Can the Arneson Method be used for ongoing stress reduction?
No. Although extraordinarily relaxing and energizing, the Arneson Method is too potent to be used for simple stress reduction. The method guides the body to a special state of relaxation—an accelerated healing mode—wherein healing functions are mobilized at full force. If the receiver has a pain condition, such as injury-related chronic pain or migraine, the body will prioritize and focus on healing that condition. But then, when the physical pain is gone, the body will automatically attempt to discharge painful emotions buried in the body—another type of healing. This activity can be harmful for several reasons, giving us the "healing crisis" phenomenon so common in complementary methods. If allowed, the body will overextend itself to the point of doing harm. In contrast, the Arneson Method is fine-tuned to exploit healing overdrive in quick, precise, safe applications, for physical complaints only.
That being said, any relaxing method could be improved with the Arneson Method’s behavior science. Unbeknownst to most practitioners, every relaxing method addresses at least one of the nine behavior functions. More behavior functions could be included in any method, for better results, without risking the complications of healing overdrive. The Arneson Method is different in that it addresses all nine functions in depth, as needed, ensuring healing overdrive for carefully monitored applications.
The number of Arneson Method treatments that can be received safely depends on how much time the body needs to heal its medical problem. For most conditions seen, injury memory—the root of injury-related chronic pain—will be expelled in the first session. If the pain condition is complicated (e.g. multiple injuries and/or surgeries in the same area) or the client is extra fatigued (typical of longstanding low back pain), the first session is needed strictly for rest, which permits discharge in the second session. After injury memory removal, the method must be discontinued. Or, for migraine sufferers, the Arneson Method is allowed only during a migraine or pre-migraine symptoms, until the episodes cease altogether (four sessions on average). Or, for CRPS in the extremities, several months of short sessions trigger SNS pain discharge until stagnation and pain are gone, with no risk of complications.