The Psoas muscle has been called 'the muscle of the soul' because of it's vital importance to our health, vitality and emotional well-being.
It's the deepest, most stabilising muscle in our body and is the only muscle that connects our spine to our legs. We have a psoas muscle on each side of the body and they extend from your lower spine through your hips and connect to your upper thigh bone.
It affects our structural balance, range of movement, joint mobility and also forms a 'shelf' for the abdominal organs to sit on allowing then to function properly.
Recent studies also believe the psoas is composed of bio-intelligent tissue, and as the main messenger of the central nervous system, it reflects our every emotion. It's connected to the diaphragm and so is affected by both our breathing and our fight or flight fear reactions.
In stressful or dangerous situations, our body generates adrenaline which puts strain on the Psoas by preparing it to run, jump into action or shrink to protect us.
A Tense Psoas
When we're under long-term stress or anxiety, the Psoas is held in constant tension and eventually the muscle starts to shorten and harden. It pulls our body out of alignment and affects the abdominal organs, leading to back pain, sciatica, disc problems, hip degeneration, painful periods or digestive problems.
In addition a tense Psoas sends signals of stress to the nervous system, affecting our movement and breathing. It sends the body continuous signals of danger, which can result in exhaustion of the adrenal glands and the immune system.
As if thats not enough, if we sit slumped all day over our phones or laptops or watching TV, and dont get enough exercise, it further constrains the muscle.
A Relaxed Psoas allows the legs and pelvis to move with greater mobiliy and for the front of the thigh muscles to lengthen. It improves the posture througout our torso and the spine, thereby enabling improved functions of the abdominal organs, respiration and heart.
A Healthy Psoas
When we nurture the health of our Psoas our vital energies are energised and we connect with our creative potential.
The more flexible and strong the Psoas is, the more support comes from the center of our pelvis allowing the spine to lengthen and our vital energy to flow through our bones, muscles, and joints.
Support the Psoas with Nimaya Therapies
A number of Nimaya therapies can help you maintain the health and strength of your Psoas, releasing tension and repairing strained muscles tissues.
Japanese Integrated Medicine and Advanced Red Light Therapy both work deeply within the muscle fibres, releasing tension and stuck fascia, reducing pain and inflammation and recovering movement and flexibility.
If you suffer from back pain, sciatica, disc problems, hip degeneration, painful periods or digestive problems, then treating the Psoas muscle can be very helpful.
To BOOK a Japanese Integrated Medicine or an Advanced Red Light Therapy treatment today or go to www.nimaya.co/therapies
Sources: Carmen Patricia Parigiani