I possess a natural empathy and a desire to help people; whether that is to help ease the pain of chronic tension, to soothe the muscles following over-exertion or simply to relax and take away anxiety. I treat people holistically and as individuals

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Wellbeing

Body Symbolism

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” Buddha

Our minds and bodies are connected far more than we realise. Our every thought can influence our bodies and therefore longstanding patterns of thought can create patterns in our bodies.

In my work I often encounter people who have one particular area of tension that keeps reoccurring and in our Western, science-based society we always look for an external reason for this. However I firmly believe that more often than not, these patterns are far more related to what is happening internally- the body is showing us where our healing needs to be focused.

Regardless of gender, we all have a masculine and a feminine side to our personalities. In order to function well in life, we need a good balance of both masculine and feminine qualities. Most of us, however, tend to have a dominant side.
There are very clear physical cues about whether someone is left- or right-brain dominant.
The right side of our brains controls our feminine, creative aspects so it represents the creative and emotional side of our personality. This is reflected in the left side of our bodies.
The left side of our brain controls our masculine, analytical aspects so it represents our logical mind, our mental drive and our physically active side. This is reflected in the right side of our bodies.
It is extremely common for me to find a client with tension predominantly in one side of the body and this can be a huge clue to any underlying issues they may have.

Each body part also relates to specific issues, and this can be seen in our everyday expressions such as “I feel like I’m carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders” or “she’s a pain in the neck”. The main parts of the body I find clients suffering with are in fact the shoulders, the neck and the lower back. The shoulders represent our work and social responsibility, so feeling as though you are carrying a burden and developing knots of tension in them is perhaps telling you to slow down. Learn to say no and don’t take on too much at work or in your social life. The neck is somewhere we tend to hold emotions. We may be ignoring our feelings because they are painful and if we do this, it will often manifest itself as pain, stiffness and lack of movement in our necks. The lower back, relating to our 1st (base) chakra is the seat of our self-security. Pain and tension in this area may indicate that we lack self-love, do not value ourselves enough and struggle to hold our ground in the world.

This is a topic that I could talk about forever! And this is just a brief introduction to get you thinking about what your own patterns may relate to. The Chakra’s also relate very closely to the mind-body connection and I shall be exploring them in a later post.

Try to listen to what your body is saying. The patterns may have begun many years ago, and have become a habitual part of who you are. It need not be that way though, if we want to change we can, but sometimes the work has to start with us, with deep exploration of who we are and what our life experiences have done to affect our minds and bodies. This is the root of all healing. A therapist plays an important role in the process, but for real healing to take place, we need do some serious in-depth searching into what it is we really do and don’t need in our lives.
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