Stress & Anxiety

Stress, Anxiety and SHEN Therapy – a Rapid, Effective Alternative

On the 13th of March 1996, Thomas Hamilton entered the primary school in the small town of Dunblane, Scotland, took out his guns and shot an entire class of five year-olds. The teacher and 16 children were killed, 12 children and two other teachers were shot and wounded; only one child was left uninjured before he turned his gun on himself.

The entire town was traumatized; nearly every citizen was affected – but not in the same ways. Some could not eat, some cried endlessly, others could not cry; still others raged, many without any direct involvement unexplainably felt deep shame. Rarely is the connection between stressful situations and the difference in the emotions evoked in different people so clearly displayed.

Why is stress so personally unique?

Why do one person’s buttons get pushed when others’ aren’t? There are no direct connections between the external stressors in day-to-day stressful situations – the boss that upsets you, or the traffic, or the loud noise – and the physiological mechanisms in your body that respond. What is in our personal make-up that makes our responses so different from the next person’s when confronted with the same situation?

SHEN theory operates on the principle that residue of emotional trauma from earlier in life is held deep inside the body where it influences the way we live our lives, and disrupts normal bodily functioning. When an event occurs that is similar to the originating event, it can aggravate the hidden emotions and cause them to flare up, worsening our behavior and exacerbating our physical problems. The painful emotional trauma is trapped in the body by the Auto-Contractile Pain Reflex (ACPR).

SHEN practice is a science-based form of biofield therapeutics that adheres to the physics of the biofield as deduced by Richard R. Pavek. When doing SHEN, we place our hands on your body in a series of precise, polarized locations that are indicated by the particular emotional condition you present and conform to biofield physics. This correctly focuses the qi (ch’i) from our hands so as to release the ACPR contractions trapping the painful emotions. In this way, SHEN safely lifts old, painful emotions to the surface where they disperse and leave.

Additional Information

How do the stressors ‘out there’ get inside your body to produce the biological effects that they clearly cause? Just what is it that makes our hearts pump wildly – or slow down – when we are stressed? And why can’t we control these effects even when we know their cause?

Because the process of stress is poorly understood, many people blame themselves for being ‘overstressed’ in situations when others subjected to the same conditions are hardly stressed.

Just what is stress?

First of all, stress is not ‘out there’ in our surroundings. The stressors are ‘out there’ but, stress and the effects of stress are inside our bodies.

Second, the only way adverse life events (unless physical abuse is involved) can affect the body is through the emotions they evoke. The interface, or connection, between the stressors out there and the physical reactions inside us is our emotions, emotions activated within our bodies.

Third, the reason we are affected differently from others around us when faced with the same stressful situation is that each of us carries a different emotional history inside our bodies. As children some of us were taught to feel excitement when challenged, others were taught to be afraid. Some were praised for our efforts by our parents; others were belittled for their efforts, still others were beaten when we failed to perform satisfactorily. The external event may reawaken the lingering memories of similar events, memories that carry their own set of anxieties. The emotions evoked from earlier, similar events are often more intense than those caused by the current event. In fact, the rule is that the more stressful the current event, the more likely it will trigger any hidden emotional trauma we carry within us. It is little wonder, then, that we respond differently; some of us are carrying our own, unresolved anxiety-stressors deep inside just waiting to be ignited by an external situation.

One of the more common results of SHEN is in the reduction of day-to-day anxiety.


Copyright Richard Pavek, SHEN Therapy Institute