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FAQs about

Integrating Chinese Medicine into Massage Therapy

Acupressure for Common Complaints, Meridian Theory and Acupressure, T'ui Na Chinese Meridian Massage, Chinese Five Elements 

Theory and Acupressure, Table Shiatsu, and Balancing the Nervous System with Aroma Acutouch Therapy and Herbs

Frequently Asked Questions

What Covid safety precautions will be taken at in-person classes?  

We require that students at in-person classes are fully vaccinated. 

What if I miss a class? How do I make it up?

All online classes are recorded. If you are in either the in-person or the online-hybrid training track, you will have access to the recordings of the online classes to make up any missed classes in Basic Acupressure, Meridians Acupressure and Balancing the Nervous System for NO additional charge.  In-person classes in T'ui Na or Shiatsu can be made-up during the next scheduled in-person offering of that material, for NO additional charge. 

Or private lessons in T'ui Na or Shiatsu can be scheduled for an additional fee.

Do I have to be a certified or licensed massage therapist to enroll?

All of the six classes included in Integrating Chinese Medicine into Massage Therapy include hands-on work. You must be licensed to touch people in order to participate. Massage therapists are eligible to receive continuing education units, accredited by the National Certification in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (including NY sponsorship).

What supplies do I need to participate in the program?

You will need one book, Michael Gach's Acupressure's Potent Points, and one booklet, Intermediate & Advanced Acupressure, both available at this website store.  You will also need a set of 30 essential oils, also available at this website's store. The oils can be purchased over time to divide the total cost into 3 or 4 payments.  Open Pathways sells books and oils to students for 10% off the suggested retail price.

Is there housing provided for either the weekend or 1-week classes?

No, there are however several Air B'n'B or VRBO options in Cotati, California. We recommend that you stay within walking distance of downtown Cotati, so you can easily access our classes, restaurants and groceries. You are financially responsible for your travel, housing and meal costs. 

Into which airport should I fly?

The small airport in Santa Rosa, California is the closest, only 20 minutes away from downtown Cotati. There are flights from several US cities, especially those on the West Coast, directly into Santa Rosa everyday. The San Francisco and Oakland airports are much larger, and are both about 75 minutes away. There is bus transportation from both San Francisco and Oakland airports on Sonoma County Airport Express.

Are there payment plans available for the this program?

Yes, there are 12-month and 15-month payment plan options available to you when you enroll for either the in-person or the online-hybrid program.

For how long will I have access to the digital teaching materials, diagrams, handouts and videos?

All of the program teaching materials are available to both the online and in-person program students on a digital teaching platform, www.OpenPathways.Teachable.  In Teachable, you will have unlimited access to lecture notes and handouts, acupressure point and sequence diagrams, video lessons, and class recordings, which you can listen to as many times as you want or need.  There is no time limit on your access to these materials.

Can I enroll in 1 class at a time, rather than the entire program consisting of 6 classes?

The program is carefully designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of Chinese Medicine principles that can be utilized in massage therapy. Each class is like one piece of the Chinese Medicinal puzzle; when taken together, they create a comprehensive roadmap to Integrative Health Care. There is a significant financial savings when enrolling in all 6 classes bundles into one program. They are steeply discounted from the price of each stand-alone class.

IN-PERSON Program Registration

ONLINE-HYBRID Program Registration