Introduction to the Psoas Muscle

The Psoas (pronounced so-as) is located behind the abdominal muscles deep within the core of the belly, at the gravitational midline. The psoas is a pendulum that spans from the solar plexus to the upper leg allowing free swing of the leg while walking. Influencing every aspect of health and well-being, a healthy, dynamic psoas is a powerful expression of coherency and responsive functioning. The psoas is interrelated to:

  • Skeletal balance
  • Flexibility
  • Range of motion
  • Joint rotation
  • Organ functioning
  • Breathing
  • Circulation
  • Adrenal health
  • Nerve functioning
  • Emotional stability
  • Giving Birth Naturally

Additionally, working with our own psoas helps to dismantle layers of tension and a multitude of muscular and skeletal compensations. Thus, gaining a functional psoas is vital for recovering from symptoms and conditions such as:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Excessive menstrual cramping
  • Hip socket tension
  • Groin pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Knee, neck, and ankle tension
  • Bladder disturbances
  • Digestive upsets

An essential aspect of the fight-flight-freeze response, also known as the fear response, the psoas expresses our innate sense of safety. The psoas is both an instinctive as well as an emotionally responsive muscle and by tuning into this muscle (without the use of invasive or manipulative approaches), we can gain a deeper sense of calm, integrity, and empowerment.