As a Shiatsu practitioner when I'm working with the body I sense or tune into an emotion. For example when I've held a shoulder I've felt sadness, anger when I've been palpating an acupressure point on the foot, joy when working on an arm. It's always different for each client as everyone has their own life experiences, past and present and therefore their own energetic and emotional pattern. I'm aware that these patterns, if not balanced or addressed can lead to a 'fall out' of energy that the body has had enough of and will leak into the physical form of illness or discomfort after a period of time. When a condition occurs it's to help point us in the direction of what we may need to change in our lives in order to keep balance or 'homeostasis ' in our emotions, mental reasoning and spiritual life.
But is there a body map that shows what parts express what emotions?
Mona Delfino, the intuitive energy practitioner and teacher has spent over 30 years working with individuals and groups and her discoveries have not only helped me personally but also professionally in supporting others to look at their own life patterns and how they may contribute to their condition.
Below are some examples of what body parts express what emotions, based on the overall role of the area...
Arms: What are you carrying....or who?
Armpits: Storage unit of what we don't want to see anymore (emotional).
Back: Questioning life's relation to support (who supports us, etc).
Bladder: Emotional resistance to life.
Breasts: Nurturing the Self (or lack of).
Calves: Moving forward. Not dealing with past issues or patterns.
Colon: Not going with the flow of life, emotional resistance to change.
Eyes: How do you see life? Is it according to your true self?
Feet: How we walk in this world. In which direction are we walking?
Hands: Represent holding on or letting go.
Heart: Not listening to our true self through our feelings.
Hips: General support. When they slip out it generally relates to an imbalance in how you are relating to life, feeling lack of support and love.
Joints: Flexibility to or in your situation.
Knees: Seeing life as unsupported. Inside knee; job, friends. Outside knee; personal issues.
Nerves: Sensitivity towards a situation not acknowledged.
Ovaries: Very sensitive past issues about creativity. Guilt.
Sinus: Confusion. Needing to let go or make decisions on a mental level. Sinus infections are anger in the situation. Headaches are contributed to not making a decision. Migraines of knowing what decision to make and not making it.
Stomach: Carries recognition of digesting life, or not.
Swelling: Tears unshed.
Blockages in the form of discomfort and dysfunction can restrict the body's potential for healing.
Allergies: Blockages in the stomach and intestines...what are we not digesting?
Aching: Craving love so badly it hurts.
Anxiety: Fear generated by past experiences not yet released.
Arthritis: Joints determine flexibility. How flexible are you willing to be? Not letting go.
Asthma: Fear from past lives, somewhat acknowledged in this life. Feeling alone, not safe.
Blood pressure: What pressures stand in our way to freedom?
Bones: Past lives and memories stored there. Marrow is the meat of our past.
Bowels: The 'outcome' of the day. Pressures either building or releasing.
Cancer: This brings up inner upset. Deep hurts unresolved.
Candida: 'Can anybody hear me?' Lack of trust. Deep frustrations not recognized.
Carpal tunnel: 'Why can't I make this life work?'. It's a form of outward frustration relating to the nerves held deep under the armpit. This is also where we keep our deepest secrets so others can't see them.
Cold Hands and Feet: Not trusting yourself, believing you may never 'live up to...'
Colds: We don't catch colds. Colds are mental confusion...not sure if you should choose one way or the other.
Fat: Over-sensitivity, sadness, a need for a way of protection. Where is all this weight coming from? Can also be holding onto other's or your own emotions.
Fatigue: Boredom, resistance and denying what it takes to move forward. Whats next?
Fibroids: Questioning if you are loved. Nursing pains from the past.
Flu: Time out. This is your body's way of making yourself slow down.
Gum problems: Not making a decision for yourself and not sticking to it if you did.
Be clear and go for it.
Hay Fever: Not feeling that you deserve to be happy. A form of self persecution.
Insomnia: Fear, guilt and a feeling that I just can't control life.
Muscles: Representing our ability to move in life. How flexible are we?
Nail biting: Not liking yourself and wondering if you really have anything to offer. Questioning your worth.
Pneumonia: I'm so tired, trying isn't necessary anymore.
Sacrum: What are you siting on? Let's get to the bottom issue.
Spasms: Holding onto old thoughts when they are ready to be released.
Teeth: Not liking your situation . because they are bone it could be past life pain coming up for release.
Ulcers: Not feeling fulfilled, leaving a hole and causing grief.
So the body speaks for itself, it has no agenda, it only reacts. We are now living in a time of greater awareness that we can be and are in charge of our physical, emotional and spiritual well being........if we begin to listern, understand and trust it.