Patricia (Pat) B. Garza


Weight of the Soul

A series of sessions to help clients with soul-healing modalities and the mind body connection that contributes to weight issues. 

We hold emotions in our bodies.  Our thoughts influence the shape, structure and functioning of our bodies and our bodies reinforce in our mental or emotional state.


Emotional reactions or an emotionally-charged thought becomes energy in motion. This energy in motion causes an involuntary chemical and physical reaction in the body. A physical reaction to emotion occurs on several levels:

  • Certain muscles contract or release often resulting in a change in our posture;
  • The brain releases or modulates chemicals according to the type of emotion;
  •  Blood flow increases or decreases throughout the body; and
  • Our breath becomes more shallow and/or rapid so our oxygen intake decreases.

These physical effects are instantaneous and often unconscious. The more extreme the emotion is, the more we will feel it in our bodies. Without our bodies, we could not feel; for a thought to have power it has to be anchored in the physical body as an emotion.

When we become ingrained in a certain pattern of being, living, reacting, interacting with the world, our body starts to manifest the habit in a physical form. When the same muscles contract continually over time, the dominant muscle tissue becomes stronger and can cause weakness in the opposing muscle, create lines (wrinkles) in the skin and can even pull the bone structure out of alignment. Structural changes in the face and body primarily occur during childhood given that the bones are still forming. It’s similar to living a lifetime with poor posture: the muscles take some time to retrain into their correct position.

Emotion is a primary cause of weight gain. When there is long-standing tension in a group of muscles, the body’s natural reaction is to immune to the tension. It does this by distributing extra fatty tissue to the affected area of the body. This process is similar to the emotional tendency we all have which is to ‘sweep it under the carpet’, or ignore the pain for as long as possible until we have no choice but to confront it. You will find that if you press hard enough through excess fatty tissue, that there is underlying tension in the muscle and it is painful. 

The work in this is to rid yourself as much as possible from emotional issues, which, in turn lessens the tension you manifest in your body and soul.  As you carry weight (negative emotional memory) in your soul, your body responds as well and will hold on to the weight.  It is a constant and unending struggle to “let it go.”

As you work to shed the negative emotional issues, most of them very old, your soul will heal and become lighter.  When this happens your body will free itself to let the weight go.   

The potential for change on a physical and mental level is unlimited when we come to understand the link between the body and the mind. Cognitive behavioral therapy uses the knowledge of the mind-body connection to bring awareness to our unconscious habits in order to effect positive change soul, body and mind.