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FEATURE – I’m sure you’ll remember a time when you didn’t really want to do anything in your childhood. Maybe it was going to school, visiting Aunt Mabel, or doing something else that made you uncomfortable. Then poof! Like magic, you had a stomach ache, a headache, or an anxiety attack.
You may have said that these symptoms were “all in your head.” However, scientific research is finally getting what our bodies intuitively know. Recent research at the Mayo Clinic states that “poor emotional health can lead to headaches, muscle aches, chest pain, fatigue, low libido, abdominal pain and sleep problems.”
Research is also showing the effects of trauma on the body. Trauma is defined as a highly distressing or disturbing experience, which means that our trauma is very individual. What is very worrying for one person may be a regular Tuesday for another.
according to a study found in Good therapy, emotional or physical trauma “pushes the activation of the nervous system beyond its ability to self-regulate,” causing it to remain “activated”. People who are trapped in trauma suffer from many negative physical and emotional effects. For example, you may be exposed to drugs, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and obvious muscle aches and pains, according to Psychology Today.
It’s interesting here! All the nerves in the body arise from the spinal cord and pass through the fascia. The fascia is similar to the network that holds the body and organs together. Do you remember what trauma affects the nervous system? The experience of being stuck in the nervous system can cause us grief anywhere because all the nerves in the body come out of the spinal cord that comes from the brain.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been researching this phenomenon for thousands of years. He has been able to determine where each emotion or grief is in the body. For example:
- We process anger in the liver.
- The heart where we live lacks joy.
- The kidneys store fear.
- The lungs hold sorrow and sadness.
- We suffer from anxiety and malnutrition in the garden.
Within these organs, we also experience two types of energy (chi): yin, which receives, permits, and stops, and yang, which gives, which is external, and which expels. In our Western world, most of us experience a yin imbalance, so we need to learn to pick up more and stay still. This silence can best be experienced in meditation.
There are specific methods of mindfulness that allow trauma experiences or emotions to be taken out of the body, allowing the nervous system to eventually emerge from the mode of struggle, flight, or freezing.
Almost any method that connects the head, body, emotion and energy can be helpful in this process. These include reflexology, tai chi, yoga, breathing, reiki, shaman work, chakra work, prayer, and meditation. According to UCLAHealth.org, reiki is used in more than 800 hospitals in the United States and more than 1,500 in Japan.
There’s a wonderful scene in Harry Potter’s latest film where Harry has just sacrificed himself and is at a “train station next door” where he meets his tutor, Dumbledore. Harry asks, “Is this real or is it in my head?” Dumbledor replies, “My dear boy, of course, this is in your head, but why would that become so real?” I invite you to spend a little more time with your nervous system, to feel where you can stop and then to look for enthusiastic activities that will heal this deep relationship between mind and heart, mind and body.
It has been my pleasure to help customers in the United States and around the world heal this relationship. This work is much smoother than you think. Encourage yourself to plan a 60-minute session with yourself and your heart to begin the path to healing with your personal and emotional body.
Written by ANNA DUPREE, With BFA, LMT, WholeHEART Awakening.
This article was originally written by St. Published in the May / June 2022 issue of George Health and Wellness.
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