Dr. Candace Pert was at the forefront of Biochemistry, exploring emotion and feelings and how they relate to well-being. She studied Neuropeptides and their receptors, the biochemicals of emotion, which orchestrate many bodily processes. They link biology and behavior to affect the smooth functioning of an organism.
Neuropeptides and their receptors are found in the brain and mainly all over the body, acting in a network of bi-directional information exchange.
According to Dr. Pert, 98% of all information and data transfer occurs at receptor sites throughout the body. Each one of our trillions of cells has thousands of receptor sites. Only 2% (yes, you read it correctly) of information transfer occurs in our brain synapses.
Repressed emotions remain in the body via neuropeptide molecules held in their receptors. An overwhelming experience, perceived as physically or emotionally threatening, can challenge the healthy coping mechanism of the body and remain frozen in what we refer to as cellular memory. The held emotion blocks these neuro receptors, and tension builds, inhibiting our body’s ability for self-healing.
These so-called traumas create patterns of misalignment: overuse or depletion on some level, reflecting upon lessons not yet learned.
Emotions and bodily sensations are intricately intertwined and can become conscious in Breathwork. Once we feel emotions from a non-polarized view, free from judgment or meaning, the Neuro-Peptides stored in the cellular memory from a traumatic experience can be released and re-metabolized out of our bodies through breath, sweat, etc.
Breathwork can bring awareness to repeating automated responses and clear what holds us back, providing a fertile ground for healing and insight.
Our bodies are intelligent and able to survive, and we are hardwired to thrive. Our circumstances don’t define us. We can choose how to respond.
We can turn challenges into doorways to transformation.