Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1. History of acupressure, meridian and the five elements

  • 2

    Module 2. Health and safety and side effects of acupressure

    • Module 2. Health and safety and side effects of acupressure

    • Health and safety of acupuncture and acupressure

    • Health and safety questionnaire

  • 3

    Module 3 local, segmental and central effect of acupressure

    • Module 3. Central and segmental responce to acupressure

    • Local, segmental and central responce of acupuncture and acupressure

    • Module 3 assessment. Local, segmental and central response to acupressure and acupuncture

  • 4

    Module 4. Acupoints and principle of point selection

    • Module 4. Acupoints and principles of point selection

    • Meridian pathways

    • Principles of point selection and classification of acupoints

    • Meridians and point selection assessment

  • 5

    Module 5. How to locate acupoints and apply acupressure

    • Module 5. How to locate acupoints - measurement

    • How to locate acupoints

    • How to apply acupressure

    • How to apply acupressure

    • Module 5. assessment

  • 6

    Module 6. Introduction to myofascial trigger points

    • Module 6. Introduction to myofascial trigger points

    • Introduction to myofascial trigger points

    • Types of TrPs

    • Assessment and treatment of MTrPs

    • Myofascial trigger points Module assessment

  • 7

    Module 7. Reflective and main case study submission

    • Reflective case study template 1 and submission

    • Reflective case study template 2 and submission

    • Module 7. Case study guide

    • Main case Study Assessment Form

    • Main case study submission

  • 8

    Example case studies and reflective diaries

    • Spinal case study

    • Peripheral reflective case study

    • D F Reflective case study

What is acupressure?

Acupressure is believed to be the ‘Mother of Acupuncture’, in that it predates the use of needles to stimulate energy within the body. It is probably one of the oldest and most effective healing systems that can be practiced by a professional or a lay person. 

In acupuncture fine needles are used to stimulate acupuncture points whereas with acupressure acupoints are stimulated with either the thumb, finger or elbow. Because acupressure is non-invasive it can be practiced by qualified therapists or by untrained individual as a self-help method of treatment for the management of musculoskeletal, emotional and common ailments.

The acupressure course is designed specifically to meet the needs of busy individuals with an interest in acupressure for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, psychological disorders, pain management and general health issues. Traditional Chinese concepts are combines with a Western medical evidence-based understanding of acupoints. There is a strong emphasis on health and safety, acupressure techniques, contraindications and the importance in the selection of specific acupressure points and or myofascial trigger point in the management of common musculoskeletal and emotional conditions.

Who can do the course?                               

This course is ideal for anyone (complete beginners) who want to learn and practice acupressure on themselves, friends or family members. It is also suitable for qualified therapists who wish to add acupressure to extend their clinical scope of practice such as: massage therapists, sports therapists, physical therapists, nurses, midwifes, doctors, paramedics, etc.

Therapists who are practicing on patients must hold a current malpractice or professional liability insurance policy, which covers them for the use of acupressure. Therefore, prior to enrolling on the course check with your insurance company that you are covered for acupressure.


How long is the course?

There is no set time period for the course. You can work through the course at your own pace.

What will I learn? 

On completion of the acupressure course you will: 

  • Have knowledge of the history of acupuncture and acupressure.
  • Have knowledge of the indications and contra-indications of acupressure.
  • Have an understanding of myofascial pain and how to manage it with acupressure.
  • Have knowledge of how to apply acupressure techniques effectively for pain relief.
  • Have knowledge of how to locate commonly used acupressure points on the body for the management of back pain, neck and shoulder, knee pain, hip pain, headaches and much more.
  • Have a theoretical understanding of the history of acupuncture, acupressure, meridians,
and classical five-element theory. 
  • Have an understanding of local, segmental, central and physiological effect of acupuncture in pain management. 
  • Have an understanding of the meridians, their course, diagnosis and pathology relating to each meridian. 
  • Have an understanding of point selection in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. 
  • Have knowledge and understanding of how to practise in a safe and prudent manner, and to recognise emergency conditions and other circumstances that may necessitate referral to, or consultation with, their health care providers.

Principle tutor

Steve Bailey MSc, BSc (Hons), MChs, MCSP, PGCE 

Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, and Acupuncture Practitioner 

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Description automatically generatedSteve Bailey is the principal of Steve Bailey Acupuncture CPD Training and the managing director of Foot, Knee and Back clinic.  He is an active sportsman, and practicing Podiatrist, Sports Therapist, Acupuncture Practitioner and Physiotherapist. Steve started his career in the armed forces as a physical training instructor before training as a physiotherapist. Over the past 20 years he has treated, coached and trained various teams and individual athletes up to national and international standards, which includes member of the British Judo Squad, Nottingham Forest Football Club, Coventry City Football Club, Sheffield United Football Club, and Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Steve has completed a postgraduate certificate in education, MSc in lower limb biomechanics and an MSc in acupuncture and has been practicing and teaching both Western and Traditional Chinese acupuncture for over 15 years. He specialises in the treatment of sports injuries and utilise acupuncture to enhance sports performance in many of his patients. Steve has published a number of research articles concerning acupuncture in the management of musculoskeletal disorders and has spoken at a number of conferences on this subject. His first book “Dry needling and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture” was published August 2018.