Grief and Loss

Trauma and the Psoas Muscle

The Mysterious Psoas Muscle

There’s quite a lot of mystery around the amazing psoas muscle. For good reason as the psoas (so-as) is the primary muscle that connects the body with the legs, which is a pretty big deal. The health of the psoas muscle affects our health, mobility, sense of inner freedom and bodily comfort. It moves through the body, from the spine to the front of the hips, yep right through that very vulnerable part of our body, the pelvis. Thus the psoas muscle is also known as our fight, flight and freeze muscle. So let’s explore this amazing part of our body in relation to healing from trauma and experiencing inner freedom. I am writing this blog as a Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist and TRE practitioner

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kindness, compassion and mindfulness

Kindness, Compassion and Mindfulness

Concern and Consideration

Kindness when felt or received is appreciated by everyone who experiences it. To offer kindness is to extend a hand of friendship, to offer concern and consideration toward others as well as ourselves. It is said that a little kindness goes a long way. Perhaps that is because kindness touches the heart. And our response is generally one of gratitude and appreciation. It awakens feelings of appreciation affirming our existence. Observing or experiencing an act of kindness always brings a smile which extends to our heart.

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Dying With Dignity or Euthanasia

Dying-with-Dignity

Dying with Dignity

Dying with Dignity also known as Euthanasia (a less appealing term) is something we only think about when we are personally touched by the suffering of a loved one. I had never thought too much about it until recently. It has been a big year already for me. After Terry’s health challenges from November to January we were just getting our balance back when my mother who had been living with cancer, became gravely ill, her suffering extending for weeks as she waited impatiently to die. And it was she herself that brought up the subject of euthanasia.

Cancer Can Be Cruel 

Mum was so brave facing her failing body with a clear mind till the last breath. Cancer can be a very cruel disease and watching her deterioration really made me think a lot about the lack of choice in Australia to ‘die with Dignity’.  ‘Dying with dignity’  or euthanasia as a personal choice has a growing following, largely brought into the Australian public eye by Andrew Denton. Dying with Dignity, also know by a less kind word  Euthanasia is the offering of a personal choice around one’s dying to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering. There are staunch believers in both sides of this debate but I wonder if should it come down to the very personal choice of the person who is dying?
My mother was ready to die, and she expressed this to us, her family and her carers many times. An animal lover herself, she would say, “I would not let an animal suffer like this. Take me to the vet, I am ready to go.”

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