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IMMERSION THERAPY

C. Norman Shealy, M.D. Ph.D.

When I started the first Pain Rehabilitation Center in 1971, my major goal was to keep patients occupied with scheduled and mostly relaxing therapy a minimum of 8+ hours daily. In 1973, I added biofeedback and autogenic training and in 1994, in addition to physical approaches with massage, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and exercise, I added biofeedback, which evolved into Biogenics®, my expansion of Autogenic Training to include the full range of self-regulation tools I extracted from 350 books and at least a dozen workshops. For the next 30 years, patients who entered the intensive 2-week program were immersed in deep relaxation and self-regulation training for at least 4 hours daily. I called it immersion therapy and consider that intensity significantly responsible for our 85% success rate in treating over 30,000 patients who had failed conventional medicine.

A recent article in the Journal of Psychoneuroimmunology has reported that a full day of mindfulness meditation in experienced meditators can change gene-regulating activity and reduce levels of pro-inflammatory genes. We have known since Benson’s work in the 70’s that just 40 minutes of deep relaxation daily can lower adrenalin production and insulin requirement by 50% for the entire 24 hours. The latest work takes up beyond chemistry to epigenetic modulation.

I suspect that many individuals could heal remarkably if they were willing to do 4 hours or more of deep relaxation Biogenics therapy daily! Not total immersion but a great alternative and easily done with CD’s and the Shealy RelaxMate II.

Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.