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Bringing Emotions to the Fore With Shen Therapy

By: Sarah Knowles BA, MA - Updated: 28 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
Shen Therapy Emotions Post-traumatic

Often, people feel they are unable to move on with their lives due to unresolved issues. These can be childhood traumas or incidents that happened in adulthood, which can cause untold problems in later life if not dealt with correctly.

Some people, in fact, have suffered traumas which manifest themselves not only emotionally but physically, resulting in panic attacks, undue anxiety and other problems. In some cases, such post-traumatic stress can greatly hinder the quality of their lives, and make it difficult to accomplish what they would like to do if their emotional health were on a more even plateau.

That's where SHEN therapy comes in, a type of emotional release therapy that aims to get to the root of the traumas bothering you, to help you resolve them and hopefully move on to a better place.

People who practise SHEN therapy say it often works where more conventional types of "talking therapies" have failed. They also point out that it is completely safe and reliable,suitable for all types of people regardless of age or gender.

Basics of SHEN Therapy

Kind of like a form of "hands-on" reiki, SHEN therapy concentrates on what is known as bio-field therapeutics, which was developed by a man called Richard R. Pavek.

He believed that electromagnetic fields bind the molecules of the body together, that come together into a human biofield, which is the core of our emotions.

By tapping into this human biofield, Pavek believed, we can cause a change in the way we perceive our emotions, and the way our emotions affect us.

Interestingly, he believed that the Chi, or natural biofield energy, exists a few inches away from the body as well, which is why tapping into it can involve human touch or not, as the case may be.

In fact, during a conference in Colorado, USA, in 1977, he discovered that the energy in human biofields can have an effect on each other, with or without actual touching.

Using this as a basis he developed SHEN therapy, which comes from the Chinese word meaning spirit and also stands for Specific Human Emotional Nexus.

How It Works

SHEN therapy works by a series of one-to-one sessions, during which the patient lies completely clothed on what is known as a padded SHEN cradle.

The practitioner then will place his or her hands either near your body or gently on it, to release trapped emotions and bring them to the fore, where they then can dissipate.

Some people say they may twitch or move as this happens, others say they suddenly might re-live forgotten or buried memories, which have been trapped and only now brought to the surface.

Eventually, the patient should feel a feeling of calm, and after a series of sessions, hopefully he or she will be able to shake off anxiety, stress and pain. The practitioner may engage in a verbal dialogue with the patient or not; often that is for the patient to decide.

Purported Benefits

Proponents of SHEN therapy say it can work wonders on a variety of problems, both physical and mental, and that some of the benefits it has include:

  • Makes people more creative, insightful and compassionate
  • Helps get rid of post-traumatic stress
  • Empowers people to "be in the now"
  • Frees people from outdated patterns of behaviour, as well as debilitating emotions and thoughts
  • Helps get rid of chronic pain
  • Treats conditions such as panic attacks, eating disorders and depression
SHEN therapy is a hands-on technique that works for some people, and can bring emotional relief to those who have confidence in its healing properties. It is completely non-invasive so you might as well give it a try – the worst it can do is make you out-of-pocket for nothing!

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