Restore Yourself from Within
What are your best practices to restore your full essence; Body, Mind & Spirit? You may be surprised to know a literal key to your overall restoration lies in one muscle group. Huh! How can that be?
The Psoas group otherwise known as the Iliopsoas includes: Psoas Major, Psoas Minor and the Iliacus. This dynamic group of muscles is one of the softest and most pulpy muscles in our body. They have been called our â€˜tenderloinâ€™ muscles because they have the least amount of fascia (connective tissue) holding them together. Hence, they are the most energetic muscles in our muscle system. What does that mean? These are keys to gut and abdominal health as well all basic digestive functions.
Our sexual organs and kidneys sit right on top of the Psoas, affecting a whole range of physical/hormonal/adrenal processes. This muscle is most related to your intuition or â€˜Gut Feelingsâ€™. The Psoas is directly connected to the notochord, the functional pre-brain of our body when we were in our motherâ€™s womb. The notochord regulated all of our bodyâ€™s functions as your body was supercharging itself to get ready for life outside the womb.
Letâ€™s get to best practices. Initiating a full release of the Psoas only takes 8-10 minutes. Lie comfortably on your back, with knees up and feet flat on the floor. Lying on a yoga mat or carpet is best. You may roll up a small towel under your neck. There will be a small and natural curve in your low back whereas you may be able to slide the thickness of your fingers underneath unobstructed. This is a good time to unplug from your electronic environment/equipment, use an eye pillow, and put the rest of the world on hold for the next 10 minutes. Is that too much to ask?
I call this position the Core Restore and will be a vital part of your new self-care/restoration practice. This sets the stage for a full parasympathetic shift (think Relaxation Response) and begins your bodyâ€™s healing (rest & digest) phase. Most people use this position right before bed and when they wake up in the middle of the night to get quickly back to sleep. Of over 1,000 clients with whom I have given this exercise, only one had an increase in energy and they only did the exercise in the morning when they wanted energy. I suspect this was a major healing response and once the Psoas was balanced, it would then become calming.
May you be restfully balanced in times of stress and anxiety by Core Restoring yourself.