Acupressure for Self-Care
Derived from clinical acupressure, the Seva Stress Release is a simple and effective tool for calming the body, mind and emotions, releasing tension, and managing stress.
“Seva” is a Sanskrit word meaning “compassionate service.” The Seva Stress Release technique was originally developed to treat rescue workers and other suffering from the traumatic effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It has since been used in diverse settings, including at Walter Reade Army Medical Center, hospital wellness programs, cancer support groups, college campuses, and elsewhere. I have taught Seva Stress Release classes at the VA Hospital, in non-profit and educational settings, and to individuals and small groups.
In this interactive class, you will gain a basic understanding of the Chinese medicine energy system and meridian pathways, learn 15 key acupressure points and related body stretches, and learn how to give yourself a complete Seva session. Anyone can do Seva--no special skills or experience are needed. Sessions can be done seated, standing or lying down; we will review how to adjust for physical limitations. We will also discuss various ways to use Seva in daily life for stress management and well-being.
The specific acupressure points used in the Seva Stress Release were chosen carefully for their multi-functional properties. Each point is accessed with a special style of touch, in sequence, to facilitate an optimal, deeply relaxing experience that you can use for ongoing self-care support.
Seva is helpful for managing stress, chronic pain, sleep issues, fatigue, and other conditions. Benefits may include: relaxation, stress reduction, better coping with stress, pain relief, better sleep, increased vitality and energy, improved focus and concentration, support for a variety of health issues.