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Seva Stress Release Classes for Self Care, Family and Clients
And Acupressure For Anyone Class Series

Seva in Sanskrit means selfless, compassionate service.

There are 2 Seva group classes that are offered by Arline Rowden.
Once you have taken the Seva 6 hour class you can attend the Acupressure for Anyone Classes
1) There is a 3 hour self-care class. (A 22 page manual is included in this class.) You can do the Seva Self-Care while standing, seated or lying down.

2) Then there is a 6 hour class that includes the same info as the 3 hour self care class and also includes how to do Seva on another when they are seated in a chair and lying down such as on a massage table. (A 30 page manual is included in this class.)

The one-day or two part 6 hour class teaches an acupressure protocol (The Seva Stress Release) that can be used for a wide range of needs, including general relaxation and well being or extreme shock and stress. This workshop does not require previous bodywork experience. Anyone can learn this simple but effective way to help themselves and others.

SEVA is a Sanskrit word meaning selfless service. The Seva Stress Release is a simple acupressure procedure given to the clothed body. It is a profoundly effective tool for calming the body, mind, emotions, and spirit----the whole being. It is easily applied to oneself, or given to others in about 15 minutes.

Medical research clearly shows that when we effectively manage our levels of stress, our overall health is greatly enhanced. There has never been a better time for learning reliable and easy-to-use techniques for one’s self and others. And during this time of economic challenges we are all looking for ways to take care of ourselves and loved ones without over-stretching our pocketbooks. Seva can also be offered in your energy and/or body work practice.

This dynamic and interactive workshop allows the participant to fully experience the Seva Stress release through demonstration and hands-on practice. Workshop participants learn a unique touch method, various effective acupoints and how to use this protocol in various ways: for self care (while standing, seated or lying down), for a partner seated in a chair, and/or for a partner lying supine on a flat surface. Participants have ample opportunities to practice in class to confidently apply the method.

In the six-hour workshop, you will:
1) Learn about the healing and transforming power of acupressure
2) Enjoy many opportunities to exchange bodywork
3) Practice techniques to use for self-care and/or with others
4) Take home useful practice materials and skills you can use immediately – there is a 30 page manual which includes illustrations of the Seva for self-care and others and other information about the Seva protocol and the acupoints used in it.

You can attend a Seva Self Care three-hour self care workshop and you will:
1) Learn about the healing and transforming power of acupressure
2) Practice techniques to use for self-care
3) Take home useful practice materials and skills you can use immediately – there is a 22 page manual which includes illustrations of the Seva for self care and affirmations to use.

Some acupoints are not recommended during certain stages of pregnancy so please tell me if you are or might be pregnant.

The spirit of Seva is selfless-service. When we care for ourselves, it makes a difference in the world. Don't miss this opportunity to make a difference! Continuing Education Hours through Soul Lightening: Please go to Soul Lightening Acupressure



When you attend a Seva Self-Care class you will be asked to sign an agreement not to teach Seva to others for a fee. You may and are encouraged to show your loved ones Seva and encourage them to do Seva, too. Or you can refer them to one of my Seva Classes for Self-Care.

When you attend the Seva 6 hour class you will be asked to sign an agreement not to teach Seva to others in a class and that you will charge no more than $20 if you are offering Seva as a stand alone process which takes about 20 minutes. You may and are encouraged to show your loved ones Seva and encourage them to do Seva, too. Or you can refer them to one of my Seva Classes for Self-Care. You may show your clients how to do Seva for themselves during and as part of one of your sessions and charge your regular fee for that session. You may include Seva in sessions for other body work such as Reiki or massage and charge your regular fee for that session.

Additional Seva Stress Release Classes can be scheduled by request.

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Acupressure for Anyone Class Series
Pre-requistie: Seva Stress Release 6 hour class

There are six 3 hour segments in the Acupressure for Anyone Class Series. Usually Arline teaches two 3 hour segments in one day In the various segments you will learn how to do acupressure for chakra balance and alignment, harmony & balance, immune health & allergies, head, neck, back, chest, abdomen, arms & legs issues. Classes may be taken in any order but I suggest that you start with the Great Central Channel since it's so important to balance and align our chakras. You may just take the classes that you feel drawn to take but if you take all of the courses you will receive a certificate of completion for Acupressure for Anyone.

“The aim of Acupressure for Anyone is to provide simple methods of touch and acupressure procedures that a person can apply on their own to enhance health, body awareness and wellbeing. Anyone in healthcare now knows, that in this time of mounting environment-related symptoms, as well as mounting medical costs, individuals need to assume more personal responsibility for their own body awareness, health maintenance and preventive care. We need to relearn the natural strategies and maneuvers that many grandmothers, ancestors, and village healers passed down through the generations to help their families and neighbors.” Aminah Raheem, Ph.D.

Descriptions for the Acupressure for Anyone Classes:

1) Great Central Channel Formula Class:

The Great Central Channel is among the first energetic patterns developed in the body in utero. It travels along the spine to the top of the head, and up the midline on the front of the body to the face. Points along this channel are extremely potent, and have been used for thousands of years for balancing and healing. In Chinese Medicine it is said that human beings are the bridge between heaven and earth. This acupressure formula for the Great Central Channel enhances and strengthens this alignment—bringing balance, comfort and ease to the receiver. At this workshop students give and receive the Great Central Channel Release and learn Chakra Tai Chi, a special movement meditation developed by Aminah Raheem, Ph.D., the founder of Soul Lightening Acupressure.

