Understanding the Mind-Body Connection

Your mind and body work together for health and healing.  “Dis-ease” happens when the body and mind are in conflict over a stressor or traumatic experience.  Many people also believe an additional division or conflict between the mind, body, and spirit cause disorder and pain. 

The body stores emotion and past experience in our bones, muscles, tissue and organs in order to send us signals when it perceives present danger or stress. Because of this, it is important to address healing with a mind/body ( and if appropriate, spiritual) approach.

Sometimes after a traumatic event or transition your body gets “stuck on high alert” and can be stuffed with feelings of anxiety or threat.  A body based approach helps you to “reset” the alarms in your body back to “normal,” so that you might trust yourself, your environment, and others more easily. One of the most common body-based approaches is movement therapy, a psychotherapeutic use of movement to support the intellectual, emotional, and social functions of the the body.  Movement therapy helps to alleviate emotional distress, expressed through the body, by examining the movements which are related to thoughts and feelings in order to increase self-awareness and prepare for change. If you struggle with any of the questions or stressors listed below, you might want to consider a body based healing approach.

Emotions

  • Do you find it hard to identify or experience emotions, such as sadness, disappointment, or crying?
  • Are you uncomfortable when others express affection or emotions?
  • Do you trust your thoughts rather than your emotions?
  • Are you described as “too rationale” and/or “unemotional”?
  • Do you have difficulty trusting, relying on or “connecting” with others?
  • Are you experiencing a feeling of “being stuck” or unable to make decisions about a major life event?
  • Have you or others noticed you like you lack spontaneity, flexibility, passion, or purpose?

Body Worries

  • Do you spend too much time worrying about what you look like?
  • Do you avoid certain activities or situations because you feel self-conscious about how you look?

Body Transitions

  • Have you experienced a body trauma from an accident, abuse or illness (i.e. car/plane accidents; chronic disease, or sexual abuse and seduction?
  • Have you or do you wish to undergo a surgery for weight loss, sex reassignment, and/or cosmetic changes?
  • Have you experienced rape, sexual abuse or unwanted sexual seduction?

Loss/Death

  • Has experienced parental neglect, abuse, or loss at any age?

Cultural Oppression Trauma

  • Have you suffered aggression at work, or school related to you gender, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation?

Life Transitions

  • Have you moved from one country to another and feel overwhelmed by your new “identity”?
  • Have you recently gotten married, had a baby, changed your name or appearance to fit your new sense of identity–but still are having struggles reconciling the differences between the “old” and “new” you?

 

Do you suffer with any of the questions or barriers above?

If so, then a body-mind intervention would be the best intervention for you.

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