Core Symmetrical Diagonal Axis
When physically aligned in space (oriented, grounded, centred) the weight of the body is supported by the skeleton. When not aligned, the weight bearing of the body will be supported by the muscles. In this situation the muscles will have to work like ligaments which can cause problems with structure, and a “flow on” of potential problems with many systems of the body as the muscles fail to appropriately support the organs.
The psoas muscles and this core symmetrical diagonal axis are the keystone of a well organised, balanced physical body supporting well-functioning viscera.
A dynamic supple core can produce strong dynamic movement.
The major areas of the core symmetrical diagonal axis are the relationships between:
• Occiput/Atlas junction to Insertion of Trapezius
• Insertion of Trapezius to T12 / Diaphragm / Psoas Origin
• T12 / Diaphragm / Psoas origin to Psoas insertion
If any of these are in conflict the skeleton is not being used for weight bearing. The posture will not be supporting the transfer of weight appropriately, and the centre of gravity will be too low.
Points of the “guy ropes”
Insertion of the traps
T12 – Solar plexus
Origin of the Psoas
Lower origin of the traps
Lower insertion of the diaphragm
Harmony between Heaven and Earth
Insertion of Psoas
The psoas is part of the primitive brain (reptilian or brain stem), expressive of the central nervous system and the enteric (gut feeling) brain.
The psoas is on the kidney meridian, and is reactive to the fear and anxiety emotional states, so resolving conflict associated with Psoas can eliminate chronic fear.
Structurally, the psoas tightens to provide skeletal support when there is dysfunction in the skeletal and proprioceptive (nervous) system. When the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis are compromised for example, the psoas steps in, to help protect and support.
Anatomically the psoas supports kidneys and adrenals. The psoas plays a key role in the flight, fight and freeze response. Psoas is part of the ANS, and therefore part of our survival responses. The psoas is always (whether we are awake or asleep) sending messages to the brain. We can mask, misinterpret, and/or ignore these messages or develop our awareness; our sensing of the psoas (and other muscles) and respond appropriately. This involves a conscious choice to becoming somatically aware.
The psoas has been called the muscle of the soul; your deepest proprioceptive connection to earth and living with integrity. Learn the language and listen to its message!
As long as you are alive there is life energy, and life energy is sexual in nature. The psoas muscle in particular is intimately connected to our sexuality, integrity, sense of safety and the expression of our true self. Working with the core muscles and energetic midline are empowering ways to find coherency and safety within.
Psoas influence on menstrual cycles
The iliacus muscle fans open and lines the inside of the pelvic bowl, provides structural support for correct placement of the reproductive organs, good blood circulation and neurology. The nerves of the reproductive organs are embedded in the iliopsoas.
Both the iliopsoas and psoas, together with a nourishing nervous system play an important role in facilitating a healthy menstrual cycle. A dry, tight Psoas can cause cramping and pain.
• Enhance proprioception and realign joints to free the psoas muscle for dynamic core movement.
• The belly core is the first connection before any other physical movement.
• Sitting with body slightly in front of the sitting bones.
• Bruising of the muscle, abdominal hernias, and breakage of arteries. Some invasive manipulation of the psoas can cause these symptoms. Even at its most superficial level at the hip socket, the psoas is still located below abdominal muscle, large intestine, and a major artery. It it not necessary to work directly (physically) with the psoas for it to release. It is better to work with the bio-intelligence of the psoas as a messenger of the central nervous system, rather than working ON the psoas
• Conflict – orientation in space / alignment in space.
• Conflict – Core symmetrical axis
• Conflict – genetic geometrics of the muscle proprioception Note: Geometrics includes:
o Frequencies/vibrations such as electromagnetic, harmony, sound
• Test each “triangle” for individual integrity and then their integrity together.
• Occiput/Atlas relative to:
o the Axis (point from shoulder to psoas insertion L to R and R to L)
o a neurological fixation
• Proprioception of specific muscle/s – which muscles/s
• Conflict in core muscle and energetic midline
• Psoas working as a ligament
• Sacroiliac joint dysfunction or pelvic misalignment maintaining psoas imbalance
• Natural harmony of viscera – general or specific
• Other – including these notes
Support for Psoas
Foetal curl for psoas release
Note: The psoas issue is a symptom of a Conflict/TSTDF. Psoas release is not necessarily resolution of the conflict.
1. Position in a foetal curl, soften the jaw and deeply relax the belly while gently rocking on one’s side. This allows the head and pelvis to reconnect through the spinal cord’s movement.
2. Floating in water on your side in the foetal curl psoas release position. (Use a noodle floating device). On a very deep level the foetal position helps to resolve the sympathetic survival response. It is therefore useful for trauma protocol. Foetal is a very powerful position that we instinctively return to when we need to regain integrity within our core. People eventually uncurl to open fully to the medium of water. This natural opening cannot be forced but is a result of a spontaneous resolution.
Sitting and psoas
How one sits will either support the healthy psoas or engage the psoas for support creating pain in the hip, groin and low back.
Bucket chairs cause the spine to collapse and fall behind weight bearing balance, involving the psoas to compensate for the lack of skeletal support. A flat, firmly cushioned seat will encourage both skeletal support, muscular integrity, and open hip sockets. The hips should be slightly higher than the knees, particularly when sitting a long time. It is also important to move about and walk regularly.
Another possibility is to open to the expressive possibilities of the iliopsoas outside our culturally accepted functioning (e.g. when driving cars, sitting at desks, etc).
Psoas and exercise
Check if the person needs to stay away from biking riding and other “muscle dominate” exercises/fitness, until the psoas is completely healed. It doesn’t have to take long, but it does take a whole new approach to movement. It is not a weak psoas but an exhausted psoas that may be causing pain.
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