What is your relationship like to your body with regards to what happens in your life? How can we repair emotional trauma that manifests in the body as pain or tension? Are there ways that you can change your mindset through moving energy stuck in the body? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks with Andrea Willoughby about releasing repetitive thinking and tapping into joy and happiness.


Andrea Willoughby is an expert at restoring peace in a stressed-out body. Living in a highly sensitive body, with a driven, goal-oriented mind was step #1 in Andrea’s education to becoming an expert on how to calm and heal the nervous system. She now teaches others what she learned to have her own healthy body and happy mind; she joyfully guides and mentors them to thrive and manifest their desires and purpose in life. Find out more and connect with Andrea here.


  • A quick example of Andrea's work
  • Remember that your body is your best friend

A quick example of Andrea's work

You can unconsciously collect energy from other people, and when you start to realize that you can release it.
  • Pick a moment and think about the ways in which you react to life that you wish was different – perhaps an addiction such as alcohol or even certain thoughts that feel familiar to us.
  • Identity a thought pattern that you have or a physical ailment you want to change or heal. With these thoughts, we try to control the feeling of the body.
  • Notice what the thoughts are in your mind, and allow yourself to encounter those thoughts in your mind with patience.
  • Our thoughts are the same with ego, so get out of the thoughts and into the body by noticing where you experience these thoughts in your body.
  • When you notice where you feel it, allow it to be there without pushing it back or judging it for existing.
Now, consider your breath. It brings in healing energy:
  • Take in a deep breath into your belly, and exhale it down through your legs, imagine you are picking up earth energy.
  • Breathe this energy into your body and exhale it out and imagine it moving out the top of your head.
  • This is one cycle of the central channel breath – focus on the area where you first felt the tension, and make sure you whish through that pained area with the breath.
These continual layers of breath can take away layers of anxiety and tension. Once you have breathed through these pained spaces, go back to them and see if the energy has moved, or lessened, or has calmed. Visualize that breath energy flowing through your body, and thank it. This stuck energy once served you in your life, and you can thank it for helping you and release it to create new space to welcome in the new. You can use this process over and over again and you can use this method to help reshape the feeling around thoughts and emotions as they come up.

Remember that your body is your best friend

Take your thoughts out of your mind in your body, and you will start to do some of your own healing in that moment. So think less and feel more.
Your body will not lie to you about how it feels or what it is experiencing, therefore listen to the signals and messages that it sends you. If something in your life is not working, your body will tell you.



I am a licensed Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. While I may have over 20 years of clinical experience, what I also have is the experience of having been a patient who had an eating disorder as well. One thing that I never had during all of my treatment was someone who could look me in the eye and honestly say to me "hey, I've been there. I understand". Going through treatment for an eating disorder is one of the hardest and scariest things to do. I remember being asked to do things that scared me. Things I now know ultimately helped me to get better. But, at the time, I had serious doubts and fears about it. If even one of my providers had been able to tell me "I know it's scary, but I had to go through that part too. Here's what will probably happen...." then perhaps I would not have gone in and out of treatment so many times. My own experience ultimately led me to specialize in treating eating disorders. I wanted to be the therapist I never had; the one who "got it". I will be giving you my perspective and information as an expert and clinician who has been treating patients for over 2 decades. But don't just take my word for it...keep listening to hear the truly informative insights and knowledge guest experts have to share. I am so happy you are here!


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