Acupressure uses finger pressure on the same meridians and points as acupuncture, allowing the practitioner to go right to the heart of long-held tensions and resolve chronic pain. By rebalancing the energetic system with pressure ranging from subtle to deep, it not only enables deep relaxation, but engages with the psycho-emotional aspects of illness, releasing pain and blockage from past experiences that are stored at all layers of the body’s interlocking systems (energetic, nervous, endocrine, musculo-skeletal, etc.).This type of treatment is a gentle yet powerful way to shift chronic illness of all kinds.

While I’ve studied a variety of healing modalities, my initial training was in Jin Shin Do acupressure. This approach, developed by Iona Teeguarden in the 1970s, consciously integrates physical, emotional, and spiritual healing by holding interconnected points on the body’s meridian system — the same energetic system used by acupuncturists — in combinations that are enlivened by the insights of Western physiology and psychology, seen through the lens of ancient Daoist cosmology.

In standard Jin Shin Do practice, the client lies on a table on her back, fully clothed, while the practitioner holds acu-points located along the body’s meridian channels — rivers or conduits for the circulation of Qi, or life force energy.  Jin Shin Do treatments emphasize the use of the extraordinary meridians, or “strange flows,” which are reservoirs of energy that connect and balance the twelve organ meridians, thereby activating our self-healing abilities.

Over the years, I’ve modified this practice to make it my own, incorporating some massage to address the physical level of healing more effectively, as well as Healing Qigong to connect to all levels of the energetic body. This helps me both to assess where there are blockages to Qi flow, and to work with the muscular and fascial tension that is both a symptom and a cause of Qi obstruction, so that holding points becomes more relaxing and more effective. This form of acupressure can be highly effective in addressing chronic disease, for which conventional Western medicine offers only symptom control through medication, often with worsening side-effects.

I now offer fully clothed, 2-hour table treatments that are based on Jin Shin Do, and incorporate some massage and Qigong. These treatments are relaxing, rejuvenating and restorative, and can help with both physical level symptoms like deeply held muscle tension and with emotional processing of old trauma, as it shows up now in your life.

I also include some acupressure in all of my treatments, even those focused primarily on massage or on Qigong energy work.

What can I say about Tamara’s practice? That it is highly effective, strongly intuitive and technically accomplished? That I miss it more than pretty much anything else since I moved away from her area?

Tamara approaches her clients with a compassion and respect that is rare in today’s medical world, and that makes a world of difference in terms of both the client’s comfort level and their corresponding ability to heal. It can be hard for people who experience generalised and constant pain to find a practitioner who believes in their condition, let alone one who understands and knows how to treat it. [...] During treatment sessions, she maintains an atmosphere of open communication with the client, actively seeking out their own expertise about their body. Unlike many in the medical profession, she does not let her ego interfere with the true goal at hand, which is to actually relieve the patient and/or provide healing [...].

All these qualities are in addition to her excellent technical abilities and in-depth understanding of the human body, its systems and idiosyncrasies. Her diverse and comprehensive training informs her approach, and she possesses a natural ability to comfort, relieve and heal those who she touches. I was infinitely grateful to have been treated by her.

- Caissey Nicole

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