Alison Babil    True North Healing

Alison Babil True North Healing

Alison Babil, founder of True North Healing, helps people access the healing wisdom of their body.

She is a:

Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner,

Certified Sounder Sleep System® Instructor,

Certified Soul Lightening Acupressure Practitioner,

Alchemical Alignment Practitioner (bodywork for trauma resolution and embodiment of spirit)

Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master-Teacher since 2004.

Alison specializes in pain reduction, anxiety management, and insomnia improvement. Alison’s work focuses on movement education through the Feldenkrais Method® and gentle trauma resolution through Soul Lightening Acupressure and Alchemical Alignment. Alison works with clients in person and virtually.

Alison’s extensive teaching experience includes teaching at The National Institutes of Health, The United States Postal Service, Shady Grove Hospital’s Aquilino Cancer Center, and more. Her classes are warm, fun, and always applicable. She regularly offers online Sounder Sleep System and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® courses.

Alison’s own journey of healing and discovery began with a Feldenkrais class in 1998 that changed her life. Feldenkrais resolved Alison’s long-standing back/neck issues and taught her to move with greater ease and grace, both internally and through life. Her work is also informed by her deep engagement with Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and her longtime meditation practice. Alison is passionate about supporting others to find the small, doable pieces in themselves that lead to great insight and transformation.
Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner
Sounder Sleep System® Instructor
Alchemical Alignment Practitioner

AOHMassage Membership Club 2021

AOHMassage Membership Club 2021

Welcome to AOHMassage Membership Club Nov 2021 !!!

January 2022 Price increase from $85 Hr to $100.

Lock-In Current Pricing by purchasing a package for yourself or as a gift for your guest. Expires 12/31/22.

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** 75 Minute Signature Session includes

Individually Designed Holistic Massage, Warm Himalayan Salt Stones, Relevant Gentle Acupressure, Reflexology, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Zero Balancing, Somatic Movement, Stretching, AOHMassage Signature Organic Massage Oil

** Complementary Foot Bath

** Free Alvina’s Recording Dr. Aminah Raheem’s Chakra Tai Chi for Self-Care

** Invitation to One-Hour Monthly Unique Self-Care Acupressure Class ($10 reg)

** Pop-Up Classes like Chakra Tai Chi on the Beach

** Notice of any specials or discounts for the duration of membership

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Offer Good Until 12/31/21 must be used by 12/31/22

Alvina Quatrano, L.M.T. 30 years practicing in the field and teacher of massage therapists and acupressurists.

FL MA50896, NCBTMB 451544-11, FL 50-9777, Facial Specialist FB9742820, NJ 18KT00292500

Chakra Tai Chi

Chakra Tai Chi

Chakra Tai Chi was created by Dr. Aminah Raheem a transpersonal psychologist from California and the founder of Soul Lightening International Acupressure. It helps to clear and strengthen our energy field including body, emotions, mind and spirit…opening our potential ability to connect with our own soul messages.

I teach a Chakra Class both online and in person as part of my Art of Holistic Massage Foundation 1: Subtle Body Class. If you like I can send a card I use to keep handy while I do it for learning the moves and relevance of the chakras. Write me at to receive that.

Chakra Tai Chi is a movement meditation, designed to activate and enlighten all parts of being—body, mind, emotions and even soul. It stimulates and aligns the energy from the base of the body to the crown of the head. When the Chakras are activated and aligned, they provide access to the full range of human consciousness and stabilize this consciousness in the body.

The purpose of Chakra Tai Chi is to bring more consciousness into all the chakras and all aspects of their influence on our lives as well as to bring awareness to integration of the whole person. It is a powerful tool for self-care. Practiced consistently, you can gain deeper understanding and connection with yourself and others.

Although it uses simple traditional Tai Chi movements its purpose is not technical refinement, although that may happen as you continue to practice. Like traditional tai chi, it activates the energy systems so that chi can flow more fully and smoothly. And as chi flows, more consciousness can open up, from within your own awareness, not as a result of following an outer teacher, but from contacting your own inner teacher.

