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Process Acupressure

Process Acupressure (PA) is a body/mind/soul modality that works with the whole person to further health, well-being and soul-centered development.  It is based on the idea that the body, mind and soul are fundamentally linked—and that the state of one has an effect on the state of the others.


The Chinese mapped out energy pathways (meridians) throughout the body around 3,000 years ago. Similarly, the ancient Indians defined the energy centers (chakras) of the body.


Process Acupressure uses this ancient knowledge combined with contemporary psychospiritual understanding, to promote health and self-responsibility. Typically, a PA session takes from 1 to 1-1/2 hours.  During this time you lie, fully clothed, on a bodywork table while the practitioner applies gentle pressure to your acupoints.  Pressure on specific combinations of acupoints helps open and balance energy pathways that have been restricted.


Process Acupressure also helps promote better health and renewed energy by actively involving you in your own healing and growth processes.  It teaches you to become more aware of your body and your “process”—that is, your particular history, style and patterns of thinking, feeling, behavior, health and illness.  It teaches you how to respect and follow this process as your own unique path to health and growth.  You will more readily recognize the subtle things you do to foster, or suppress, the natural growth process. You can learn new ways to help yourself and how to change those patterns that are not working.


Process Acupressure can address many common physical symptoms, including back problems, headaches, respiratory, digestive and systemic problems, as well as allergies and healing from injuries.


Through many years of research, over 100 specific acupressure protocols were developed to provide therapy for all parts of the body and many specific conditions.  PA is especially helpful with stress-related conditions, including post-traumatic stress.


For a long time, bodywork and psychology offered two very distinct approaches to the person.  Recent advances in psychology, medicine and bodywork are finally closing the gap between the body, psyche and soul.  Process Acupressure bridges psychology and bodywork in a unique way.


Process Acupressure was developed by Aminah Raheem, Ph.D., a transpersonal psychologist, Zero Balancing teacher and author.  Dr. Raheem combined the unique touch of Zero Balancing and traditional acupressure with various psycho-spiritual process skills, including principles from Arnold Mindell’s work.


( text primarily excerpted from www.soullightening.com )



Carol Burke's human and animal acupuncture practice conveniently serves Annapolis, Edgewater, Severna Park, Pasadena, Odenton, Millersville, Arnold, Davidsonville, Gambrills, Crownsville, Harwood, Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County; Laurel, Beltsville, College Park, Greenbelt, Glen Dale, and Bowie in Prince George's County; Catonsville in Baltimore County; Ellicott City, Columbia, Elkridge in Howard County; Stevensville, Grasonville, in Queen Anne's County. Easton, Saint Michaels, in Talbot County; and Baltimore City. Animal acupuncture includes dog acupuncture and horse acupuncture.

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