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Can You Heal Hypothyroidism?

I have been asked many times whether it is possible to heal hypothyroidism.

As someone who was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and was able to resolve it, I want to share my story.

The diagnosis

In 1999, during a period of enormous stress at work, I started to have anxiety, panic attacks and was feeling exhausted all the time no matter how long I slept. My resting pulse was around 50 and in addition, I just could not get warm; I was wearing sweaters and sleeping with 2 duvets and a hot water bottle.. in August!

My doctor did a blood test and I came back with elevated TSH, the hormone that stimulates the thyroid. This is the usual test that your family doctor will use to assess thyroid function.

I was prescribed Synthroid, a form of Levothyroxine, was told I would never be able to get off it, and likely the dose would increase over time. When I first started taking it I felt amazing, my energy was back and I was no longer cold.. great improvement!

At that stage in my life I took the doctor’s word when they said I could never get off the Synthroid and simply got on with my life…

The emotional component to heal hypothyroidism

In 2010 I had met my mentor, Roger, a Shamanic Healer and Teacher of the Eastern Tantra. His initial assessment was that my throat chakra was blocked, the reason for this being a need to first connect wth who I was and what my needs were, then express myself and be heard.. Again this made total sense to me in relation to my family history (genetic memories) and my own upbringing and life events.

We worked to release that blockage, to connect with my heart, to open to my own self worth and to learn to find my voice and expect to be heard. I can only describe this as a ‘growing into myself’, it was an amazing journey of self discovery and self acceptance. To let go of the self doubt, the efforts to please everyone all the time and to be continually seeking acceptance and affirmation from others. To learn to accept myself for who I was at that time and to be able to truly say “I love myself and all my imperfections, I am a good person. I deserve to love and be loved”

This process is still underway, I do not think I will ever stop seeking self improvement and growth.

Next steps to heal hypothyroidism

In 2012 it was suggested that my low thyroid may, in part, be caused by inflammation and auto-immune issues triggered by diet. I had done some of my own research and found information on the relationship between a wheat / gluten intolerance and thyroid issues so this made sense to me. I stopped eating gluten (wheat, rye, barley) and corn. Many of my symptoms improved: the goosebumps on the skin on my arms and digestion, I would wake up feeling rested, and I had fewer aches and pains.

In fact, by 2013 I felt so well that I decided to attempt to stop my Synthroid. My doctor was not supportive, however, intuitively I knew I did not need it. I used a nail file and swiped the pill over the file an extra time each day. This reduced the dose extremely gradually.

About 3 months after I had completely stopped I had a blood test that showed my thyroid (TSH) to be within normal range if on the high end. After 3 more months the TSH was a very good normal and it has stayed that way for 5 years now.

So, can you heal hypothyroidism?

I am not saying this will work for everyone, but it certainly worked for me, and it has also worked for a number of my clients.

I recommend a two part approach.

Addressing diet, allergies, intolerances and nutrition by seeking the advice of a Naturopathic Doctor or Functional Medicine Practitioner and to also consult someone who practices Energy Healing, Reiki, Shamanic Healing or other person who can assess the energy blockages in your body. In so doing you address the physiological and the emotional / energetic components.

 

Disclaimer: It is not recommended to stop any prescription medication without consulting the doctor who prescribed it. The above method worked for me, however, we are all different, so it is not guaranteed to work for you.

 

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Muscles and Emotions

Have you ever thought about muscles and emotions?

The emotions we experience and hold onto can have a very real physical impact on our bodies.

 

Relating Muscles and Emotions

I have studied Applied Kinesiology as taught by the International College of Applied Kinesiology.

This system relates the neuromuscular function to the structural, chemical and neurological regulatory mechanisms. Which, simply put, relates the function of your muscles to structural balance (the physical functioning of your body, the skeletal and muscular systems), chemical balance (allergies, toxins, nutrition) and the mental / emotional.

Using this wonderful tool it is possible to determine the reason why a particular muscle is not able to function to its best.