The emphasis of this meditation is on expanding consciousness, at all levels. For example, as you practice you will become more aware of your body, in different and exact parts, you will attune naturally to the thoughts that flow through your mind and the emotions that arise. Then, even beyond these specific awarenesses, sometimes all of it will come together in a grand gestalt of insight, which perme ates you completely. An “aha” moment will occur and suddenly something that was a mystery before will become clear to you.

There are several advantages of keying the meditation to body movement

• the body’s wisdom becomes more available

• we can learn where and how emotions and thoughts arise in the body • we can instantly learn the effect of thought(s) and emotions on all parts of our being

• insight is immediately a whole-being phenomenon, not restricted to head and thinking

• as awareness of the body, thinking and feeling continue to open up as we go deeper with each session until we are finally accessing the very core of our being, our true nature, the soul.

• the more we move the body in harmony with the body’s energy systems (meridians, chakras and nadis) the more chi opens up in a cumulative fashion which in turn, enhances our health, awareness and well being.

At first the practice may seem too simple, especially if you compare it to traditional tai chi. But as you keep opening to inner awareness of all that is going on with you, the exploration becomes unexpected and fascinating. As you have a feeling in the body an image may arise, or a word, or song. Then a recent dream or a long lost memory may surface. As you keep moving up through the chakras all of these impressions may come together in a completely new perspective. You will experience consciousness of each chakra directly. And as you continue to practice you will come to know yourself at levels that you have not penetrated before.

You will also become more aware of your own auric field and, beyond it, to the field around you. You will experience how your field is connected to the greater field, for example how your movement may affect the environment around you, including plants, animals or humans. Then you may attune to the universal field and even tap into its wisdom, just as some indigenous people are able to anticipate weather changes. These awarenesses are not intellectual understandings but direct, body-felt realities.

The practice can be done in as few as 8 minutes, when you need to clear your field between clients or prepare for a presentation, or it can be extended to an hour, as a complete meditation. It is classic to do the movements in groups of three, that is 3, or 6, or 9, or 12, times for each movement. Experiment with different times of day and with your own rhythm and pace.

As you do the practice you will discover untold treasures within yourself and the world around you. With continued practice you will discover flowing with the Tao, within yourself and the cosmos. The New Millennium Chakra Tai Chi

Root & 2nd Chakra: Rocking with the Earth: Stand with feet flat, shoulder width apart. Swing arms up (as if lifting energy), rising on toes slightly. Then swing them back, coming back onto balls of feet and lifting toes slightly off floor. Exhale when lifting up; inhale when coming back toward body. Focus attention on root chakra for 3, 6 or 9 swings.Then bring attention to focus on second chakra for another 3, 6 or 9 swings. End with graceful conclusion.

Third Chakra: Clearing the Path: Place left heel out in front of body, while rocking forward on the left foot, swipe to the left with both hands (as if scraping around a platter). Then coming back with weight onto the right foot, swipe back around toward the body, making a full circle. Throw away whatever is no longer useful as you swipe away from the body. 3, 6 or 9 times. Repeat the same full motion on the right side but start with the right foot out in front. Focus attention on the third chakra 3, 6 or 9 times. End with graceful conclusion.

Heart Chakra: Giving and Receiving: Place left heel out in front of the body. Place both hands, palms facing forward, at the heart level, close in to the heart. While rocking forward on the left foot push hands away from heart, giving. Then coming back with weight onto the right foot, turn hands so they are facing your heart and bring them back into your chest, receiving. Give and receive the love you need as you keep attention focused in the heart. Repeat the same full motion on the right side but start with the right foot forward. Do 3, 6 or 9 times on each side. End with graceful conclusion.

Higher Heart Chakra: Gathering in to Serve: Foot motions same as beginning with left heel out. Begin with hands at higher heart, then reach arms out to gather energy from outside and draw it back into the body, at root chakra level. Then gather energy up, from inside your body, starting at the root chakra, coming up to the Higher Heart . Distribute this energy out to serve, each time you rock forward on the foot. 3, 6 or 9 times each foot. End with graceful conclusion.

