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Nir Levi Bodywork—Serene Escape

How a 5000-Year-Old Technique Heals Trauma

The instructor and therapist, Nir Levi, developed a bodywork technique based on the Anma practice that originated in China 5,000 years ago and on Japanese Ampuku. He was a student of the Japanese grand master DoAnn Tesunu Kaneko and has been teaching, promoting, and using his healing modality for over 30 years.

Ampuku means “the pulse of the Hara.” Japanese master Ota created this acupressure-like treatment 400 years ago. Anma is a vigorous form of massage of Chinese origin that later evolved into a unique method used in Japan.


Nir Levi combines Ampuku and Anma, modern psychology, and Chinese medicine. A session begins with a conversation between the practitioner and the patient to clarify their situation. Along with movement, exercises, stretches, and massage, Nir Levi incorporates an emotional element that removes blockages held in the body. A Five Element Body Reading System pinpoints blockages in muscles, tendons, and organs, including the heart and brain. Then, Qi points are stimulated on the meridian network to enhance energy flow throughout the body and release traumatic or negative energy.


The holistic method eases muscle tension, improves blood circulation, balances the body so it can heal, and ultimately leads to a healthy connection between the body, mind, and emotions. Nir Levi can prevent and treat headaches, colds, asthma, high or low blood pressure, digestive issues, pain, circulation, anxiety, insomnia, and release physical, emotional, and energetic blockages.


Studies have shown that trauma can impact your physical and mental well-being. The body may hold energy stored from a trauma, producing muscle tension and other negative symptoms such as anger. It is highly beneficial on many levels to release the emotional and physical ramifications of trauma and promote a state where appropriate responses arise from triggers and challenges.


Most people have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives. About 6% of Americans have PTSD at some point, which can develop after someone experiences or witnesses a shocking and dangerous event. Symptoms range from feeling on guard to hallucinating a reenactment of a similar event. Other symptoms include being easily startled, having recurring nightmares, sleep and concentration issues, angry or aggressive outbursts, engaging in risky behavior, having trouble remembering the traumatic event, experiencing negative emotions, loss of interest in activities, social isolation, panic disorder, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, depression, guilt, and shame.



Often, traumatic experiences are stored in the subconscious mind, and the intense emotions around a trauma tend to initiate conditioned responses. People with post-traumatic stress disorder frequently develop hyperarousal or vigilance and sensitivity to threats via the HPA axis, the body's central response mechanism. The biological result of exaggerated responses to stress manifests in releasing the cortisol hormone. Chronically high cortisol levels can lead to health issues.


Hypoarousal is also a common state of traumatized victims characterized by dampened emotions, social withdrawal, difficulty expressing oneself, and dissociative symptoms. When confronted with triggering sensory stimuli, they might freeze or shut down and not respond appropriately.

The somatosensory system includes neurons in the brain and body that process sensations of touch, temperature, body position, pain, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. Sensory signals can cause trauma victims to focus on threats, danger, and survival or feel numb and inactive in life or in response to a threat.


Having support and help is essential in recovering from a trauma. Contact Best Life-ing to schedule a 90-minute Nir Levi Serene Escape session. Find the emotional support you need and let go of what is holding you back from the life you want to live.


“Fear comes from our imagination. We just think that we can control life or control our future, and, of course, this is impossible. We can only live today, in the present. Tomorrow is an abstraction. Fear crests in panic, and we cannot achieve anything under conditions of panic and fear. We are literally blocked.” Nir Levi



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