Health & Fitness

The Best Way to Release Pent Up Stress Stored in the Body

Many modern jobs leave us at the mercy of a very sedentary lifestyle.  Sitting behind desks, long car ride commutes and the luxury of flying are all things that inhibit our natural need for physical exercise.  Because of this, many of us suffer from problems with our hips, which can lock up due to sitting.

The ‘muscle of the soul,’ or the Psoas Muscle, is a long muscle that can be found on the side of the lumbar region of our vertebral column and the edge of the pelvis.  This muscle is one of the largest in our bodies and is often the place where we keep the stresses and fears that play a large part in determining mood and how we view life in general.

And our persistent sitting is likely adding unnecessary stress and fear to our lives.

When we find ourselves in a constant state of fear, we become easier to manipulate.  The combination of a fast-paced modern lifestyle and low levels of physical activity ultimately leads to our bodies struggling to release the stress that accrues over time; the stress that manifests in our bodies as fear and anxiety.

In order for us to heal our bodies, there are a few small things we can do, but at the end of the day it’s going to require a lifestyle change on our part.  And because stress builds up on a subconscious level, there is no one method that works as an instant remedy–it’s going to take time and effort.

Craniosacral Therapy is one method, as it allows our bodies to practice relaxing into parasympathetic states that soothe the nervous system.  This method is both gentle and non-invasive, which can help manifest clarity while simultaneously releasing the stresses we hold within.

However, the best way to unlock the muscle of the soul and start healing your body and mind is already inherent within you.  And that’s the practice of yoga.

Yoga is a practice that cultivates healing, replenishment, and relaxation throughout the entire body.  And you can start the healing process by devoting just 5 minutes a day to stretching out your Psoas muscle.


Start small, and if you like it, take on a deeper, longer yoga practice that works the entire body. You’ll start seeing instant lifestyle changes as your mind and body start coming into balance with one another. You’ll gain awareness and clarity while ridding yourself of stress, anxiety, and fear.

But remember, it all starts with from within you.