Citrus Heights, CA, January 9, 2009 – Healing Arts Institute is paving the way in massage therapy training by offering a brand new animal wellness program directed to all animal lovers – from lay people to animal professionals.

The Animal Acupressure Certification program is comprised of a series of classes that delve into the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine, such as Tui Na and Jin Shin Jyutsu. Other therapies, such as Craniosacral, Flower Essences and Animal Communication are also a part of the program.

The classes have been designed to allow the student to begin at any time of the year. Classes can be taken individually for credit; or, the 100-hour certification program can be completed in as little as six months.  Each class in the series is offered twice yearly, and participants can enter the program at any time.

Tom Wilson, PhD, is the core instructor of the program. Wilson is the director of the Animal Acupressure Training Academy in Nevada City, CA. “This program is ideal for all animal lovers and their guardians who wish to deepen their knowledge of and ability to work with animals through the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine.”

For additional information on the Animal Acupressure Certification program, contact Tamara Samsa, Associate Director, or refer to the ‘Advanced Classes’ section on

Healing Arts Institute is the oldest massage therapy training school in the Sacramento area. Entering its 20th year of operation, the school has graduated hundreds of individuals through its certification programs. It also offers the largest number of continuing education classes for massage therapy professionals.  Their programs are approved by the California Post-Secondary Bureau for Private Education and by the Board of Registered Nursing for continuing education for RNs.