What is Qi/Emotional release?

Qi is frequently translated as “natural energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow“.

E-motions are energy in motion or by definition “a strong feeling”. Emotions have huge effect on us. Usually when we experience light emotions, such as: joy, happiness, love – we express it in laughter, smiling, dancing. We consider them to be ‘positive’ emotions. As we laugh the energy goes through us and out of the body.

Hard feelings, or as we call it ‘negative’ feelings, such as: rage, sadness, frustration, resentment, guilt and loneliness – also affect our body but in a different way. We tend to feel those emotions more deeply and intensely.  As we carry around our stress, anxiety, and trauma with us daily, we suppress those hard feelings. In order to soften the sharp edges of those memories and pain, we engage in addictive behaviours that offer a temporary comfort for our emotional pain and discomfort.

We are conditioned by cultural and educational upbringing to express positive emotions and suppress negative ones. As we do that – disharmony occurs. Resistance to express part of our emotions causes imbalances and the emotions are stuck and locked in our body tissue, muscles and organs, eventually leading to physical ailments and chronic diseases.

Here is Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician and craniosacral specialist, words on trapped emotions in our bodies:

“As therapists who work hands-on with clients, we regularly see cases in which traditional medicine has been ineffective in providing relief from common impairments. Trapped emotions often are the underlying cause. We can locate the emotions when we encounter areas of the body so tight that the energy flow, fluid flow and motion are all restricted.

These restricted flow patterns indicate an imbalance that the body needs help dealing with. Often, simply placing your hands there begins a natural process that releases the emotion. Other techniques also can cause the emotion to regain movement along its natural trajectory out of the body.

Intellectually, we also might be curious to learn which emotion has created the disharmony. There certainly are times when an emotion will manifest or even declare itself. But what we are seeking is the release of the held emotion, not its identity. We are not psychoanalysts; we are body-based therapists. Our goal is to assist the body in its own natural self-corrective capabilities so it can regain its full health and function.

The powerful results often include improved body functioning, loss of pain, greater mobility and more enjoyment of life.

The release of painful or hurtful emotions can cause clients to react in many different ways. They might burst into tears, curl into a fetal position, curse, shake, laugh uncontrollably or even strike the massage table. These outbursts are merely components of an emotional release.

The purpose of an emotional release is not to get your clients in touch with their feelings. Rather, it’s to guide them to a natural state that allows the emotions trapped within them to dissipate on their own. Frequently, releasing emotions also provides the client with important bursts of insight. You might never learn what the emotions were, but your clients may gain a profound understanding of their affliction, what caused it, and what it means to them personally. This can be invaluable information that serves them well as they continue to progress through their lives.”

In my treatments patients may feel emotional release in various ways as energy flows through their bodies when tension is released. In the following videos, one form of emotional release is presented. In this case; anger & sadness that were stuck in the body for many years. The release occurs at different stages of the treatment. For some at the beginning of the session, for others – in the middle or the end of the treatment.

Warning! The following content might be confronting and feel intense!

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