By Christina Haverkort (11/20- updated 11/22)
Emotions affect hormones, trauma, affects hormones, compromised immune system affects hormones, and stress affects hormones. All systems work together- the overall effect comes down on the Central Nervous System (CNS). 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.
*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. The Liver especially is greatly affected by trauma whether it is physical or emotional. Why? Because stress affects the CNS and the endocrine system simultaneously, directly through the sensory organs and the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland, located in the brain this is the centre for receiving, incoming information from sight, smell, taste, hearing and feeling. This is the chemical receiving centre, any experience especially grief, pain, concussions, anything that repetitively over stresses the sensory receptors feeds into the endocrine system affecting every other system. The effect of any of these kinds of stresses can both lead to imbalances in not only the immune system, but the digestive system. 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 pituitary gland, is the major distributor of hormones into the blood stream going to the thyroid, adrenals and reproductive organs. *The thyroid releases hormones that affect all organs in your body- especially your heart, it is essential in influencing our metabolism, and the force and speed of your heartbeat, your blood pressure and your cholesterol level. *(Harvard -Health).
In order to balance hormones, we determine which gland is out of balance, left or the right, or whether it is the pineal or pituitary gland that is throwing the system off balance. All the information they need to know is in the field and they either see or sense the imbalances. Over a course of sessions, balance come back in most cases, as long as stress levels stay at a minimum. After some hormone balancing, clients are much less stressed, calmer, this benefits the adrenal glands, because they reduce the production of cortisol, that comes with stress. Someones adrenal glands can completely deplete, in that case, your body gets so heavy you cant move or get out of bed. This is a clear sign, your adrenals are exhausted, this can happen by a toxic overload to the liver or unending exhaustion of emotional or physical stress, When the adrenals are exhausted, your body pulls energy from the thyroid, weight gain can happen, energy loss or overtime this is how we could become autoimmune.
Distressed glands secreting hormones under duress slow the body’s ability to stabilize itself under stress. While the ovaries and testes produce estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, it isn’t always a hormone imbalance causing problems; emotional energy from traumatized glands like the liver can also trigger imbalances that inhibit regular function, affecting the digestive system, which in turn affect your energy reservoirs like the kidneys, heart and gut biome.
During many client sessions, their body highlights 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. Adrenal 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 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, can show an imbalance this is a measure for depression, as this gland carries a balance between serotonin 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 we all need to be more 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.
When you receive a hormone balance, it is your body that dictates which gland is out of balance. This session opens up a line of communication, between you and your glands. Most people who receive these sessions, feel much less stressed, they feel much calmer less reactive, sleep is restored after multiple sessions and the parasympathetic system kicks in to repair the body and balance.
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.
Our bodies are extremely intelligent, they require ‘OUR ATTENTION’ to run optimally, I cannot stress this enough. 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.