Psoas Therapy

What is your psoas and why is it so important?

The psoas is actually two large muscles. See how it originates and connects all through the lumbar spine (lower back), running across the front of the pelvis and inserts into the  lesser trochanter of the femur bones (thigh bones). 

The psoas is actually two large muscles. See how it originates and connects all through the lumbar spine (lower back), running across the front of the pelvis and inserts into the  lesser trochanter of the femur bones (thigh bones). 

Did you know that for a muscle that affects the health of your whole body and your nervous system, most people haven't even heard of it?

The psoas is the only muscle in your body that connects your spine to your legs. That means if the psoas is tight, then it will have a direct effect on your hips, shoulders, spine, neck, legs and even down to your feet.

A simple way to think about this important and yet often misunderstood muscle, is that if you only had time to work on one muscle to keep your body healthy and happy, work on your psoas!

Healing the psoas

Psoas tension is a result of many different things and will vary from person to person. Learning to relax and nurture your psoas will go a long way to heal a variety of physical and emotional issues you may have. That nagging low back pain? Leg and foot aches? Could be your psoas. Neck tension and chronic headaches? Work on your psoas. Have you experienced trauma, suffer from panic attacks or simply are stressed-out? Relax the psoas.

One of the most common reasons that people have tight psoas(s) is that we live in a culture of sitting. We sit at work, we sit in the car, we sit at home on the couch. Adding onto that, if you run or ride a bike for exercise, you are tightening an already tight psoas. 

On the emotional level, the psoas is intimately tied into your sense of safety and well-being. When we are stressed, or experience any form of physical or emotional trauma from childhood or recently, your psoas will hold those emotions and feelings. Our body carries these experiences whether we are aware of it or not and if ignored for too long, they will show up as aches, pains, injuries or illness.

Therapeutic Treatment

Psoas Therapy begins with biomechanical alignment, learning to align your bones to take the strain off the psoas. As an involuntary muscles (a muscle you can't control) the psoas needs to be supported through an aligned skeleton. When your bones are in their proper alignment, it is like a strong foundation of a house; sturdy and supportive. 

From an aligned foundation we will address your specific needs. Click here to read more about private sessions and to book your psoas healing.

Psoas Online Video

If you can't make for an in person or skype appointment, you can enjoy a supportive psoas movement practice with Your Supple Psoas video. Click Here to purchase.