In the UK, while there is no overall governing body there are several professional bodies and associations who you can register with. This course talks you through the benefits of joining a professional association – giving examples of organisations in the UK.
Armed with the information gained in this course, you may feel ready to start your own business. The Acupressure Diploma Course talks you through the various processes you need to be aware of and considerations you need to take when starting up. You’ll also learn about some of the pitfalls to avoid and how to obtain clients and grow your business through marketing and considered business decisions.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
The Acupressure Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.
Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.
This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.
Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.
This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.
Training Course Content
Module 1 - Introduction to Acupressure
Module 2 - Acupressure and its Uses
Module 3 - Regulatory Bodies for Acupressure in the United Kingdom
Module 4 - Eastern and Western Approach to Health
Module 5 The Five Elements Theory
Module 6 Acupressure Techniques, Treatments and Therapeutic Areas
Module 7 Common Acupressure Points and Their Uses
Module 8 How to Run an Acupressure Session
Module 9 Acupressure for Self-Treatment
Module 10 - Starting and Running your Acupressure Specialist Business
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