Seva Acupressure for Self-Care at Abilities Expos San Mateo, California and DC Metro Area


If you live near San Francisco or the DC metro area you won’t want to miss the upcoming FREE Abilities Expos in San Mateo, California (October 27-29, 2017) and the DC Metro area (December 1-3, 2017). Expo attendees will have the opportunity to meet courageous, inspiring individuals who have transformed their lives and the word disabilities.

Come by the Soul Lightening International booth and experience a free 15-minute Seva Acupressure for Stress Release session. This protocol was initially used at Ground Zero after the events of 9/11, and then used with students at Towson State University and with veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center. In 2012, the University of Maryland Medical Center, in conjunction with the Center for Integrative Care, used Seva acupressure with Richard Norris, the recipient of the first full facial transplant performed there. Using Seva acupressure before, during, and after surgery promoted enhanced relaxation and pain relief for Richard.

I’m also looking forward to teaching the Seva for Self-Care program from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm, at Caregivers Day at the Expos on Sunday, sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Take this program home with you to promote enhanced body-mind balance and harmony through self-care.

Fall is a great time to release old patterns and ways of being that no longer serve. Seva Acupressure for Self-Care is a simple, efficient way to bring body-mind self-awareness to this process to support letting go. I look forward to sharing this program on the west and east coasts, especially before the hectic holiday season when self-care helps to reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, and boost resilience.

Stop by and say hello if you or friends and family are near the upcoming Expos!












Cancer Thriving and Surviving Workshop, Lakewood, NJ, Sept.18-Oct. 23, 2017


My family has been blessed with two long-term breast cancer survivors, my mother and my older sister. Walking this journey with them taught me a great deal about courage, patience, faith, trust, and healing. My sister and I were pleased to meet Dr. Bernie Siegel, surgeon oncologist from New Haven, Connecticut, at a workshop. His insightful words remain with me to this day: “Cancer is a word not a sentence…..People are like tea bags. We don’t know how strong we are until we are in hot water.”

As part of my decision to pay it forward, I am grateful to be co-leading the FREE 6-week CANCER: THRIVING AND SURVIVING WORKSHOP, presented through the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed and researched at Stanford University.  It is sponsored by the Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance and is being held at the Cancer Support Community, 199 Prospect Street, Lakewood, NJ, on Mondays, September 18 through October 23, 2017, from 9:30 am – 12 noon. Registration is required (see below). This center is located at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus.

During this workshop you will learn how you can take a step forward to becoming a positive self-manager of your health. Topics will include:

  • developing techniques for dealing with frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, sleep, and living with uncertainty
  • learning appropriate exercise, regaining and maintaining flexibility and endurance
  • making decisions about treatment and complementary therapies
  • communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • nutrition, setting priorities, and relationships

Participants will receive a FREE companion 225 page workbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, and a FREE CD, Mind-Body Meditations

For additional information and TO REGISTER CALL:  732-923-6090

Thank you for passing this information along to anyone you know who might benefit.






Upcoming 2017 Abilities Expos



You won’t want to miss the upcoming FREE Abilities Expo experiences being held in Boston, Massachusetts (September 8-10), San Mateo, California (October 27-29), and the DC Metro Area (December 1-3). Attend informative workshops, discover resources for travel, home, accessibility, emergency preparedness, money skills, chronic pain, emerging therapies, bionics, latest products, dance and adaptive sports events, service animals, daily living aides, and more.

Soul Lightening Acupressure colleagues and I are excited to be providing FREE 15 minute Seva Acupressure for Stress Release sessions at our Expo booth on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at these Expos. A list of local practitioners and teachers will be provided for participants who want to follow-up with their Seva experiences at the Expos. You can also learn how to use the Seva Acupressure for Stress Release program on Sundays at Expo Caregiver Days, where I will be teaching this program from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm in the Workshop Area. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, sponsor of the Caregiver Days, will provide FREE Seva CDs to all workshop participants, so they can continue practicing the Seva Acupressure program at home after the workshop.

Abilities Expo Hours: Friday 11 am – 5 pm; Saturday 11 am – 5 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4 pm.

Check the Expo website for additional information and to register online: 

Stop by, say hello, be inspired by the Expo, and experience a simple, cost-effective acupressure program that will reduce stress and boost your resilience.  Here’s to your health!


