Skip to content

Love and Care for your Psoas

Over the years I’ve never thought much about my psoas muscles (pronounced SO-as), let alone cared about them.  Big mistake!  Here’s why we need to take better care of these incredible muscles:

  • They are the primary connectors between your torso and your legs.  They affect your posture and help to stabilize your spine.  A tight psoas will cause back pain, neck pain and various other issues, like chronic constipation.
  • The psoas is the only flexor muscle connecting to the diaphragmatic breathing system. A tight psoas muscle therefore, leads to shortness of breath or chest breathing, adding to more stress.
  • When you are startled or under stress, your psoas contracts and literally stores the stress.

What causes a weak or tight psoas?  Sitting all day, practicing bad posture and succumbing to a lot of stress are the main culprits.  Sound like you?  It sure describes me …too much of the time.
There are two practices that will heal a chronically tight psoas.  I am practicing these on a daily basis now:

  • Constructive rest is an easy position for releasing tension in your psoas muscle. After work and before your evening meal take 10 – 20 minutes to rest in constructive rest and feel the benefits.”
  • Practice active stretching as described in this excellent article by Dr. Christiane Northrup.

You’ll find these easy-to-do practices are very soothing and healing.  I hope you’ll take the time and let me know how it’s working for you.

Published inbetter health nowUncategorized

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *