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We have some exciting news: Virtual guided acupressure meditation is coming to Haven on the Lake! 

If you’re saying, “Guided acupressure what?”, not to worry — we’re here to demystify this ancient healing technique, which is actually pretty basic at its core. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, except there are no needles involved. Instead, manual pressure is applied to specific points on the body to promote relaxation and restore the harmonious flow of chi so that you feel your best. 

Haven’s resident acupuncturist, Hannah Jefferson, is excited to guide you through the process on 10/25 from 5 to 6pm using the Google Meet platform. You can register by calling the Haven front desk at 410-715-3020.

How Does Acupressure Work?

Acupressure helps with a variety of conditions, from headaches to digestive issues to anxiety, and it is also a wonderful preventative measure for maintaining wellness before something breaks down in the body. Although it provokes a healing response that’s less intense than acupuncture, Jefferson explains that the at-home, DIY component makes it a great alternative, especially if you’re wary of needles.

“This is a healing technique that anyone can add to their toolbox to feel more well, at any time,” she says. 

Each session will be focused on supporting you seasonally, or bringing relief to a common issue such as stress. Jefferson will lead a guided meditation while she instructs you through the acupressure process, which involves placing a finger (or two) on a series of points on the body and adding pressure/massage to stimulate a healing response. 

Part of acupressure’s power is its ability to work with your chi and manipulate it so that it can flow with greater ease. Jefferson says you can think of chi as the life force energy that runs throughout all of us, or “the energy version of blood.” When everything is flowing in harmony through the energetic pathways of the body, it’s like a circuit continuously flowing and doing its job so that you feel great. However, when something is manifesting either physically or mentally, it’s like a car crash or traffic pile-up that begins to affect your energy as a whole (because it’s all interconnected!). 

“The ability to harness chi to do what it needs to do is such an empowering way to heal the body naturally,” Jefferson says. “It’s safe for all ages. The only caveat is that certain points aren’t safe for pregnancy, but expecting mothers can still participate. I would just want to know beforehand so I can have her omit certain points during the class (which aren’t very many).”

To soak up the benefits to the fullest, Jefferson recommends finding a quiet space and comfortable chair/cushion to help you relax and be present for each session. 

“If you’re curious about acupressure, I’d love to have you join us. The more open and receptive you are to it, the more open and receptive your chi is, and that enhances the experience a lot,” she says. “Everyone has a different experience because we all have different circumstances, habits, lifestyles and emotions, but these workshops are a great place to help you take your healing into your own hands…literally!”

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