How to Release the Memories and Emotions Stored in Your Body

Nov 15, 2013
How much do you have stored in your body?

How much do you have stored in your body?


Did you know that you can store memories and emotions in your muscles, bones, and cells? Pretty crazy, right? They left that out of our 8th grade anatomy books.

So what do you think is stored in your body? There’s only one way to find out. Ready to learn?


Why the Emotions are Stored

Good, but first let’s learn why memories and emotions are stored in the body.

We do it subconsciously. Our brains only process a small amount of the information we’re actually experiencing every second of existence.

What do you think happens to all of that unprocessed information? It’s like trying to know where all your left socks go after laundry day.

We do know that a lot of the information is stored in our subconscious mind. Often we relive these bits of information in our dreams.

Some of that other information goes into our bodies. Sometimes that information gets locked in there.

When you have a thought, it releases a perfect little chemical cocktail. By now, you’ve probably had your fair share of chemical cocktails, so you know range and feelings it can deliver.

When you have a pleasant thought, pleasant feeling chemicals rush to every which-a-way throughout your body. Often pleasant feelings are observed in the body as a relaxed sensation.

What about unpleasant thoughts and feelings? Same deal. However the sensations felt in the body are different. A scary thought makes us tense up.

When we have an unpleasant thought we tighten up and dam the flow of the chemicals. The chemicals are made to flow, and when they’re not flowing, they find little nooks and crannies to solidify in.

They won’t leave unless you make them.


How to Release

How can we get them to leave? In this article, we’re focusing on how to release those memories and emotions (chemicals) from your muscles.

Massage, Acupressure, and Acupuncture are some popular ways to release. These are definitely worth checking out, but they usually require another person to administer the release. Here’s how to treat yourself. You can do it anytime, anywhere, and it’s free!

Pick a spot on your body. Any spot. Breathe into that spot and imagine it inflating like a balloon. On your exhale, breathe out as if you were blowing out a candle. Repeat this inhalation and exhalation several times.

When you get comfortable with this breath, try adding some gentle stretches. For example, I choose to give my attention to my left hand. As I breathe in, I open my hand as wide as I can, stretching all the tiny muscles between my hand bones. As I breathe out, I relax my hand.

With the physical expansion of the spot you picked, it opens up and excites the flow of energy to and from that area. Once flow is encouraged in that area, your body will dispose of all those nasty little chemicals.

Once you have given that spot on your body your attention, move on to another spot. Consider focusing on areas in your body where you have pains, aches, or ailments.

Imagery can really help in the introductory phase of learning this technique. However, we encourage you to evolve your practice and give your attention to the sensations in that area.


Preventative Care

It’s hard to tell you to eat all organic food, sit up straight while at work, and practice yoga every day. Instead try this. A few times a day, pause and ask yourself where you’re holding tension in your body. Scan your body from head to toe and sense where your body feels tight or tired.

Just observing that your body holds tension will help to release it. You may use the release exercise to help address those tensions.


Final Note

In this brief article, we gave you a simple guide to release the chemicals stored in your muscles. It’s important to mention that sometimes the release of this energy can feel very powerful.

Often these chemicals are released with memories and emotions. While doing this practice, if you experience unexpected memories or emotions, just accept them as they come. And if you have these experiences, be appreciative and excited that you’ve opened up that area of your body and mind to flow and healing.


Leave a comment below if you have any specific questions about this exercise.




  1. soundtouch says:

    Thanks, I’m trying to put together a talk on somatic memory for my business networking group. I have done body work since I was 7 and intuitively have been doing somatic releases all my life and am looking for more hard science to share how it works. My website is and is not well formed yet but I am trying to share things that are helpful for healing

    • LogitheYogi says:

      I appreciate your efforts. Like your website too. Keep developing that. Looks like you have a lot of good information on your site. It may sound silly, but visually strong titles and subtitles really help the audience. Also, consider using more space in your text (more paragraphs or line spacing). Also found a few typos. Hope you don’t mind me sharing my thoughts.

      P.S. Will you share with our audience a somatic release technique that you’ve found to be helpful/effective?

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