Fall, 2017 Acupressure Workshops



My fondest memories studying Process Acupressure with Aminah Raheem, PhD in Borrego Springs, California are of times spent there with her and my Soul Lightening International family. Located in the Anza Borrego desert state park, this pristine location brought peace and insights while in the natural world hiking, meditating, going on vision quests, and walking the labyrinth pictured above. Being in nature strengthened connection with my human nature, and daily sessions in workshops deepened and grounded new learning and insights about my soul journey. I’m honored to continue the work of Soul Lightening International bringing workshops to New Jersey.

Here’s my Fall, 2017 scheduled workshops. Be sure to register early and take advantage of discounts and savings plans.

Continuing education for PA 1A (24 hours) and Seva Acupressure (3 hours Part 1; 3 hours Part 2) for nurses (AHNA), massage therapists (NCBTMB), Asian Body Workers (NCCAOM).

Process Acupressure 1A: Gateway to Soul, October 5-8, 2017, Manchester, NJ                                                                  (also Naples, Florida, November 16-19, 2017)

Process Acupressure (PA) is a simple, yet profound holistic method that combines traditional acupressure (to a fully clothed body) with a process approach to consciousness. It facilitates healing and the natural growth process that arises from within the individual. Process skills are taught that facilitate clarity in mind, emotions, and spirit. Soul centered development is emphasized. Although acupressure is a lifelong study, this course will empower you to work effectively with energy flow in the body including meridians and chakras. PA can be used alone for self-care or given easily to another and can be combined with other bodywork modalities.

This is an entry level workshop for professional health-care providers. No pre-requisites but participants who do not have a hands-on modality background are strongly encouraged to attend an introductory level workshop offered by Soul Lightening International, such as the Seva Stress Release.

Registration: 978-456-0300 or email:

Full tuition: $795

Early Bird (30 days prior to workshop): $695

Super Saver (60 days prior to workshop): $595

Foundation Certification: PA 1A and CA 1 workshops. Value Plan: $100/month X 12 months


Seva Acupressure for Stress ReleasePart 1 (self-care) and Part 2 (Using Seva With Others)

Through demonstration and hands-on practice participants will learn a 15 acupoint protocol that addresses a wide range of needs from general relaxation and well being to extreme shock and stress. Participants will learn a method of touch unique to Soul Lightening Acupressure, how to use an Awareness Journal, and Chakra Tai Chi, a movement meditation practice. No pre-requisites.

Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9 – 3:30 PM, $99. Registration: 732-255-0404


Seva Acupressure for Stress Release and Acupressure for Anyone/Cold & Flu FormulasOcean County Vocational Technical School, See Dates/Locations Below, all classes meet 6:30 – 9:30 PM, $50 per class, Registration: 732-473-3100 X 1000

Seva Part 1: Toms River, NJ Wednesday 9/13;  Jackson, NJ Wednesday Oct 11;  Brick, NJ Wednesday 11/1

Seva Part 2: Toms River, NJ 9/27;  Jackson, NJ Wednesday 10/25;  Brick, NJ Thursday 11/2

Acupressure for Anyone — Cold & Flu Formulas: Toms River, NJ, Monday 11/27



Abilities Expo, NJ, May 5-7, 2017


Spring is here with new beginnings. You won’t want to miss the FREE Abilities Expo experience being held this weekend, May 5-7, at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ. Attend informative workshops, discover resources on travel, home, accessibility, emergency preparedness, money skills, chronic pain, emerging therapies, bionics, latest products, dance and adaptive sports events, service animals, daily living aides, and more.

I am very happy to be providing FREE Seva Acupressure for Stress Release sessions at our Expo booth on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can also learn how to use the Seva Acupressure for Stress Release program on Sunday at the Caregiver Day, where I will be teaching the program from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm in the Workshop Area. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, sponsors of the Caregiver Day, will be giving FREE Seva CDs to all workshop participants, so they can continue practicing the program at home after the workshop.

Abilities Expo Hours: Friday 11 am – 5 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4 pm.

Check the website for additional information and to register online: 

Stop by, say hello, be inspired by the Expo, and experience a simple, cost-effective acupressure program that will reduce stress and boost your resilience.  Here’s to your health!


Upcoming Workshops / Continuing Education



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 – 6:30 – 8 PM



Join us and learn self-care practices and strategies you can use to develop and build an empowering blueprint for dealing with stress and change that will: increase self-awareness and mindful presence; strengthen your ability to remain healthy and resilient during challenging times; maximize health and well-being; and create greater balance and harmony in all aspects of your life.


