For the past month we have been exploring pain/tension in the psoas muscle and The Best Way to Release the Psoas. Consider now the idea that tension patterns that we hold in our bodies are the result of our life experiences and the tension we hold in our bodies is a reflection of how we cope with our life. Stress imprints in your body and causes pain.
Every moment of our lives we are bombarded with the pressures of a busy calendar and long to-do lists. Even a good night’s sleep can be interrupted by our busy minds and our tight or painful bodies. Our nervous systems are in overdrive trying to cope with the constant stress and demands of life.
Tight psoas muscles relate to the Red Light Reflex our deepest innate protection mechanism to freeze, to ensure survival and protect our vital organs and life.
Red Light Reflex characteristically presents in response to high levels of stress and load and is exacerbated by repetitive and poor movement habits such as texting and too much time sitting at the computer.
So what does Somatic Awareness have to do with the psoas muscle?
Consider that your tight psoas is involved with your “protection mechanism” in response to stress. When an emotional event occurs in our lives we develop a physical adaptation to that event. In other words, our thoughts create our emotions and our emotions are reflected in our bodies.
We tend to think of our bodies as separate from our mind. Consider instead mind-body-spirit as a whole instead of three separate parts. And consider that our somatic nervous system has a memory of all of our experiences.
Let’s get more specific with an example:
When we experience trauma (big or small) in life, or have an accident, then your muscles adapt and respond with a protective physiological reflex that literally freezes your muscles into contraction. The emotions of the events also become imprinted in your cellular body.
Ever had an experience where you recall a memory of a life event that happened many years ago yet the emotions associated with that event feel just as intense as the day it happened?
Stress imprints in your body and causes pain
As we go through life stresses, big or small, these stresses accumulate as layers and layers of holding in our physiology and show up in our mental, emotional and physical state. This layering and holding leads to restriction, tension, pain and shows up as stress, anxiety and depression.
In our last post Best Way to Release Your Psoas we gave you a daily practice to release a tight psoas.
This week, try continuing the same practise except this time as you sense and feel your body bring your attention to your thoughts, emotions and gut feelings when you are practicing.
What is your body trying to tell you?
How is your life showing up in your body?
And, can you work with your body and these practices from a place of love and compassion?
Stick with us for the month of December where we will talking about practicing self-love during one of the busiest and more stressful times of the year.
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