Near Death Experience – Disaster Turned into Creative Growth

A Violent Attack In 1979, I had a disastrous experience one night. I had been hit over the head in my bed by a blow that nearly killed me. At the time, I was sound asleep on my side in my unlocked studio. Whoever entered to steal the $12 in my wallet also took one of my barbells and smashed my head with it when I stirred in my sleep.

A powerful voice came to me when I was unconscious. I remember, in my near death experience, hearing a voice that was very familiar, yet at the time I couldn’t identify who it was. Over and over I heard the voice tell me,

“Let yourself go… Just let yourself relax …

Just surrender… Go to a higher place…”

And then it would repeat, “Let yourself go….”


The Mystery Is Solved A few years later, a woman named Joan introduced herself to me as the first person to visit me in the hospital. She had found out I had a fatal head injury and rushed over to see me. She was able to get to me even before my parents arrived from Los Angeles.

I didn’t recognize Joan at all. She turned out to be Reuho Yamada’s life coach, my Zen Shiatsu teacher’s friend and spiritual guide. That’s when I realized that the voice I was hearing over and over was the voice of my teacher, Reuho Yamada.

An Injury & A Transformation Because of my injury, I was incapacitated for four months. I had blood in my eye and was weak, dizzy, and depressed. I reached into my soul.

I had been in private practice for seven years, giving Acupressure treatments to individual clients. I realized that this horrific near death experience made it extremely difficult for me to practice.

In asking the universe what my next step was, I vowed to expand what I had to offer the world with the healing teachings I had been given.

From then on, I rarely gave individual sessions. Instead, I began to teach more and to develop the curriculum for the Acupressure Institute that I was running at the time. This greatly expanded the number of people I was able to interact with, teach, and inspire.

That work has evolved into the Online Trainings & Courses that I currently teach. People all over the world are able to take advantage of my online lessons for self-healing and for personal, emotional, and spiritual growth. And for some, going further, for professional growth for those who choose to become Acupressure practitioners themselves.

I also became an author. I began to write books and booklets and to produce instructional self-healing audios and self-healing videos. Many of the written materials are also available to download, as eBooks and eBooklets. All of the videos and some of the audios can also be downloaded, to be more convenient for you.

All of the Acupressure Products and the Online Trainings & Courses, and all the many other resources that are available on this website, have one focus —


My goal is to empower people to be able to improve their health and well-being naturally.