Clear Your Emotional Clutter!
In the fields of neurobiology and psychophysiology, there is new research to explain the workings of the homeostasis (equilibrium) of our organism. It has been shown that connection of the body, mind and emotions is enhanced by increasing body awareness. Peter Levine, the developer of Somatic Experiencing and author of â€œIn An Unspoken Voice - How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodnessâ€ refers to body awareness as our "felt senseâ€. Alan Fogel, professor of psychology at the University of Utah, and Rosen Method Practitioner, refers to "embodied self awareness" as an awareness of specific emotion-feeling states and an awareness of self in the act of feeling those states.
With the amount of external stimulation we are exposed to, and the speed at which information travels, slowing down enough to feel in the moment can be challenging. Difficult experiences, accidents, and trauma easily overwhelm the senses and shut down access to feeling as the sympathetic nervous system goes into survival mode. Muscles tighten to prepare for fight or flight and cortisol increases. Feelings and expression are thwarted. During these times, our ability to soothe and regulate (function of our parasympathetic nervous system) is off-line. If this response becomes habitual, neuromotor pathways develop that reinforce the suppression and patterns of behavior form that impede our natural flow and dampen our aliveness. Feeling heavy, depressed, anxious and congested are examples of resulting states.
Bodywork helps us reconnect with feeling and emotion, and increases feelings of strength, balance and well-being. Healing physiological changes occur with bodywork such as lowered cortisol levels, resulting in decreased stress and pain. Endorphins increase, lessening anxiety and improving mood. Breath deepens, improving circulation, immunity, and endocrine response. Research shows that receiving sensitive, gentle touch, increases oxytocin, referred to as the "bonding hormone", and helps us build trust and bond with others. Gaining greater access to feeling through the body helps us feel more connected.
Practices, such as bodywork, helps you regulate your system to stay clear of emotional clutter and its' resulting congestion. Slowing down, relaxing, listening to your body, and releasing held energy that is no longer useful, creates space for your body to do what it does best - maintain balance and good health. Your movements can then be made from a conscious and connected place. So, remember to include your "main house", your body, in your spring cleaning schedule!