The Role of Emotions in Our Health and Recovery  
By Russell Fox, CST



No one doubts the power of emotions. While some enrich our hearts and souls and improve our health, other emotions distress our bodies, inflame our imaginations, sabotage our reason, and negatively affect everything we do, think or say. Overwhelming emotional life-responses can be a living nightmare.

 Many authorities now believe our E.Q. (emotional quotient) is more important in how we live our lives than our I.Q. This dominant role of emotion in our lives brings up important questions that directly affect us all:

1. Why are emotions actually felt in our bodies?

2. Why do we all feel the same emotions in the same specific body areas?

3. What is it that allows painful, often deeply repressed emotions to be converted into troubling and, at times, crippling psychological and physical dysfunctions?

For those who only know the traditional medical and psychological models, these are actually quite difficult questions to answer. There just doesn’t seem to be a brain-body mechanism that would account for the site-specific physical reactions we all have to specific emotions. Yet, there must be some previously undetected system that could explain why people from all cultures and historical periods sense their emotions in the same specific regions of the torso.

Anyone who has ever experienced a deep sense of loss can accurately point to the mid-chest area of the heart as the place where sadness and grief are felt. Likewise, everyone has felt the sickening grip of guilt and shame in his or her lower abdomen. Anger and fear are always centered in “the pit of the stomach,” near the solar plexus.

Because difficult emotions are painful, and because we learn that it is not socially appropriate to express them, we usually repress them. However, repressing emotions does not make them disappear. They remain inside affecting and controlling all our social behaviors, and many physical dysfunctions as well.

Emotions become trapped in our bodies by a process called the “Auto-Contractile Pain Response” — the body’s natural response to involuntarily contract around sites of pain. When these contractive responses are held for extended periods, they begin depriving the affected tissues of much needed cellular nutrients, and also interrupting the normal elimination of toxic metabolic waste. Not limited to just the torso, contractive emotional response also dramatically affects normal brain function and resulting thought processes.

Held long enough, unresolved painful emotions contribute not only to such conditions as anxiety, codependency, depression, sleep disorders, phobias, and chemical dependency, but also to digestive irregularities, non-biological chronic back pain, ulcers, elevated premenstrual distress, debilitating migraines, even loss of normal sexual interest and function.

What is needed is a therapy which works to release these troubling held emotions, thereby accessing the deeper beneficial life-affirming emotions of confidence, joy and love, emotions necessary for satisfying, productive human functioning.

The most encouraging development in recent years has been the emergence of “SHEN Physio-Emotional Release Therapy,” a non-invasive hands-on treatment for emotionally rooted disorders. The name SHEN, an acronym for Specific Human Emotional Nexus, is a reference to the site-specific nature of felt human emotions.

When the pressureless touch procedures comprising SHEN are applied to the body, the involuntary contractions surrounding areas of either physical or emotional pain are dissolved. Their damaging effects on the local body regions also end as glands and organs in that region become free to function normally. Dramatic reductions in chronic pain and the other primary symptoms often occur quite rapidly.

Following SHEN’s clinically-developed methods, Certified SHEN Practitioners use the naturally occurring biofield qi (ch’i) from their hands to gently raise and dissipate these old buried contractive emotional responses to life’s challenges, releasing the pain, and restoring normal physical functioning, emotional health, and natural confidence and well-being.

SHEN Therapy was developed by physicist and engineer Richard R. Pavek. As a scientist, he viewed the phenomenon of emotions and their bodily affects as possibly having something to do with the concept of fields in physics. He decided to follow the principles that apply to all other field systems such as the formative currents of weather systems, water currents and electro-magnetics. Once SHEN’s hands-on procedures were determined, he began an investigation into the dynamics of emotion. SHEN Physio-Emotional Release Therapy is the combined result of his research.

SHEN sessions last about an hour, during which you comfortably recline fully clothed while the practitioner gently lays his/her hands on your body in a series of precise placements specific to your needs. You may feel ting-les or other sensations as you relax or enter a meditation-like state where forgotten memories and pivotal life-events are re-experienced. You may feel the emotions related to these and more recent events as they surface and dissipate.

SHEN is not medical, psychiatric or psychological treatment, nor does it replace or interfere with such treatments. SHEN is used to release debilitating emotions from the body, allowing us to feel and be governed by the emotions of confidence, joy and love.

SHEN is an intensive, short-term process designed to allow clients to function normally, independently, and without constant help or support. The number of sessions needed depends  on the client’s current physioemotional state and their goals.

In addition to private sessions,  SHEN Emotional Empowerment Workshops are held frequently in various parts of the U.S., Canada and Europe. These seven-day personal growth and discovery intensives are also the first training step for those wishing to become certified as SHEN Therapists.

For more information, call Russell Fox, Certified SHEN Therapist, at The SHEN Center of Los Angeles (323) 937-9307.  

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