According to Dr. Brad Nelson, "The Emotion Code is an energy healing technique designed to help users identify and literally release Trapped Emotions - Which we believe are harmful emotional energies from negative past events. Trapped Emotions may cause feelings of depression and anxiety, and may also block people from love and happiness and make them feel disconnected from others. Our premise is that Trapped Emotions are made of energy just like the rest of the body and that they exist and influence physical issues. We believe this can cause acute discomfort and potential disease. Releasing Trapped Emotions can create the proper conditions for the body to heal - so physical and emotional difficulties may disappear or become much more manageable."