How Unresolved Emotions Can Contribute to Illness

We’ve all been there: A strong emotion like anger, doubt or fear sucks us in and suddenly we can’t seem to control the things we say or do, hurting ourselves and those around us. Negative emotions can wash over us like a wave and we can suddenly feel all consumed by them as if we are drowning, but what about the stuck emotions you are unaware of, the ones you have buried so deep and cannot retrieve or even remember the existence of?

Mal Weeraratne a pioneer in the field emotional release through bodywork explains that ‘’ that trauma, especially emotional trauma, is often locked within the cellular memory of the body, disturbing or blocking energy flow and circulation, with ill-health occurring as a result. The concept of cellular memory is fundamental to our understanding of the connection between bodywork and trauma release.  Cellular memory refers to the ability of our body’s connective tissue to register all impressions of all experiences, negative or positive, during life.  Through movement,(bodywork) breath and sound the emotions trapped within the body can be accessed and released in a quick and effective way’’.

Medical science has established that our thoughts and emotions “talk” to our cells. Ever since the 1970s, scientists (including Dr. Pert) have been building a case for this and calling it psychoneuroimmunology (PNI).  PNI says the mind and emotions communicate with the nervous and immune systems, both to their detriment or advantage, depending on whether it is consciously or unconsciously directed, and depending on whether that communication is positively or negatively charged.

A useful term when talking about trapped emotions is “toxic emotions.”  as coined by noted women’s doctor and health educator, Christiane Northrup, M.D.  Toxic emotions are powerful, strongly held, and typically unconscious beliefs and emotions that act as precipitators, catalysts, or seeds for a variety of illnesses, from mild to terminal. Emotions and negative beliefs becomes biology when they remain unaddressed, undischarged, or even unidentified, according to  Dr. Northrup. She explains that when emotions are unexpressed, they stay in the body “like small ticking time bombs—they are illnesses in incubation.”

Most of us carry destructive beliefs and feelings around with us subconsciously, indeed we are often unaware of how negative our thoughts and emotions can be and these steadily undermine our health, gradually converting our biology to be in accordance with our definition of reality.

It sounds contradictory to common sense, but what you don’t know can hurt you, “because the repressed memory of trauma is traumatic,” explains Arthur Janov, M.D., in Why You Get Sick and How You Get Well. Dr. Janov is the well-known founder of the primal scream technique, which he introduced in the 1970s. He explains that it is our repressed memory of a painful or deprived or abusive childhood that is itself traumatic, exerting a continuous debilitating effect on our body.  There are many studies that support the need and benefits of Emotional Detox, the form of Emotional Detox offered by Emotional Detox – School of Holistic Body Therapy is a comprehensive and intensive one using breath, movement (bodywork) and sound, through these powerful techniques it is possible to release emotional trauma and trapped negative emotions.

Would you benefit from Emotional Detox?

If you are wondering whether you would benefit from an Emotional Detox course complete this checklist

Are Your Health & Peace of Mind affected by:

  • Physical pain
  • Chronic or frequent illness
  • Frequent bouts of stress, panic attack or emotional exhaustion
  • A depressed or weakened immune system
  • repressed emotional pain
  • Sudden bursts of anger or sadness
  • A grief you can’t seem to escape from
  • Frequent or regular experiences of fear
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

You adopt Toxic Thoughts and Behaviour’s including:

  • Keeping your thoughts and feelings to yourself even you want to express them
  • Unable to speak your truth – bound by the need to conform
  • You don’t know who you truly are or what you want for your life
  • A dysfunctional family or early childhood environment
  • Low-self esteem
  • Regular feelings of guilt or shame
  • Excessive mind chatter
  • Inability to feel secure alone
  • A dominant ‘inner critic’
  • Jealousy of others

Do you find that your life is filled with….

  • Negative people
  • People who express anger towards you
  • Repetitive, negative relationship patterns
  • Problems, drama and trauma
  • Lack of inspiration
  • Accidents, injuries and negative situations


Emotional detoxing is important. Emotions and the physical body are linked, and focusing on one will inevitably lead you to focus on the other, whether you intended to or not. Cleaning up our emotional body is just as important as having a clean physical body and you will reap the benefits in all areas of your life. Looking after the physical body is not enough to achieve optimal health and orthodox medicine makes a big mistake by separating the mind and the body.