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Connection: How the emotional and mental bodies impact the physical body.

Our bodies are perfectly designed. We all possess these beautiful intrinsic connections, in which the body is able to communicate and work together on a higher level. Our inner organs signal to one another, when another organ is in distress or needs assistance. The synapses in the brain are firing, and that communication via the nervous system controls or impacts all of the other systems in the body. Our bodies inner physiological makeup is brilliant, working to keep homeostasis—an equilibrium in the body. Just like these systems communicate and integrate to affect the physical body, our emotional and mental bodies also affect our physical body.

80% of Americans will experience some sort of chronic back pain in their lifetime. In American culture we tend to view our physical aches/pains/ailments as strictly a physical body issue. When we begin to study and understand the bodies connections on a deeper level, we start to view those “pains” slightly differently. For example:

Our emotional body is held within the muscles of the back. When we experience deep rooted emotional trauma, the body remembers this. So, over time, if the emotional trauma is not worked through and proper coping mechanisms were not used, the physical body will take those emotions on and “stuff” them in various organs, musculature and fascial tissues. This creates the stiff, acidic, painful and unhealthy musculature that one would feel with chronic back pain.

Another example is: Let’s say you lose someone extremely close and important to you. You are overwhelmed with an immense amount of emotions such as, grief, heart break, loss, and sadness. These emotions can quite literally be felt in the physical body. Grief and sadness are known to be held in the sinuses and lungs. When you cry, the body generates a physical discharge of mucus from the sinuses and lungs. The nose drips, pours, or is runny with this mucus, exiting the body. The lungs discharge this mucus by coughing, or during the osmotic exchange of oxygen in the lungs, on a cellular level. Those that have gone through a significant heart break from loss and too much grief, describe “Their physical heart in their chest aching in pain.”

These examples are not to say that if you slip a disc in your spine, or fracture a vertebra, that these are not physical injuries. These are just few examples to get you thinking on a deeper level about your body. Could my chronic issues be stemming from something deeper in my emotional and mental bodies?

written by Tristin Lowe-Town

Tristin Lowe-Town is a Massage Therapist, Foot/Face/Back Zoner. She founded Belgrade Wellness Collaboration and runs Intrinsic Touch MT in Belgrade, Montana. Tristin is very passionate about each of her client's well-being and loves assisting them on their health and wellness journey. You can find her at and on Instagram @intrinsictouchmt

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