Acupressure and Meridian Massage Techniques (CEU)

Enhance your treatments with simple acupressure and meridian massage. Earn continuing education credits.
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

Take your treatments to the next level

√ Apply easy techniques to relieve pain and tension

√ Learn powerful acupressure points to reduce stress and anxiety

√ Reduce muscle stiffness using meridians on the arms and legs

√ Learn points to relieve muscle cramps, headaches and low back pain

√ Easy point location with high-definition videos

√ Earn continuing education credits (including NCBTMB. See below)

This course is designed to provide you with techniques that can be applied to points and along meridians to enhance massage.

Learn points to reduce pain, manage stress and promote muscle relaxation. Learn how the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine can be applied to massage therapy.

Develop new skills to treat your most challenging cases

This course was originally developed for Massage Therapists but is also beneficial for Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, other health practitioners and those with an interest in TCM.

Continuing Education/Professional Development Approval:

Formally approved for continuing education credits by the associations listed below. The list is growing and will be updated as new approvals are granted.

  • 3 PD/A3 Cycle 10 continuing education credits with College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC)
  • 3 CEU's with National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Provider # 393
  • 3 primary credits with Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA)
  • 3 primary credits with Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM)
  • 1.5 category A CEUs with College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
  • 3 continuing education credits with New Brunswick Massotherapy Association (NBMA)
  • 3 continuing education credits with Remedial Massage Therapists Association (RMTA)
  • 1.5 primary CEUs with Massage Therapists' Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS)
  • 3 primary credits with Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS)
  • 5 CCP credits with Natural Health Practitioners of Canada Association (NHPC)
  • 1.5 category A CEU's with College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador (CMTNL)
  • 5 primary CE credits with Massage Therapists' and Wholistic Practitioners Association of the Maritimes (MTWPAM)

NOTE: Many professional associations do not have a list of approved courses but leave it up to the member to choose which courses they take to meet their continuing education requirements.

If your association is not listed and you are unsure of eligibility please contact your professional association. You can email us at if you need additional information on the course, instructor, certificate, content etc.

The course is structured as a series of short video lectures contained within eight sections. The entire course takes about three hours to complete and can be done all at once or over several days.

Make sure to press "HD" button on Udemy video player to watch in highest resolution.

Section one: Short introduction

Section two: Basic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). General introduction to TCM diagnosis, yin-yang theory and the concept of Qi. A basic understanding of TCM concepts will allow you to grasp the theory behind the practical applications and techniques you will learn in sections three and four.

Section three: Introduction to Meridian theory. Function, location, and pressure techniques for the TCM meridians that are most applicable to massage. A handout summarizing location, function and use of the meridians will be available to you.

Section four: Function, location and technique for eight acupressure points that are useful in massage. A handout summarizing the location, function and use of the points will be available to you.

Section five: Summary of what you have learned in the course. Sample case study reviewing how you can apply the techniques to your treatments.

Section six: Course handouts. You can print or download them.

Section seven: Short multiple choice quiz. Don't worry you can re-take it as many times as you like!

Section eight: Course evaluation form.

Upon completion of all video lectures please complete the short multiple choice quiz (section 7) and course evaluation form (section 8). You can re-take the quiz as many times as you like. Upon completion of the course evaluation form and quiz you will receive a 'certificate of completion.'

How to watch in 'HD' High Definition:

**To ensure clear video and optimal viewing, please make sure you are watching it in 'high definition'. When you hover your cursor over the video lecture, you will see a tiny icon (picture) at the bottom of the video lecture that says "HD." Click on the "HD" and make sure the quality setting is at 720p.

You can also view the video lectures in full screen by clicking on the four tiny arrows arranged in a square shape to the far right of the "HD" icon. When you hover your cursor over it, it will say "full screen". This will make the video enlarge to show on your entire computer screen**


What are the requirements?

  • An interest in acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Please note if you are a health practitioner, you may be able to use this course for continuing education requirements. See details above.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Acupressure points to relieve muscle tension, acute pain and stress
  • Location of acupressure points
  • Meridians to relieve musculo-skeletal pain
  • Location of meridians
  • Moving pressure techniques (massage along meridian)
  • Static pressure techniques (acupressure)
  • Useful acupressure points and techniques that you can incorporate into your treatments
  • Fundamentals of TCM theory

Who is the target audience?