 

Old or new?

Current issues: The emotions involved in the reduced function of muscles may be current stress and tensions in our lives. From dis-harmony in the home, workplace issues, a recent injury or traumatic event.

Past events: The body can hold on to the emotions when we have a traumatic event in our lives. I have had many clients with PTSD, with childhood trauma, physical and sexual abuse, previous violent relationships and major accidents / injuries. They may have had counselling and managed to package up the event, learn coping strategies and be functioning well in life. However, their body continues to tell the story of the emotions that are trapped.

Past lives: It is said we also carry the emotional memories of events in past lives.This has been the issue that has come up for quite a number of my clients.

 

Let’s consider back and hip pain.

If the main supporting muscles are not able to function correctly you are prone to injury, pain, stiffness and tension. You could liken your body to a tent.. where the guide ropes are all out of whack, one too tight, another to loose.. the tent will become crooked, and out of shape, and may even collapse.

This is basically what happens to your body; it becomes crooked and out of line, is prone to injury where the spine and joints are not supported, and to muscle tension, spasm and pain.

Here are some examples of particular muscles and emotions that affect them.

 

Fear, anxiety, shock, trauma

These all relate to the kidney meridian / energy line.

They will ultimately affect the psoas muscle, the big core muscle that connects the lower (lumbar) back to the thigh bone (femur), or the tenderloin in a  beef cow. Tension and weakness here will create tightness and possible pain in your low back and leave you prone to injury.

 

Loss, sadness, loneliness, grief

These relate to the large intestine meridian, and as such will affect the following muscles:

Hamstrings, the muscles down the back of your leg, from your pelvis (butt) to your knee

Quadratus lumborum connects your lower (lumbar) back and bottom rib to the top of your pelvis.

All of these support the back, the hips and the knees.

 

Insecurity, betrayal, abandonment, lost, vulnerable

These affect the heart, and the pericardium meridian, along with the small intestine, and are associated with the biggest muscle group in the body, the gluteals, our butt muscles.

And with the Quadriceps, the big muscle group down the front of your thigh.

It is clear that they have a big role to play in supporting us in an upright position.

 

This is just a sample of the emotions and the muscles that can be affected. There are other, powerful emotions which I have not considered here, including guilt, shame, anger etc. Come see me today and find out more.

 

How do we deal with these emotions?

We do not need to know where these emotions come from, only to acknowledge them and to work to release them, replacing them with those more positive.

This can be done through Energy healing, Reiki or or a number of other emotional release techniques such as tapping. Hypnotherapy, talk therapy or counselling may also be helpful, however, it is not always as effective in releasing emotions stuck in the body.

 

Book with me and find out how your muscles and emotions are connected. Discover how we can resolve pain, tension, and stiffness, along with the emotions you carry. Live life to the full!

 

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Emotions and tight hips.

Have you ever considered that your physical body carries the emotions that we experience? And that those emotions can affect the way we move? In this blog I want to consider our emotions and tight hips.

It is well known by those who teach and practice yoga that performing hip opening postures and movements can cause us to become emotional, even bringing tears. Most of us do not understand why, or readily associate the tightness and tension in our body with trapped emotions. The medical profession may attribute it to inflammation, injuries, repetitive strain, too much sitting or even “just getting older”.. They are only just beginning to look at the association between the physical body and the emotions / energetic.

Of course these reasons are all valid possibilities, and should be considered as part of the picture, however, I often find that releasing trapped emotions brings more relief and more improvement in flexibility, strength and function than any amount of pills, exercise, massage or even physical treatments.

The Root or 1st Chakra

Our root chakra is located at the base of spine. It is the first one to become activated when we are born and is associated with particular aspects of our wellbeing. The new baby requires the first 4 of these things from the time of birth and will go on to develop the fifth:

  • Security, safety, survival
  • Basic needs (food, sleep, shelter, self-preservation, etc.)
  • Grounding
  • Support and foundation for living our lives
  • Physicality, physical identity and aspects of self

The Sacral or 2nd Chakra

This is located in the lower abdomen, about 3 inches below our belly button or navel.

