Each of us exists in 3 ways at once, yes we are mind, body, and spirit. The three exist as a union and because of this what happens in your mind, the thoughts and memories and experiences you have had, effects your body and spirit, and so on. In other words, if something is bothering you spiritually, emotionally or mentally, it is likely to show up in your body.
Even as a baby we are mind, body and spirit only the manifestation is at a deep primal level but none the less if something happens to us when we are young, our body is involved .This is particularly true of trauma. Your body comes to your defence to stop the emotional pain from overwhelming you.
When you were a small child remember how upset you would get sobbing uncontrollably for ages over a small accident or losing a teddy bear, well emotional pain is overwhelming for small children, because they don’t have the resources to deal with it! So, in really emotionally traumatic situations the body will compartmentalise and shut off to some extent to protect you from massive emotional pain.
I have done research on the Psoas Muscle
During my research I learned that the body keeps doing the physical protection long after the situation has ended and the Psoas Muscle is where we hold this tension! Why does this matter for pregnancy and birth? Let’s learn about this muscle. The Psoas muscle (pronounced so-as) is the deepest muscle of the human body affecting our structural balance, muscular integrity, flexibility, strength, range of motion, joint mobility and organ functioning.
Growing out of both sides of the spine, the Psoas spans laterally from the 12th thoracic vertebrae (T12) to each of the 5 lumbar vertebrae. From there it flows down through the abdominal core and the pelvis to attach to the top of the femur (thigh) bone.
The Psoas is the only ‘muscle’ to connect the spine to the legs. It is responsible for holding us upright, and allows us to lift our legs in order to walk. A healthily functioning Psoas stabilises the spine and provides support through the trunk, forming a shelf for the vital organs of the abdominal core.
So holding emotions shut inside this huge muscle sheath that extends through your pelvis to our legs will definitely have huge implications for giving birth. Fear not there is a solution to help release this tension and here are a couple of links.
Work on releasing your Psoas muscle ahead of your birth. Contact Private Midwives today on 0800 380 0579 to request a consultation and find out more.