  • Health practitioners and people with an interest in acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction

Welcome to your course! We wish you a wonderful learning experience.

Please begin watching the series of short video lectures. You can complete the course all in one go or you can complete it over several days. There are handouts for the course. They can be found towards the end of the course in Section 6. You can print or download them. 

Make sure to press the "HD" button on Udemy video player to watch in highest resolution. 

Enjoy the journey!

Section 2: Fundamentals of Meridian Therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine

In this module you will be introduced to the main concepts and foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A basic understanding of the concepts of TCM will enable you to better understand the theory behind the practical applications you will learn later in the course.

A lot of the terminology and concepts may seem foreign to you. It takes many years to understand the theories of TCM; our goal is to introduce some of the concepts to make you aware of the history behind the use of meridians and acupressure points. The first six lessons are an introduction to how TCM works and the reasoning behind the use of acupressure points and meridian therapy which you will learn in the latter half of the course. Be patient, it will all come together!

Note: The red lines on the acupuncture illustrations are where the meridians run "internal". In this course we are concerned with the external meridians.


There are many differences between eastern and western medicine; but some important similarities as well. It is useful to explore these differences, strengths and similarities to understand the importance of both in the role of healthcare.


Yin-yang theory is an important concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine. You will learn the basic foundation of the theory in this lesson and how it relates to the practice of TCM. Please note the first part of this lesson is audio only; the power point presentation starts automatically after the first couple minutes. Enjoy learning about this very ancient concept!


Qi is considered to be the energy and life force within all living beings. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on the cultivation and circulation of qi in the body and the health problems that arise from the imbalance of qi. This module explores the different types of qi and related imbalances that lead to health issues in the body. Qi is a concept and word that is used frequently in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This video will give you an idea of what it refers to and how the concept is applied.

Note: "Shen" is loosely translated as "spirit" or life force.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) identifies different 'causes' of disease in the body. These causes are can be related to external and internal factors such as diet, emotions and constitution.

This module explores the TCM elements of disease causation in the body and how such factors impact our health. In this lesson, you will hear the word 'organ' used a lot and the functions associated with that organ. Keep in mind that the word 'organ' in TCM refers to a concept and pattern of related functions/systems rather than an actual physical organ. Each organ has a related tissue, emotion, and set of symptoms associated with it. Often these patterns and functions are different that the functions associated with the western definition/role of the physical organ. This concept is very difficult to grasp and we certainly can't do it justice in such a short course, but it is important to be aware of it.

In TCM, each meridian is named after a certain organ. Pain along the meridian reflects imbalance in the physical, emotional and mental functions associated with the pattern attributed to that particular 'organ' in TCM. For example, when you hear the word 'kidney' referred to in TCM, it does not refer to the physical bean-shaped organ in the lower back; it refers to a set of symptoms and patterns associated with the meridian that is attributed to the TCM concept of the kidney. A mistake many people make is to hear that they have a TCM "kidney deficiency" and then assume there is something wrong with their actual kidneys! This is not the case. In TCM, a kidney deficiency can simply refer to the grouping of the following symptoms: fatigue, low back ache, weak knees, cold extremities and forgetfulness. As you can see, the concept of organs in TCM is much different than in western medicine. It is important to remember this as you listen to the lessons and concepts presented throughout the course.


Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is much different than western medicine. In TCM, diagnosis is based on careful observation of signs, symptoms and patterns in the body. The diagnostic terms and techniques used in TCM are based on thousands of years of history, practice and observation. This module is just a short overview of the basics of how TCM diagnosis is made. This module will give you an understanding behind some of the treatment principles of TCM but is not intended for you to practice. Please do not apply the concepts of TCM to diagnose patients; the information is presented to give you an idea of where the practical applications you will learn later in this course are derived from. The practical applications you will learn will include acupressure points and different physical pressure techniques that you can incorporate into your massage treatment. The practical techniques will focus on the musculoskeletal aspects of the points and meridians to stay within your scope of practice.


In this module you will be introduced to the concept and function of meridians. Meridians traverse the body, connect acupressure points and affect various functions, organs and systems. This lesson will explain how and why meridians can be used to treat certain health problems. In the next lesson, you will learn how to apply massage and pressure to these meridians to reduce pain, relieve tension and affect certain areas of the body.

Section 3: Meridian Therapy

You are now at the stage where you will learn the practical application of the TCM concepts you have been introduced to. In this lesson you will learn how pressure techniques can be applied to the meridians to enhance your massage therapy treatment.

