Where is a majority of the stress stored?
It is often stored in one of the largest muscles in our body, the psoas. This muscle stretches from our lower trunk through our hips into the top of our thighs, it is used for core stability and the fight flight reflex. Every time we see something that startles us (real or perceived threat) like an animal crossing the road while we drive, or a violent scene in a movie, our brain sends signals our body to respond by releasing adrenaline.
The muscle that is most central to our fight/flight response is the psoas. When we don’t respond, these stress hormones go unspent and become stored in the body. This can bring many health problems including insomnia, lowered immune system, anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and living in a constant state of fear or alert.
The Psoas muscle relates to the kidneys. If the Psoas muscle is out of balance, the kidneys can be out of balance. And it works in reverse as well. If the kidneys are out of balance (for example, because of a lack of enough good water at some time in the day), then the Psoas muscles can go out of balance. And since the Psoas muscles are in the hip region, having the Psoas muscles out of balance can cause hip or back pain. Therefore, rebalancing the Psoas muscle with kinesiology can heal hip or back pain.
Some of the physical effects of a shortened psoas
• lower back pain
• chronic physical pain
• knee pain
• hip socket tension
• hip degeneration
• referred sciatica
• menstruation pain
• feet turned in when walking or lying supine
• leg length differences
• disc problems
• referred jaw pain from grinding and clenching your teeth from stress
• groin pain
• constricted organs
• creating pressure on the nerves
• susceptible to illness from a compromised immune system
• dysfunctional breathing – breathing is modulated in the diaphragm which is connected through connective tissue to the psoas. It is also the location where the physical symptoms associated with fear and anxiety manifest.
How can Kinesiology help?
The most beautiful thing about using Kinesiology is that it incorporates all aspects of an issue to bring the body back into alignment. It incorporates the physical anatomy to determine the integrity of the muscle, the emotional aspects stored within the muscle, the mental and the energetic causal aspects surrounding the misalignment, the nutritional aspects that weaken and strengthen the muscle and anything else unique to you that may come up. Then through muscle monitoring and the use of Kinesiology correction techniques, we would hope to be able to clear, lengthen and strengthen the psoas muscle in what may just take months of essential daily practice to do.
Used in conjunction with your daily/weekly practise, all the wonderful beneficial outcomes of a free psoas listed above, could be achievable within a much shorter space of time.
At Earth Element Kinesiology, I also offer Hyperton-X which is a form of Kinesiology that specialises in 6 main areas:
Sports (performance & injury recovery)
I release the excess (hyper) tension (tonic) in muscles (controlled stretching). The Psoas is one of the muscles we focus on.