"Chinese Masters say that the Shen is an embracing love that expresses itself in our hearts. It presides over the emotions and communicates itself outwardly as an all-encompassing compassion, acceptance, and tolerance towards others. Shen energy is our guiding spirit, a wonderful manifestation of our higher virtue as humans. When our “Shen is off”, we are dispirited, brought down by life’s stresses, toxins and traumas. But, when we are full of Shen, we dare to live to the fullest."

~Donna Gates

Bioenergetic Massage & Shen Touch brings about the healthy integration of mind and body. This one-hour experiential treatment begins with discussion, and includes approximately 35 minutes of bodywork and a reflection period. Ongoing sessions provide the opportunity to understand and resolve a good amount of our existential suffering and pain, both physical and emotional. Step by step, these treatments will guide us to fully engage in life and establish a healthy, happy state of being.

The first series of treatments strengthen the autonomic (or vegetative) nervous system, which regulates the basic body processes such as breathing, circulation and heart activity, digestion, elimination, glandular activity and actions and responses of the eyes – basically, actions and movements that are NOT under conscious control…hence the word ‘autonomic’. The autonomic system then divides into the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. These systems act antagonistically to each other – for example, the sympathetic system speeds up the action of the heart, while the parasympathetic slows it down. Eventually these treatments also focus on the emotional field. In fact, at this point, there is an exchange of energy between the therapist and the client.

The next series of treatments work on the peripheral nervous system. This system regulates muscle tone and substance, and is connected to movements within conscious control. These treatments help the client to regain contact with the body and with his or her environment. This is a sequence that is powerfully emotive and sensorial.

The final series of treatments are called “Tai”, meaning supreme, or “Bellezza”, as they activate the sensorial cells of the skin, and promote the awareness of a pure sense of pleasure and joy. These treatments unify our sense of the physical body aspect, and the perception or emotional feeling that we have about the body. Ultimately, this unification completely frees our vital energy and permits us to fully take pleasure in every moment, here and now.

The voyage in self-discovery, as you see, is not a one-day journey! Wassim and his colleagues in Parma received several years of personal therapy, in addition to training as therapists, before receiving a Master’s Degree. Each individual will experience a different process and has a different path to travel. What matters is that we take that first step.

How Bioenergetic Massage & Shen Touch
Can Help

Developed from over 40 years of therapeutic study and experimentation, Shen Touch treatments have proven to be a valid support for those experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Stress
  • Back Pain
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attack
  • Generalized Fear
  • Grief and Loss
  • Mild Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty in Relationships
  • Sense of Emptiness
  • PTSD

"Bioenergetics is the study of the flow and transformation of energy in and between living organisms and between living organisms and their environment."