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“Acupressure may be an effective self-help tool for stress reduction and prevention of stress related disease. The protocol used was an adaptation of the SEVA/Stress Release protocol, based on Process Acupressure.® Findings suggest that SEVA/stress release can be viewed as a valuable self-help tool in the reduction of psychological stress and therefore, in prevention of disease.”

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Volume 17, Number 9, 2011, pp. 809–815, ª Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., DOI: 10.1089/acm.2010.0563 

Employee Use and Perceived Benefit of a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Wellness Clinic at a Major Military Hospital: Evaluation of a Pilot Program

Alaine D. Duncan, MAc, LAc, DiplAc, SEP,1,2 Janet M. Liechty, PhD, Lcsw,3 Cathy Miller, MSG (Ret), MM, LMT, ABT,4 Gail Chinoy, RNC, MSN,5 and Richard Ricciardi, PhD, NP, FAANP6


“Objectives: The objectives of this study were to examine the feasibility of a weekly on-site complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) wellness clinic for staff at a military hospital, and to describe employees’ perceptions of program effectiveness.

Setting: The study setting was the Restore & Renew! Wellness Clinic at a United States Department of Defense hospital.

Subjects: The subjects were hospital nurses, physicians, clinicians, support staff, and administrators.

Interventions: The walk-in wellness clinic was open 8:00 am–2:00 pm 1 day a week. Participants selected one or more modalities each visit: ear acupuncture, clinical acupressure, and Zero Balancing.

Conclusions: This evaluation suggests that a hospital-based wellness clinic based on CAM principles and modalities is feasible, well-utilized, and perceived by most participants to have positive health benefits related to stress reduction at work, improved mood and sleep, and lifestyle.”

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Letter of Recommendation from:  John C. Reed, MD, MDiv, Director of Inpatient Services, Center for Integrative Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine.

To Cathy Miller, SLI President & Program Director

Dear Ms. Miller,

As you know, I am the Medical Director for the inpatient Integrative Care Service at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Our team members have been providing service to patients in the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and throughout the main hospital in the medical, surgical, obstetric and pediatric services for a number of years. When I was brought on as medical director in 2013, I was very pleased to find that the nursing members of our team had been trained in clinical acupressure by your organization.

This treatment, using combinations of points derived from the classical Chinese medicine point patterns known as the “ strange flows” or “Extraordinary Vessels”, provides a practical way to achieve whole body relaxation and a balancing of physiologic stress patterns in the autonomic nervous system and by extension in the internal organs. Read the complete letter

Letter of Recommendation from:  Jim Brooks MD

I have been practicing Classical Five Element Acupuncture for the past 12 years and find it extremely helpful to my patients. Recently, during a training in Zero Balancing, my teacher told me about Aminah Raheem and Soul Lightening Acupressure.

Since I am also a Psychiatrist and therapist, the idea of Process Acupressure intrigued me greatly. It seemed like it would be the perfect course to take, as it integrates my knowledge of therapy, body work, and acupuncture. I recently took the Process Acupressure training with Cathy Miller in Maryland, after having taken the Clinical Acupressure training a few months earlier.

I had a great experience on the course. I had an opportunity to be both practitioner and “client”, as part of the training. I not only experienced Process Acupressure to be a profound method of healing as practitioner, but I also had some huge personal growth breakthroughs when I got to receive a session as a “client”. I got to experience first hand how our unconscious beliefs, impulses, and blocked emotions are stored in the body, and how they can be gently released and processed through this methodology.

This process simultaneously promotes greater flow of life energy and promotes greater overall balance in mind, body and spirit. I highly recommend this course to anyone in the healing professions who wishes to even further enhance the promotion of wholeness and light in themselves and in their clients.

Jim Brooks MD

From Soul Lightening Acupressure June 2012 Newsletter:
Outstanding Capstone Project Award for Acupressure Research

One of the requirements for completion of the Clinical Acupressure practitioner certification in Soul Lightening Acupressure is to write an article for publication about our work. We encourage people to write from the heart about their experience with our work, and then figure out how to distribute it into a community that they have a passion to serve. When Cynthia Salmond began her certification process two years ago her eyes lit up when she talked about this. She had the vision of doing research about Soul Lightening Acupressure at a major medical institution and using this to fulfill her requirement for certification.

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From Soul Lightening Acupressure August 2012 Newsletter:
Soul Lightening Acupressure: Part of Integrative Team for Historic Face Transplant

In March 2012, University of Maryland surgeons and staff completed the most extensive full face transplant in the world. The patient was 37-year-old Richard Norris of Virginia. Four of the nurses involved with his care were students and practitioners of Soul Lightening Acupressure. They are Donna Audia, Carol Joy Loeb, Trish Klein, and Cynthia Salmond.

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From Soul Lightening Acupressure August 2013 Newsletter
Acupressure in a hospital setting: Healing Presence, Healing Practice: Gathering Data at the Bedside
by Elizabeth Monson, CRNP

Beginning in 2012 a group of nurses in Corvallis, Oregon enrolled in the Healing Presence, Healing Practice program at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, under the direction of Elizabeth Monson, CRNP. They have been trained in several modalities including Reiki and Clinical Acupressure, and have begun utilizing these skills at the bedside.

Over a 4 week period of time these nurses recorded the effects of 40 treatments for telemetry and intensive care unit patients. They recorded objective and subjective responses including:

  • 78% of treatments resulted in symptom relief.
  • 35% noted increased relief or relaxation after treatments.
  • 33% of treatments resulted in unsolicited patient satisfaction.
  • 7 reports of patient suffering from anxiety being able to fall asleep without medications.
  • 3 reports of treatments assisting with early extubation.
  • 2 reports of treatments allowing for successful sedation vacations.
  • 1 report of possible early discharge attributed to treatment.

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Letter to Reiki Practitioners about Acupressure from Reiki Master Teacher Arline Rowden. She is a CA Certified Practitioner, PA Certification Candidate, Seva Stress Release and Acupressure for Anyone Teacher and SL Director of Certification and Membership Services.

Dear Reiki Practitioner:

As a fellow Reiki Practitioner, I’d like to share about my decision to add the complementary therapy, acupressure, to my practice. I’ll also share about the unique form of acupressure that I am studying. It’s taught by Soul Lightening International (SLI).

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Allied Organizations

American Holistic Nurses Association

American Massage Therapy Association

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals

Esalen Institute

International Alliance of Healthcare Educators

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The Upledger Institute

Zero Balancing Health Association

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