Q & A: How Does The Psoas Influence Menstrual Cycles?

Published by Liz Koch on September 5, 2009 in Question of the Month

Q: How does the Psoas muscle influence a woman’s menstrual cycle?
A: A woman’s menstrual cycles is directly influenced by the health and suppleness of their iliopsoas.  One reason for this is that the nerves of the reproductive organs embed through the iliopsoas.  Therefore if you have a dry, tight Psoas you may experience more cramping.  Releasing your Psoas using the constructive rest position can help relieve tension caused by a tight Psoas. Many women have found that using constructive rest helps eliminate the need for pain medication.

Anatomically the Psoas supports kidney and adrenal health. The Psoas also plays a key role in the fight/flight/freeze survival response i.e. fear. Regaining a supple Psoas can resolve and eliminate chronic fear often associated with menses.

The healthy expression of the iliacus muscle, which fans open and lines the inside of the pelvic bowl, provides a structural support for correct placement of the reproductive organs, good blood circulation and improved neurology.

Because the Psoas muscle is a messenger of the central nervous system, regaining a healthy Psoas, in combination with nourishing the nervous system, really does play an important role in facilitating a healthy menstrual cycle.

Nourish your nervous system by: eating nutrient dense foods, eliminating processed foods from your diet, drinking plenty of fresh clean water, fostering somatic awareness (different from exercise), and going to sleep by 10PM most evenings. Sleep cycles influence the vital energy, and a good nights rest promotes good liver functioning. Remember at night is when we eliminate toxins, repair, and restore.

Most of all learn to release and/or regain a supple, dynamic, and juicy iliopsoas.  It provides the structural, emotional and circulatory support necessary for healthy organ functioning while relieving the pressures and stress associated with menstrual cramps.

Posted on August 2nd, 2011 | Permalink

Hi Liz,
I’m very glad that I bumped into this Q & A. I have spastic cerebral palsy since birth but am otherwise healthy. My ovaries dried up at age 40 and my doctor couldn’t believe that I was going into menopause naturally at such a young age. But now I know why. My tight psoas most probably restricted blood circulation to my ovaries. And I’ve had painful cramps during my menstrual cycles.
All GPs should learn about our amazing psoas! :-)

Liz Koch
Posted on November 16th, 2011 | Permalink

Thanks for sharing your experience. Drying is a very real and frustrating event – I recommend staying hydrated through micro movements especially in water. Please watch the video of working in water found on my website and you-tube.

Posted on July 30th, 2013 | Permalink


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