Chair Yoga Pose
The iliacus originates from the iliac fossa, on the interior side of the hipbone. It joins forces with the psoas muscle, running down the inside of the hipbone and attaches to the lesser trochanter.
The Upper Trapezius
The trapezius is a large superficial muscle that travels from the occipital bone to the lower thoracic vertebrae. The trapezius is divided into three sections, the upper, the middle and the lower, all of which have slightly different tasks.
The upper trapezius is what we are to focus on here. It originates from the base of the skull (the occipital bones) where they proceed downward and outward where they attach onto the posterior border of the clavicle (collarbone). Its main task is to simply support the weight of the arms as they attach to the neck and head.
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Nearly everyone has a tight and stressed trapezius muscle. I have probably only meet two or three people in my life in which this muscle was not in some kind of stress. You can easily notice it in people, as their shoulders are quite high and their neck space is not very open or free. Often it’s associated with fear. It’s a type of defensive mechanism where the body has gone into protective mode. It also indicates that they tend to be very anxious about the future and therefore, don’t carry much faith or ease with life – they tend to take on all the responsibility of life, feeling as though they are in control or need to maintain control. Help to get out of this unhelpful pattern comes by simply moving your awareness into your shoulders at least a few times a day. As you discover the tension, allow yourself to let go, release and relax. The universe is working with you and for you!
Awareness is the key to releasing tension and changing the behavior of these muscles – you can get a massage therapist to pummel it for hours and get it to release, but if you don’t add awareness to the process, the muscles will quickly go back into the old behavior pattern. Become aware of what triggers you to bring tension into your shoulders. When you identify what triggers the behavior, and are in that situation, keep your awareness in the shoulders and keep telling your brain to let it go. It takes a bit of effort, but after some time, its intensity dissipates and a new behavior will be formed. If you aren’t aware of your behavior, how can you expect it to change? And just to clarify, it’s not somebody else or some external situation that is the cause of your tension, it’s your reaction and your response to the situation that causes the tension inside.