Taking time to unlock the’ muscle of the soul’
Do you spend many days sitting in front of a computer, on a plane, in an automobile? If so your hips may be locked up which impacts your ability to dance, but worse than that it may be causing you undue stress and fear. The Psoas Muscle is a long muscle located on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and brim of the pelvis, that is also known as the” muscle of the soul “.
It is one of the largest muscles in the body and it is a place where we often store stress or trauma that can literally influence our mood and our outlook on life. We recently explored in depth just how much fear can inhibit our ability to think clearly thus creating an unhealthy perspective that can harm us and those around us. Now let’s look at where that fear might be stored in our body, and a few ways to release it.
In humans, the extremes of the two polarities might appropriately be described as LOVE ( ) and FEAR (- ). Love fuels growth. In contrast, fear stunts growth.- Bruce Lipton, Ph.D .
How built up stress makes us easy to manipulate
Being in a state of fear allows us to be easily manipulated. Advertisers and politicians have learned to capitalize on this biological fact of humans also known as the lizard brain. Regrettably our fast-paced lifestyles( mentally ), combined with our comparatively stagnate physical activity( driving, working at the computer, etc .) causes our bodies to be ineffective at releasing built up stress which shows in our thoughts as fear or anxiety.
Lizard brain refers to the oldest part of the brain, the brain stem, responsible for primitive survival instincts such as aggression and fear( flight or fighting)- Joseph Troncale M.D ., Psychology Today
Since stress accumulates on an unconscious level, healing our bodies is a process that must happen consciously. There is no single way to do this, it requires gradual lifestyle changes and a daily practice. Craniosacral Therapy ( Ask me for a plan ) is powerful because it helps teach our body how to relax into a parasympathetic state which relaxes the nervous system. This gentle and non-invasive approach helps us bringing awareness to and melt away the stress stored within us.
Yoga and Personal Practice
The best doctor is already within you. There is no replacement for cultivating a practice that heals, replenishes, and relaxes you from the inside, out. There is numerous yoga poses that can help you on your journey of releasing this stress, anxiety, and fear stored within your psoas. For more info please book a free consultation with me here .
Yoga calls this” the muscle of the soul” so any focus here is sure to give great results to your overall well-being. Yoga International seems to have a comprehensive list of photos and descriptions of poses that can start you on your journey.
If you spend as much time stretching your psoas muscle every day as you just did reading this article, you will notice some big changes in your life. First you may begin catching a lot of attention on the dance floor but more importantly, you will loose your mind from the grips of fear and anxiety. It comes down to a conscious choice to live in trust and love instead of fear and anxiety, and that choice has to be followed by real-world action. It all starts within!
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