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Acupressure for Optimal Pelvic Health - Remote Course - March 6-7, 2021 (SOLD OUT)

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Price: $450
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 12.5

Over the last several decades there has been a rising interest in complementary holistic medicine and Acupressure has come forth as an effective therapeutic modality for symptom management in Western healthcare. Acupressure is an Eastern treatment modality that combines massage and features of acupuncture dating almost 3000 years ago1. It’s a technique used to release blocked Qi by applying finger pressure to points on meridians2. It is considered a form of acupuncture in which fingers, thumbs, and elbows are used to stimulate the body’s acupuncture points3. It has also been described as a form of bodywork based on traditional Chinese meridian theory in which acupuncture points are pressed to stimulate the flow of energy or Qi4.

Acupressure is widely considered to be a noninvasive, low cost, and efficient complementary alternative medical approach to alleviate pain. The application of pressure to points located along the energy meridians of the body have been established and utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine6. These acupoints are thought to exert certain psychologic, neurologic, and immunologic effects to balance optimum physiologic and psychologic functions6.

This continuing education course is a two-day seminar that offers participants an evidence-based perspective on the application of Acupressure for evaluating and treating a host of pelvic health conditions including bowel, bladder and pelvic pain issues. The course explores a brief history of Acupressure, its roots in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and presents current evidence that supports the use of complementary and alternative medicine as an adjunct to western medicine. TCM concepts of Meridian theory and energy channels are presented with scientific evidence of Acupoints transmitting energy through interstitial connective tissue with potentially powerful integrative applications through multiple systems.

Lectures will present evidence on use of potent Acupressure points and combinations of points for treating a variety of pelvic health conditions including chronic pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea, constipation, digestive disturbances and urinary dysfunctions to name a few. Key acupoints for decreasing anxiety, stress and bringing the body back to a state of physiological balance are integrated throughout the course.

Participants will be instructed through live lecture and demonstrations on the anatomic location and mapping of acupressure points along five major meridians including the spleen, stomach, kidney, urinary bladder and gall bladder meridians. Key associated points in the pericardium, large intestine, small intestine, lung and liver meridians as well as the governing and conception vessels will also be introduced. The course offers a brief introduction to Yin yoga and explores Yin poses within each meridian to channelize energy through neurodynamic pathways to promote healing across multiple systems. Participants will learn how to create home programs and exercise sequences and will be able to integrate acupressure and Yin yoga into their orthopedic and pelvic health interventions.

Special Considerations and Lab materials
The labs for this course will involve external whole-body palpation and mapping of acupressure points. Please wear fitted t-shirt and leggings or yoga pants for acupressure point mapping. Participants should buy a pack of 1 inch diameter white circle stickers to be used in Labs for mapping acupressure points.

Participants are encouraged to use a Yoga mat if available and any other props they may have at home including yoga blocks, small blankets, towels and pillows to be used in the guided Yin Yoga Lab portion of the course.

Recommended resources: It is recommended that participants purchase an Acupressure Point Chart for ease of following the course work and labs in this course. Since the accuracy of points and content may vary on different charts, it is recommended to buy a copy at https://acupressure.com/products/acupressure-charts/

Target Audience:
This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and other rehabilitation professionals who use manual therapy as a treatment modality. Knowledge of acupressure points with specific anatomical landmarks will enable clinicians to add to their toolbox skills for treating a variety of pelvic health conditions related to the bowel, bladder and treatment of pelvic pain.

It is recommended that the participants have a working knowledge of the functional anatomy of pelvic floor muscles as well as various associated pelvic health conditions. Pelvic Floor 1 through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is strongly recommended.


1. Longhurst, JC. Defining Meridians: A Modern Basis of Understanding. J Acupuncture and Meridian Studies. 3 (2) 2010 67-74
2. Jonas WB. Mosby’s dictionary of complementary and alternative medicine. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby, 2005.
3. Kayne SB. Complementary therapies for pharmacists. London, UK: Pharmaceutical Press, 2002.
4. Yuan C-S, Bieber EJ, Bauer BA. Textbook of complementary and alternative medicine, 2nd ed. London, UK: Informa UK, 2006
5. Jason Jishun Hao, Michele Mittelman Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Jul; 3(4): Acupuncture: Past, Present, and Future
6. E. Monson, D. Arney, B. Benham, R. Bird, E. Elias, K. Linden, D. Waggy. Beyond pills: acupressure impact on self-rated pain and anxiety scores, J. Alternative Compl. Med. 25 (5) (2019) 517–52

Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course (1.25 Hours)

  1. Historical overview of Acupuncture
  2. Introduction of basic TCM concepts including Yin/Yang, 5 Elements of the Universe, Meridian theory
  3. Introduction to Meridians – pairing and direction of flow
  4. Emotions related to the Yin organs
  5. Application of Acupuncture – Evidence
  6. Introduction to Acupressure as part of complementary integrative medicine
  7. Applications of Acupressure – Evidence
  8. Acupressure points to avoid during pregnancy
  9. Western perspective of Eastern medicine- Meridians related to Fascial and connective tissue network
  10. Acupoints defined – Evidence
  11. Emerging evidence – Fascia redefined

Day One:

8:00 Introduction, goals and objectives
8:30 Basics of Acupressure practice and precautions. Review of acupressure points to avoid during pregnancy. Introduction to the Kidney meridian and mapping key points
9:15 Introduction to the Urinary bladder meridian and mapping key points. Acupressure points for bladder health
9:50 Break
10:00 Lab – Key points on the Kidney and Urinary bladder meridians
10:30 Lunch
11:00 Perineal acupressure points for constipation. Introduction to the Spleen meridian and mapping key points
11:30 Introduction to the Stomach meridian and mapping key points. Acupressure points for bowel health
12:00 Lab – Key points on the Spleen and Stomach meridians
12:35 Break
12:45 Introduction to the Large intestine, Small intestine and Gall bladder meridians. Acupressure points for hip and pelvic girdle
1:15 Acupressure for pelvic health – applying evidence
2:00 Questions / Wrap up
2:30 Adjourn

Day Two:

8:00 Review Day 1 / Questions
8:30 Acupressure points for self care- wellness approach
8:45 Lab – Mapping key acupressure points on the Pericardium, Kidney , Urinary bladder, Spleen and Stomach meridians
9:50 Break
10:00 Lab – Mapping key acupressure points on the Large intestine, Small intestine, Gall bladder, Lung and Liver meridians. Mapping key points on the Conception vessel and Governing vessel
10:30 Lunch
11:00 Introduction to Yin Yoga and core concepts of a Yin practice. Use of props in Yin yoga
11:30 Lab - Yin Yoga poses for Kidney and Urinary bladder meridians
12:35 Break
12:45 Lab - Yin Yoga poses for Stomach and Spleen meridians
1:30 Lab - Yin Yoga poses for Gall bladder meridian
2:00 Questions and discussion
2:30 Adjourn

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the anatomy and location of acupressure points individually and as part of the meridian channels and how these points affect the normal functioning of bowel, bladder and common pelvic health conditions. Participants will be able to understand the role of fascial and connective tissue network and the role of acupressure in neuromodulation of pelvic girdle musculature for optimal pelvic health.
  2. Recognize which acupoints can be helpful for anxiety, improving respiration mechanics and normalizing bowel and bladder function
  3. Assess and treat the hip and pelvic girdle utilizing specific acupressure pressure points
  4. Understand the Spleen, Stomach, Kidney and Bladder meridians and how opening these channels can help the flow of “qi” or the life-energy in the body to improve the functioning of the organs and abdominal, hip and pelvic girdle muscles
  5. Understand the concept of regional interdependence and connections between the bowel, bladder, abdominal, hip and pelvic floor muscles and use acupressure to normalize dysfunction across multiple systems
  6. Learn specific acupressure self-treatment programs that improve overall stress levels, bring calm and relaxation and downregulate the nervous system
  7. Develop an understanding of the basic principles of Yin Yoga and be able to sequence exercise progressions for stimulating acupressure points along specific meridian channels in the clinic and in-home programs
  8. Learn to integrate acupressure and Yin Yoga into traditional physical therapy with a hand-on approach and promote overall wellbeing of our patients

Attending a remote course is easy and safe, and you can do it entirely from the security and comfort of your own home or clinic without having to find a lab partner.


Important thing to note:

- Our policy for applying for continuing education credit for remote courses differs from that of our in-person and satellite lab courses. Read the specific language of the policy here. Depending on the state in which you practice, you may need to submit your own application to your state board or approving body should you wish that it be approved for continuing education credit in your state.

- To attend a remote Herman & Wallace course, registrants will need Zoom video conferencing software. This is a requirement. One can create an account and download the software to their computer at https://zoom.us/

- We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our remote course start and end times (this is not the case for in-person and satellite lab locations). Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.

- A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.

- Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses

Rachna Mehta PT, DPT, CIMT, OCS, PRPC, RYT 200

Rachna Mehta

Rachna Mehta PT, DPT, CIMT, OCS, PRPC, RYT 200 graduated from Columbia University, New York with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Rachna has been working in outpatient hospital and private practice settings for over 15 years with a dual focus on Orthopedics and Pelvic Health.  She was instrumental in starting one of the first Women’s Health Programs in an outpatient orthopedic clinic setting in Mercer county in New Jersey in 2009. She has authored articles on pelvic health for many publications. She is a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist through Great Lakes Seminars, is Board-certified in Orthopedics, is a certified Pelvic Rehab Practitioner and is also a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Rachna has trained in both Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga traditions and brings the essence of Yoga to her clinical practice. 

Rachna currently practices in an outpatient setting. The majority of her clinical orthopedic practice has focused on treating musculoskeletal, neurological, pre- and post-operative surgical conditions to name a few. She specializes in working with pelvic health patients who have bowel & bladder issues with high pelvic pain which sparked her interest in eastern holistic healing traditions and complementary medicine. She has spent many hours training in holistic healing workshops with teachers based worldwide. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a member of APTA’s Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.

Rachna also owns TeachPhysio, a PT education and management consulting company.  Her course Acupressure for Optimal Pelvic Health brings a unique evidence based approach and explores complementary medicine as a powerful tool for holistic management of the individual as a whole focusing on the physical, emotional and energy body.

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2021. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2020 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".