Great Central Alignment formula is for Chakra Balancing and Alignment


2) Harmony & Balance Formulas Class:

The most fundamental principles of Chinese Medicine are based in establishing and maintaining balance and harmony throughout the whole being—body, mind, emotions, and spirit. When this is attained we are vibrant and healthy—all our systems are working together well, and we can live life to the fullest. The acupressure formulas introduced in this module are specially created to help us reclaim this sense of well-being. By holding these special point combinations we provide an opportunity for the system to recalibrate itself–allowing for the extremes of life to balance out, and returning us to our natural state of harmony. Using these formulas regularly creates a steady baseline of well-being. Once we know how to attain balance and harmony on a regular basis, it is much easier to address the occasional symptoms and disruptive patterns that arise in daily living. During this workshop you will practice locating points and reading the formulas. You will also give and receive a full acupressure session.

Harmony & Balancing Formula
Applications: Abdominal pain; all female problems, emotional stress; migraine headaches; neck and shoulder tensions

Nervous System Formula
Applications: Depression, emotional balance, nervous conditions, stroke recovery

Deep Relaxation Release
Applications: This procedure is deeply calming and centering. Emotional imbalance; Fear; Neck stiffness; Eye problems; Headache; Spiritual unrest; Facial problems; Balances left and right brain


3) Head, Face, Neck & Throat Formulas Class:

In our culture a high priority is placed on being able to think and respond quickly and clearly—-not just intellectually, but physically, emotionally and spiritually as well. The free flow of energy in the head and neck is crucial for obtaining and maintaining this clarity. In this workshop we introduce three acupressure formulas that will help open the pathways of communication between the head and the rest of the body. Students will learn and practice the Basic Neck Release, the Head Formula, and the Special Headache Release.

Basic Neck Release
Can be used to release energy in congested areas around the upper back, neck and base of head – use formula alone or at the end of a session

Head Formula
Applications: Colds; eye pressure; face swollen; head congestion; neck pains; sinus blockage; throat and tonsil conditions

Special Headache Formula
Applications: Use immediately when you feel a headache coming on and repeat once every hour until headache ceases. For migraine onset, use with harmony formula.


4) Back, Chest & Abdomen & Special Conditions Formulas Class:

It is said that the torso of the body, including the back, abdomen and chest, is where we store the records of our lives. In broad terms, the majority of our physical processes are centered here, but on another level the torso completely reflects the core of who we are. The acupressure formulas learned in this module bring a clearer, stronger flow of energy through the torso. Students learn and practice the Back Formula, The Chest Formula, and the Abdominal Formula.

Back Formula
Applications: Back pain; tension; stiffness; bladder or kidney problems; blood sugar low. For spinal misalignment add Great Central Alignment.

Chest Formula

Abdominal Formula
Applications: Appetite abnormalities; circulation to and from feet; gall bladder and spleen meridians; gastritis; chronic stomach and intestinal tracts congested


5) Arms, Legs, Hands & Feet Formulas Class:

Every energy pathway that originates in the core of the body flows outward to the arms, legs, hands and feet. This makes the hundreds of acupoints on the extremities very useful for addressing the “whole being.” In this workshop students learn and experience how these acupressure formulas that benefit the arms and legs also support the emotions and provide a sense of well-being and stability. A special Muscle Relaxation Formula is included in this module.

Arms and Hands Formula
Daily practice will help relieve arthritis discomfort and also keep fingers strong and agile.

Leg and Foot Formula
Applications: Ankle broken or sprained; foot and toe conditions; leg strains

Hip, Knee, Foot and Ankle Formula
Applications: Dizziness; ear problems; fear; feet swollen; headache; hypertension; insomnia; kidney problems; knee problems; sciatica; sexual problems

Muscle Relaxation Formula


6) Colds, Flu & Immune System Formulas Class:

Learn how to support the body’s natural ability to ward off colds and flu with our Immune/Lymph Booster Formula. This is a wonderful tool for supporting the immune system whether you are just beginning to feel symptoms, or have already come down with something. It is also a wonderful way to address common allergy symptoms. Students will also learn the powerful Sinus/Ear Formula.

Immune Lymph Booster

Respiratory Release

Sinus and Ear Release
Applications: Allergies; blood pressure problems; ear problems; colds; coughing; deafness (due to ear congestion); dizziness; earaches; phlegm; sinus disorders; stuffy nose; blurred vision


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The Seva Stress Release acupressure formula was developed following the events of September 11, 2001. It was created as a gift to the world to relieve suffering and was first taken to New York City and delivered to those who endured such tremondous shock and stress during that time. Since 2001 we have found that the Seva Stress Release is a very easy-to-learn method. We are now providing services and teaching this workshop all over the United States and Europe to lay-people and health care professionals alike.

This method of acupressure can be self-administered, or given to another person who is seated or lying down. The receiver stays fully clothed and and finds a comfortable resting place. There are 15 specific points on the body that are accessed in order with firm but gentle finger pressure. The session begins and ends with a full body stretch, and takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Because the Seva Stress Release is noninvasive, requires no special equipment, is simple to perform, and only takes a few minutes to receive, it can be given to virtually anyone in virtually any setting. It is an extremely useful and accessible tool for addressing a wide range of needs, including general relaxation or extreme shock or stress.

About Soul Lightening Acupressure: In all parts of the world it is very clear that the effects of extreme or prolonged stress are not limited to those who experience it, but also by their loved ones, co-workers, and the greater community. In the spirit of Seva (compassionate service) ----we believe the individuals who receive and/or practice this deep and effective tool for healing will have a positive, healthy impact upon their families, their communities, and the world. As more and more individuals come into harmony within their own being, the balancing effect on their families and their communities expands as well.

The Dalai Lama has said “although creating world peace through individual transformation is difficult…it is the only way.”

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Acupressure is the practice of applying hand or finger pressure to specific energetic or conductive points on the body. It is based upon the same ancient principles as the art of acupuncture, except that It uses the softer form of curved finger pressure on the points. Recipients of this work report feeling nurtured and supported.

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.