By Christina Haverkort (August 2020- Updated March 21)
Pain is complex, it triggers the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which is under the umbrella of the greater central nervous system. The sympathetic (fight, freeze, or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system (PNS). These main two systems are involved in how we can manage pain. Everything is a polarity, north-south, east-west, positive-negative, shifting the polarity from the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) to the PNS, takes away or lowers pain.
The more, deeper relaxed states you can achieve through a meditation practice, guided meditation or through energy work itself, the more your body can balance. Its calming the over all central nervous system. We know that all pain is different in nature, it’s also a sign to your body that there’s an issue and something is out of balance. Past trauma, endocrine system dysfunction, old injuries are a few reasons for pain.
Pain, can be a sign of inflammation, if its a localized area in the muscular system, ice compression is very helpful, rest, elevate, ice and drink plenty of good quality chlorine free water.
*Acute pain often stems from soft tissue injuries; chronic pain is typically due to conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, or spinal issues. Neuropathic pain indicates damage to the nerves or other parts of the nervous system and is often described as shooting, stabbing, or burning, or pins and needles. Nociceptive pain is a type of pain caused by damage to body tissue. Radicular pain is a specific type of pain that occurs when the spinal nerve becomes compressed or somehow inflamed. It radiates from the back and hip into one or both legs via the spine, and spinal nerve root (* www.beaumont.org).
The endocrine system and CNS, together play a role in pain receptivity and response. The way we respond to pain depends on the condition of our nervous systems prior to the onset of the pain. The question is, can we condition our nervous systems to handle pain? Or re-calibrate the way we respond to pain or trauma? I believe it’s possible, with the consistent practice of going ‘into’ our bodies, grounding deeply, and calming the nervous system. It comes down to how we response to stress. If the adrenals are exhausted, and your stress levels are high, you are likely to experience pain at higher levels, its a varied response..
There are so many types of pain, stemming from chronic or degenerative conditions which are generally treated with medication. In more general cases, pain may be related to a recent injury, treatable over the course of a few weeks or months. Still other pain may be chronic, particularly with older injuries that never fully healed, or postural imbalances that include ongoing discomfort lasting longer than three months.
Eckhart Tolle speaks about the ‘pain body’. He states that the pain body is “an old emotional pain living inside of you. It may have accumulated from past traumatic experiences, and sticks around because these painful experiences were not fully-faced and accepted the moment they arose.” Such cases are extremely common; multitudes of people endure the burden of unhealed pain bodies throughout their lives. Energy healing is a powerfully beneficial tool that can clear away stale emotional energy attached to old injuries or traumas. In my years as a practitioner I have borne witness to how the body stores pain in the energy system. I’ve also seen the great benefits of going into the body’s field of energy- to interact with it, and discern what that pain is about and why it lingers. These answers flow into awareness as verbal messages, imagery, or scenes of memories.
I see the ‘pain body’ as more of an emotional protection, like a heart wall, forming an etheric ‘suit of armour’, a protective storage layer where unresolved emotional energy is still in the field, awaiting resolution. It could linger indefinitely until it receives the attention it needs. Once you’re willing to tend to it, the healing process begins.
*The dictionary’s definition of fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas (*Dictionary). Pain in the body has varied reasons, such as: postural imbalance, bunions, hip misalignment, injury, toothache, muscular imbalance… the list continues. Without a thorough assessment of the skeleton and muscular system, pain and tension can persist for an extended period of time. If the musculoskeletal system is examined and found to be sound, the reason for the overall pain is very likely the established presence of a pain body. The pain body is generally not perceptible, or believable, to a traditional physician, making fibromyalgia difficult to treat with traditional medicine. However, when someone is ready to resolve the constructs of past trauma, using a steady course of healing work, fibromyalgia can be healed.
It is the nature of the body to continuously store memories of physical, mental, or emotional trauma, but it is not always sensed consciously – it’s different for everyone. Given that the body so readily stores memory, during a stressful time or following a new trauma, old injuries are often emotionally triggered to flare up again. When the stress passes, symptoms reduce or go away, but can re-occur when stress heightens; thus establishing a pattern of discomfort.
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection that typically causes a painful skin rash, often with blisters. It typically affects older adults or people with weak immune systems. A typical herpes zoster rash appears on one side of the face or body and can last two to four weeks. However, the pain of shingles can last for months. Read more about shingles HERE.
A client came to see me having suffered unrelenting months of pain from a case of shingles. Even after the blisters cleared up he was left with lingering, excruciating nerve pain. Even though his shingles pain was not the original focus of his healing treatment, it was inevitably part of the healing he received. As his polarity shifted from the SNS to the PNS. The pain left, it’s that simple. In more complex cases, if the pain doesn’t disappear, there could be an underlying issue in the body or the blood, in his case this is generally a simple fix.