Day 3! Constructive Rest

Hi!

Did you do your tasks and track your habits yesterday!? Yay!  Take a second and give yourself some credit! Holy crap do we all have a lot going on and you committed and did it!  Good work!

Reminder:  In-Person sessions are:

Tuesday 1:10-1:40p

Wednesday 1:10-1:40p

Wednesday 6:40-7:10p

Friday 1:10-1:40p

Or Saturday’s at 12:10-12:40p

We will attempt to do Facebook live events when we do this and will also record the weeks tools/theme that happen in these meetings and post and email for you.

Let us tell you a little bit about why we want you to “lay around” in constructive rest during this challenge.  You are busy, right? You need to be doing work, running errands or I don’t know, showering! Right?! No! You NEED to be relaxing more!

Constructive rest (see pic below) does huge things:

Physically this posture allows for your spine to be in it’s natural (neutral) alignment and helps to relieve any pulling or tension that is built up in your Psoas.  What’s a Psoas you ask? Briefly it is the muscle that connects and wraps from your low back at your spine all the way down and around to the front of your pelvis and upper thigh bone.  It connects your legs to your pelvis and pelvis to your back. It holds you together.

Have you heard of “fight or flight response”?  It’s the automatic neurological and hormonal response that kicks in when we are faced with danger, stress or worry.  When it kicks in we unconsciously hunch forward (this is to protect the organs within your gut and chest that are most vulnerable - think being attacked, where do your arms and posture go first?).  This automatic response is done in big part by your Psoas. It contracts quickly and stays tight. This hormonal response was meant to protect you from danger back in the days of survival of the fittest but it still works the same today!  

Get cut in the line at Starbucks, the same visceral reaction happens!  So, think about all the times this is happening to you. Your Psoas is short and restricted.  On top of this we sit more than ever.

Constructive rest puts your body into a space where it can breath and there is no strain or pull on the Psoas.

Simply breathing and getting your heart rate to lower to about 60 bpm (or 6 breaths per minute) will kick in a hormonal response to set into a relaxation mode - this is the parasympathetic state we have been talking about.  This relaxation mode while laying in constructive rest causes the Psoas to gain some balance and release.

Can you imagine!  Just breathing calmly can help fix your posture (I’m talking to you hunchy people), stabilize your spine and pelvis, and relieve anxiety, promote digestion and more bring more creativity and focused productivity.  

Have any questions?  Let us know!

With Gratitude,

Lorraine & Jillian  

Ps. If you missed the Kick Off Party, Lorraine did a presentation that is going to help you buy in big time (if you haven’t already). Watch it here!