Your Issues are in Your Tissues

by Jodi Cohen

Your issues are in your tissues.

Whether you struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, or any mood issues or mental health challenge, the path to healing requires you to feel your feelings, not only in your mind, but in your heart and body as well.

I learned this the hard way.

As someone who tends to rely primarily on my mind to think through challenges, I kept getting stuck in my own trauma loop.  Your thinking abilities keep you stuck in your head and out of your body where the emotional experiences, memories and pain are stored.

Research backs this up, finding that the “health of the body and the mind are inextricably linked.”  In other words, your issues are embedded in your tissues.

Since your emotional experiences and memories are stored in your body, not your mind, healing requires you to tune in to your body – and your tissues – to help transform the way you think, the way you move, the way you relate to people, and the way you respond to life circumstances.


How Issues Get Stuck in Tissues

When you experience stress, part of you is resistance, which triggers you to physically contract,  constrict, or pull away from a physical danger, a negative thought or an emotional aversion.  This triggers your fight or flight response.

In the process, you constrict and restrict your breath and your energy in preparation for attack.  When you feel you can’t flee or fight your way out of a bad situation, you hold your breath or breathe minimally and freeze, hoping the threat will pass us unscathed. Instead, you internalize the fear without release or recovery.

In short, energy doesn’t flow and your body constricts – which locks the stress in your body.

After a stress passes, the emotions should be discharged and released.

Animals in the wild will pant and then breathe more slowly to recover the oxygen it lost from fast breathing and reset its metabolism. Animals intuitively know it is dangerous to face another threat before it has recovered from the last one and it takes time to replenish and rebalance its body. This entire sequence—fight or flight plus recovery—serves to maximize an animal’s chances for healthy survival.

Sadly, most of us (myself included) do not take the time to rest and recover between stressful experiences. We get accustomed to the fearful contraction and it stays locked into our tissues.

Our hard-wired defenses are meant to protect us from harm, but when we don’t allow the cycle to complete itself by letting go of the energy and resting, we wind up accumulating the stress in our bodies and they begin to break down because of it.

You may grow so accustomed to internalizing the fight or flight pattern of shallow breathing, limited digestion, tension in the shoulder, neck, and jaw muscles, elevated adrenaline and excess anxiety as energy pulled into the head to help make split-second decisions that it becomes your baseline and you hardly notice it.

When you fail to process the emotions that you stuff down in times of stress, you internalize the energy keeping the issues in your tissues


How to Release Issues from the Tissues

We release the issues in the tissues through the fascia – a system of connective tissue beneath the skin that surrounds and encases your body’s tissues and binds them together, providing shape for organs, muscles, tendons, bones and joints.

Your fascia system is the tissue in the body that your emotions – or energy in motion –travel through and are released. When your fascia is tight and constricted, emotions do not flow and are not released, but instead became trapped in your tissue.

To release the trapped energy in the tissue and negative emotions, you need to release the fascia.  Essential oils offer a safe and simple way to release the negative emotion from the tissue and create an ease of flow for healthy fascia.


Essential Oils for Fascia

Fascia lies just below the skin so topically applying essential oils onto the skin allows for easy and immediate access to the fascia.  The skin is your largest organ and is relatively permeable to fat-soluble substances like essential oils.

Topical supplements play an important role in supporting fascia health and recovery from inflammation. For example, essential oils easily penetrate layers of restricted fascia, creating warmth to break up congestion, increasing circulation, lymphatic drainage and mobilizing adhered tissue.

Essential oils soften the myofascial tissue, allowing the deep and constrained tissue to stretch and move as it is designed to function.  They also have an analgesic effect, relaxing the muscles and reducing pain.

Essential oils can be used to revitalize and de-stress the fascia and muscles, working quickly to break down inflamed, fibrous tissue, removing toxins from the painful area.

Essential oils help with collagen production by reducing free-radical damage. The antioxidant properties of essential oils may also promote collagen growth by both reducing free radicals and increasing collagen cell growth and formation.

Essential oils with detoxing properties help reduce inflammation that may weaken collagen fibers.

The essential oils in the Fascia Release™ blend are uniquely formulated to unravel deeply held tensions, constrictions and energetic blockages in your tissues to reduce pain, improve blood and lymphatic circulation and release fear, repressed emotions, and tension held in the body (organs, muscles, tendons, bones and joints) or the mind.


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About The Author

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.

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