During and following healing sessions, I generally offer self care suggestions to my clients related to specific Acupressure points, yoga stretches, exercises, fitness activities, and/or nutritional modifications they might explore in improving their conditions of concern.

I also provide self care wellness consultation, to people who contact me, regarding their specific physical/medical concerns or with questions about Energy Medicine approaches to healing. I also frequently consult with HIV+ individuals (from newly sero-converted to long term thrivers), their family members, and caregivers on a myriad of issues related to living with HIV/AIDS and the side effects of anti-retroviral treatment.

I approach exploration of any issue from multiple perspectives and utilize web searches when I research any medical / health issue. I have an extensive network of skilled professionals in medicine, nursing and allied health fields, acupuncture and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), fitness, nutrition, psychology, holistic healing, bodywork, aromatherapy, and HIV/AIDS that I frequently consult with and make referrals to.

In addition, the following are a few key resources that I tend to consult frequently in preparing for client sessions or recommend to clients and those I advise.


Acupressure Treatment Points / Exercises

Gach, Michael Reed, Acupressure’s POTENT POINTS: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments, New York: Bantam Books, 1990

  • A well illustrated guide presenting acupressure points and self care techniques for 40 common physical and emotional conditions enabling individuals to participate actively in their health and healing.


Acu-Yoga Stretches
Gach, Michael Reed with Marco, Carolyn, ACU-YOGA: Self Help Techniques to Relive Tension, Tokyo: Japan Publications, Inc., 1981

  • A self help manual showing the interconnections between ancient Yoga practices and traditional systems of Acupressure providing clear, practical self Acupressure techniques for 24 common disorders related to stress and tension.
  • An excellent, easy to follow, DVD containing 3 complete Acu Yoga exercise sets designed to relieve stress and tension is also available

To order above books or DVD, contact: at:

(Healing Resources on line store)



Skin Brushing

Berkowsky, N.M.D., Dr. Berkowsky's VITAL CHI SKIN-BUSHING SYSTEM, Mt. Vernon, WA.: Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc., 1999

  • A 42 page booklet that details the functions of the skin, primary benefits of Skin-Brushing, and a detailed step by step description of the Vital Chi Quick-Start Skin-Brushing technique illustrated with pictures of each step in the protocol.
  • An excellent, easy to follow, DVD containing the basic content from the booklet and a demonstration of the VITAL CHI SKIN-BRUSHING protocol that you can watch and follow along with to learn the protocol.

To order above booklet or DVD, contact:




Energy Medicine Resources

Brennan, Barbara Ann, Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing through the Human Energy Field, New York: Pleiades Books, 1987 and Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing, New York: Bantam Books, 1993

  • The classic foundational texts that provide the history of scientific investigations of the human energy field and its direct relationship to physical health. Both books contain color illustrations that depict the human aura and explain the Energy Body and how energy healing occurs.

Myss, Caroline, Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing, 1996 and Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, New York, Harmony Books, 1997

  • Important books describing the Chakra System and defining field of Energy Medicine based on years of research showing the links between emotional/spiritual/physical stresses and specific illnesses in the context of the anatomy of the human energy system.


Nutritional Healing

Balch, Phyllis, A., Prescription for NUTRITIONAL HEALING (Fourth Edition), New York: AVERY Penguin Group, 2006

  • A practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free remedies using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, and Food Supplements

D’Adamo, Dr. Peter J., Live Right for Your Type: The Individualized Prescription for Maximizing Health, Metabolism, and Vitality in Every Stage of Your Life, New York: C.P. Putnam’s Sons 2001

  • Offers detailed information for each Blood type on lifestyle strategies,
    emotional equalizers, dietary guidelines to maximize health and overcome disease, and individualized therapies for chronic conditions.


AIDS/HIV Resources

SHANTI (415) 674-4700 www.shanti.org

L.I.F.E. (learning Immune Function Enhancement) PROGRAM

  • No cost, health-enhancement, peer support program for people with HIV to gain significant control over their survival with HIV disease by learning about the psychological and social factors that help effectiveness of the immune system.


PROJECT INFORM(415) 558-8669 www.projinf.org

  • HIV/AIDS care, treatment and policy information and advocacy for persons with HIV/AIDS and their families, friends, and care providers. Offers national HIV/AIDS Hotline.

SF CITY CLINIC (415) 487-5500 www.sfcityclinic.org

  • A drop-in clinic providing free and low-cost testing for HIV and diagnosis & treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Web site provides detailed information about all major STDs and prevention methods.




Tom Sherman

email: chakraman@earthlink.net

Calistoga, California: (707) 942-6467

Oakland, California:  (510) 451-0610