Treatment Massage

The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic

I often get asked by clients what my thoughts are on the body storing emotion... that is the storage of memories or emotions in the physical tissue of our bodies. Many people have had the experience with massage or bodywork that when a certain area of their body is worked on, a certain emotion is elicited time and time again. It could be anger, sadness, fear, anxiety, or really any emotion.

This experience tends to occur more often with injury treatment work, as injury treatment work tends to affect deeper structures of the body where tension has been held for a long period of time.

In my opinion, this phenomenon does occur, but not the way we think. I believe that it has to do with the brain and nervous system creating a memory map.

When a trauma or injury occurs, our nervous system creates a map of the incident and situation. This memory map includes the location of our body in physical space, the sensation of the physical injury to our body, any emotions we are feeling at that time, and possibly other inputs as well. This memory map can be recalled in the future when enough body input/sensations mirror the map, or recreates the map. In other words, when some of the sensations in our physical body mimic the sensations that we had during our injury, the memory map can be accessed, or recalled.

When the memory map is recalled, the entire map is available to our nervous system. Since the nervous system controls our body and our experience of our inner and outer worlds, it can rapidly change what we perceive. So when the memory map is recalled, we can experience the emotions, pain, and trauma in our mind and body as if we were reliving our previous trauma or accident.

Recalling a memory map of this kind does not seem to be related to just one specific type of input (such as pain to a particular muscle), but rather could be a combination of multiple inputs simultaneously. Each person is different in this regard, as is each memory map.

Before wrapping up this entry, I have one other thought on the subject. Eliminating the memory map of trauma might not be possible. However, preventing the inputs from occurring can prevent the recall from happening. Think of it as a locked door where you have lost the key. If tension in specific tissue is a part of the key to unlocking the memory, you can change the body and release the tension. Thereafter, the memory map becomes inaccessible.

Again, these are just my thoughts on this subject, and as such are possibly wrong... but certainly subject to change with the discovery of new altering information.

Cheers,

Mark Pearlscott
Licensed Massage Practitioner
Treatment Massage - Seattle Massage Therapy for Injury Rehabilitation/Treatment and Pain Relief
4500 9th Ave NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
206-234-9929

All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105