Benefits of Mind-Body Therapy

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: If you're suffering from any sort of physical pain, could it be a result of both your mind and body?
Air Date: 8/6/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Anu Abraham, PT, DPT
Dr. Anu Abraham, PT, DPT, specializes in mind-body work and is an empath.

Anu incorporates her experience from traditional Physical Therapy and her passion/understanding of the mind-body connection to foster truly integrative therapy. The relationship between the sub-conscious mind and its direct influence on the health of the body are connected and therefore addressed. In all conditions, the mind and body are not separate.

As an empath, Anu can facilitate a release in the body while shifting perspective in the mind to relieve stress. This helps to relax and give space for the body to heal, as long as the mind and body allow the release. The sessions with her are both powerful and empowering as information and awareness of what the body is holding is provided.
Benefits of Mind-Body Therapy
If you've ever suffered a physical pain, such as a backache, pulled muscle or tightness in your neck, you may have tried to fix it via chiropractic or physical therapy.

But physical pain can also result from mental or emotional wounds. It might not just be a muscle, tendon or joint issue, but rather a combination of pain found both in your mind and your body.

Mind-body therapy has garnered a lot of attention as of late, because it addresses both.

Dr. Anu Abraham specializes in this mind-body work, and has seen dramatic results in many of her patients.

How does this type of therapy work?

Typically, there is a collaboration of breath work, meditation and physical therapy. However, it cannot truly be effective if the patient is not willing to open up and accept that it can be an extremely emotional process.

In Dr. Anu's practice, she only has three qualifications when it comes to patients:
  • You're willing to see where it goes.
  • You're willing to entertain the conversation.
  • And you're willing to release what you're holding.

Of course, this "release" can turn into emotional responses such as crying. But, in the end, that's a good thing as it helps to unwind the physical tension in your muscles. Underlying emotions and thoughts are oftentimes one of the biggest reasons you tighten up.

How quickly does mind-body therapy work?

Some people find relief right away, while others have more of a struggle. Remember, the emotions surrounding grief and trauma take years to evolve. It's a continuous process to deal with these emotions, especially when many of them are sub-conscious emotions waiting to be released and addressed.

Are some events of trauma too much to be solved with mind-body therapy?

A lot of touch is involved in manual/physical therapy, which could potentially spark all sorts of troubling memories for anyone who has suffered abuse. But if the patient is feeling safe enough to release his or her pain from not only the mind, but also through the tissues, this kind of therapy can be exceptionally effective.

Tune in as Dr. Anu joins Lisa to share more about mind-body therapy and how it might be an answer for you.