Throat Chakra: Freeing Expression: Left heel out, left hand extended. Right hand at throat. Push right hand away from throat, clearing it, while left hand brings fresh energy back into it, as you go forward on left foot. Then right hand extends, as you come forward on left foot. As it comes back toward the body rock back with full weight onto right foot. 3, 6 or 9 times. Repeat the same full motion on the right side, starting with right side forward. 3, 6 or 9 times. Focus attention on throat. End with graceful conclusion.

Brow Chakra: Clearing the Vision: Scoop up fresh energy with hands and ground it. Using same footwork as before with left heel out in front of the body, swing your hands behind you to gather up fresh energy. While rocking forward on the left foot raise the energy with your hands forward. Then coming back with weight onto the right foot, raise the energy to your brow and comb it back through your brow chakra, clearing it 3, 6 or 9 times. Repeat the same full motion on the right side 3, 6 or 9 times. Focus attention on brow chakra. End with graceful conclusion. At the end, take whatever time you need at the brow for seeing beyond ordinary sight into clairvoyance.

Crown Chakra: Bringing down Heavenly Chi: Scoop up fresh energy and ground it. Lift the energy up to the crown over the top of your head. Clear the crown by blowing out while you come up on toes slightly and then take hands away from the head. Repeat three times. Then “stir” the energy. Repeat twice. Take time to connect to your soul and the Universe.

Finishing in the present moment

End with Chakra Balancing: Reach high above your head into Heaven. Sweep Heavenly energy down through all the chakras, all the way to Earth. Say the mantra aloud or to yourself, “I align with my Soul Now.”

Left hand over crown while right hand attunes all remaining chakras to crown with a downward motion.

©Aminah Raheem, 2007

Crown: cosmic consciousness, union with universal mind

Brow: intuition, objective knowledge, clairvoyance

Throat: manifested creativity, clairaudience, expression of truth

Higher Heart: manifested values and dreams of the heart, “walking one’s talk” Heart: unconditional love and compassion, ability to love and forgive all things

Solar Plexus: personal power, ego

Pelvis: sexuality, sensuality, fundamental creativity, physical energy

Root: physical survival, procreation, grounding, sense of security


Chakra development progresses as we age: it begins at birth with the root chakra and continues, chakra by chakra in stages up through later life (about 60 on) when the crown chakra can be predominant. As we grow and develop each of the chakras activates its corresponding abilities. In simplest terms: root activates survival instincts; second activates sexual and creative potentials; third activates personal identity and power; heart activates empathy and love; throat activates truth telling and higher creative expression; brow activates higher intuition, intelligence and witness consciousness and crown activates our conscious connection with the greater Cosmos.


All eight major chakras penetrate the midline of the body. They bulge out from the front of the body in energy centers which have been described as spinning wheels. They penetrate the body in a cone shape, extending through and beyond the spine in the back. They can be located with touch in either the front or back of the body but are easier to feel at first on the front. Location and position may vary from body to body.

Crown, or Seventh Chakra: Located directly above the crown point of the head, extending upward. Sometimes named the “thousand petaled lotus” to indicate the extensive consciousness potential an open crown provides. Associated with cosmic consciousness, union with universal mind.

Brow, or Sixth Chakra: Located at the middle of the forehead. Sometimes called the “third eye” because it can provide paranormal vision and knowing beyond thinking when activated. Associated with intuition, objective knowledge, clairvoyance.

Throat, or Fifth Chakra: Located in the middle of the throat. Associated with manifested creativity, paranormal healing abilities, clairaudience, expression of truth from the self. Higher Heart chakra: Located over the manubrium and thymus gland. Associated with manifesting the values and dreams of the heart. “Walking one’s talk.” Only recently recognized as important.

Heart, or Fourth Chakra: Located in the middle of the chest, in the heart region. Associated with unconditional love and compassion, the ability to forgive and accept all beings. Both Jesus and Buddha exhibited fully open heart chakras.

