The Mind-Body Connection Explained

To demonstrate the Mind-Body Connection, I’m going to ask you to wiggle your toes. Go ahead, take a moment to do so.

Now what just happened? How were you able to do that? It’s a fact that your mind told your body to do something, and your body responded by following through with the action. Our minds and our bodies are in constant communication with each other: this is the Mind-Body Connection.

Sigmund Freud advanced the human understanding of our psyche so much when he introduced the concept of a conscious and subconscious mind. A lot of these constant actions (i.e. breathing) involving our mind and body are done on a subconscious level. The breakdown is with our conscious mind.

The sad reality is that, though our mind and body are inherently connected, we live in a state of constant disconnect (on a conscious level). We may be physically working at 11am, yet our mind is disconnected from the task at hand. We’re planning lunch, daydreaming about that future vacation, or replaying the conversation we had in the break room twenty minutes prior.

It’s those activities that unite and connect our mind and…

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Your Emotions Affect Your Overall Health

“Your issues are in your tissues” is a phrase that’s nearly become a cliché among bodyworkers and alternative health professionals. And no, when I say “tissues”, I’m not referring to a Kleenex catching your tears. I’m suggesting that the tissues, muscles, and organs of your body respond to each thought and emotion that you experience.

What’s always puzzled me is that people are 100% on board with saying something like, “I carry all my stress in my shoulders”, but then they look at me like I’m crazy when I suggest that their anger is damaging their liver or their fear is tightening their psoas muscle. If we are comfortable saying that stress (an unseen element in our lives that is completely mental and emotional in nature) affects us physically, why wouldn’t the other hundreds of thoughts and emotions that we experience on a daily basis do the exact same? What we’re talking about here is often referred to as the “mind/body connection”. What happens in the mind affects the body, and vice versa.

This is the premise of a holistic view of life and health: one aspect of life affects all the rest. We like to compartmentalize our life into “work”,…

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Not Knots!

Have you ever gotten a massage where everything is going great until you feel that sudden CRUNCH? “Wow, that was tender,” you think to yourself, but you choose to try to stay in that place of tranquility. It happens again. CRUNCH. You eventually work up the nerve to ask your massage therapist, “What IS that?!” Your therapist can reply in many different ways, but the most common, poignant reply is, “Knots.”

I have many clients who have come into my studio for the first time talking about the “knots” in their neck, shoulders, etc. In the massage industry, we talk so much about knots, but what are they? How do you get them? Better yet, how do you get rid of them? Shall we be so bold as to ask how to prevent them?! The term “knot” doesn’t have a medical definition, yet it’s used heavily among professionals and educated massage consumers alike. My goal this month is to shine some light on the topic.

One of the most classic rants I’ve heard from a client is, “HOW DO I HAVE A KNOT IN MY PINKY?!” The fact is that knots can appear anywhere that…

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8 Things Holistic Practitioners Do Differently

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

Hello there! I have someone very important for you to meet. It’s a way of viewing and approaching life that is very near and dear to me. I frequently talk about “holistic” health and “alternative” medicine; today I’m going to explain in greater detail what these terms mean.

What is presently called “alternative” medicine (that is, healing modalities not considered the “norm”, and generally not practiced in the context of hospitals, etc.) has only become an alternative means over the course of the last century. Up until that time, these were the primary methods of healing for millennia. Our society at large has ditched the ancient ways for big and fancy pieces of equipment. Nonetheless, a growing number of Americans are turning away from the conventional medical model to explore alternative means. Motives for seeking alternative therapies could include Western medicine failing to treat your condition, hospitals and doctors requiring too much money, or the possible side effects of allopathic treatments outweighing…

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