“When my anxiety ramps up, so does my eczema,” one client told me.

Skin eruptions, like psoriasis and eczema, are often a common complaint among folks who come to me for emotional release work. Frequently, they’ve realized that the more upset and stressed they are, the more their skin condition escalates – and they’re searching for ways to feel better so, in turn, their physical condition will settle down.
This is an easy connection to make as having your face and body ravaged by skin eruptions is HUGE motivation to seek solutions because it is so visible.
This is an easier “connect-the-dots” than other serious physical diseases that are not outwardly evident.
As reporter Jane Brody wrote in a recent New York Times article on this very subject,
“The human organism does not recognize the medical profession’s artificial separation of mental and physical ills. Rather mind and body form a two-way street. What happens inside a person’s head can have damaging effects throughout the body as well as the other way around. An untreated mental illness can significantly increase the risk of becoming physically ill and physical disorders may result in behaviors that make mental conditions worse.”

Double whammy that keeps us from understanding ourselves

There appears to be a double whammy that discourages our understanding and acceptance of this. First, the mainstream medical community largely ignores the mind-body connection and, secondly, our culture often shuns addressing “mental conditions” because of the stigma of being seen as having a mental illness.
But as an emotions therapist, people open their hearts and minds to me and I witness the correlates between physical health issues and anxiety, crippling self-doubt, anger, depression and other unruly emotions.
Difficult emotions often arise because they’re underpinned by trauma. With difficult emotions, people often “stuff” them because being present with them to process them can be very painful – in fact, research suggests that emotional pain is as real and intense as physical pain.
So if we’re stuffing and stuffing and stuffing these emotions, where do they go? What does the trauma energy do?
In the ancient wisdom tradition of yogic science, which figures widely in my emotions work, the process of developing insights into why you’re suffering and what to do about it is pivotal to moving and clearing energy.
Neuroscience hasn’t connected these dots for the most part and the understanding of trauma and its causations are still poorly understood in Western research. However, it has been established that trauma is lodged in the body. How to release it is widely speculative.

Blocked energy = trapped trauma

But this is where East meets West, as they both agree that there is stuck energy in the body. Eastern teachings call it energy blocks and Western science often refers to it as “stored” or “trapped” trauma.  In other words, blocked energy = trapped trauma.  Many Western approaches to releasing trapped trauma are now embracing the wisdom of the yogic science of meditation to go inward to be in touch with this blocked energy in order to release it.
And to bring that full circle, when my clients and students begin doing the work to release “trauma energy,” they often find themselves feeling better physically too. Could it be that much like popping a blister, the release of blocked energy takes the pressure off and allows the physical body to heal as well?
I’ll leave you with this consideration: If you accept this understanding, wouldn’t a protocol for treating degenerative diseases include doing the work to release blocked energy?
With Love,
P.S. Have you experienced this phenomenon or know someone who has? What’s been the experience? Drop down to the comments section and let me know – I always love to hear from you.