Solar plexus, or Third Chakra: Usually located at the navel, this chakra is the one most likely to have a variable position, all the way from the bottom of the sternum to the navel. Associated with personal power and ego. Sometimes termed the emotional center because most ordinary emotions are thought to center here. Also identified with ordinary thinking (analysis, logic, etc.). This is the center most likely involved when a person either over-identifies with others (feels others’ feelings in his/her body), or cannot connect with others.

Second Chakra: Located about 2 to 3 inches below the navel. Associated with sexuality, sensuality, fundamental creativity in general and physical energy.

Root, or First Chakra: Located at the base of the spine.It is the first chakra activated in early life. Pertains to physical survival, procreation at the most basic level, grounding and a sense of security in life.

5-Element System,  Foods & Horary Acupressure Points

5-Element System, Foods & Horary Acupressure Points

Seasonal eating is a key to health and wellness. This page will connect you to information that can help you to balance and strengthen your –what aryurvedics would call Doshas — your natural way of being at any time. Discover; The 5-Element Diagram and Chart from ancient Taoist teachings that follow The Nature of All Things. Seasonal Foods listed from John Garvey’s out of print book The Five Phases of Food: How To Begin 2nd Edition; and helpful acupoints called Horary Points which you can use hourly & daily, anytime (for insomnia) and when traveling to avoid jet lag by tuning your body clock to the time of your destination. Enjoy!!!

SAVE This Page (BOOKMARK) so that you can get back to the info below. And/or take the Values & 5-Elements Quiz seasonally to determine any changes you may be experiencing and then support yourself with the Horary Acupoints and 5-Element Foods.

“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”  Hippocrates

“Organ Pairs are Nourished by Foods in the Same Phase”  Garvey

Description of 5-Element Diagram

Pentagon containing a Pentagram — outer solid line composed of vector arrows indicating a clockwise direction of energy flow is known as the nourishment cycle (Or Mother Cycle)— each phase tonifies or increases the energy in the proceeding phase.

The dotted-line Pentagram or star-formation within the Pentagon represents what is known as The Control Cycle (or Grandmother Cycle).  Here each phase acts to sedate or decrease the energy content of the phase which is located 2 positions in front of it.

The dual function of nourishment and control exists for each phase. 

“That which tonifies (supplies) when taken in moderation, will sedate (drain) when taken in excess: quantity changes quality”      Garvey

Garvey continues, “The secret to maintaining balance is to supply where there is deficiency and to drain where there is excess. Most acute symptoms indicate excess while chronic symptoms indicate deficiency”.

From Paul Lundberg, “If fire is weak water may extinguish it If water is deficient fire can vaporize it — overcoming the element that usually controls it.  Reversal of control sequence is called Counteracting or Insulting.

The Key Word Is Balance

Fire and Water balance each other,

Metal and Wood balance each other, and

Earth is at the Center that balances all the other four elements.

At transitional times we take on Earth Qualities (pivot) until the next season. {An important acupoint to support transitions is Stomach 25 which is 2 cun (thumb widths) on either side of the Navel. It is known as “Spiritual Pivot”

WATER allows Wood to grow (inspire)

WOOD fuels the Fire (energizes)

FIRE nourishes the Earth (ashes into soil) 

EARTH creates structured Metals (coal, diamonds) 

METAL nourishes Water (breaks down element into air, water

WATER controls FIRE (hot flashes & fevers)

WOOD stabilizes EARTH (clear up indigestion, infuses enthusiasm)

EARTH contains and provides boundaries for WATER (motivate, nourish)

FIRE controls METAL(inspires and loosens up seriousness)

METAL controls WOOD(create structure & discipline projects complete)

Adaptation — Creating a Zone of Resiliency

To stay healthy a person must continually adapt to changes going on both inside & outside the body. If adaptations are not made illness can manifest as disharmony — too far in the stress zone.  The task is to interpret cause and adjust lifestyle to restore body function.

One must look after yourself and be responsible for your own condition.

Rest. Exercise. Diet, Security.

