What is Catharsis?

1. the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions. A catharsis is an emotional release. According to psychoanalytic theory, this emotional release is linked to a need to release unconscious conflicts. For example, experiencing stress over a work-related situation may cause feelings of frustration and tension. Rather than vent these feelings inappropriately, the individual may instead release these feelings in another way, such as through physical activity or another stress relieving activity.

snoopyCatharsis is being used worldwide in leading Trauma and PTSD centres to speed up the healing process with its most effected victims. Dr Martha Niccolson and Dr Jo Billings from the Berkshire Trauma Unit advocate Catharsis as a great way to release blocked emotions which reside in the body. Babette Rochschild who wrote The Body Remembers, has found that her trauma patients also move faster through therapy by using catharsis.

The principles are to release the emotions safely so that no one is injured during the process either physically or psychologically and that after emotional release, the process is reviewed to provide intellectual insights.

Tantrum has been designed carefully with all the principles of Catharsis therapy in mind.

Dr Deepak Chopra, author, renowned endocrinologist, and leader in the field of quantum physics and mind-body healing, formulated his theory of cellular healing.

It has been scientifically established that cells inside the body regenerate at different speeds – liver cells in six weeks, stomach-lining cells in three days, eye cells in less than forty-eight hours. Why is it then, you might ask, that a liver riddled with cancer in January would still be riddled with cancer in June? As the liver cells regenerate every six weeks they should already have regenerated several times.

Dr Chopra believes we all have phantom memories stored inside our cells. What he means is that inside each degenerative cell lies a traumatic memory. And before that degenerative cell dies, it passes on its memory to the next cell. So the new cell is born as a replica of the previous cell. Thus the cells keep replicating themselves, passing on the degenerative memory from one generation to the next, and so on. Although the cells replicated, what they were replicating was the degenerative cell pattern stored inside.

Dr Chopra compiled thousands of case studies of the process successful survivors had used to heal themselves from serious diseases. He discovered that they were able to access the cell memory and the associated negative emotion, which they worked towards resolving and then releasing. When they did this, the degenerative memory was not passed on to the next cell generation and thus the next cell was born as a new, healthy cell. This process is called cellular healing.

Pharmacologist Dr Candace Pert, whom has a PhD in cellular biology and biophysics from the United States, has backed up Dr Chopra’s research through laboratory experiments. Dr Pert has unequivocally established that emotions and the body are neurologically linked and that there is a chemical expression for every emotion that we have.

When we repress an emotion the body releases a chemical into the bloodstream.

This chemical travels to certain cell receptors and blocks them, leaving them incapable of communicating with the rest of the cells in the body. If those cell receptors remain blocked over a long period of time then there is a propensity for diseases to occur in the blocked areas.

Conversely, Dr Pert has also found that when you express emotions fully and in a healthy, non-repressive way, the cell receptors remain open. When you bury your emotions over time, it can have a very lasting impact on your health, wellbeing and happiness. It can also lead to premature ageing.