The psoas is difficult to feel and not easy to find. Because the muscle is so deep inside you, the psoas is difficult to examine (and it’s also not a good idea to manipulate your psoas!) A tense psoas can be detrimental to your digestive and reproductive systems and can cause a number of other ailments . When your psoas is relaxed, the muscle has a positive effect on your feelings of pleasure and comfort.
Since the psoas affects your fight-flight-or-freeze response, certain techniques can only exacerbate the problems the muscle is causing. The psoas relays important messages from your central nervous system and is therefore an emotional muscle that reflects the feelings you feel deep in your gut, also known as your intuition.
Fear is the only instinct powerful enough to make your whole body stiffen. The psoas, a reflex muscle and part of your central nervous system, influences your bodily integrity as well as your anxiety. For example, if a child is threatened and told to stop crying, it may seem like willpower, but physiologically the child is holding his breath to feel safe, while at the same time tightening his plexus to to gain control over the muscles.
By putting aside such feelings, the child learns to suppress his emotions. If you don’t acknowledge your feelings and still don’t as an adult, you can resort to this maladaptive physical strategy to take control of your emotions. By deliberately taking in less oxygen and interrupting your blood circulation, you feel and experience less, so that you stiffen so as not to feel your feelings. Over time, you will find this strategy of suppressing your emotions normal and may even make you feel powerful. You’ve taken control of your feelings, but what are the consequences?
Adrenal glands and your immune system
If you abuse your psoas, your life force will be depleted and you put too much strain on your adrenal glands. The plexus, also known as your “willpower” in traditional Chinese medicine, contains your adrenal glands and your immune system. Your adrenal glands are located above your kidneys and are associated with your life force. When your plexus is contracted (and so is your psoas) not only are your muscles tense, but your energy flow is interrupted and your biological clock is affected.
Your kidneys and adrenal glands literally float (each on one side) over your juicy psoas, but over time your psoas won’t be as supple if you abuse it and it may even dry up. A ‘tense psoas’ is often a dry psoas. A ‘weak psoas’ is often an exhausted psoas. The condition of your psoas also affects your kidneys. Exhausted kidneys and adrenal glands is a common medical condition that affects not only your health, but ultimately your creativity.
By restoring your core to its former state, you simultaneously get rid of your old ways of feeling safe. For a child, such a way may be the only option, but adults have the chance to open up completely to the world. Learning to be flexible and soften your psoas, instead of manipulating, will give your kidneys and adrenal glands a soft cushion to lie on.
You accept your birthright and discover the place deep within your belly that you cherish. Deep inside your body, life supports you. By living through your core, you are in harmony with gravity, allowing you to stand firmly on the ground and express yourself well. That’s how you open up completely in life.
Resting constructively will relax your psoas. Try to rest for ten to twenty minutes after work and before the evening and take advantage of that.
Exercise to relax
A safe and comfortable position while you rest will relax your back, pelvis and legs. Start by lying on your back. Keep your knees bent and place your feet parallel to each other and in line with your hips. Place your heels about thirty to forty centimeters away from your buttocks. Keep your head and torso straight on the floor. If that doesn’t work, place a towel flat under your head.
DO NOT PUSH your lower back against the floor or your pelvis to straighten your back. Keep your arms straight under your shoulders and rest them on your ribs, at your sides, or on your stomach for best results. You don’t have to do anything else; to equip constructively is simply to assume such a position. This way you relax your psoas and you feel more in balance with yourself and the world.