Our mental, emotional, and spiritual health is dependent on the health and well-being of our bodies. Did you know that it is a myth that you can make any type of health judgement about a person based on their size or shape? Those who are heavier are not automatically unhealthy any more than the skinny person is automatically healthy.
And it is our body that often bears the burden of what has happened to us. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) bears this out. People who have been through more adverse experiences growing up are more likely to have any number of health issues, such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and heart attack.
One thing that I often find with folks I work with is that they are cut off from their physical bodies. Because they have been hurt physically, they often have learned to tune out their body, to dissociate from it, or ignore it. Part of healing is getting back in touch with the body and taking care of it. That means giving it adequate food, rest and exercise. It also means paying attention to what messages it is giving us.
One of the things that makes EMDR Therapy different from many other forms of therapy, is that it acknowledges and incorporates the body in the work. I believe that this is one of the reasons that it is so much more powerful for trauma survivors than straight talk therapy.