Working along side perinatologists, obstetricians, and indigenous midwives, Anna Verwaal RN, CLE has attended hundreds of high-risk hospital deliveries and natural births at home. Her research on the long-term effects of conception, nine months in the womb, and birth experience have evolved into an educational and healing perspective regarding the journey that shapes our lives. From Womb to World is a conversation between USA born Liz Koch and Dutch born Anna Verwaal concerning the assumptions, imprints, and traumas reflected in the cellular matrix of human beings that are expressed in the core tissue of the Psoas.
Dr. Michael Shea PhD is an international educator and author in the field of somatic psychology, myofascial release, and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. He is currently an adjunct faculty teacher in human embryology within the pre and perinatal psychology doctoral program at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute of California. Liz Koch and Dr. Shea discuss embryology as a symbol for healing, wisdom, and wholeness. Using the story of the developing embryo helps us understand the fluid core and the dynamic juicy psoas by shifting the cultural paradigm of body as object to body as a living bio-intelligent process.
Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book and Core Awareness: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Dance explains and demonstrates a simple exploration for softening and hydrating connective tissue: spine midline and psoas. Using a SloMo™ type exercise ball almost fully deflated Liz shows how she uses this simple tool for re-discovering primal movement along the body midline.
I am so excited to officially announce my 2014 Core Awareness Schedule is now up online! The variety of Psoas workshops being offered this year is simply amazing (if I say so myself). Along with my foundation 12 and 18 Hour Psoas Workshops, I am offering three stunning Stalking The Wild Psoas Play shop collaborations: Womb to World with Ted Talk perinatal/birth educator Anna Verwaal, Painting From The Primal Core with Creative Process Artist Majio, and a Healing Adventure at Randee Fox’s Blue Heron Ranch with Electric Cellist/Vocalist Jami Sieber. This year I will also be Stalking Wild Psoas in the wild greens of Ireland and in the dynamic city of Amsterdam. These play workshops are sure to deepen your soul journey to core integrity. I’m back in the concrete jungle of New York for one week and available for private sessions squeezed between an 18-hr Psoas workshop and another great Core Strength workshop with Elite Power Lifter Deric Stockton. To top it off I have what is simply a feast for the eyes, and profound healing for the tissue: an Application Course for Professionals at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Clinic. What a year for possibilities and fun this is going to be…YUM!!!
The majority of people I meet discover their Psoas due to pain or tension they simply cannot resolve. I hear this story over and over everywhere I go. Eventually a health care provider points out that they think the problem is the person’s PSOAS! What Psoas? The person then goes looking for their Psoas. Now the general public is just beginning to wake up to the fact there is a muscle called the Psoas and health care providers are exploring a somewhat limited perspective of how to work with the Psoas. This often leads the person who is still in pain to seek out treatment for their difficult and belligerent Psoas. Often times by the time the person finds me he/she has had their Psoas pummeled, stretched, and trigger pointed by various therapists, teachers and well meaning folk attempting to help resolve the problem. However the results are most often short-lived relief or finding no relief at all. The person may begin a self search and eventually connect with me feeling disconcerted, frustrated, and at their wits end.
My invitation to every body is to discover YOUR own Psoas. Learn to understand what I called the messenger of the mid-line, learn what therapeutic protocols are most effective, and practice self-care approaches for taking care of your deep and profound “muscle of the soul”; Doing so brings resolution. Please join me for my next Psoas Tele-class series beginning October 29th by phone or listen at your leisure via email to each weeks recorded lecture.
“Realizing how connected I am is nothing short of mind blowing. Suddenly I’m seeing the pains and symptoms over the years as expressions of a message I haven’t been listening to, all connected.”
Summer 2013 Tele-class Participant