I released emotions from the night of the concussion – except the release happened 8 months AFTER the concussion!
The body holds memories and emotions. We just aren’t always aware of it.
In hindsight, the night of the concussion I was really afraid. But I only felt the surface of this fear. It was important for survival though.
My thinking, logical mind kept me plodding through the night and even several days after. I was in survival mode. So I never really felt many of the emotions that were actually in my body and nervous system.
Fast forward 8 months and one of my somatic (body) practitioners asked me about the concussion and how it happened.
I asked if I could just demonstrate it. I demonstrated to her the moment I stepped on that plastic toy with one foot and knew I was falling. The next second I landed head first on the wooden entry steps in my garage.
That night I quickly got up, saw the toy, picked it up, stormed into the house and put the toy down in the laundry room. Ice pack in one hand and on my head, I tried to continue with my afternoon (I had just picked up my son from school). My mind was also fretting if this was a concussion. I have friends who’ve had them. And I knew that hit on the stairs was hard. I could feel nausea as I turned left to right emptying the dishwasher. The opposite side of my head was starting to hurt and the pressure in my head was building. I knew this wasn’t good.
In my session with my practitioner, we slowed down the night. I had a chance to look and see that toy BEFORE I stepped on it.
And oh my goodness, I was so angry at the toy. I pondered, “how come I never felt this anger before?” I told her I felt like picking it up and throwing it. She asked me to do that. But very slowly.
I slowly picked up the pretend toy and brought it up over my head. And even before I threw the imaginary toy, I was sobbing. She allowed for it. And we continued through the session allowing more to unfold.
The next few days – activities and body movements I’d done the night of the concussion – would bring me to tears. Reaching into the dishwasher, emptying my washing machine, stirring a pot on the stove and I was in tears.
My body was remembering. And processing emotions I’d held onto from that night. Maybe even from other times. So many triggers in my environment and I hadn’t even known it!
In hindsight I even see how many things in my ex-workplace was a trigger, setting my nervous system off into fight/flight without my conscious awareness. For instance, all weekend the pain in my legs would be non-existent. Yet as soon as I’d drive into the parking lot at my workplace on Monday morning, my legs would be in pain! Now I see what my body was holding emotionally. Emotions really can be held in the body!
Can you relate? You may have had similar experiences of releasing emotions through body work – physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage therapy treatments.
Fascinating, isn’t it? You don’t know what you don’t know. Yet your body remembers. There are some phenomenal books around this too – The Body Remembers (B. Rothschild), When the Body Says No (G. Mate) and more.
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Avdeep Bahra is an occupational therapist that guides clients to manage stress and enhance emotional health. She creates safe spaces to share what is on your heart, to express your voice and connect with like-minded others. Through deep listening and various techniques she helps clients to process and release negative emotions. She inspires clients to let go of judgment, to live with self-compassion and to reconnect with their spirit. She beautifully blends her formal training with intuition to create change with clients. She brings mindfulness, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), HeartMath Coaching and energy work to client sessions.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]