METAPHORS AND THE BODY
I’m Amy Manz — Highfields local, mum of three, wife and a registered kinesiologist.
If you read our amazing local magazine regularly then you would have noticed me on the front cover of the last issue when we looked at the age of anxiety.
I’m super excited to bring you this little column every couple of months where we can explore natural health and have fun.
So I’ve decided to write about metaphors and the body — strange I know, but stick with me!
When people visit me in clinic for a physical ailment and I start asking what’s going on emotionally they can think it’s strange.
How can what’s happening physically have anything to do with our emotions?
Yet as we delve deeper and we start to interpret what the body is telling us, it rings true.
The left side of our body is to do with female energy and what we internalise, whereas the right side is to do with male energy and what we externalise. Here’s a little list of some common ailments that can come up: ■ Upset tummy: Let’s look at it metaphorically – you could ask ‘what’s happening emotionally that I can’t stomach at the moment?’ — it could be an upset at work, school or home.
■ Stiff neck: Are you ‘sticking your neck out’ (literally and metaphorically), or are you being inflexible on an issue?
■ Heel pain can be associated with feeling like you are ‘on the back foot’ about something.
■ Shoulders can often congest and ache when we have the ‘weight of the world on our shoulders’ or feel like we are ‘shouldering a burden’.
Remember to always check in with your naturopath or GP to be on the safe side and talk about what’s happening for you.