Emotions Can Become Trapped in Our Body Tissue?

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We all know how emotions impact our lives. Whether we feel sad, angry, frustrated, or anxious…feelings can affect our whole day, and worse yet, they can affect our health. Fortunately, massage therapists trained in CranioSacral Therapy can locate and release those emotions. Continue reading to find out more about CranioSacral Therapy, different methods for releasing emotions trapped in the body’s tissues, and SomatoEmotional Release (SER), an approach developed by John Upledger, DO, OMM; and Dr. Zvi Karni.

It’s well-known in the world of CranioSacral Therapy that emotions trapped in body tissues can lead to pain and other ailments. I discovered this several decades ago when I was a professor and clinical researcher at Michigan State University (MSU), yet the concept is far older still.

For centuries, people of Asia, the Middle East, the Baltic regions and numerous island nations have recognized the symptoms of trapped emotions and have practiced various forms of release.

In this day and age, it’s more critical than ever for hands-on practitioners to understand the options for releasing trapped emotions. Emotions have a powerful effect on our psyches, as well as our bodies. Positive emotions generate a sense of lightness and ease of movement. They can manifest as a desire to run, sing, smile and even dance. Negative emotions also generate body responses. They cause our shoulders to slump, our muscles to contract and our blood pressure to rise.


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