For Emotional and Physical Healing

Acupressure 2017-03-08T01:04:39+00:00

Project Description

Artful Touch

The Intersection of the Emotional and Physical

Acupressure for Emotional Healing is a unique application of acupressure developed by Michael Reed Gach, founder of the Acupressure Institute. It addresses the mind-body connection inherent in emotional issues, the physical holding in the body of unresolved issues. Traditional talk therapy is an invaluable tool for alleviating the anguish of anxiety, anger and depression, but often it fails to release the holding of affect in the body itself. Increasingly, mental health professionals are recognizing this mind-body connection and seeking complementary treatments. Acupressure for Emotional Healing is that ideal complement. It is also appropriate for those who are suffering but not yet in therapy.

Treatment Protocol

In an Acupressure for Emotional Healing session, clients lay fully dressed on a massage table while the practitioner gently holds acupressure points known to calm the mind, body and spirit. The practitioner encourages the client to let their imagination roam and to report images, sensations, memories, and awarenesses as they emerge. The practitioner then guides the client in breath work and imagery to address what comes up. Simultaneously, the practitioner holds acupressure points known to address whatever emotions are emerging. The combination of therapeutic touch with emotional exploration and release is powerful. Clients report feeling supported and nurtured in a way that helps them move through their issues more completely.

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What is Acupressure

Acupressure utilizes the holistic nature of the body’s nervous system. By stimulating certain nerve endings in particular nerve endings in the body we can stimulate complementary reactions of the body. These reactions may be part of the autonomic nervous system, so for example, we can treat on over-reactive immune response by the nervous system by stimulating a nerve bundle in the hand.

Acupressure employs the same theory and methodology as acupuncture, except that instead of inserting needles, the acupressurist uses her hands to access key points on the body.  I use a light touch in doing so, which my patients find both gentle and comforting.

Proven Health Benefits

This noninvasive technique — performed fully clothed — can have profound results, and treats a wide range of issues:

Benefits of Acupressure

  • Pain relief

  • Deep energetic balancing

  • Improved functioning of body systems

Acupressure effectively treats

  • Backaches

  • Headaches

  • Digestive problems

Treatment Protocol

Acupressure treatments are very relaxing. I will place maintain pressure on certain trigger points for a few seconds to a few minutes. I may use my hands, energy roller, acuball pyramid mat or weighted pillows. Patients often return for follow up treatments, but benefits manifest in just one session.

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Monday 11a – 5p
Tuesday 11a – 5p
Wednesday 11a – 5p
Thursday 11a – 5p
Friday 11a – 5p




I came to try out an emotional healing session and was blown away by the intensity and beauty of this modality. I cannot say enough good things about Susan Gann and her work. Right from the start Susan made me feel comfortable and at home in her beautiful office. During the session she used essential oils and acupressure. This session was, I think, the most powerful body work session I have ever had. I was able to get in touch with events and emotions that I had buried for years and release them in such a soft and gentle way. I would say everyone needs to work with Susan, she is a very skilled practitioner.

JANE KEENE, Women's Group Leader & Shamanic Practictioner

I had major jaw surgery some years ago and was in such chronic pain that I was on 3 Vicodin a day during the post-surgical period. Susan did an acupressure session on me and I literally watched the pain lift out of my body.  I never needed another pain pill after that.  I was really impressed.

DAVID C., Berkeley, CA

Susan Gann is the person I am most inclined to refer to in the Bay Area for people who need Acupressure for Emotional Healing.  I trust her ability to handle emotional imbalances, traumas, issues  involving anxiety, emotional distress, panic and conflict.  Susan has both the counseling skills, maturity and knowledge of applying acupressure therapy

Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.; Founder of The Acupressure Institute; Author of Acupressure for Emotional Healing

I had Legionnaires Disease (double pneumonia) about a year before I saw Susan and just wasn’t doing well.  A friend took me to see her when I was visiting from out of town and the result was amazing.  I was breathing noticeably better by the time the session ended and able to take a deep breath for the first time in a year.  She is truly a healer.

JUDITH, Seattle, WA


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