Well, It's just one of the most important muscle groups in the body, connecting the upper and lower halves. Made up of the psoas major and the iliacus. Also referred to as the hip flexor. We don't think about these muscles unless we become aware of how they work and what to look for when they are out of balance.
I have many clients coming to me with sciatica and lower back pain unknowing of the role that these 2 muscles play. I always say that sciatica is my specialty because it is typically an easy fix if the client is also doing the work I prescribe. Because the psoas attaches to T12 the lower spine can feel compacted when this muscle is tight. It can also pull vertebrae/hips out of alignment.
Here are my favorite Iliopsoas stretches:
This stretch can be done with the back leg in a lunge position with knee pointing straight down and then raising same arm, on the lunging leg side, straight up then back a few inches until the intense stretch is felt. I recommend using a chair for balance.
This is a good one for people who are experiencing knee pain or cannot put pressure on
their knees. Same as above - you can add the arm in and a chair for balance.
This is a great one that can also be done in a chair you would just lean straight back forward to feel stretch. Important to use muscular strength of legs to perform stretch rather than pulling with your arms. Also flexing the foot of the leg crossing over is essential for keeping the knee join protected.
This is a personal favorite! Only do this if you have good balance. I like to make an X with arms and legs to ensure more stability.
You can also lay frontward over the ball with bent legs out like a frog... releasing core and giving a lower lumbar release. When in this position you can put your elbows into the ball while completely relaxing lower half for a deeper stretch.
This is a great one if your lower back is locking up and it hurts to sit. It is less intense but will help release. can be done on the bed too just move to the edge.
If you are a client of mine then I have already insisted that you buy a dense foam roller. Here you place the roller on your sacrum - not on lower lumbar! You can also do the happy baby yoga pose on the roller which feels really good. Only do this if you are not experiencing back pain.
All of these stretches are good but may not be good for your situation. So proceed with caution and listen to your body! If something causes pain do not do it. If the stretch feels good then it is good for you. We are all at different levels of physical shape and injury history so, if you are uncertain then consult a professional before trying these to make sure it is indeed your iliopsoas.
If you have a combination of the above symptoms give me a call today to set up a session to test your iliopsoas!
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein
Imagination. Imagination... IMAGINATION!!! This is it, the key to unlocking the potential of the Universe that is within everything! Yep, it is that simple that is why nobody gets it;) We spend our lives unlearning the natural codes to life and make everything so darn complicated that when something so simple comes along we laugh and say, "Well, that can't possibly be the answer, it's too easy."
I love it when clients tell me that they can't imagine or can't visualize because it is such an easy fix. To a female I'll ask, "What did you wear yesterday?" and of course she will look up to recall in her visual memory picturing herself yesterday. See how easy that was...! For males I ask, "What did you eat for lunch yesterday?" Same thing. Everyone dreams and everyone can imagine!
Imagination is defined as the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses. Imagination is our greatest tool in the creative consciousness. Imagine that this field of energy (force, field of consciousness, God, Spirit, Universe - doesn't matter what you call it) is the blank canvas and the images we project upon with our thoughts and images, actually become the world around us. I can actually point out from where in my thinking things around me have appeared. Can you?
The thing about manifesting the life that you want, that most people aren't aware of is that there has to be mental conditioning behind the desire that disallows anything, feeling or thought to negate or oppose the thing desired. Then, even behind the mental work is the spiritual, the knowing that there is a perfection in this unknown force that is the fabric existing behind all that we perceive to be real. If there is any doubt or opposing thought - the desired manifestation will be neutralized. It cannot come into being. What we get instead is confusion, static, feeling stuck, mixed messages arriving on our canvas.
So, how would one do 'mental conditioning', if one were so inclined to have all that one desired actually show up...?
"If we do not control thought, it will control us."
#1 The best way I have found to condition the mind is to take out any negative thought by replacing it with a positive truth. Let's say for example, I know I am a great painter and desire to sell my work, but I have this old negative thought that comes up that says "they don't really value it" I am cancelling out the manifestation of selling my work. So my mental conditioning is to find the truth. The truth is that there are plenty of people who will and who won't! So, I can get rid of that thought by replacing it with I will to sell my work to the billions of people who will value it.
Truth automatically cancels out the lies our inferior selves come up with. To be GREAT we must go beyond these thoughts!
Stop all thinking that negates the magic of life. Take can't and try out of your vocabulary. Allow your mind to think of the unthinkable. Allow magic to happen and possibilities to explode into reality! First get a handle on what is rolling around in that mind of yours and take the bull by the horns.
#2 Use the beautiful canvas in your minds eye to see yourselves doing the thing you desire. Really important to add to the picture::: FEELING. Create a feeling inside attached to the picture of excitement rising up in your belly, like what happens naturally on the climb of a roller coaster ride:) See it, watch it like a movie - see action happening - feel it - speak it and know it.
Whatever we can IMAGINE we can have.
What do you imagine for yourself? Is the picture you have in your mind someone else's or yours? Is it congruent with your desires now? Does it align with who you are and who you are becoming? Really? Be very honest with yourself here - very important that it is connected in your truth.
#3 The third is of course in the realm of Spirit. We must see that behind all is the undeniable force - the fabric of all creation, which is perfect, which has no doubt or judgment unless we place it there, which denies us nothing unless we deny ourselves. It only knows how to create, to provide.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Imagination is what created knowledge in the first place! It has always come first! What if no one imagined electricity, automobile, cell phones, Google... Everything starts with imagination if we hone in on our imaging and all that goes with it to help support then we can really have it all.
How do high achievers achieve??? They first imagine themselves already having achieved what it is and they act as if it IS already. This is another part of knowing that doesn't get explained well. You've heard people say - "Act as if..." Have you wondered what in the hell they were talking about??? If we don't feel something is true then we are just "acting". If we believe in the perfection of spirit and that it has received a CLEAR message from our mind-heart then we can act as if it has already been done because this is the Universal Truth. We must let go knowing that the details are already being worked out and will show up when cooked to perfection! Remember the field/subconscious does not differentiate between what we call reality and what we call make believe. It acts instantly on our thought before we could even speak it. (Be careful what you allow yourself to think!)
Once we tap into the real part of ourselves and use the energy for our highest good and the highest good of those around us we have all the knowledge of the ages open to us. By unlocking our greater potential using the tool of imagination we have the power to go beyond what we now think of as our possibility.
Using our imagination is important. I say using because we can't just assume the picture that comes first is the one that we really want. Ask yourself, is this really it how can I see this bigger? How can I stretch my own imagination to encompass something even greater for myself? And keep going until you feel you have it - you can always enhance it each time you bring it up on the canvas.
If you could paint your life to be anything, what colors would you use? What imagery would you incorporate? What feelings are attached there?
Have fun with these and really PLAY with your imagination!!!
Let us all realize our power is one step to the left of our current thinking, a half turn of the dial, a small shift in perspective or a letting go to let in.
The real reality is so very simple yet we allow the illusion to complicate and dictate against the natural truth that will always reign within. I help clients get to their truth and break free from the illusion of limitation. Schedule a free call with me today!