Psoas Muscle Workshop
19 August 2017 @ 13:30 - 16:00
Organised by : Martin
The iliacus and psoas major, referred to as a single muscle because of their relationship, the function they perform and their structure. Each muscle has its own origin, the iliacus…
The iliacus and psoas major, referred to as a single muscle because of their relationship, the function they perform and their structure. Each muscle has its own origin, the iliacus originates from the ilium (top of the pelvic bowl) and the psoas major originates from the lumbar vertebrae. Both muscles merge at their midpoint, and form a common insertion at the lesser trochanter (small nobly bone at the top of the leg bone)
Together they form the muscles of the iliopsoas and are our most powerful hip flexors. But they are so much more, and in this workshop, we will explore the relationship between the physical actions of the psoas and the emotional aspects.
The psoas plays a major role in stability and correct posture. Weak psoas can be the cause of back pain to shoulder pain. Tight psoas can cause lordosis (an over arched lower back)
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would disagree that walking is not good for you, but correct use of the psoas is vital to this very basic function. What quite often happens is we use the quadriceps when walking, which results in overuse of the quads.
This workshop will explore ways to get in touch with the psoas, through specially adapted asanas and exercises. Through these exercises we will learn how to use the psoas to great personal effect. If you are interested in jumping through to seated in the Ashtanga vinyasa practise, then correct use of the psoas, and learning how to switch off the quadriceps is vital.
The psoas is so much more than a hip flexor, it is part of our primal conditioning that helps us spring into action if danger is around. Learning to release the psoas, and changing some of our conditioned behaviour, can bring about major improvements in our well-being.
For more information on the psoas you can look at this article.
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