Lokahi Acupressure

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A gentle yet deep finger pressure technique to help release "armoring" or chronic tension, balance the "qi" or energy and improve vitality.

 Lokahi Acupressure is a unique synthesis of:

  • a traditional Japanese acupressure technique,

  • classic acupuncture and acupressure theory,

  • Taoist philosophy,

  • Reichian segmental theory and

  • the harmonizing of the Hawaiian Three Selves (body, mind & spirit)

Its benefits:

  • promotes a pleasant trancelike state, in which one can relax and move out of the head and into the body, accessing feelings and inner wisdom.

  • Using a gentle yet deep finger pressure technique, it helps release "armoring" or chronic tension, balance the "Qi" or energy, and improve vitality.

  • This clothes-on method helps relieve stress and trauma-related problems.

Drawing from Jin Shin DoÒ Bodymind AcupressureÒ, developed by Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, a “local point” in a tense area is held together with related “distal points” which, though distant from the tense area, help it to release because of functional and energetic relationships.The client remains clothed and lies on his or her back on a massage table, while the  Lokahi acupressurist holds combinations of acu-points. The client determines the depth of the pressure. The experience is generally that sensitivity at the points is soon replaced by a pleasurable feeling of release. The work is characterized by non-invasiveness, safety in touch, and a sense of wonder and synchronicity. The client may share feelings or emotions that surface during the release of tension and stress - or just relax, perhaps falling into a deep and refreshing sleep.  Afterwards, clients typically feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Generally there is significantly less tension, and this response tends to extend after further sessions. 


During a series of sessions, body/mind/spirit awareness increases while 'armoring' or chronic muscular tension is progressively released in the head, neck, shoulders, chest, diaphragm, abdominal and pelvic segments, and in the back, arms and legs. 

The Hawaiian word lōkahi in general means balance. However, the concept of lōkahi encompasses much more. It explains that the body (ke kino), the mind (ka mana‘o), the spirit (ka uhane) and the world (ka honua) are all interconnected and affect each other. Without any one of these four elements, balance is impossible. It is the essence of Hawaiian group consciousness, the belief that harmony within the group will insure the cohesiveness and survival of the group and that group members are interdependent. No matter the language- the idea of balance being key in health and peace of mind is universal. We, in our daily lives, are in a constant dance with equilibrium. When successful- our mind is at ease and we feel in the flow. Our bodies are healthy and our relationships are satisfying.  Asian and Hawai'ian philosophy tend to agree on the notion that our external experience is influenced by our internal climate. Which is to say, our thoughts... our words... and our physical actions influence our experience of the material world. So what is it exactly that requires constant adjusting? How can we manage the various aspects of our world so that we "effortlessly" sense our balance point and keep our minds, bodies and relationships healthy?  Lokahi Acupressure can help us to do this.

Kaleo Wheeler has been an Acupressure Practitioner and Teacher since the early 80's.  She has over 2000 hours of training and experience. She became a Shiatsu Practitioner in 1982 and a Jin Shin Do Authorized Senior Teacher and Registered Acupressurist in 1988.  She was also a Licensed Massage Therapist in Florida and a level II Reiki practitioner. 

Private sessions are currently being offered at the River House
at the Glendale Shoals in East Spartanburg.  

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