I am always looking for new ways for parents to ease stress, particularly when I am working with mothers who have experienced trauma. I recently came across a set of exercises which identify and isolate the psoas muscle – a long muscle that runs from the lower back to the top of the leg. It seems that when we are in a state of extreme stress or tension we contract the psoas. Continued tension can lead to a variety of physical symptoms including sleep difficulties, IBS and back pain.
Trauma release exercises http://www.traumareleaseexercises.com.au/ trigger a self-controlled muscular trembling which ameliorates stress deep within the individual. With continued practice you literally shake yourself better. Has anyone tried this?