By Christina Haverkort (11/20- updated 03/21)
Emotions affect hormones, hormones affect emotions, especially emotional stress. What I have observed is, powerful emotions like anger, sadness or resentment not only fatigue the body, but can store energetically in any of the glands, organs, or tissues close to a gland. This finding may not be the case for everyone, but when a person has experienced several traumatic events in their lifetime, unresolved or unprocessed emotions that tie into trauma, can affect the endocrine system creating an imbalance in its ability to function optimally. Hormones are stored in the adrenals, thyroid, liver, the gut, in the adipose tissue, and the ovaries and testes *(Lorna Vanderhaeghe).
The endocrine system is a chemical messenger system comprising feedback loops of the hormones released by internal glands of an organism directly into the circulatory system, regulating distant target organs. The major endocrine glands are the thyroid gland and the adrenal glands *(Wikipedia).
Chronic stress and trauma are major factors in exhausting the endocrine glands. Why? Because stress affects the central nervous system and the endocrine system simultaneously, directly through the sensory organs and the pituitary gland. The effect of stress can both lead to imbalances in not only the immune system, but the digestive system, and the muscular system. All stress enters the body through the central nervous system, being energy, we absorb what we feel around us, connecting all systems of our body, from glands to organs and beyond. Your overall state of health is dependent on the constant, uninterrupted communication therefore, an imbalance in even one of those systems can have some degree of affect on all the other systems. Stress induces the release of cortisol from the adrenals, your two adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys in the middle of your back. Low stress equals low release of cortisol; high stress equals high release of cortisol. When this condition arises unrecognized and unattended, from this target area the adrenal glands, the body then draws energy from the thyroid gland, pulling it off-balance, from the thyroid it can pull on the ovaries or the testes. *The thyroid releases hormones that affect all organs in your body- especially your heart. Its essential in influencing our metabolism, and the force and speed of your heartbeat, your blood pressure and your cholesterol level. *(Harvard -Health). As part of my work, I do hormone balancing to determine which gland is out of balance, either the left or right, or whether its the Pineal or Pituitary gland. The thyroid, for example stores emotional energy, it can also be used as a barometer to tell you how well you have expended your energy that day. I help my clients create the line of communication between them and their thyroid to help them establish a balance between how much they are putting out and how much they want to conserve both physically and emotionally. If we physically exhaust ourselves it not only affects the adrenal glands but also the thyroid. An imbalance of hormone secretion in the endocrine system can create, insomnia, weight gain or loss, anxiety, migraines, nausea, and/or depression; extreme cases may lead to hallucinations and paranoia. Distressed glands secreting hormones under duress slow the body’s ability to stabilize itself under stress. While the ovaries and testes produce estrogen and testosterone, it isn’t always a hormone imbalance causing problems; emotional energy from traumatized glands can also trigger imbalances that inhibit regular function. I have found in my work that ovaries imbalances could stem from over thinking or a lack of emotional connection to the self, when we over extend our selves it affects us emotionally. The main purpose of the pituitary gland is to secrete hormones into your bloodstream. This gland, small and oval-shaped, is located behind your eyes near the underside of your brain. It attaches to the hypothalamus by a stalk-like structure. During some sessions clients sense this gland and its position in the brain, when the gland stands out its likely an indication of a hormone secretion imbalance.
During many client sessions, its common that the body would highlight the endocrine gland that is struggling or unbalanced first. Often the client can see or feel the imbalance between the two sides of the gland. Almost every time, the gland itself has a message for the client, telling them what emotions it may be holding or what message it has moving forward. Adrenals glands tend to burn out due to overexertion, which affects the heart via the kidneys but they are very resilient and repair themselves over time, they can balance and repair themselves fairly rapidly during a session. The ovaries, thyroid, pineal and pituitary gland that need extra care and more attention. The ovaries tend to bare issues of too much or too little movement that could create sleeplessness, its also an area of emotion and creativity. The pineal gland, if it shows as an imbalance this is a measure for depression, as the pineal gland carries a balance between seritonin and melatonin. While the thyroid may store energy that is related more to communication, with yourself, your body and with others, it is also the barometer for how much you push your self physically and thus, this affects your body emotionally via -your thyroid. To bring overall balance to our bodies and the endocrine system, stress must be managed by being creative and active. Recognize that your body requires balance between the left analytical side of your brain and right creative side of the brain, and each endocrine gland is a pair. Think of your brain as a pair of glands that too, need a healthy balance. So start some creative projects and get moving!!!
When you receive a hormone balance, it is your body that dictates which gland is out of balance. This treatment opens up a line of communication, between you and your glands, so you can better manage your stress. Most people who receive this treatment, experience lowered energy in the following few days and a need for extra sleep and rest, as the parasympathetic system kicks in to repair the body and balance the system. People report being much calmer and less reactive, sleep is restored and more restful.
I myself am an example of how this stress on the glands can manifest; Between work, moving cross country several times, relocation stress, exercise, and keeping up with a busy physically exhausting life, I inadvertently pushed my body too hard, and it wasn’t the first time. When I began having night-sweats and waking up in the morning exhausted, feeling weighted to my bed, I could feel my thyroid and adrenals were out of balance. My body was desperately trying to pull itself out of this funk. I got necessary blood work done, just to put myself at ease. Once I gained communication with my thyroid, I use it regularly to manage my output of energy. I am determined to offer the same kind of balancing to my clients.
So you have to remember, our bodies are extremely intelligent, they require our ‘ATTENTION’ to run optimally, I cannot stress this enough. Through the work I do, I show you into your body, so you can give it the attention and healing it requires and that it needs. Giving back to your body through direct communication opens up levels of healing and divine connections to your spiritual self. In science and in energy medicine, both agree: gaining our attention is, indeed, the highest purpose of any symptom.
To be Continued!