In many ways, the body is a metaphor or symbol. Our bodies are a library of information. There is even a field of study called body-centered psychology or somatic therapy in which psychotherapists study physical body images to uncover the emotional issues blocking the patient. It’s important to understand “our issues are in our tissues.”
For example, some of us stoop and round our shoulders carrying the weight of life's burdens. When this happens, our heart and lungs become closed off, we take on victim, martyr and co-dependent type qualities. Heart and lung symptoms and diseases manifest. Some of us lean forward and are always on edge anticipating the future. High tension and stress disorders usually follow.
It's fascinating to learn your body is a text book of information. And, many use this philosophy to treat emotional and mental habitual patterns. It’s based on the concept that we all have material (experiences) or learned behavior from our lives. This material or behavior is composed of memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. It shapes the styles, habits, behaviors, perceptions and attitudes that define us as individuals. Typically, it exerts its influence unconsciously, by organizing our responses to the major themes of life: safety, belonging, support, power, freedom, control, responsibility, love, appreciation, sexuality, spirituality, etc. Some of this material supports us being who we wish to be, while some of it, learned in response to acute and chronic stress, continues to limit us.
Here’s an example of how “our issues are in our tissues”. When you hear a song from your past, you can FEEL the physical memories from this song in your body. It’s either a good or bad memory but you can FEEL it. In this way, every experience or thought is living somewhere in our bodies. Once we become aware of this information and where it’s stored in the body, it can be examined, processed and transformed. It’s the negative experiences that keep us blocked and until we heal them, they will continue to do so. So, how can we use our emotions as transformation in exercise or movement?
Until recently, yoga has been the most popular modality for using the body as a tool for transformation. Yoga Therapy is now a popular tool for Psychotherapists as part of a movement therapy.
Yoga is not the only modality suitable for transforming emotions into energy in motion. Movement . . . any type of movement when therapeutically applied can be used in this way. Dirk & I are excited to teach you how to “work out to work within”.
Make peace with your own body and you will make peace in your life! Join us July 19th to learn more>>