In the Western world this chakra is commonly referred to as being to do with sex and sexuality, however, it is far more than that… It has to do with gratification, sensuality, pleasure of all types and creativity. It has to with the enjoyment of life, freedom from worry, the ability to be spontaneous and have fun.

Emotions and Tight Hips

Any situations or events that cause emotions that counter these qualities will bring a blockage in our energy and affect our physical body. In particular anxiety, fear, trauma, not feeling safe and secure will cause the root to become locked tight as a protection. Many clients I meet are stuck tight in their root chakra and, as a part of this, they have deficient energy in their 2nd chakra. It is hard to be spontaneous, joyful, creative and full of fun when we are full of fear!

The effect is cumulative and repeated events will add up, in addition the more intense the event the more the fear locks the hips tight. Combine this with genetic memories kindly passed to us from parents, grandparents and other ancestors and those experiences from past lives and we often have an excess of stored up emotional baggage.

I have had many clients with PTSD, and who suffered childhood abuse and assaults and a number traumas.

I will often ask them “How do your hips feel, do you find they are tight and restricted?”

The answer is always “Yes”, and usually accompanied by “How did you know that…??”

My answer will be “More often than not, there is a link between your emotions and tight hips!”

Releasing the emotions

The are many ways to do this, and each one of us requires a different combination of approaches, there is never a one size fits all.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

For some, working with the conscious mind through counselling, psychotherapy and talk therapy is enough. However, it is more common that this brings the ability get on with life, to function, and to even be successful but does not release the emotions form the body. I liken it to taking the events and traumas, packaging them up, then sticking the boxes in the closet. They are out of immediate sight so do not impact our everyday life, but they are sitting there festering and will most likely come back to haunt us at some point in our lives..

Hypnotherapy

This works more with the subconscious. It allows us to let go of the rational and access our inner wisdom. Through hypnotherapy we can begin to take out those boxes of emotional garbage and throw them out. There is a “blind” approach where it is not necessary to open those boxes and relive the events, but simply to acknowledge the emotions involved and to throw them out.

Energy Healing and Reiki

A good healer will facilitate the release of emotions from your body. Using either light hands on, or using their hands in the energetic field of the body, they will create a safe space for the body to work through the emotions. They will bring energy in where required, assist with the flow and unblocking of energy end emotions and take and dispose of anything you are ready to release.

CranioSacral Therapy

This is a very subtle, hands on technique that works with both the physical and energetic aspects of our being. A good CranioSacral Therapist will be able to feel those trapped emotions and will work with your body to release them. It is not unusual for people to experience emotions during a treatment as things are released.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or Tapping

The Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT, is very easy to learn and can be used at home. It is a form of psychological acupressure, simple tapping is used on certain points while thinking about the traumatic event, pain or negative emotions, along with the voicing of positive affirmations. This works to clear the emotional blockages.

 

Yoga

Another technique you can use on your own at home as well as in a class or with an instructor. Performing specific hip opening exercises can teach the body that it can let go of the tensions along with the emotions that are behind them.

Clinical Somatic Therapy or Education

This gentle approach works to teach the body to go beyond the restrictions imposed by the emotional baggage it carries. Slow, conscious movements are used with the help of a therapist using hands on techniques. Exercises are provided to be done at home to continue the healing journey. In the process of learning to let go of the restrictions it also lets go of the emotions.

 

Conclusion

Emotions and tight hips: the body holds onto the emotions that we experience, causing very real physical symptoms. Most people will choose a number of different techniques and approaches over time to release these emotions, some starting from the physical and some form the emotional / energetic angle. Whatever techniques you choose to release the emotions and to unlock your hips it is a journey that cannot be rushed. Enjoy it and be curious about the process.

 

For more information book a Free discovery session with me today.