Support Your Healing: Understanding the Ties Between Emotions and Physical Ailments

Written by: Nick Ortner

Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach? Has your heart ever pounded in fear? Has your gut ever been tied up in knots when you are worried? Have you ever lost your appetite in grief?  

These are all common experiences demonstrating what is known as the mind-body connection

Across the app, particularly in our Support Your Body category and Support Your Healing collection, you can find Tapping meditations that speak to the idea of the mind-body connection, encouraging you to address the emotional component of your physical health concerns.

Today, we’re going to dive into the mind-body connection a little bit deeper, so that you can better understand why the ties between your symptoms and your emotions are so important. 

You may be surprised at just how profound the impact can be when you begin to explore these connections!

Note: Please consult with a doctor on any symptoms you are experiencing. The information and meditations referenced here are designed to support your healing, and may help you on your healing journey when combined with proper medical care, nutrition, exercise, and healthy habits.

The mind-body connection

Science shows that the brain and body are intimately connected and constantly communicating. The state of our mind, meaning our thoughts, emotions, stress levels, etc., affects the state of our body – and vice versa

Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, explains the biology behind the mind-body connection like this

The brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another.”

The examples of butterflies in the stomach or a pounding chest are just some of the ways in which we can consciously observe the interplay between mind and body.

But underneath the surface, much more is going on. When we are in a state of stress or emotional arousal, our bodies respond with things like increased inflammation, elevated blood pressure, enhanced pain signaling, digestive disturbances, muscle tension, and more.

The work of researchers and mind-body experts in the field like Dr. John Diamond, Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, and many others teach us that our emotions, thoughts, and beliefs can have a profound impact on our physical bodies. There is even scientific evidence proving that emotions, thoughts, and beliefs can directly impact our biology by altering gene expression, changing hormone levels, and so much more.

Concepts from practices like traditional Chinese medicine even link specific emotions to certain organ systems and physical ailments. Anecdotes abound with real-life examples of these kinds of connections. Many doctors and nurses often observe “types” of patients that follow certain patterns – such as cardiac patients tending to have challenges with expressing anger, for example.

Why the mind-body connection matters – and how to use it to your advantage

You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds… Claim and consciously use your power.”

– Louise L. Hay

So, why does all of this matter? Why do we care so much about the mind-body connection?

All of this science and research, all of these experts, and all of these anecdotal reports… they don’t just teach us that there is a strong link between emotions and physical health. They also suggest that we, within ourselves, have the capacity to promote healing in our own bodies. 

You see, we can use the principles of the mind-body connection to our advantage. The links between emotions and physical health conditions are so important to understand because they provide hope that positive change is possible. They remind us that we have the power to create more ease and wellbeing in our own bodies when we choose to deal with and process our emotions.

So often, we can feel disempowered when it comes to our physical health. We fall into the trap of thinking that there’s nothing we can do about it.

But our emotions are actually influencing our body. And so, we can empower ourselves in our own healing if we take a closer look at our emotions and do the work to process them in a healthy way.

That’s why we’ve created Tapping meditations in The Tapping Solution App to help you do just that. With Tapping, we can create more harmony between the mind and body.

Our Tapping meditations are designed to support your healing from various symptoms by focusing on the emotions, memories, and thought patterns that may be affecting your body. In these sessions, we’ve gathered insights from leaders like Louise Hay to bring you the tools you need to heal using the wisdom of the mind-body connection.

Real-life stories: The mind-body connection and Tapping in action

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed the power of the mind-body connection in action with the help of Tapping. People who have dealt with health challenges like back pain or gut issues or headaches for years will finally uncover a repressed or stuck emotion… and all of a sudden their physical symptoms will completely shift

After trying so many different things to heal – diets, supplements, therapies, medications, and so on – the emotional component is often the missing piece of the puzzle that finally offers BIG relief.

We get amazing feedback from our users after they Tap in the app. Here are a couple examples of the types of experiences real people have had with various Tapping meditations: 

I just did the Support Your Healing: Inflammation tapping and I’m hooked! While it only went down 2 points in my score, I could feel an immense shift. SO much fear and anger trapped inside that I was unaware I was holding.” 


I just did the Support Your Healing: Indigestion, Acid Reflux and more. All I can say is WOW! I have dealt with anxiety and digestive issues all my life. No medications work. And the doctors could never tell me what was causing my problems. With this Tapping meditation I started out as a 10 by the end I was down to 4. The emotions welled up for sure. I feel calmer and my stomach is more settled. I can now face my day with more joy and energy and calm.” 


Wowzers. I’ve had low back pain for 7 months with no known cause. As soon as I listened to the words of [Support Your Healing: Lower Back] and did this tapping session this morning, it all clicked into place on why the pain was there. The pain was reduced after tapping this morning and I just gave it a second round and can feel further reduction. I am so excited to release this pain and the fears that I’ve been unconsciously holding on to.” 


And remember: you don’t have to tap specifically on your symptoms or ailments to experience physical results. Sometimes, just tapping on an emotion can have surprising effects! Take this example from one user after trying the Releasing Anger session:

This is the first time I used the Releasing Anger meditation. I had a headache for ten days, then I used the app and the headache went away. I keep using it. I had tried books, an online course, but nothing helped my anger until now.” 

– Ruth

Try these healing Tapping meditations for yourself

If you are ready to experience the profound power of the mind-body connection, then you’ve got to give it a try for yourself! To get started, I encourage you to open up The Tapping Solution App and explore some of our Tapping meditations. 

There are several different ways to find a meditation that might be right for you:

1. Browse the Support Your Healing collection

The meditations in the Support Your Healing collection are based on the work of my dear friend the late Louise Hay and other experts in the field. We are so honored to be able to feature Louise’s work, including her powerful healing affirmations from the book Heal Your Body, with the blessing of Hay House (the publishing company she created). 

In this collection, you’ll find a wide variety of different symptoms and health conditions, so you can choose one that resonates with you.

2. Explore the Support Your Body and Pain Relief categories

Beyond the sessions in the Support Your Healing collection, you’ll also notice this same theme of the mind-body connection being addressed in a bunch of different content across the app, such as in our Support Your Body and Pain Relief sessions. 

In these categories, you can scroll through to find specific topics that are right for you, such as Release Shoulder Pain, Support Your Body: Heart Health, or Healing Your Lungs.

3. Use the Search tool

A simple way to find content to support you is to use the “search” feature in the app. Simply go to the app, click on the “search” icon, and type in either your physical health concern or an emotion you’ve been struggling with lately. Then tap, and see what happens!

When you’re happy, relaxed, and free of stress, the body can accomplish amazing, even miraculous, feats of self-repair.”

– Dr. Lissa Rankin

As you dig deeper into the content in the app, you’ll notice we address the mind-body connection often. We highlight this theme so often because it is so powerful. Countless people have found significant relief from physical health concerns when they address the emotional component of their experience!

So, try it out for yourself! See what happens when you explore and address emotions that may be linked to your symptoms. You might just be surprised by the results. 😀

Until next time…

Keep Tapping!

Nick Ortner

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