When an impulse or emotion is denied, avoided, or resisted, an expression of a natural response to a situation, experience or encounter is essentially suppressed. In so doing, the foundation for a psychosomatic reflex is assembled, which will ultimately be communicated through the bodily expression of physical discomfort.
Take, for example, the feelings of hostility, resentment, anger, or rage. In choosing how to discharge them, external expressions such as screaming, yelling, physically striking out, or otherwise expressing discontent might be considered. Choosing not to express them may cause them to be confined within the body and restrict the associated muscular behaviors. This involves intentionally preventing a physical demonstration of emotional restlessness by activating voluntary muscle groups to restrict a physical response to an undesirable experience.
This stands in stark contrast to the millions of involuntary reactions to the deliberate, albeit subconscious, efforts to suppress a voluntary response. Herein, lies the mechanism by which imbalances in the form of compensation begin to develop in the other realms. Repeated contact with behavior-producing stimuli causes a pattern of response to become established as a vicious cycle of reaction.
Inevitably, this results in a conflict between muscles trying to express an emotional response and others trying to prevent its expression. The net result is tension in the associated muscle groups. Perpetuated over a period of time, this becomes an habitual conditioned response contributing to chronic congestion in the associated areas. It also results in a blockage directly connected to muscular tension and chronic physical pain.