Written by: Natalie Poynton, RMT
Stress is a common factor of many peoples lives in society today. With decisions to make, growing families, career paths and more connection to today’s society it is fair to say that many of us feel an increase in stress in some way…whether it be considered a negative stress or positive one. Question is, how does it impact us personally? Forget everyone for a moment… think of just you…how does stress impact you?
So while you are thinking of you and identifying your stress and the impact it has, let’s take a look at what stress is and how it can really impact the body.
What is stresses impact on the body? What are the general factors? How do they impact you?
Stress is going to increase muscle tension which physically impacts our bodies, leading to symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, muscles aches and various pains.
Everyone feels the impacts of stress in many different ways, which may lead to many different effects; but most commonly we feel pain. But what is the pain we feel, can we explain it or can it be defined? Do you know where the pain is coming from? This can sometimes lead to unexplained pain, which becomes a hardship in so many peoples lives. Remember, define your pain: Don’t let it define you!!
Here is a theory for you…something to consider…
Stress is commonly known to impact our muscles with tension, and some muscles increase in tension without us consciously knowing, like our Psoas muscle.
The Psoas muscle is a long muscle located on either side of our vertebral column(spine) and brim of the pelvis. Our Psoas muscle is also known as the “muscle of the soul”. It is one of the largest muscles in the body and it is in a place where we often store stress or trauma that can literally influence our mood and outlook on life. This is our bodies connection to the intake of stress. If we are holding onto this stress it has got to go somewhere…commonly we feel it in our shoulders as tension, some may feel pain usually located in their back or stomach and that is our connection to Psoas.
Fear, anxiety, irritability, changes in mood are all part of feeling stress, this can inhibit our ability to think clearly thus creating an unhealthy perspective that can cause harm and build up stress in our bodies. With Psoas being our “muscle of the soul” this is where the tension is stored, causing us pain and discomfort. Having this connection will help guide you to positive healing.
In turn to the stress and need to decrease pain and tension, the psoas needs to be released. Pressure can be applied to the muscles’ tendon at the pelvic attachment and the tension slowly starts to decrease. Techniques using pressure release can also be used by applying moderate pressure through the abdomen. Having this care can not only provide muscle release; it can help you find balance in physical, mental and emotional health and healing as a whole.