SHEN Emotional-Release Therapy

What is SHEN® Therapy?

SHEN® Therapy is a breakthrough approach to emotional health, a radically new understanding of how emotion influences the body & the mind. Much more than an emotional triggering technique or a learned repetitive suppression of internalized responses, SHEN® is a deep process of personal emotional unfolding, de-layering & growth.

SHEN® Therapy is a specific hands-on technique, which is performed with the recipient lying on a special Shen cradle. The Practitioner places her hands on and around the recipient's body, directing energy through the body, which encourages contracted muscles to relax. 

Often the recipient will become deeply relaxed and as the tensions around the trapped emotions loosen, the emotion can surface, and be fully experienced, released and completed. This process is often different to how we usually experience our emotions because we are in a safe place, we may be in a deep state and so we are not having to react to them. This can make the emotions seem less frightening. There is no physical pressure or manipulations involved. It is a safe, reliable and very effective process.

SHEN® helps: -
  • if you are in a traumatic life crisis
  • if you are suffering from post traumatic stress
  • with emotional depression
  • with panic attacks
  • with recurrent nightmares
  • with eating disorders
  • if you are out of touch with your emotions
  • with lack of confidence or self-doubts
  • with endless grief
  • with phobias
  • with blocked sexual feelings
  • if you are unable to leave the past behind
  • if you are constantly fearful, even when there's nothing to fear
  • if you find yourself constantly overreacting.


There are more states and conditions SHEN® can help with . SHEN® helps to break the behavioural patterns that we keep repeating that keep us from moving forward in our lives. 

Most importantly, SHEN® often results in greater self-empowerment and real personal growth.

History and Background

SHEN® Emotional-Release Therapy was developed by Richard Pavek in the 1970's, by an American Scientist and Researcher who, after an intriguing personal experience, felt compelled to investigate the biofield (the field of energy which permeates the body and extends into the aura) and the old established medical beliefs regarding emotions. 

He discovered that emotions are disturbances and conditions that occur within the biofield that penetrates the physical body as well as the brain. This is unlike the current medical concept that emotions are neurological e.g. in a part of the brain and therefore under the control of the brain. 

Our emotions drive us, and that is why it is difficult to control them by mental effort. How many times do we hear people say things like "driven by anger, frozen with fear" "I am heartbroken", "he's gutless", "hasn't got the backbone" "I'm fed up"? This demonstrates that we do feel our emotions in our body. We unconsciously carry around these buried emotions and it takes a lot of physical energy to hold them in. The tension can often then lead to impaired blood flow, toxin build-up and physical conditions such as chronic fatigue, irritable bowels, PMT, migraines or chronic pain no one can explain. 

Our emotions become trapped in the body by tension when we are unable to deal with them. We automatically respond to both physical and emotional pain in the same way by contracting our muscles around the pain and in the case of emotional pain, trapping the emotions inside our bodies.

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For Emotional healing and empowerment.
  • If your emotions keep stopping you from moving forward in life…
  • If your emotions make you overreact and say or do things you later wish you had not…
  • If your emotional states keep upsetting the organs in your body…
  • If your emotions keep making you see the events around you differently from everyone else...
  • If you can’t rid yourself of the pain you carry deep inside...

ITS TIME TO GET INTO SHEN® Emotional-Release Therapy

The Session:

After completing a history form about your emotional and physical traumas, the therapist will talk to you about your issues and assist you to connect with them. Then you recline, fully-clothed, on a special Shen cradle or table. You may feel tingles or other sensations as you relax, fall asleep or enter a state similar to meditation. Often forgotten memories of pivotal events from earlier in your life surface and are re-experienced. You can expect to feel many emotions related to these events as they arise and leave your body but in a new way, a way that you can easily handle.

Usually a series of sessions are required, with a minimum of 3 sessions, but often 10 sessions or more. It works faster and deeper than counselling but there is a process to go through.


It is very effective to receive an intensive series of sessions within 3-4 days. If you would like this option and are not local, we can offer accommodation at an additional cost. Please see our separate retreats page

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about SHEN® Emotional-Release Therapy, please call us or please click here to make an online enquiry today.