Developed in the 1970s by Richard Pavek SHEN offers both physical and emotional release. SHEN is an acronym for Specific Human Energy Nexus and comes from Pavek’s insights into the functioning of an emotional matrix in the biofield, an energy field that surrounds each person. It is based on the premise that the biofield holds repressed painful emotions caused by stress or trauma that can trigger an auto-contractile pain response (ACPR), causing the part of the body affected by the emotion to contract, thus trapping the emotional pain in the body. This contraction can continue, sometimes for many years, until the emotion is released. When developing this therapy, Pavek recognized that the energy within the biofield tends to flow in certain patterns in most people, running up the right-hand side of the body and down the left. In addition, energy flows out of the right hand and into the left. SHEN Therapy works with this flow of energy by allowing the practitioner’s biofield to merge with that of the recipient, opening this field so that the unwanted emotions can dissipate and be released.
The SHEN therapist first questions the client in a loving way about her current emotional state and how her body feels. The therapist then uses body scanning to determine the physical location of somatically held emotions so she can design and execute the appropriate release plan; changes in temperature and other subtle differences may indicate problems areas. Most emotions are held in four centers: the heart, the solar plexus, the navel area, and the perineum or root. The circular flow of energy in the biofield that runs through and connects these centers has a certain directionality, which the practitioner engages by gently placing paired hands above and below the client’s body in specific polarized positions on these flow lines, matching the flow of the recipient’s energy. One hand is considered the giver and the other, the taker, and they sandwich the body between them, directing energy through it. In this way, the practitioner boosts the energy flow through the emotional centers to loosen contractions and free the emotions. The hands are often repositioned at specific locations, similar to some of the chakras, to help lift a particular emotion to the surface of the body so that it can dissipate. The process is repeated until there is a positive emotional shift and a more balanced emotional base is established in the person’s core. The therapist often directs the client to breathe in certain ways during this process, and she may apply gentle pressure or rocking to accelerate the release process.
Although it can be useful for providing anyone with more personal insight, SHEN Therapy is particularly helpful in dealing with chronic pain that cannot be traced to physical causes, as well as emotional blockages created by psychological stress or significant past trauma. This gentle, supportive form of therapy requires a series of sessions, especially for clients with deep-seated physical and emotional disorders.
Contact: SHEN Therapy Institute – www.shentherapy.info
This modality comes from “Our Inner Ocean”, a book by Captain LeCain W. Smith: The author, LeCain W. Smith, learned early in life that his personal path to awakening was through ocean sailing, bodywork, and transformational energetic experiences. When living on the sea, making friends with the elements and with nature, he uncovered his passion for adventure, exploration, fitness, and health. He spent many years studying and experiencing bodywork and practicing yoga, qigong, breath-work, and meditation. This passion, combined with seeing numerous friends struggle with health problems, eventually drove Smith to reach out and help others through the writing of this book. If this endeavor changes the life of only one person, he will consider it a success.
Good health is something we all aspire to, but it’s so much more than just being free of disease. A perfectly functioning body, tranquil mind, and vibrant spirit working together harmoniously create the joy and happiness that put the good in good health and the worth into a life worth living. Our Inner Ocean describes ancient and new holistic modalities of practitioner-applied bodywork and revitalizing self-care practices.