Nourishing/Shen Cycle aka “Mother & Child”

          WATER allows Wood to grow & accomplish things.

          WOOD fuels the Fire to reach out for relationships.

          FIRE creates Earth (ashes into soil) which nourishes all.

          EARTH condenses to create structured Metals (coal, diamonds). 

          METAL enriches Water to settle, rest & be quiet.

Control/Restraining/Ko Cycle aka “Grandmother”

WATER extinguishes FIRE 

Hot flashes due to deficient Water or 

too much Fire can vaporize Water (fried) 

WOOD penetrates/roots into/stabilizes EARTH 

Sugar & High protein stresses liver. Too acidic and liver becomes toxic, overworked. (Symptoms=Breast sensitivity, Digestion problems, constipation, diarrhea, Menstrual problems). 

EARTH dams/provides boundaries for  WATER 

Too much earth, waterlogged, bloated, edemic, sensitive to humidity. Difficult to loose weight/fleshy/worrier. Sluggish, unmotivated. Must find balance in taking care of others and our own needs. 

FIRE melts Metal 

Inspiring, playfulness—child-self. Lightness


Can give structure to dreams. Can inspire or criticism can impinge upon

  the childlike qualities of wood — (performing, creativity). 

5-Element Chart

The 5-Element Supporting Foods

The Five Tastes 

from Lundberg referencing the Shang Su text,

     “ That which soaks and descends (water) is salty, that which blazes

       upward (fire) is bitter, that which can be bent and straightened (wood)

       is sour, that which can be moulded and become hard (metal) is 

       pungent, that which permits sowing and reaping (earth) is sweet.”

5-Element Foods For Each Season


Liver/Gall Bladder 


Sour Foods, Tart Fruits, Citrus Fruits, Grapefruit Juice, Healthy Oils/Fats are good for liver–create insulation & ability to buffer stress.  Steamed Dark Greens, Broccoli, Carrots, Green Peppers, Zucchini, Avocado, Lettuces, Pickles, Olives, Chicken Liver Pate, Chicken (free range)=Blood-Building Tonic, Sour Yoghurt, Pastas, Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rye, Spelt(Russian wheat), Green Lentils,Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Mayo, Butter, Strawberries, Sour Plums, Sour Apples, Sour Cherries, Crab apples, Hibiscus, Cheeses, Wheat, Oats, Barley, Split Pea, Mung, Green Lentil, Artichoke, Lettuce, Parsley, Pea, Rhubarb, Snap Bean, Zucchini, String Bean, Vinegar.

Craving Chinese Food, Greasy Fried Food, Pizza, Peanut Butter, Buttery Foods, Cappuccino (Night Owls), Coffee, Cola>> crank up a sluggish Liver but can be addictive, poisonous or damaging to Liver.


Heart/Small Intestine  Pericardium/Triple Warmer

Fire Supporting Foods

Bitter Greens, Swiss Chard, Black Beans, Red Lentils. Bitter Dark Chocolate, Pistachio Nuts, Corn, Asparagus, Dandelion, Escarole, Okra, Apricot, Guava, Loquat, Persimmon, Raspberry, Strawberry, Sesame, Hops, Tomato.

Craving (Excitants/Electrolytes): Popcorn, Shrimp, Chocolate, Coffee, Liquor, Tobacco.

EARTH/ Late Summer


Earth Supporting Foods

Almonds, Yams, Chick Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Pecans, Millet, Mango, Pumpkin Seeds, Healthy Fats — Flax Seed Oil, Evening Primrose, Borage Oil, Olive Oil, Fenugreek, Anise, Licorice, Marjoram, Vanilla, Pine Nut, Macadamia, Anchovy, Salmon, Swordfish, Tuna, Bamboo Shoot, Collards, Squash, Eggplant, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Spinach, Corn on the Cob, Tapioca, Coconut, Fig, Dates, Grapes, Melon, Orange, Papaya, Pineapple, Plantain, Prune, Raisin, Cherry.

Craving Sugar, Ice Cream, Fruit Juice, Quail, Pheasant, Honey, Maple Syrup, Pero, Relish.


