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How are emotions stored in the body?

The concept of emotions being stored in the body is a topic of ongoing research and discussion among scientists and healthcare practitioners. While the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, there are several theories that attempt to explain how emotions may be stored in the body.


One theory suggests that emotions can be stored in the body through the creation of somatic markers. Somatic markers are physical sensations or cues that become associated with specific emotions or experiences. For example, if someone experiences intense fear in a particular situation, the body may create a somatic marker that associates that situation with a feeling of fear. This can result in physical sensations, such as tension in the muscles or changes in breathing patterns, that become associated with the emotion and stored in the body.


Another theory suggests that emotions can be stored in the body through the activation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is responsible for regulating many of the body's automatic functions, such as heart rate and digestion, and can be activated in response to emotional stimuli. When the ANS is activated, it can create physical sensations in the body that become associated with specific emotions and stored as a kind of emotional memory.


It's important to note that the concept of emotions being stored in the body is still a topic of ongoing research and debate, and there is currently no definitive scientific evidence to support the idea. However, many healthcare practitioners, particularly those in the fields of somatic therapies, believe that working with the body can be an effective way to release stored emotions and promote emotional healing.


For me there is a very clear link. I had completed years of psychotherapy with small hard earned gains before moving into more embodied somatic approaches. What I experienced was a massive leap forward as my body began to catch up with the things that my mind understood but my body had not integrated. It is this experiece that first led me to believe in a holistic approach that inncorporates both.


I am now even further convinced since working as a Osteopath and it is common to experience my clients releasing various emotions as I work to release physical blockages.


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