Friday, 12 July 2013

Muscles and Emotions


There is a relationship between muscles and motions. When an emotion is not expressed properly, it will lodge itself in specific areas which will then lead to muscle soreness.

“We often block trauma with the mind but hold emotions in the body,” Karol Ward.
Emotions tone and program muscles and other connective tissues, they continue doing so for as long as an emotion is present in our system. This most naturally will affect your posture.
Anger moves up the back of the body along the spine, over the top of the head, and out through the eyes and mouth, down the arms and goes through the hands. Note that when you are you instinctively tighten your fist. If you observe yourself closely, the next time you are angry, you will note tightening of your jaw.  Blocking the release of sadness can lead to very tight throat muscles and a chronic, painful ache in the throat. All our negative emotions cause a shortening or increased contraction of our flexor muscles. We try to protect ourselves from having deep uncomfortable feelings by tightening muscles. Layers of tension develop. Blood does not flow well into a contracted muscle.  Healing cannot occur in a state of panic, fear, or anger.  Reduce your level of muscle tension with relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or progressive muscle relaxation. Remember that stress is additive.

The release of these connective tissue restrictions brings about a relief from pain and negative emotions.  This is one of the reasons yoga and tai-chi can be so therapeutic. Be honest about your feelings. Clearing blocked emotions can profoundly impact your physical and emotional health.


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