Process Acupressure (also known as Soul Lightening Acupressure) is a therapeutic, hands-on bodywork modality that uses traditional methods based in classical Chinese medicine, combined with contemporary techniques, to support the body's own balancing and healing processes at a deep, core level.
As humans beings, all of our parts are interconnected, so your body becomes a storehouse for all your life experiences—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. It often takes a multi-tiered approach to make lasting changes when you have a fundamental imbalance in one or more of these areas. Process Acupressure supports this process by bringing flow and awareness to the body's vital energies—which, in turn, are reflected in more balanced energy levels and emotions, improved health, increased vitality, and greater sense of clarity and purpose.
Process Acupressure provides a deeply nourishing state for letting go of tensions or blockages. This facilitates the natural self-healing process that exists within every person, promoting physical healing and mind-body integration. Sessions are relaxing and empowering, generally resulting in a unique, holistic state of peace, calm and vitality.
Process Acupressure is a gentle yet powerful form of bodywork that is effective for a wide range of physical conditions as well as general relaxation and stress relief. It is also an excellent resource for moving through emotional issues or trauma.
Among the many conditions that may be helped through Process Acupressure are:
- Back pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Circulatory problems
- Digestive problems (acid reflux, indigestion, etc.)
- Emotional issues
- Endocrine imbalance
- Eye problems
- Foot/ankle/leg conditions
- Heart conditions
- Immune conditions
- Kidney/adrenal problems
- Menstrual issues
- Muscle pain or tension
- Nervous system disorders
- Pain (arm, back, neck, shoulder, wrist, etc.)
- Sinus congestion
- Skin conditions
A typical Process Acupressure session takes about one hour. We first briefly discuss your current health, physical or other issues. During the rest of the session, you will relax fully clothed on a massage table while gentle pressure is applied to combinations of acupressure points. While some points may be tender, Process Acupressure is generally not painful.
You may experience sensations in corresponding areas of the body as energy pathways become unblocked and cleared. As the session progresses, most people enter a state of deep relaxation and grounding. Many clients report gaining awareness about key health or life issues, while at the same time experiencing an energetic release that is often accompanied by relief from physical symptoms that have been troubling them.
Soul Lightening Acupressure uses gentle touch at key points along the energy pathways of the body (called meridians) to release restrictions and rebalance energy flows in the body. The points serve as windows into the meridians and are accessed via a style of touch called "interface" that contacts both the structure and energy of the body at once. This facilitates connection, revitalization, and healing on a "whole-being" level.
In our fast-paced society we often lose sight of our need to rest, relax and recharge. You may not notice that something is out of balance in your body, mind or spirit until it manifests as pain or illness. Process Acupressure can help you achieve greater clarity about the current issues in your life -- allowing you to reconnect with yourself and return to a state of balance and ease.
I first experienced Process Acupressure in 1998, at a time when I was at a crossroads in my life and unsure of my direction and next steps. Regular sessions helped me clear some big physical, energetic andemotional blockages and get on a path that was aligned with what I can bestdescribe as my soul's purpose. It helped get me "out of my head" about my life and reconnect with my heart and body, to feel in harmony with myself inside and out. It was the most complete, powerful and revolutionaryform of bodywork I had ever experienced. I began training with Aminah Raheem, who developed Process Acupressure, in 1999, and have continued to study and train in both Process Acupressure and its clinical practice ever since. In 2010 I also became certified to teach the Seva Stress Release, a self-care acupressure practice that derives from Process Acupressure. I am currently one of only two certified Soul Lightening Acupressure practitioners in New York City, and I'm excited to introduce this powerful work to as many of my fellow New Yorkers as possible!
Click here to learn about the Seva Stress Release--acupressure for self-care.
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