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Muscle Guarding

We have a built in instinct to tense up when something scary or painful is happening. If we hold this tension in our body for a long time it begins to feel normal. Muscle guarding is when we tense our muscles even when we no longer need to. For our muscles to function well, they need to relax and contract. Holding tension when it is not needed is an lingering impact of trauma. Check out this lesson to learn more.

Take an muscle tension inventory. At the end of the evening, lying in bed, take a moment to start at your toes and move slowly up your body muscle by muscle seeing if you can fully relax each muscle. This is a great way to notice residual tension being held in your body and see if you can let it go.