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SATURDAY, APRIL 1 – 9 AM – 3:30 PM – FEE: $99


Are you looking for a day filled with rest, relaxation, and renewal? Come join us on Saturday, April 1, and learn a simple acupressure self-care practice in Part 1 of the Seva Acupressure for Self-Care workshop, followed by an afternoon workshop where you will learn how to use this program with others – family, friends, clients, and significant others. You will also learn how to use an Awareness Journal and Chakra Tai Chi, a movement meditation practice. This program is easy to perform and highly supportive of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.

Seva in Sanskrit means compassionate, selfless service. This program was developed by teachers of Soul Lightening Acupressure and was initially used at Ground Zero following the events of 9/11. Since then it has been taught nationally and internationally, and has been part of two research studies — at Towson State University with college students; at Walter Reed Medical Center with military personnel. The program was also used with the first facial transplant completed at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

*6 hours continuing education for: Nurses (AHNA), massage therapists (NCBTMB), Asian bodyworkers and acupuncturists (NCCAOM)

Class size is limited so register early:

Seva Acupressure Parts 1 and 2 combined. Fee: $99

Registration: (732) 255-0404, Ocean County College, Continuing and Professional Education  

Additional information:,,


Welcoming Spring

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” (John Lubbock)


Spring is almost here! Like many others who live in the northeast, I look forward to being outdoors and enjoying warmer weather after hibernating during cold winter months. In spring Mother Earth awakens from her long winter’s nap, bringing renewal and more light filled days. I eagerly anticipate seeing forsythia, daffodil, and crocus blossoms, harbingers of spring’s arrival.

Nature teaches us about healthy living — going inside and resting more in winter; awaiting new growth in spring; feeling gratitude for the beauty surrounding us in summer; and letting go in autumn as one cycle ends and another begins. Healthy living requires activity balanced with rest, preparing for new growth, appreciating what IS working and beautiful in our lives, and learning to let go of what no longer serves us.

How can we meet and manage challenges faced during life’s seasons? Our cars come with an owner’s manual, yet the vehicles we travel through life in, our bodies, don’t come with a manual or instructions about how to optimize health and promote resilience. Three steps can guide us: (1) increasing self-awareness; (2) using self-care practices; and (3) reconnecting with what brings meaning and joy into our lives.

Self-awareness brings insights about how to operate our whole being in ways that give us quality of life and mileage. Self-awareness can be enhanced in many ways, for example: time in stillness, meditation, prayer, mindful eating/daily activities, walks in nature, journaling, relationships, and hobbies.

Self-care tools and strategies become part of a daily “practice” that keeps us on our life path and connected to our internal GPS. They help us manage stress, promote relaxation, enhance our ability to respond to change, promote heart health, strengthen immunity, build flexibility and strength, improve focus and memory, and empower us. They also enhance self-awareness and enable us to discover and rediscover: Who am I? What do I want and need? Where am I going. Self-care practices can vary over the seasons and years of our life. When choosing self-care practices consider physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual ones.

When we reconnect with what brings meaning and joy into our lives we plug directly into our internal GPS, which sends us guidance through sensations, thoughts, emotions, and other “signals.” Our internal GPS is always available, when we remember to take time to listen and receive its messages.

How will you welcome spring this year, and what self-care practices will you include as part of your renewal?



Acupressure for Stress Release Workshops


In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”  Albert Camus

Happy New Year! As 2017 began I considered the year ahead and how to wisely be with each day. My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter, one of my greatest teachers, continuously reminds me to find awe, simple joys, and laughter each day.  I will take her “advice” to heart this year and have at least one belly laugh each day. As  a therapist, teacher, and caregiver, I am reminded daily about the importance of practicing self-care. As is the case with many of us, some days allow more time for self-care than others. On busier days I am challenged to remember even a five-minute self-care check-in with myself is valuable. On days when I practice self-care I make wiser decisions and use my time more mindfully, and believe this occurs because self-care reconnects me with inner guidance through my internal GPS.

