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Please, love your psoas!




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The psoas is a hip flexor, which can compress the spine when it’s upset.  It generally gets upset if we are stressed, or if it’s damaged, or if you don’t pay attention to it.  It loves being stretched right out & moved without any help from the spine or tilting of the hips.  Due to it’s physiological position, if it is restricted you can experience a myriad of uncomfortable & painful symptoms, such as:  compression of the lumbar spine, sciatic pain, general tiredness, sore neck (who’d have guessed?), constipation, painful periods, lack of laughter, and of course a sore back.  The tightening process slowly develops over a long time – always tightening – never releasing.  Generally speaking, it’s extremely difficult to release the psoas muscle yourself – and it’s not a pleasant thing to do.  Once the psoas has been released it’s like the world is once again in colour!  You can breathe freely, you feel lighter, you may laugh out of sheer relief.  How do you know if your psoas is tight?  Generally speaking, if your lower back arches too much, your hip flexors are likely to be too active.  The exercise above is called the “Leg Lift & Stretch.”  Ensure your hips & spine are in a neutral position while slightly raising your foot about an inch off the ground, then slowly stretch the leg right out, & then back again.  Completely stop & reset your spine & hips before beginning the exercise once again.

To free up & give your psoas the love & attention it craves, book in to either have it physically reset with massage, or participate in a Pilates lesson in your very own Clontarf studio, on the beautiful Redcliffe Peninsula.





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Myofascial Stretching – how to beat chronic muscle pain.

What is Myofascial therapy & is it the right treatment for me? image
This form of massage is necessary for treating long term (years) pain. It releases the tissue that encases & surrounds the muscle – allowing movement & nourishment to reach the restricted tissue. I use a series of stretches – which should not be painful – to encourage the fascia to release. When the fascia has been released I can then use contemporary massage methods to successfully release any further muscle tension. This technique should continue to ‘unwind’ the affected area for up to 72 hours.

Wikipedia states: Myofascial release (or MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. Self-myofascial release (or SMFR) refers to someone performing this therapy on themself. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.[1]

Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. Osteopathic theory proposes that this soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be addressed as well, including other connective tissue.[1]




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