Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mr. Shree’s alternative approach to pain-reduction and bodily healing: verbalisation and acupressure

Haven’t we all heard the saying that “nothing is really as bad as we make it out to be in our minds?” That is what Mr. Shree believes too…
During May 2014, Mr. Shree; an experienced life-coach, motivational speaker and acupressure master with a background in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), EFTT (Emotion Freeing ‘Tapping’ Therapy) has hosted two sessions regarding pain reduction and bodily healing at SHAFA HOME, Delhi. In his introduction, he told us that his core philosophy within 20 years of his practice has been focused on placing ‘mind over matter’ to win at life’s challenges. In his second session on Friday 30th May 2014, he presented a session dedicated to ‘medication-free healing’. Under this main topic, our residents studied two pertinent topics; ‘pain perception’ and ‘pain-liberating’ techniques.
These two sessions have given an insight into how we perceive and manage our pain. We are used to relying on quick-fix remedies such as painkillers and analgesic gels to topically relieve pain. We forget that pain is a mental projection of our consciousness to a negative physical stimulus. If we act at the root of the mental projection, then we can naturally rid ourselves of pain.  Mr. Shree explained to us that our perception of pain is in the mind. The severity of the pain is subjective to our own opinions. Through harnessing and channeling our mind’s creative power we can persuade ourselves that the pain will diminish and eventually disappear completely. These collective ‘persuasions’ are called verbal dialoguing affirmations. By repeating these positive affirmations such as “My pain is a subjective opinion…it will pass…I love and accept myself despite my [pain]” we can gradually and successfully reduce the amount of pain we otherwise experience.
 Mr. Shree also briefed our residents that there are thirteen pressure points that are pressed in order to decongest our energy body’s meridians (junctions) of energy build-up. This energy build-up causes physical ailments to manifest in the physical body. These physical ailments can range from rheumatic joint pain, digestive and respiratory problems to viral infections and colds. Within these thirteen total meridian pressure-points are three major junctions that control the complete energy circulation of the entire body; these are located at the eye-socket, under the collarbone and on the side of the palm close to the smallest finger. Through systematically tapping these points at least 10 times, the release of the energy congestion is facilitated. The fundamentals of acupressure work on the same principle of Pranic Healing - another natural healing science which our Delhi residents are also attending.
These verbal dialoguing affirmations are
accompanied with acupressure techniques to form the highly effective EFTT. EFTT has to be repeated in 4-5 cycles in order to allow its maximum effectiveness to be felt. EFTT releases this pent-up energy contributing to the manifestation of the pain. When our keen residents participated in the EFTT activity, they reported that their prior level of pain had slightly reduced at 2 cycles, after 5 cycles their pain had diminished greatly. They were left feeling surprisingly relaxed and impressed with the exercise. A great success!   
The speed and effectiveness of EFTT was investigated among our family members. After being briefed with the background knowledge surrounding the topic, they were asked to measure their pain on a scale of 1-10 before and after embarking on the practice. The majority of residents were rating their prior level at 7 or 8 and their post-exercise level at 2 or 3. Mr. Shree explained to us that they needed to make a habit of the EFTT routine in order to bring maximum results.  
Residents were left feeling pleasantly relieved, despite enduring the balmy summer heat; it had been a great investment of time for them. They had not been deterred put their full focus and attention into the afternoon’s activity. Many gave feedback that they definitely felt they reaped the results of their efforts. Mr. Shree’s sessions have added to their “tool-box” of remedial techniques alongside their experiences within the treatment programme.  

 Our residents are finally opening their eyes to one
big, resounding fact: not every method of pain-reduction; whether physical or emotional relies on chemical quick-fixing. If we take time to consider alternative holistic approaches not only are we opening and broadening our minds to a different way of thinking and living (broadening our scope on life), we are also solidifying our firm belief that substances are simply not necessary to rid or fix us of our problems. From all of us at SHAFA HOME, we thank Mr. Shree for his fantastic sessions and greatly anticipate their continuation in the near future.

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