Our Originator

Aminah Raheem, Ph.D. is the originator of Soul Lightening® Acupressure. She developed the holistic methods of Process Acupressure and Clinical Acupressure after more than 20 years of study in various psychologies (including Process Work) and hands-on body modalities, along with 40 years of spiritual practice.

This work began with her development of Process Acupressure, which works through the body’s energy systems to assist conscious development and the realization of soul purpose. She is also the originator of Clinical Acupressure which specializes in the dynamic, multi-dimensional aspects of the human energy system but does not incorporate psycho-spiritual processing skills.

Dr. Raheem is the author of Soul Return: Integrating Body, Psyche and Spirit, a book at the forefront of defining the relationship of body and soul, and Soul Lightning: Awakening Soul Consciousness, which charts an individual and global path for reaching soul consciousness. Through her writing, we find models we can apply to our own lives that demonstrate how to complete the past and create a new life, woven from the stuff of our own souls. Her stories confirm that we, too, have had “soul lightenings” that can lead to soul consciousness. This book helps us to move along more confidently on our own soul journeys.

Dr. Raheem has worked for over 30 years with body/soul coherence, as a transpersonal psychologist, bodyworker and teacher. As a master teacher of psycho-spiritual development, Dr. Raheem has taught holistic theory and practice to bodyworkers and psychotherapists throughout the world. She was adjunct faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology for 10 years, and her workshops can now be found at venues such as Esalen and the Upledger Institute.

In addition to earning her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, Dr. Raheem is also a Zero Balancer, Zero Balancing Teacher, and a Diplomate of Process Work. She is the Originator and Spiritual Director of Soul Lightening International.

Our Faculty

Hadas L Amiel, PT, LMT

Hadas's_smallHadas has been a Physical Therapist for twenty five years. She is an advanced certified Process and Clinical Acupressure practitioner and instructor with Soul Lightening® International, in addition to being a certified practitioner, instructor and faculty of Zero Balancing®. Hadas’s expertise also includes Cranio–Sacral Therapy and Integrative Manual Therapy. Her diverse traditional and non-traditional background has shaped her unique approach toward healing. In the past decade Hadas studied extensively with Dr. Aminah Raheem and Dr. Frtiz Smith, originators of Soul Lightening Acupressure and Zero Balancing. She finds these two innovative modalities to be complementary and  transformative for her students and clients. Hadas lives in Israel and teaches in Israel and the U.S.


Laurie Cahoon, L.Ac.

Laurie is an Advanced Certified Process Acupressure practitioner and instructor with Soul Lightening International. She has been a Holistic Health Practitioner for more than 25 years, and continues her practice as a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. She is also a certified practitioner of Zero Balancing. In addition to her extensive experience as a professional practitioner and instructor, Laurie leads women’s singing circles, and is a long time yoga devotee.

Leah Matalon , MA, CMA

Leah is an advanced level Process Acupressure instructor and mentor with Soul Lightening International. She was one of the charter teachers in the Soul Lightening Acupressure program, and has led workshops in Clinical Acupressure, Process Acupressure, Advanced Process Acupressure, Ancestral Healing, and Inner Child Healing. Leah is also a Certified Movement Therapist, teaches the Alexander Technique, and lead workshops for the Family Constellation work of Burt Hellinger. Her advanced training includes CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Fascial Moblization, Process Acupressure, Clinical Acupressure, and an Intensive Human Dissection Workshop. Leah has had a therapeutic bodywork practice in New York City since 1983, and Leah was among the group of instructors that created the Seva Stress Release after September 11, 2001, and was instrumental in training other practitioners to provide this service (Seva) to the rescue workers and the people of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11.

Cathy Miller, MM, BM, LMT, ABT (NCCAOM)

Cathy has many roles within the Soul Lightening International organization. She is a Process Acupressure and Clinical Acupressure instructor. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2005. She is President, a member of the Executive Board as well as the Program Director of SLI. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist with additional diplomas and certifications in Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM), Process Acupressure, and Clinical Acupressure (SLI). In addition to her busy teaching schedule, Cathy maintains a full private practice at Crossings: a center for the Healing Traditions in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has also previously served as an affiliated practitioner at the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland, and at the Center for Integrative Medicine in Easton, Maryland. Ongoing outreach programs include working with military service members and their families through the Healingworks Restore and Renew Wellness Clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC, and the Acupressure for Anyone world outreach program through Soul Lightening International.

