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Facilitator Spotlight: Eileen Zegar


This month we are spotlighting Eileen Zegar, Licensed Acupuncturist and the facilitator for our Acupressure for Cancer Patients and Caregivers workshop.

Touch = Acupressure

The act of touch can express emotions, it can also mitigate pain. Touching encourages connectivity and bonding. Self-massage has been shown to slow the heart rate and lower levels of the hormone connected to stress, cortisol. Touch has a reciprocal nature, you can’t touch without being touched.

Acupressure is a word and touch is a feeling. Learning how to use acupressure begins by learning how to use touch. The placement of this touch directs and moves the energy in the body. Upon feeling the sensation of touch the mind is directed to the related area or “point.” As the energy is activated the feeling of stagnation begins to lift. The body truly begins to feel better. Acupuncture meridians are at play, but all you need to focus on is the sensation of ease.

During cancer care we experience a lot of the wrong types of touch such as needles, cold MRI tables, contorted radiation postures, and an endless amount of other uncomfortable situations. We suffer from the trauma of treatment and the side effects that result. This can include nausea, stomach upset, fatigue, and generalized body and post-surgical pain.

Every month, the center offers an acupressure self-help workshop. This is the only program that is offered that includes touch. Attending the acupressure workshop is one form of being nurturing and developing self-care. Bringing a loved one or friend along can provide them with an opportunity to learn a  new skill set and give them the confidence to use it. This will allow them to care for you in a gentle and helpful way. Learning this system of touch is life changing. Being touched without an agenda is both supportive and relaxing.

These small workshops cater specifically to the needs of the group. You will learn techniques you can use yourself and practice on someone else. They will be different each time, which means you can come whenever you’d like. During a session, we’ll discuss your specific issues, learn the system of touch, and put it all into practice.

As a cancer survivor and acupuncturist/massage therapist, I know how much you will enjoy this workshop and learning these incredible techniques.

Eileen Zegar, LAC
Acupressure Self-help Workshop

To read more about Eileen click here. If you’d like to participate in the next Acupressure workshop, please call the Simms/Mann Center at (310) 794 – 6644.

1 Comment
  • Rachel Aflalo

    I would like to participate in the next workshop, please email date and time

    Thank you

    March 31, 2014 20:03
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