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How Physical Pain Can Be Linked To Emotions

The connection between mind and body is very powerful. So much that our emotional pain can be stored in our body as muscular pain, as the energy the emotion creates needs to be released.

Sometimes we may find ourselves alone at a time of an emotional upheaval and because we don’t have anyone to share our feelings with we can push them inward. When we finally do have someone we can share with it may seem inappropriate or too late to bring up the feelings. Or they can come gushing out overwhelming both you and the person you are speaking to.

Other times, when the emotion is something we have not felt before we “freeze”, not knowing how to react. For example when we lose someone we love and have never had to handle the depth of emotion that death can bring we may stop feeling anything as we don’t know how to cope with the emotion.

Whether emotions are new or old, or are secret or shared, the emotional pain stored in the body needs to be dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner.

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What is the relationship between emotions and muscles?

In kinesiology we understand the importance of the connection between emotions and muscles.  Every muscle in our body is linked to a meridian and every meridian has an emotional theme.

For example the meridian that runs up the front part of our torso, called the CENTRAL meridian is linked to emotions such as when we feel confused or overwhelmed with life which can cause us to shy away from others and opportunities. This can be an indication of how disconnected we feel with life or shame over something we have done.  By allowing ourselves to connect with life, we will begin to see our successes and regain our self-respect.

This meridian is also linked to our brain function and how we think. You can easily see that if you are feeling confused or overwhelmed that our thinking won’t be clear and we may react in a negative way around those that we’re near.

Or the meridian that runs up our back and over our head, called the GOVERNING meridian is linked to emotions that make us feel unsupported and distrustful of life. When we are dishonest we place unnecessary burdens on ourselves and may feel embarrassed over minor things.  But as soon as we are honest with ourselves and learn to trust the process of life, we begin to feel supported and can live our life with truth and integrity.

This meridian may be linked to back pain. If there are times when you back is sore, ask yourself, where don’t I feel I am being supported?  Quite often it’s around money or lack there off, or feeling our partner or friends are not there for us. See here for a full list of positive and negative emotions and which meridian they’re linked to.

Of course, as we are all individuals, not all emotions are directly linked to the same meridian.  That’s why Kinesiology is so powerful. Through muscle monitoring we can see what emotions the body is holding onto and where the emotion is situated.

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Imagine a time when you were bringing your groceries in from the car.  You pick up a grocery bag from the boot only to realise it’s much heavier than you thought. You pull an arm muscle, for example your middle deltoid muscle, as the bag breaks. This brings on feelings of anger or irritability, both of which are listed on the Liver Meridian, whereas the Middle Deltoid muscle is associated with the Lung meridian. Looking deeper at this, chances are you were probably running around like a headless chook trying to get everything done before you have to pick up the kids from school, so you may have already been feeling stressed. These feelings of stress may then be related to feeling unsupported as you need to do everything while your partner is at work. This could stem from a resentment at your partner for not pulling their weight.  You can see from this example that a sore arm muscle, caused by a heavy bag, may actually be related to something deeper that needs to be reviewed and released.

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Of course you could look at this from another perspective – if you are in a really good mood you may just shrug it off and laugh with the universe who is just sending you a message to slow down. And then you won’t end up with muscle pain caused by an emotional outburst!

How do you rid your body of the emotional pain?

As mentioned above, Kinesiology can help determine what the underlying emotion is and then help to release the emotion through pressure points, counselling or body movements. You can also try various rituals and remedies including using essential oils and working to balance your meridians.

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You can also do some writing. I often advise clients to write how they are feeling without taking their pen off the paper. It begins when you start and the pen does not leave the paper even for a new line.  It can look quite messy but that’s not important. It stops the logical side of our brain interrupting your emotional side and you will be able to get more out on paper.  It’s not something you need to read at a later date.  In fact, sometimes burning the paper with the negative emotions on it can be quite therapeutic.

Now it’s your turn – give writing a go and let me know how it works for you. Or even better, book in to see a kinesiologist to help clear your emotional pain as well as your body pain.

P.S. Did you know that there’s said to be a connection between energy in microbiomes and meridians?! Our health is such a complex and fascinating topic. The best thing we can do is to educate ourselves and make decisions for our own body-mind. To learn more about the gut-brain connection, click here.

Carolyn King
Carolyn King Kinesiologist

Carolyn is a certified Kinesiologist based in Berwick, Victoria. With over 5 years experience, she's passionate about using kinesiology for a variety of situations, but particularly to work through: Learning difficulties, emotional wellbeing, depression, chronic fatigue and kinesiology for kids. She's also the author of 'Empowered Happiness: Discovering Bliss beyond Depression' a must-read for anyone battling depression or struggling to escape your own darkness. Carolyn also co-authored SHE Leads and “Book of Inspiration” and runs a Facebook Group empowering others with tools to find their happiness.

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