Mind-Body Connection

The BodyMind

More and more I am seeing mounting evidence that the body and the mind or one. From the research in Patt Lind-Kyle’s book “Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain”, to Candace Pert’s books “Molecules of Emotion” and “Everything You Need to Feel Go(o)d”, to the work from Richard J. Davidson and his team at UW Madison (to name a few), research is demonstrating that we have more power than we thought (pun intended!) to have lasting positive impacts on ourselves.

In fact, it seems that our minds and our bodies are in separable. So much so that Candace Pert uses the term “bodymind” to describe that they are one. Dr. Pert states that this doesn’t just mean that the mind dominates the body as seen in the popular phrase “the power of the mind over the body”, it becomes the body – Body and Mind are One.

Our thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and emotions create a cascade of neural, hormonal and energetic changes to our body; either positively or negatively. This means that how we think, feel, and our behavior directly impacts our physical, mental & emotional health, in additon to what we put in our body, and how we physically use it.

This is good news! With this knowledge, we have more options as to how we can take care of ourselves. By incorporating holistic ways to release old hurts and incorporate more joys we will be better able to prevent disease and illness, recover from an illness, and cope with life challenges.

Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L has over 20 years experience providing Holistic, Integrative Health, Wellness and Prevention Care in a variety of settings. She is a Holistic Occupational Therapist, Intuitive Healer, Health Coach, teacher, consultant, and writer. She provides holistic and integrative healthcare and intuitive development education to healthcare practitioners and organizations. She is the founder of the Holistic OT Community and is in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is available for individual sessions, tutoring, classes, and consulting. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Visit her websites at EmmyVadnais.com and HolisticOT.org.

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