Body Memory: Opening New Doors

Following a decade in law firms where I’d spent many years as a law firm marketing executive, I decided I needed a change. I was a single parent with a 5 year old at the time. One day, while on a business trip in New Orleans, I got a call from my son’s new school saying they couldn’t find him. Turns out, he was actually hiding on the playground. Not knowing this at the time, panic set in and I redefined my priorities. When I returned, I announced, “I am going to become a teacher. Then, my son and I can go to the same school and have summers off together.”

Nobody thought this was a good idea but me–and my son.

I applied to Masters’ programs, put in my notice, took out as much financial aid as I could find, and set off for my new adventure. While waiting for grad school to start, I decided to go to do something completely different than anything I’d done before.

Massage school. I did an intense program to become a massage therapist thinking I could make money on the side during grad school. (Nobody told me I’d need 27 hours a day just to do grad school and raise a child. Not that it would have mattered.)

At the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB) in Culver City, California I was around a very different crowd then I had ever been before. The students talked about energy, flower essences, flow, and body memory. I had an anatomy coloring book.

We would do exercises to bring these concepts to life. I remember one body memory exercise very well. You find a spot on your body and hold it for a long period of time. Memories live there. They actually rise to the surface if you give space and time for it to happen. Go ahead. Try it. Nobody’s looking.

This happens with our hunger patterns. Because the gut is very similar to the brain, it remembers in a Pavlovian way what we have done before. For example, when I was 235 pounds, I would consistently eat a large dinner around 7:00 p.m. Today, I have changed this pattern and usually eat my heaviest meal around 1:00 p.m. Still, at 7:00 p.m., my stomach remembers that old body memory from two years ago. Journaling helped me see the importance of building new patterns that support my long term health goals. Eventually, I know my body will replace those old memories with the new, healthier ones if I’m persistent. And, hey, Pit Bulls got nothing on me.

What body memories are getting in your way? Which old doors are you opening that do not support your health goals? Knock on new ones and peek in. You may just find what you are looking for on the other side.

About @jamieweil

I'm on an adventure to bring happiness, relaxation, and some shine to a stressed out world. You might call it a Divine mission. Covid Season 2020 has taught me some important lessons about myself and about you, but most importantly about US. I have written about those in a book called Shine: When Chasing Sacred Spaces Goes Dark, my 6th book which came out December 2020 and hit #1 Bestseller in 7 categories thanks to my readers. I teach an online class to empower empaths through writing and am holding my first writing retreat for empaths under the Full Flower Moon and Lunar Eclipse May 5-7, 2023 in mystical Mt. Shasta, California. We have sold our house, not bought another, and have set out on a synchronistic adventure with Kai, our 103 pound lab, at the center. We call it The Kainnection Adventure. Dogs are the equalizers of all. (Home base:
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2 Responses to Body Memory: Opening New Doors

  1. P.E.A.C.E. says:

    This is incredible. Thank you for introducing me to this amazing concept. I am carrying more weight than I want to, more than I used to! I want to learn more about Body Memory Exercises. Fascinating! Thanks again for sharing. ~Cheers, Gina


  2. You’re welcome, Gina. Boy, it’s easy to get that weight on, right? When I found myself 85 pounds up, I couldn’t believe it. The good news is there are strategies to get rid of it that end up making you feel more confident about the possibilities. Thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving! Jamie


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