When something stressful or traumatic happens in your life your brain functions differently! Under everyday circumstances, the brain interprets, processes, encodes, stores or disposes of information. This entire process occurs differently under stress.
The "mind-body connection" occurs on a physical, chemical and energetic level. The brain processes various mental activities including thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and emotions. These different activities will impact the body positively or negatively. This occurs because the nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system share a common chemical language. Hormones and neurotransmitters allows constant communication between the mind and body. Neurological pathways connect parts of the brain that process emotions with the nervous system, cardiovascular system and digestive tract. This is why major life events, stressors, or complex emotions can manifest physical symptoms.
There are many times in your life when you have experienced a mind-body connection. Think back to the last time you felt butterflies in your stomach when you felt nervous, a fight-or-flight sensation when you were suddenly scared, or a tension headache when you are under immense stress.
Once you understand the mind-body connection you see that stress can easily dysregulate the body. When you are under constant amounts of stress the brain continues to flood the body with fight or flight hormones. The stressful event along with the flood of hormones can cause you to feel stuck in an anxiety-depression roller coaster as the physical body is triggered by sensory stimuli.
Using mind-body techniques to tap into the stored trauma within the body can create emotional healing for the body, mind, spirit and soul.