We all have emotions. We are emotional beings and our emotions are experienced in response to our environment. Emotions are a normal part of life, as we experience and interpret the world through our emotions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we have 5 Elements for the all up 14 Meridians. 12 of them are linked to organs that represent a main emotion, so, for example, the Liver corresponds to the emotion of anger and the lungs to sadness and grief etc. 

In order to lead a healthy full life, we need to move through all emotions fluently. Emotions are supposed to be felt, processed by the body mind spirit connection, and at some point let go of. And it usually goes like that for positive emotions that result in feeling good. 

However, in society we've learnt that some emotions are apparently not "as good" as other ones. For example, people always strive to be happy and joyous, and rather suppress emotions such as anger, frustration or sadness. It's not that these emotions aren't there and part of their life, they are just not as welcome and therefore not allowed to be expressed. Just think of all those times that parents tell their kids "shhh don't cry" - We hear from a young age that crying, feeling sad or frustrated aren't acceptable emotions. So we suppress them instead. 

Moreover, emotions resulting from pain or distress can be so strong, that they can’t get processed completely. This can happen in many situations, for example when we were little and got told off in school in front of everybody else, and felt small and stupid for it; or when we go through bigger things like a car accident, abuse or family split ups. It doesn't matter if it's a big or tiny event, if we feel strongly about something, we usually make a decision of some kind in response to it. For example "I'll never do xyz again!", "I'll never let this happen to me again!" or "I hate ..!" 

When this happens, some remnant of the negative emotional energy becomes trapped in the body, usually in an organ or gland, although it can become trapped anywhere in the body or in the field of energy surrounding the body. No matter what the reason or catalyst for the emotion, it's never really about what happens, it's about what the person on the receiving end perceives. For example, three people can go through exactly the same situation, but all three of them can experience the situation in completely different ways. One might flow through it, release it and never think of it again, the other person might dwell on it for the rest of their life, and the third person might find it so traumatic that they ban the experience out of their memory altogether. This would then still affect this person subconsciously - until the day comes that he/she chooses to work on releasing their subconscious blockages. 

The reason why the trapped emotion would affect the person (sub)consciously is that the frequency (rate of vibration) of a trapped emotion is different from the frequency of the body part in which it is trapped. This conflicting frequency begins to distort the normal, healthy frequency of that body part. At some point in time, this distortion or imbalance of the tissues or energy field will cause symptoms such as uneasiness, emotional ups and downs, depression, and/or physical symptoms. Most often however, we have no idea that what is causing these symptoms are trapped emotions.

As a result, we respond differently to situations than someone else without the same trapped emotions and beliefs. This leads to our feet showing different signs; such as calluses, shapes and alignment of toes, or tension in the reflex associated with the organ or body part in which the emotion is trapped, and so on. 

As an example, you’ve probably noticed people, maybe even yourself, who get frustrated and angry when they don't feel heard by their partner or family. At first, they would bottle it all up, quietly stewing inside. But then, after some time, the intensity of the anger is so great, that it is bewildering to the people witnessing the outburst. I used to be this way many many years ago – usually not in front of others, as generally I was a very relaxed person, and only ever with my partner or parents. Not being heard and understood by my partner or parents could put me into such a rage, that I could get really intense towards him/them. Whenever this rage occurred, I would feel stupid and shameful afterwards, and I couldn’t figure out why I got so angry over him just not wanting to listen/talk to me and/or understand me. This pattern caused my second toe on both sides to form a bit of a flat top end and sort of a bell shape at the tip, which I've seen also in many of my clients over the years. After releasing trapped emotions from my body, many of which were anger, frustration or fear of being abandoned from long ago, the outbursts stopped. Sometimes, really rarely, I still feel slightly irritated when my partner just doesn't want to hear me, talk to me or understand me, but usually I don’t even feel that. I don’t feel reactive. Now I can just calmly talk about what's come up for me and resolve the issue instead. And with this shift, also my second toes have changed their shape. They have much rounder tips these days, than when I was younger.

So how did releasing the old trapped emotions of frustration, anger and fear of abandonment from my body stop the outbursts? Easy. Before the releases, some parts of my body always felt frustrated and angry, even though I didn’t know it. Somehow I held that unrecognised frustration and anger inside. However, when a situation arose that produced frustration and anger in the present, the old feelings would burst forth, compounding the present frustration and anger and magnifying it, until it turned into an outburst. You wouldn't know how happy I was when I could finally free myself of this pattern!


If not released, trapped emotions cause imbalances that encumber us and block us from going for our dreams, believing in ourselves and leading full lives. They can affect us physically just as much as they can mentally and emotionally. The good news is that trapped emotions can be released via clearing and the feet with The Footprint Connection Reflexology. You can take your life back, ditch sabotage, go for your dreams, enjoy better health and more fulfilment.

If you're interested in how, pm me today or book in for a Premium Reflexology and FeetReading Session now and find out for yourself. 

You're born for amazing things - don't let your trapped emotions hold you back!