Bay Area Massage Therapy School’s Acupressure Institute Instructor, Tom Sherman, to Participate in AIDS/Lifecycle Ride to End AIDS

Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — The Acupressure Institute, a Bay Area massage therapy school that provides Acupressure training, is proud to announce that one of its instructors, Tom Sherman, will participate in the AIDS/Lifecycle Ride to End AIDS. From June 3 to June 9, Sherman will ride a bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The cause is close to the heart for both the Acupressure Institute and instructor Sherman, who is HIV-positive. Sherman teaches Skin Brushing, Chakra Applications and his signature class – Acupressure for HIV/AIDs. The Acupressure Institute has donated $50 in support of Sherman’s ride, and will donate an additional dollar for every new student who joins a class this month.

“With your help, I'll be putting money into two major California HIV/AIDS organizations to help continue their important work,” Sherman wrote in an open letter. “With funding for all safety net programs, including HIV/AIDS, in constant jeopardy, raising private funding is more important than ever. With 21 percent of the estimated 1.1 million Americans currently living with HIV undiagnosed, the future needs of this population group will be great. The AIDS crisis is far from over.

“The ride also expresses my gratitude for the health and vitality that allows me to take on this endurance athletic event at age 62. Hopefully my participation serves as a role model to those living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic, life-threatening illnesses. They, too, can manage their conditions and live in a high state of wellness. I hope my effort also inspires and motivates other elders to start, maintain or increase their exercise programs and be increasingly mindful of healthy nutrition and daily self-care.”

For more information about donating or about any of Acupressure Institute’s products or services, call 510-845-1059, view the massage therapy certification school on the Web at or 1533 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley.

About The Acupressure Institute

Since 1976, the Bay Area’s Acupressure Institute has offered comprehensive Acupressure trainings in traditional Asian Bodywork Therapy modalities, such as Chinese Meridian Massage (Tui Na) and Shiatsu Massage. The Acupressure Institute also teaches Ren Shen (Jin Shin in Japanese), "Compassionate Spirit,” a form of hands-on healing energy work. The Acupressure Institute has trained thousands of students from all around the world. Its trainings provide high-quality education supporting each student's educational goals in a setting that encourages communication, respect, confidentiality and safety for all.

Students are encouraged to visit the school in Berkeley and meet with a counselor to tailor an Acupressure massage training program to their individual needs and interests. The Acupressure Institute also offers Massage Therapy certifications, Nursing Continuing Education and Reiki training as part of its massage therapy school.


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