Psoas, the soul muscle

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The importance of psoas for our health, vitality and emotional well-being.

Psoas is the deepest and most stabilizing muscle in the human body, affecting structural balance, range of motion, joint mobility, and functioning of the organs of the abdomen.

DATE: Junho 2019
AUTHOR: Rui Madeira | Health

It is the only muscle that connects the spine to the legs, is responsible for keeping us upright and allowing us to lift our legs to walk. The healthy psoas stabilizes the spine and provides support through the trunk, in addition to forming a good support for the abdominal organs.

Recent studies also consider psoas, a perceptual organ composed of bio-intelligent tissue that literally incorporates our deeper desire to survive and flourish. That is, it is the primary messenger of the central nervous system, so it is also considered a spokesperson for emotions ("butterflies in the belly"). This is because the psoas is connected with the diaphragm through the connective tissue or fascia, influencing both breathing and reflex fear.

An accelerated lifestyle and stress generate an adrenaline rush that chronically stresses the psoas, preparing us to run, take action or contract as a way to protect ourselves. If we keep the psoas constantly in tension due to stress, they will eventually begin to shorten and harden. This will hamper our posture and the functions of organs that are located in the abdomen, resulting in back pain, sciatica, disc problems, hip degeneration, periods of painful menses or digestive problems.

In addition, a tense psoas sends signals of voltage to the nervous system, interferes in the movements of the fluids and affects the respiration of the diaphragm. In fact, psoas is so intimately involved in basic physical and emotional reactions that when it is chronically stressed, it constantly sends warning signals to the body, so it can affect the exhaustion of the adrenal glands and the immune system. This situation is aggravated by the way we sit or positions our daily habits, reducing our natural movements and further contracting the muscle.

A "freed" psoas allows you to stretch the back of the muscles farther and allows the legs and pelvis to move more easily and independently. It improves the position of the vertebral column and of the whole trunk, with consequent repercussion in the improvement of the functions of the abdominal organs, the breathing and the heart.

As we cultivate the health of our psoas, we rekindle our vital energies that reconnect with our creative potential.

In some eastern philosophies the psoas is known as the "soul muscle", the body's primary energy center. The more flexible and strong the psoas, the more our flow of vital energy through the bones, muscles and joints will be.

The psoas would be like an organ of energy channeling, a nucleus that connects us with the earth, allows us to create a strong and balanced support from the center of our pelvis. Thus, the spine lengthens and through it can flow all our vitality.

Convinced of the importance of this muscle to our body? Treat him well, know how.