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Emotional Baggage

Updated: Jul 30

The emotions you experience though life can impact on your pain, your anxiety and your happiness.


I heard the expression ‘emotional baggage’ throughout my life so when I started my career as a kinesiologist I found this expression useful to explain the amazing changes that can happen in my practice. I explain my kinesiology as “getting rid of your baggage that you’ve collected throughout your life”


Let me ask you some of the questions I ask my clients.


Have you collected some baggage during your life?

Have you hung onto some of this baggage?

Is your emotional baggage weighing you down?


Most clients say yes!


The idea of emotions and their effect on your health is where my passion lies. This is the reason I help a lot of people who have not found a lot of success with other practitioners and specialists.


As you go through life, you experience emotions. Every time you see a red car go past your reaction will be different to mine, different to hers, to his, but there is a reaction and that reaction is an emotional reaction. All your experiences have an emotional component due to this innate reaction.


As you go through life these emotional reactions build, I call this gathering baggage, lots of baggage and then you decide to pick up more. Some of you will even go looking for other people’s baggage; hey there’s some baggage over there let’s collect that too even if it’s not really anything to do with us! Goodness knows why, but we pick up another one and carry it with us.


Wouldn’t it be nice to leave this baggage behind?


I help people clear their emotional baggage that has been stored in their body, sometimes it’s about moving to a new country; a divorce, losing a job, and many other personal challenges that are affecting your health.


The most difficult emotional blocks to remove are those you don’t even know about.


Psychology or counselling and other talk therapy can also help with ‘baggage disposal’ if you are aware of what has happened. Luckily, Kinesiology can open up your luggage, have a look around and pick out an appropriate time in your life and relevant emotions that are the real cause of your pain, anxiety or ongoing stress.


I’d like to tell you a story one of my clients, a young woman I’ll call Sara, is happy to share. It’s an eye opener in many ways!


She came with very severe anxiety, she was studying at university and life was very difficult. This is an account of one of her kinesiology sessions.


She was age recessed to three years old; there was an issue about her eyes. We cleared emotions and trauma from that age, doing some bodywork and some emotional breathing using various kinesiology techniques. Sara had no recollection of anything notable happening to her when she was three, nonetheless kinesiology treatment can be equally effective without full knowledge or understanding.


At a later consultation Sara said she remembers something must have happened to her eye, she remembers seeing herself wearing a patch over her eye in family photographs. Therefore she asked her parents what had happened. This story now becomes amazing, particularly if you have children, or grandchildren?



When she was three years old her parents were in the process of building a house, she and her sister were running around and her parents watched her running along a board that had wet concrete alongside it. They watched horrified as the board came up and sprayed a great lump of wet concrete all over her eyes. She screamed and screamed, she was terrorised and completely inconsolable, even when their doctor was trying to get all the concrete out of her eye. He did his best but they had to go to hospital emergency, as Sara was still really hysterical. You can imagine how her parents were feeling by this time.


What happened next was even more frightening; not only did her injured eye close, so did her other eye. This little girl for three weeks had her eyes closed her parents had to dress her, feed her and do everything for her because her eyes were closed. No one could get her to open her eyes, not the doctors and nurses in emergency; or any specialists her parents later visited.


Even when her parents were telling her this twenty-year old story that she hadn’t heard before, she noticed her father’s distraught expression. Fathers are supposed to look after and protect their little girls so it is a very traumatic occasion in this child’s life and in the life of the family. This is the baggage that we cleared out on that day.


I said earlier in this article that sometimes clients come across ‘emotional baggage’ they have no knowledge of. However their bodies may know.



The final part of this story is most intriguing. The fact that Sara’s body often recalled this event. Whenever Sara had make-up and things done around her eyes and lashes her eyes would quiver, both of them and she never knew why.





To conclude this article, I’d like you to consider the need to give more consideration to emotional pain and it’s effect on your mind and body health. Somehow this emotional baggage has to be addressed, not just by putting something on the table and dissecting and discussing what we already know in our conscious mind, but our subconscious mind. This young woman had no recall or memory of what had happened to her and this is one of the things that she needed to clear out to make a difference to how she felt and acted on a daily basis.


This shows how beneficial kinesiology treatment can be for a wide range of emotional or physical issues.


Jean Jordan is a Kinesiologist and Naturopath in Christchurch, New Zealand and works with clients who have chronic pain and anxiety.

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