• The limbic system, the site of our instinctual emotional reactions.
• The hypothalamus, which connects with the endocrine system and the gut organs.
• The amygdala, where we process sensory information into memory and learning.
• The cortex, where we regulate emotion.
The things which hurt, instruct.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Osteopath Vicky Vlachonis, who believes our history is written on the body, shares her powerful, holistic approach to pain (whether emotional or physical):
"First, we must “Reflect” and identify the causes of physical and emotional pain, then “Release” that pain, and finally “Radiate” into a positive, pain-free daily existence. Vicky believes that emotions, ALL emotions, are normal. They're neither good nor bad; they simply are. Furthermore, she teaches that problems don’t start because of emotions themselves. The trouble comes when you don’t express or release them. Layers of buried emotions build up in our scar tissue, causing adhesions in our fascia, the layer of tissue that stretches around all the muscles and organs. These festering, unprocessed emotions clog up circulation and generally create disharmony within the body, which is why once you really see and feel those buried emotions, and can pinpoint where the pain is actually coming from, you can consciously increase the flow of your body’s natural painkillers and anti-inflammatory chemicals to help you release the pain and heal.
Vicky confirms that we experience all our feelings, thoughts, actions, and reactions through these connections between our nervous system and our musculoskeletal system. Here are all the parts of the brain that intersect when we experience strong emotions:
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