18 Assists If You've Got Stored Emotional Pain

Massage compresses being used in a Thai massage

Updated August 17, 2018

Emotions stem from the body’s experiences and its mental interpretation of those experiences. Because of this, emotions are closely related to our bodies. They are actually an extension of our bodies. Stored emotional trauma create impediments to the free flow of energy in our bodies. It’s wise to release them otherwise they might cause a physical illness down the road. Think about it: When energy is blocked from flowing and stimulating circulation in the body, how can vitality result? Any blocks to the flow of energy cause discomfort, aches, dysfunction and possibly pain and illness.

All emotions, pain in particular, are recorded at the cellular level. There is also evidence that mental pain and anguish have an impact on the body as if they were physical bodily injuries. This helps to explain why many massage therapists have experienced involuntary emotional reactions from their clients like unexplainable cries, shrieks, or tears and sobbing. These responses happen when there is a release of a painful event memory which has been stored in the physical body as a physical and/or energetic blockage.


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Make it a habit, within the constraints of your budget, to see a holistic healthcare giver on a regular basis. If the healthcare practitioner you’ve chosen is truly holistic (see our blog post of March 21, 2017 for 15 Questions a Holistic Practitioner Should Be Asking You) he or she will take your ability to pay into account and create a sliding scale for you. This is the meaning of holistic–taking all aspects of a person into account when treating, including the means to pay for services. Bring this issue up to your therapist (and any others that are important for your from our March 21 blog post) if this is the case for you.


Here's a partial list of types of holistic practitioners* you might want to look into for yourself:

  • Massage therapist and preferably one with knowledge of balancing chakras. Bodywork and chakra balancing supports the flow and expansion of life force energy. The chakras give us both life and information in the form of light.

“Chakras are personal energies. They are energy vortices, or wheels, inside the body that receive and moderate universal life force energies, or chi. Each chakra acts as a kind of valve or regulator and controls the flow of energy through our system. The universal life force (chi) enters the body through the chakra at the top of the head and travels down the spinal column to the other chakras. When we are living in harmony with the Universe, these vortices, or valves or chakras, are open and allow an abundant flow of chi energy.” — Connie Johnson in Spiritual Concepts for a New Age: Psychic Serenity in the Human Experience

  • Doctor of Oriental Medicine. These well trained and educated practitioners perform acupuncture, are well versed in herbology. They perform various oriental therapies like cupping and moxibustion for detoxification and releasing blocked chi energy and they give nutritional and health and lifestyle advice.

  • Energy medicine practitioner. These practitioners offer various kinds of more esoteric healing. Some call it spiritual or psychic healing. Always choose an energy medicine healer based on good references.

  • Ayurvedic physician. Ayurveda is a more traditional Hindu system of medicine based on achieving balance in bodily systems through diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

  • Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a healing technique in which the therapist channels energy into the patient through touch in order activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

  • Biofeedback specialist. Biofeedback may be used to improve health, performance, and the physiological changes that often occur as a result of changes in thoughts, emotions, and behavior. It helps the patient to gain a greater awareness of his or her physiology through the use of sensitive instruments that provide information on the patient’s physiological activity. Biofeedback charts also provide valuable information based on the patient’s birth.

  • Chromotherapy specialist. Such a specialist will use light therapy equipment emitting a variety of colors and not just the handful of colors emitted from LED technology. PHYTO5 is a Swiss-based company in the U.S. utilizing dichroic filter technology to improve the skin, elevate mood, reduce stress and balance vital energy. I’ve found that PHYTO5’s technology offers a full range of frequencies and colors corresponding to what is found in natural light.

  • Guided imagery practitioner. Healing miracles even with the most virulent diseases are possible with focused mind imagery techniques. These practitioners are often certified.

  • Therapeutic touch therapist. Therapeutic touch (TT) does not necessarily involve actual touch as the name implies. This therapy to promote healing and reduce pain and anxiety in which practitioners are trained to be sensitive to the receiver's energy field surrounding the body. Practitioners of therapeutic touch state that by placing their hands on, or near, a patient, they are able to detect and positively impact the patient's auric field.

  • Doctor of Homeopathy. Homeopathy is recognized by the World Health Organization and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). Homeopathy comes from the Greek hómoios (like) pathos (suffering). In homeopathy, “Like cures like.” (Latin: Similia similibus curentur.) Homeopathic remedies are used for first aid, and acute and chronic forms of disease. Homeopathy treats the person, NOT the disease. The medicines (remedies) are made from any substance. They become potentized through a series of dilution and succussion (tapping it hard on a surface) to promote the body’s natural ability to heal.

  • Thai yoga teacher/practitioner. A certified Thai yoga practitioner can help you release blocks in your energy flow so necessary for physical, emotional and mental vitality by taking you through a series of Thai yoga postures in which the receiver tends to be somewhat passive while the caregiver gently focuses the individual’s body into various poses.

  • Bach flower remedy specialist. Flowers and trees hold healing fluids. Bach flower remedies are preparations made from the flowers of various plants intended to relieve ill health by positively influencing underlying emotional states. Flower Essence Society in addition to Bach provides a whole complement of flower remedies as well.

  • Essential oil therapist/aromatherapist. Essential oils are natural oils typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant. There is a wide range of quality when it comes to essential oils, however, and unfortunately, almost all essential oils produced in the U.S. are irradiated. Because of this, tread carefully when seeking an essential oil practitioner.

  • Rolfer. Rolfing is a technique of deep tissue manipulation aimed at the release and realignment of the body and the reduction of muscular and psychic tension.

  • Pranic healing specialist. Pranic healing is a system of energy medicine developed by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui that utilizes prana (chi energy, life force, vital principle) to balance, harmonize and positively transform the body’s energy systems.

  • Rebirthing expert. Rebirthing involves a type of breathwork invented by Leonard Orr who proposed that correct breathing can cure disease and relieve pain. Orr devised rebirthing therapy in the 1970s after he spontaneously relived his own birth while in the bath. He claimed that breathing techniques could be used to purge repressed traumatic childhood memories. This can be a helpful therapy for a mother in preparation for childbirth.

  • Sound therapist. Sound therapy can range from music to the simple tones of gongs or crystal bowls and it assists the receiver in the arenas of physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic and spiritual. It can be a catalyst for improving physical, mental and emotional health and responses to stress.

  • Myofascial/trigger point therapist. Also known as myofascial release (MFR), this therapy treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles.

*Some of these healthcare givers may require licenses to practice. Be sure to verify before accepting treatment.


Johnson, Connie. Spiritual Concepts for a New Age: Psychic Serenity in the Human Experience. Balboa Press, 2012

Editor's Note: This blog post was originally published February 27, 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.