Lung/Large Intestine

Metal Supporting Foods

Sulphur Veggies—Radish, Leek, Celery, Watercress, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Daikon, Garlic, Ginger, Iceberg Lettuce, Kolrabi, Lotus Root, Onion, Mustard Green, Rapini, Turnip, Tempeh, Rice, Taro, Great Northern Bean, Navy Bean, White Potato, Peach, Pear.

Craving Mint, Mochi, Spirulina, Tofu, Beef, Turkey, Soybean, Spices.



Water Supporting Foods 

Seaweed, Eggs, Kelp, Pinto Beans, Aduki Beans, Kidney Beans, Buckwheat, Beets, Water Chestnut, Cranberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Purple Grapes, Watermelon, Shellfish, Dulse, Kale, Mushroom.

Craving  Duck, Pork, Ham, Cafix, Miso, Pickles, Salt, Tamari, Soy Sauce, Tea, Gomasio, Water.

Horary Points For 5-Elements

When you stimulate these points in time you strengthen the element and organ.

Place a fulcrum (curved pull, smile,comma) into a point for 2 minutes each side.






Time/ Point Locations:

3 a.m. to 5 a.m.: (LU8 Metal) On the forearm, one thumb-width proximal to the radial aspect of the wrist crease (see picture below)

5 a.m. to 7 a.m.: (LI1 Metal ) On the index finger, at the base of the radial side of the nail bed (see picture below)

7 a.m. to 9 a.m.: (ST36 Earth ) On the lower leg, just below the head of the tibia, one thumb-width lateral from midline (see picture below)

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: (SP3 Earth) On the medial arch of the foot, proximal to the joint connecting the big toe to the foot (see picture below)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: (HT8 Fire) On the palm of the hand, where the tip of the little finger rests when making a loose fist (see picture below)

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: (SI5 Fire) On the ulnar end of the wrist crease distal to the ulna (see picture below)

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: (BL66 Water) On the lateral side of the foot, proximal to the joint connecting the little toe to the foot (see picture below)

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: (KI10 Water) On the medial side of the leg, just above the end of the popliteal crease (see picture below)

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: (PC8 Fire) At the center of the palm, where the tip of the 3rd finger rests when making a loose fist (see picture below)

9 p.m. to 11 p.m.: (TW6 Fire) On top of the forearm, 3 thumb-widths proximal to the wrist, between the bones (see picture below)

11 p.m. to 1 a.m.: (GB41 Wood) On top of the foot, between the 4th and 5th toes, where the bones meet (see picture below)

1 a.m. to 3 a.m.: (LV1 Wood) On the big toe, at the base of the lateral side of the nail bed (see picture below)

About the Horary Point Authors

Susan Popiel RN, BSN, CST graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and has served as a nurse for over 25 years. She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association AHNA. Her interest in natural, integrative healthcare led her to study Clinical Acupressure, Process Acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy, Zero Balancing, Insight Dialogue Meditation, guided imagery and journaling. She holds certification in Clinical Acupressure and Craniosacral Therapy and teaches the Acupressure Seva Stress Release Protocol Course. Susan has a private practice in Pisgah Forest, N.C.

Cathy Miller MM, LMT, ABT is an acupressure therapist, licensed massage therapist and Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM). She sees clients at Crossings: a center for the healing traditions in Silver Spring, Md., and is an affiliated practitioner 

Alvina Quatrano LMT is a colleague of Susan and Cathy who lives and practices in Naples FL.  She teaches acupressure which is approved for CEU’s by FL Board of Health and NBTCMB.  Alvina also teaches many classes and offers an online and hands-on Art of Holistic Massage (AOHMassage) Class approved for 34 FL CEU credits.  See for more information.


Values & 5-Elements

Art of Holistic Massage (AOHMassage) Foundation 1: Subtle Body Continuing Education for Massage Therapists NCBTMB & FL

5-Element Module AOHMassage Foundation 1: Subtle Body

5-Element Foods: For a document of this info please contact Alvina at