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We all have a head-mind and a body-mind. And though the head-mind can perform amazing feats of convolution and calculation, the body-mind speaks a simple truth. It doesn’t lie ...

Last December I stripped myself bare for a guy in Scotland I’ve never met. David Mickel, M.D., is a 40-year-old Scottish doctor who left traditional medicine to develop a new kind of mind-body medicine, which he eventually named Mickel Therapy. Though Mickel Therapy has many facets, its bedrock is a simple insight. We all have a head-mind and a body-mind. And though the head-mind can perform amazing feats of convolution and calculation, the body-mind speaks a simple truth. It doesn’t lie; it doesn’t know how to lie. The body-mind sends us information about our internal world in the form of emotions. As neurosci­entist Antonio Damasio has suggested, emotions are actual neurobiological states, governed by specific brain regions. Mickel Therapy speaks of the power of primary emotions and the need to act on them, letting them flow like a river on its natural course. If we ignore primary emotions from the body-mind, they build up and get diverted into a range of symptoms, such as fatigue, boredom, or any number of physical ailments. I asked Dr. Mickel if he would work with me from a distance by email, and …

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Jill Neimark was, in 2003, articles editor at Science & Spirit magazine and has written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, The Los Angeles Times, and Natural Health. She lives in New York City.

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