Missy Grace Oleaga, LMT

Grace is an instructor of Clinical Acupressure through Soul Lightening Acupressure and maintains a busy private practice in Princeton, NJ. In addition to her Advanced Certification in Process Acupressure, she is a Reiki Master, an Integrated Energy Therapy Master Instructor, and has completed 6 levels of Tachyon Training Certification. She has served as an aquatic director and instructor, and was trained and certified by the YMCA. She is also a First Aid and CPR instructor. Her extensive training includes Neuro-muscular Therapy, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Bach Flower Essence Training, Touch for Health, and Zero Balancing.

Angelique Priscilla, PT, MA

Angelique Priscilla been studying Process Acupressure (now Soul Lightening Acupressure) with Dr. Aminah Raheem since 1993.  She is a certified advanced practitioner of Process Acupressure, and is a senior faculty member for the program, teaching since 2000. Angelique is a physical therapist with 33+ years experience.  She has been in private practice since 1992 in central VT. And specializes in integrative bodywork and manual therapy.  Her primary modalities include Soul Ligthening Acupressure, CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and energy work.

Alvina Quatrano, CMT

Alvina is an instructor of Clinical Acupressure through Soul Lightening Acupressure, and a Sampoorna Yoga instructor. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist in private practice since 1991 in New Jersey and Florida. In addition to her Advanced Certification in Process Acupressure and Clinical Acupressure, her extensive training includes Shiatsu, Reiki, Reflexology, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Trager, and a certification in Zero Balancing. Alvina is a member of the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators, the American Massage Therapy Association, the Zero Balancing Health Association, and Soul Lightening International.

Alvina teaches several one-day classes including The Immune Lymph Booster and The Women’s Health Protocol, and was in the first wave of teachers to use and to teach the SEVA Stress Release after 9/11. Together with Soul Lightening International she sponsors The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) which allows her to present Chakra Tai Chi at one of their monthly meetings and publish articles related to acupressure in the monthly newsletter.

Dawn Robins

Dawn is an instructor of Soul Lightening Acupressure and teaches workshops in Process Acupressure and Clinical Acupressure. Dawn became certified as a Process Acupressure practitioner in 1994, and has been deeply immersed in this program since then. She divides her time between teaching and practicing in England, teaching in Switzerland and traveling and teaching with Dr. Aminah Raheem in the US. She serves as a certification mentor for PA, Advanced PA, and CA certification students. In addition to her advanced certification in Process Acupressure and Clinical Acupressure, she is a certified Past Life Practitioner, and is a certified Reflexologist with the International Institute of Reflexology. Dawn is also a shamanic practitioner, and has worked with Dr. Raheem to develop workshops on Shamanic Process Acupressure.

Rev. Paul Sibcy

Paul Sibcy is a Soul Lightening Board member, was a member of Process Acupressure’s original faculty, and has been a PA practitioner and teacher for over 20 years. He is also a founder of Integrated Healing Arts (IHA), the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest and most comprehensive holistic health center; and founder of Pathways to Self Healing, a non-profit spiritual health organization that is the spiritual arm of IHA. A minister in the yoga tradition, Paul’s primary interest is in spiritual growth and healing, which is the reason he joined Aminah a generation ago. He considers Soul Lightening Acupressure to be the most profound tool for spiritual and holistic integration known today. Paul is on the Board of Directors and is the Spiritual Advisor for SLI.

Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA

Gina is a certified practitioner of Process Acupressure and Integrated Manual Therapy with a private practice in Holmdel, NJ. Until 2008 Gina served on the Board of Directors for Soul Lightening International as secretary and ad the Director of Certification. She also served as a member of the Steering Committee from 2006-2007. She is an experienced instructor of many modalities including Process Acupressure, CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic System, Myofascial Release, Aging and Longevity, and Stress Management. Her teaching career has taken her to a variety of settings including the Arthritis Foundation of New Jersey, the American Cancer Society, the Visiting Nurse Association of Trenton, NJ, Rutgers University at the Monmouth Medical Center, at AT&T and at the Baxter Health Care Corporation. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is currently authoring her first book about the “Heart of Healing.”

Arline Rowden, Reiki Master Teacher

Arline is a certified practitioner of Clinical Acupressure. She also teaches Seva Stress Release, Acupressure for Anyone and Clinical Acupressure 1: Basic Applications. Arline has been a SLI board member as Director of Certification since 2012 and serves on the steering committee. She has been self employed as a Reiki Master Teacher since 1990 with around 900 students in the midwest. She also teaches meditation, chakra, emotional nature and many other energy and spiritual classes. She has also been an avid student of the ageless wisdom traditions for many decades. Prior to starting her own business, Arline spent 26 years in the corporate world as a cost and budget analyst.

Anna Winzenreid

Anna is a gifted PA practitioner and instructor in Switzerland. She also serves as a PA and Advanced PA certification mentor.

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