The Power to Change – The Emotional Component in Bodywork

This is for you because you know we are more than just a physical body. You probably already know that when we touch people physically, they tend to feel better emotionally. You probably also know that when people express what stresses them out emotionally, in a safe environment, they tend to be able to relax more physically. What this means is that when we work with the body we affect the mind and when we work with the mind we affect the body. The two are connected. That’s the mind-body connection. The better we feel emotionally, the better we feel physically, and vice versa. Working with the mind and emotions is easy when you know how, and the best part of it is that you’ve already been doing it.

Up until now, most therapists have been taught to work with one or the other and treat them as separate. It’s time to learn how to work with the mind-body system together to create a bigger difference and solve some real problems.

What you might not know is that there is always an emotional component when it comes to massage, after all, why do we like a massage in the first place? It FEELS good, right? Or at least gives us hope of feeling better in the future.

For every physical issue, pain or tension in the body, there is always an emotional component. This means that the source resides in the mind and that the solution is always at least 50% emotional.

When someone experiences pain, there is always an emotional component, yet there isn’t always a physical component. This brings up a great question in many minds, “What is pain?” Pain is a FEELING we experience. Pain might have a meaning that something is wrong and that something needs to be attended to. For instance, if you were to put your hand on a hot burner, our central nervous system and body would respond quickly by letting us know. Our natural response is to move away from an object that causes us pain. Pain is an alert or warning that damage may occur if we do not do something. Pain can also represent many things that we are not even aware of.

Can stress or emotions play a part in tension and pain in the body? You bet, in fact, that is one of the main reasons why we have stress and emotions, and that is to have some feedback or clues about challenges we may be facing. We need to include exploring and resolving our client’s stress and emotions regularly if it’s in their best interest to do so, otherwise, they may miss an easy opportunity for finding and resolving a problem that’s been alluding them and causing symptoms.

We have been conditioned to overlook the obvious. We often look to the experts to tell us the source of our pain or problems when, in fact, they might just be symptoms of an underlying problem. Certainly, we need good advice from our doctors, and there is a time and place for western medicine in emergencies. The rest of the time we need someone with the knowledge, experience, and understanding to help us find that underlying problem, and the true source healing. The human body is the greatest healing system in the world. We heal from the inside out, not the other way around.

Health, Wealth, Laughter & Abundance
-Dave Ryder



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