Note: The red lines on the acupuncture illustrations are where the meridians run "internal". In this course we are concerned with the external pathway of the meridians.

Don't get overwhelmed by the location of the meridians. This is just an overview of the general area each meridian covers. In this course we will only be focusing on the external section of the meridian found on the distal extremities (i.e. below the elbows and below the knees). The handout in this section will outline the anatomical location of this portion of the meridians - which is what you can use in your treatments.

*Later in this course, under the Handouts Section you will also find one for each meridian we focused on showing a picture of the areas it traverses on the body. 

Section 4: Acupressure

In this lesson you will learn how acupressure can be incorporated into your massage therapy treatment to alleviate pain and tension and enhance the effects of your treatment.

Each meridian has an 'external' pathway and an 'internal' pathway. The internal pathways are shown in red on the diagrams presented. Internal pathways go deep into the body. Acupressure points are always located on the external pathways.

A summary of the location and function of the acupressure points that will be discussed throughout the next several videos is provided as a downloadable handout in this lesson (see below) and again in section 6.


Function and location of acupressure point LI4 is presented.


Function and location of acupressure point LV3 is presented.


Function and location of acupressure point KD3 is presented.


Function and location of acupressure point LI11 is presented.


Function and location of acupressure point SI3 is presented.


Function and location of acupressure point GB34 is presented.


Function and location of acupressure point PC6 is presented.


Function and location of acupressure point GV20 is presented.


In this video, we will review what we have learned about acupressure points and will focus on the use of acupressure points for the treatment of musculo-skeletal issues.

We will also introduce the use of ear massage for relaxation and promotion of overall health and wellness.

Please remember to download or print the acupressure handout for your reference. It summarizes the location and function of all of the points we have discussed. It can be found in Section 6.

Section 5: Summary and Case Study

In this lecture, we will review what you have learned and how can you use this knowledge for your own treatments. A case study will be presented demonstrating how the acupressure and meridian massage techniques can be applied.

Thank you for watching. We hope that you will be able to incorporate some of the acupressure techniques into your own practice. Please print the handouts and use them as a reference. The two handouts can be found in Section 6: Reference Material (if you haven't already printed or downloaded them).

Please complete the mandatory quiz and course evaluation form. Don't worry, it's only a short multiple choice quiz and you can re-take it as many times as you like. You can also re-watch any of the lectures whenever you like and as many times as you want. After completing the quiz AND course evaluation form, you will receive a 'certificate of completion.' If you are taking this course for continuing education credit and your professional association requires and additional information, please let us know and we will provide it to you.

Thank you for watching.

Section 6: Reference Material - Handouts
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There is 1 handout in this section. Please feel free to print or download it if you haven't already done so. It may come in handy as a reference tool.

There are 7 handouts in the next section (Lecture 22).

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Please feel free to print or download the handouts if you haven't already done so. There are 7 handouts in this section.

If you are interested in seeing more detailed illustrations of the meridians, you can visit the website 'Yin Yang House'. They are a good source for point location and meridian diagrams. Here is a link to the page where you can see illustrations of the meridians and points.

Section 7: Quiz (mandatory)
11 questions

Please complete this short multiple choice quiz. You must obtain 70% to pass. You can re-take the quiz as many times as you like and you can also go back to any of the lectures to review the material at any time. Upon successful completion of the course lectures, quiz and evaluation form you will receive a 'certificate of completion.'

Section 8: Course Evaluation (mandatory)

Please complete the course evaluation form. Upon successful completion of the quiz AND course evaluation form you will receive a 'certificate of completion' within 24 hours. Thank you for your feedback.

NOTE: The course evaluation form will open up in a new window. After you have submitted it you can return to your course by clicking back on the window that your course is open in.

Remember you can always access your course again through the course access link in the email that was originally sent to you or by logging back into the Udemy site.

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Instructor Biography

Jeffrey Chand, Etty Learning

Jeffrey Chand, RAc., Dipl. TCM is founding Director of Coastal Acupuncture & Wellness, a natural health clinic in Victoria BC. He is a licensed member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC (CTCMA). He is a Registered Acupuncturist in full time practice since 2000. Post graduation, he furthered his education and training through practical experience at a hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. He has a passion for health and teaches Qi Gong and continuing education courses for health professionals and the general public.

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