It is the new year (and a new decade)!  Is it time to consider what emotional baggage you could drop and move away from?  Sometimes, it is almost impossible to let go of past trauma.  This is where Emotional Release therapy can help.

Have you ever noticed how certain scents trigger memories and feelings?  For example, think about baking cookies or fresh bread.  Our limbic system is accessed by the sense of smell where our emotions are seated.  Kathy Farmer at New York University proved the amygdala gland (which is the part of the limbic system of the brain that stores and releases trauma) only releases emotional trauma through the sense of smell.

It is interesting to think that smells can help store and release trauma.  I think a good example of this is how some people have food aversions based on smell.  Often, the individual got sick near smelling a certain smell.  My sister, for example, still doesn’t like Mexican food after she got sick from it almost 30 years ago.

Our sense of smell is one of the first ways we interact with the world.  No wonder it is so powerful that it can help store and release trauma from our physical bodies.  There is even evidence that emotional trauma can be passed between generations and changes our DNA.  This is where our therapy focus comes in–Emotional Release can help us to release stored trauma.


What is emotional release?

Emotional Release is a body and energy work therapy that works with oils (primarily) applied to specific areas on the body to facilitate releasing any stored trauma.  Specific oils are used to help the body access stored trauma, process it, and finally release it.  Some of these oils even cross the blood/brain barrier!


Who can benefit from emotional release?

Everyone can benefit from an emotional release!  Let me clarify that, everyone who has any trauma can benefit from an emotional release.

Now, it isn’t worth doing an emotional release unless you can honestly say, “I lovingly and willingly release all things that no longer serve me.”  You will need to say this and mean it wholeheartedly during the session.


What are the benefits of emotional release?

This is a short list of things emotional release may help.

  • Heartache
  • Anger
  • Deep sadness
  • Loneliness
  • Doubt
  • Feelings of lack of support
  • Grief
  • Confusion
  • Feelings of rejection
  • Feeling unclean
  • Worry
  • Feeling decrepit
  • And more…

What to expect during a session:

During an emotional release session, you will be fully clothed on a massage table.  It is highly recommended that you wear comfortable, old clothing as the oils may stain. You may be both face up and face down at different points during the appointment. You may experience flashbacks or think about things in the past.  Or you may experience little emotion.  Some people cry, shout, swear, and yell.  Other people are simply very quiet.  There is no right or wrong way an emotional release session plays out.  After a session, some people will continue processing for up to a week or two.  I have had clients say they felt nothing while others cry often while still others found they could not stop laughing for an evening.  Appointments last 60-75 minutes.

After the session, many people have reported improved sense of self, relaxation, and changes in chronic conditions.


I hope this has helped to demystify this amazing therapy and has piqued your interest to trying it for yourself or a loved one.  However, remember you must truly be ready for it to be of benefit.  I will muscle test if it is the right time as well when you let me know it is time, just to be certain.

So, is it time to make a New Year’s resolution to let go of all things that no longer serve you?  If so, Emotional Release is just the ticket to help!


Please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment if you need further assistance.

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Note: Everything here is for information only. This is not meant to treat or diagnose any medical condition. Seek a qualified medical professional.


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