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  • Writer's pictureTania Cucciniello

Our Emotions and How They Affect the Body

Updated: May 3, 2020

How Emotions Affect Us

If you read my post "Have You Checked Your Posture Today?", I mentioned that we would save the topic of Emotions for a whole other blog post, well here we are. Ah emotions... They can be very strong and are not hard to see in someone's facial expressions or in the way someone carries themselves. We often let our emotions take over and it is obvious in our attitude. For instance, to be frustrated is a feeling of dissatisfaction often accompanied by anxiety and feeling both needy and angry. All these emotions tie in closely together. A person who is constantly in this state of anxiety will hold their body in a very stiff and rigid posture. A posture such as this can affect one's breathing pattern and flexibility; at this stage of sustained action and continuous bad mood, postural habits are set into the body.

What is an Emotional Release?

Have you ever heard someone say they had an Emotional Release? How exactly do emotions get "stuck" in the body & mind? There is a state of tension in the musculature when dealing with a memory or action that is unwelcome, such as stress, guilt, regret or grief. This state of tension is obviously more relaxed when we are dealing with happy emotions such as excitement, gratitude, inspiration and the highest frequency of them all- love. When we release the negative emotions it creates space in our body & mind for more positive emotions to enter and take their place.

There are many different holistic ways to achieve an Emotional Release. It can be achieved through the aid of meditation, yoga, luminotherapy, reiki, rebirthing, nature walks, massage therapy and bodywork. Those who are seeking an emotional release can often sense something is wrong and they don't quite feel like themselves. These negative feelings can range from feeling stuck in the same place (at home or at work), having a tendency to procrastinate or feeling depressed. Instead of using any negative patterns for relief such as excess eating or drinking; try one of the natural healing methods mentioned above and begin a journey to emotional freedom.

Can Massages Release Emotions?

Yes! Massage therapy can release negative emotions from the body by relieving muscle tension, pressure on the spine or the joints and relaxing the nervous system, which in return relaxes the mind. When we are in a state of relaxation during a massage, the body releases endorphins. Endorphins are released into the blood flow and can naturally reduce pain, reduce stress, boost energy, elevate mood, enhance the immune system and even slow down the aging process. Therefore, massage therapy is a wonderful modality to use to physically unblock "stuck" emotions and create space for both energy and relaxation.

CranioSacral Therapy and Emotions

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is very light bodywork performed on the person while they are fully clothed. This light yet effective technique can be favourable to use for someone who has emotional blockages as they may already be sensitive to touch. This light touch has intention and meaning from the bodyworker to the client. CST can help release emotions by easing the restrictions of the head, neck, sacrum and entire nervous system. While working on the tissues retaining these emotions, the client may experience relief consciously or non-consciously, meaning in a somatic moment not within the person's awareness at the time. When the body becomes free of restriction and more aligned, it creates more space for the person to feel more available for emotions of love, energy, happiness and feeling like themselves once again. This is just scratching the surface on how emotions can affect us physically and affect our quality of life. I sincerely hope these few methods I mentioned here can help you break free of holding on to things that no longer serve you. Let it go, let it flow.

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