What is a chronic illness? Why do we experience chronic symptoms? What can we do to find relief? 

These are all important questions. 

And I provide answers (in under ten minutes!) in this vlog: How stored trauma creates somatic symptoms (aka chronic illness).

Chronic illnesses abound (especially in our Western culture—and that’s a story for another day). 

To heal these chronic symptoms, we need to understand why they’re showing up in the first place. 

Allow me to sum up: 

  1. Chronic illnesses (things like fibromyalgia, chronic pain, IBS, Crohn’s disease, migraine headaches, severe PMS, chronic anxiety/depression) are rooted in experiences of early trauma and chronic stress.
  2. These experiences cause the system to shut down and disconnect us from the body. (Not a mistake—a form of self-protection!)
  3. As adults, we can heal by reconnecting to the body.

For some readers, this information will be a review. For others, it might be the truth they’ve been searching for—sometimes for decades.

Watch the full video for a quick overview of somatic symptoms (aka chronic illnesses), why they arise, and how to heal.