Caregivers’ journeys can be very stressful, the degree of stress often going unrecognized amidst multiple priorities, multi-tasking, challenging emotions, and fatigue. Studies shown a correlation between caregiver stress and health than can impact premature aging, immunity, and depression. Caregivers need to reach out for support before they burn out, and learn self-care practices. Self-care practices enhance caregivers’ ability to respond, help to balance body-mind chemistry, improve sleep, enhance immunity and heart health, and maximize wellbeing.  For caregiver support contact: National Alliance for Caregiving,, (301) 718-8444; Caregiving Action Network,, (800) 896-3650; Family Caregiver Alliance,, (800) 455-8106; and Lotsa Helping Hands,

Here in New Jersey I teach Seva Acupressure for Stress Release workshops, a simple and easy to learn acupressure program for self-care (Part 1), which participants can also learn to use with others (Part 2). These two workshops are part of the Acupressure for Anyone series, the community outreach program of Soul Lightening International taught throughout the USA. This non-profit organization also brings Process and Clinical Acupressure continuing education workshops to health practitioners throughout the USA, Canada, and in Europe ( Here’s my upcoming schedule in NJ for the Seva Acupressure Workshops:

Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Seva Acupressure for Self-Care (Part 1)

Wednesday, April 5, 6;30 – 9:30 PM, Using Seva Acupressure With Others (Part 2)

Ocean County Vocational Educational School, Adult Education, Toms River, NJ.   Registration: 732-473-3100, Ext. 1000.  Additional information:


Saturday, April 1, 9 AM – 3:30 PM, Seva Acupressure Parts 1 and 2 combined

Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ.   Registration: 732-255-0404. Additional information:


I look forward to sharing Seva workshops with YOU.



Workshops 2015



Part 1 (Acupressure for Self-Care) & Part 2 (Using Seva Acupressure With Others) PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES

Mercer County Community College:  Saturday, February 28, 2015 (Information & Registration: ; 609-570-3311)

Union County Community College:  Saturday, March 7, 2015 (Information & Registration:; 908-709-7600)

Ocean County Community College:  Saturday, March 14, 2015 (Information & Registration: ; 732-255-0404)



Union County Community College, Wednesdays, April 8 – 29, 6:30 – 9:30 PM (Information & Registration:; 908-709-7600)



Union County Community College, Wednesdays, March 4 – April 1, (no class 3/18), 6:30 – 9:30 PM  (Information & Registration:; 908-709-7600)






Change and Transition

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Happy new year and new beginnings as we bridge the end of 2014 and enter 2015! It feels GREAT to return to my personal and professional routines after several months of change and transition since my last blog post. Time away from familiar activities, both personal and professional, became necessary as my husband and I prepared to sell the home we had lived in for eighteen years and move into a new home in an adult community. After reading ”Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes” by William Bridges years ago, I gained greater understanding about the stages involved with change and transition (endings, in between times, and new beginnings). However, the past six months provided hands-on experiences that helped me practically apply what I had learned. I now appreciate why moving is in the top five out of one hundred stresses on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. I’ve recognized, again, why self-care is vital for optimizing health and wellbeing during times of change.

Moving preparations involved clearing out, mixed emotions, and endings. Excitement was accompanied by fear about entering the unknown, along with sadness as I transitioned from familiar roles, activities, and surroundings. Saying goodbye to possessions as we packed was challenging — what do I hold onto and what do I let go of? Memories floated through my awareness as I packed a variety of items and assorted “stuff.” Though time had passed, a storehouse of poignant recollections, images, and memories arose, imprinted on my heart. Clearing out and giving away priceless books and crafts was the most challenging. Whispers from the past echoed through everything I touched.

Change and transition was disorienting, especially between moves, as I began to disengage from how I had lived and how I saw myself. Seasonally we were in a time of transition going from fall into winter. Chinese medicine provided a perfect reflection of what was occurring — fall as a time of surrender and winter as a time to go within.  I felt out of balance and fatigued as I trudged through each day’s schedule, and sensed the need to build up my reserves in preparation for winter. I remembered the importance of self-care practices and balancing work and rest, as part of living in alignment with nature and my human nature. Returning to my morning rituals of meditation, yoga, and journaling is helping me regain my footing. Silence and quiet time reconnects me to my internal GPS, and brings insights about what best serves my life journey now.

Since moving into our new community, I am discovering creative, fun, and stimulating activities such as the Magic and Performing Arts Clubs. Each brings refreshing moments of laughter and joy as my mind and whole being are stretched participating in new adventures. My passion for teaching and writing about health and healing has been embraced by the community, through a monthly newspaper column I have been asked to write. Every experience reminds me that life continuously brings moments of awe and magic, if we remain open to change and surprise. Self-awareness, self-care practices, and reconnecting with what has heart and meaning support us during times of change. New beginnings bring challenges, but they also bring experiences filled with joy, laughter, and grace.








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