rockford illinois entertainment guide
Date: 06/11/2006
Stressed? Try letting go from the very core of your being
by Tamara Scott-Bogard

Sounds difficult but it's not. The process involves releasing the psoas muscle, the largest and main core stability muscle and it's as easy as doing nothing at all. Located at your center, the psoas originates on both sides of the 12th thoracic vertebrae. Spanning down the next 5 lumbar vertebrae, fanning out from that point and surfacing across the hip sockets, the psoas inserts on the lesser trochanter on the back of your femurs. These muscles are, on the average, 16 inches long.


The psoas is located just behind an area referred to as the solar plexus. The solar plexus has been called the second brain because of the ganglia or nerve endings similar to those found in our brain. Many individuals express feelings of emotion that come from this area such as your "gut feeling" or "a pit in the stomach". With its location so very close to the solar plexus, some of the nerve endings are embedded in the psoas muscle. When your psoas is tight and contracted, feelings of unfounded anxiety and stress are prevalent.


The main reason the psoas muscle may remain contracted and unreleased is due to a situation called the fight or flight response. When we encounter a situation of stress, fear or anxiety our bodies react by experiencing an adrenaline rush and our psoas muscles tense in preparation for action. The problem lies in the fact that we no longer fight or flee. In our day and time such behavior is just not warranted. If we did react in such a way, the psoas would reset itself into a relaxed position. Since we do not, most of us must walk through our daily lives with our psoas muscles tight unless we release them manually.


Releasing the psoas is a very simple task. Lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet a comfortable distance away from your body, initiate a gentle pressure into the floor with your feet. Check that your feet and knees are in line with your hip sockets. Imagine the psoas as it is attached deep inside of your body just above the navel, fanning out toward your hip sockets. You may place your hands on the hip bones and gently massage across the crease from your torso to your thighs to aid release. Give yourself time and soften in the lower abdominal area. What is really needed is space and time to relax and release this muscle, transferring the support of the torso from your psoas to the bones where it belongs. Once your psoas muscles have released you may stretch them by reaching behind your thigh with both hands and drawing it in, pointing the knee towards the ceiling. Gently slide the foot of the opposite leg out and continue to do so until straightened on the floor or you feel the hip starting to move with your leg, then stop. Repeat with the opposite leg.


Releasing the psoas is a very simple addition to your daily physical routine. Beginning your exercise with a 10-15 minute program of releasing the psoas will allow you more flexibility and a sense of calm that comes with a minimal amount of effort. It's the most you'll ever get out of doing nothing.

Post a Comment  |  (0) Comments
2006 Beet Stew Features
The Festival Of Lights
The Strange Sound of Cthulhu - Book Signing
2007 RAMI Nominations Are Now Open
The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music Inspired by the Writings of H.P. Lovecraft
Ground Level - No Stopping A Good Thing
Bachelor's Grove Cemetery - One of Illinois' Most Haunted Locales Only A Drive Away
Are You Romantically Inclined? - The Romantics Are Coming To Rockford
15-Year Old Blues Guitarist Reggie Sears Kicks off Stateline Tour
The Natural Singer Workshop
The Richard Vobes Radio Show Tours the Coronado Theater
Doris LaMarca Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
NAT Presents the Who's "Tommy" - Win a Tommy Pinball Machine
Tom Leu - A Rockford Success Story
Music Mix Series: "A Wordless MIx"
Coming Together to Move Into the Future - the RAMI Association
"Improvidelic" Rock and Roll come to Mary's Place
One Night: Two Great Reggae Acts! How Can It Miss?
Artist/Galleries Feature Directory
Attraction Feature Directory
Beet Lit Feature Directory
Beet Press Feature Directory
Beet Stew Feature Directory
CD Reviews Directory
Dining/Clubs Feature Directory
Kids/Family Feature Directory
Music Feature Directory
On the Beet Podcast Directory
Specialty Shops Feature Directory
Sunday Blues Podcast Directory

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center

Rockford Area Music Industry

Rockford Area Arts Council