Liz Koch is an international teacher & author with 30 years experience working with and specializing in the psoas muscle. Educating both laypersons and professionals around the world, she is recognized by colleagues in the movement, wellness, and fitness professions as an authority on the core muscle of the human body.
Liz’s writing is featured in Yoga Journal, Positive Health, Massage & Bodywork, Vegetarian Times, Yoga & Health, Midwifery Today, and Massage Magazine as well as numerous small health and wellness publications.
Liz is the author of The Psoas Book; Core Awareness: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise & Dance; Unraveling Scoliosis CD; The Psoas & Back Pain CD; and the contributing author of Maiden, Mother, Crone: Our Pleasure Playlist. Liz is also the creator of Core Awareness™, which offers a somatic approach to deepening the experience of the human core. Beginning with the core muscle, the psoas, Core Awareness™ focuses attention on sensation as a means for maturing and developing the proprioceptive nervous system, which is responsible for skeletal alignment, balance, and orientation.
Liz Koch is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.
A note from Liz:
People often ask me how I got interested in the psoas muscle, which is such an unknown muscle yet so important and powerful! I first discovered the psoas muscle while attending a human potential class in Boston over 33 years ago. At that particular moment my teacher, Robert Cooley, was fascinated with the psoas muscle. Having previously been a dancer, he was exploring how injuries and a lack of movement might be tracked back to the midline or core issues expressed in the iliopsoas complex. Between my in depth inquiry and Bob’s encouragement, I eventually shifted my career from being a sculpture instructor at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts to the healing arts profession.
I discovered working with my psoas released years of back pain, emotional distress, and awoke within me a deep sense of pleasure. I felt passionate that people should know how what an extraordinary part the psoas plays in health and gaining a sense of wholeness. When I moved to California my personal explorations of the psoas catapulted into being my profession: I began by teaching courses on the psoas muscle for local community colleges, dance departments, and massage school programs. My vocation has not only evolved throughout the years, but also has expanded into wider spheres of influence, which includes being a keynote speaker at international conferences as well as teaching both national and international workshops and retreats. What began as a personal journey has continued as the psoas is no ordinary muscle, but a profound segway into the rich inner and outer world of awareness and consciousness.
My love for the psoas weaves me into a world of continual innovation…As naturalist John Muir so aptly expresses:
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, one finds it attached to the rest of the world.”