Books

Below you will find a selection of my books.

Core Awareness: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise and Dance

Published by Liz Koch on August 16, 2012 in Books | No Comments

Core Awareness is an innovative body-oriented approach designed to increase strength, flexibility, and resilience. Internationally known somatic educator and author Liz Koch describes the fundamental principles and practice of moving from one’s core, and highlights the importance of engaging the psoas muscle-located on either side of the spine-to integrate the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Through simple movements, stretches, and mindfulness explorations that bring focus and attention to inner sensation, readers will deepen their relationship to core structures, including the psoas muscle, pelvis, and bones.

Core Awareness is also available as an e-book on Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks.

Part I – Core Awareness Concepts

  • Chapter One ~ Awaking Core Awareness
    Whole Movement, Movement Paradigm, Control versus Awareness, Repetition, Neutral Body, Positioning, Anchoring, Breath, Initiating, Core Movement, Symmetry, Timing, Preventing Injuries, Compensating, Resistance
  • Chapter Two ~ Engaging The Psoas
    Location, Function, Diaphragm, Counterbalance, Abdominal(s), Iliacus, Latissimus Dorsi, Hip Sockets, Fear, Energy, Constrictions, Walking, Cooperation, Constructive Rest Position
  • Chapter Three ~ Centering The Pelvis
    Pelvic Center, Pelvis-Jaw Connection, Cranial-Sacral System, Pelvic Joints, Traumatized Pelvis, Birth and Postpartum, Pelvic Stress, Hyper flexibility and Hyper mobility, Pelvic Positioning, Pelvic Movement, Healing Pelvic Injury
  • Chapter Four ~ Connecting To Bone
    Support, Suckling, Unfolding, Rooting, Gravity, Crawling, Continuity, Overextension, Imbalance, Self-Correcting, Visual Dominance, Overriding
  • Chapter Five ~ Deepening Core Awareness
    Sensation, Earth Energy, Cultural Illusion, Elements of Life, Core Intelligence, Core Beginnings, Ocean Life, Early Conditioning, Unlearning, Core Wounds, Rhythm, Spirals of Life, Harmony

Part II – Core Awareness Exploration

  • Chapter Six ~ Stepping Stones To Core Awareness Explorations
    How to Use the Explorations
  • Chapter Seven ~ Awakening Core Awareness
    Explorations: The Mirror, Color and Form, Constructive Rest Position (CRP), Following Sensation, Fetal-C (Curling), Placing Attention, Startle Response (Arcing), Settling into Ground
  • Chapter Eight ~ Engaging The Psoas
    Explorations: Constructive Rest Position (CRP), Releasing Lower Psoas, Releasing Upper Psoas, Releasing Psoas (Standing), Supple Psoas (Walking), Releasing Iliacus, Releasing Iliopsoas (Belly Core Arc), Exploration: Toning the Psoas, Lengthening the Psoas, Stretching the Psoas (Stockton Psoas Stretch), Stretching the Psoas (Lunges), Standing Lunge, Kneeling Lunge (Advanced), Floor Lunge (Advanced)
  • Chapter Nine ~ Centering The Pelvis
    Exploration: Constructive Rest Position (CRP), Sitting Balanced, Reestablishing Pelvic Stability, Reestablishing Pelvic Balance (Prayer Position), Articulating the Pelvis (Hip Sockets), Articulating the Pelvis (Leg Muscles, Centering Pelvis—Centering Hip Joints, Toning Inner Pelvic Ligaments (Advanced), Exploration: Engaging Outward Rotators,,Maintaining Pelvic Balance (Kneeling), Core Box Squat, Pelvis-Skull Relationship, Organizing around the Balanced Pelvis, Mastoid and SI Joint Balance, Core Pelvic Undulations, Arm-Pelvis Relationship, Latissimus Release (Seated), Latissimus Stretch (Standing)
  • Chapter Ten ~ Connecting To Bone
    Explorations: Sensing Live Bone, Connecting Joints, Constructive Rest Position (CRP), Spinal Curling, Spinal Curling and Arcing, Midline Exploration (with Ball), Spinal Arching (Hands and Knees), Spinal Arc (Seated), Rebounding on Ball (Squatting), Core Crawling, Facing—Orienting the Head, Psoas Savvy Shoes, Grounding through the Feet, Rebounding (Standing), Spiraling the Upper Spine, Bone Meditation, Core Standing and Reaching, Core Walking
  • Chapter Eleven ~ Deepening Core Awareness
    Explorations: Constructive Rest Position (CRP), Opening the Back-Body, Softening and Hydrating, Core Unraveling, Expressing Lateral-C Summary for Awakening Core Awareness
  • Explorations: Black & White Photo Illustrations
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About The Author

Published by North Atlantic Books.

Maiden, Mother, Crone: Our Pleasure Playlist

Published by Liz Koch on December 3, 2011 in Books | No Comments

Tantalizing, sassy, & captivating Maiden, Mother, Crone: Our Pleasure Playlistis a co-authored book by Nichole Froth, Amy Lynn, & Liz Koch. It  reveals three women’s top favorite hot activities for arousal and sexual pleasure. A fusion of intelligent humor and eroticism, this book is a feast for the eyes and a peek into the mind of a woman throughout each phase of her life: the budding sexual awareness and experimentation of the maiden, the blossoming sexuality of the mature woman and mother, and the succulent fruiting of sexual health and vitality of the crone. This book brings you on a kinky adventure discussing everything from rapturous oral sex, sensual body recipes, masturbation tricks, to the orgasmic psoas muscle, edible aphrodisiacs, and sex positions to die for.

Liz Koch is the Crone of Maiden, Mother, Crone: Our Pleasure Playlist  and focuses on the psoas, O-ring muscles,  play, and fluid movement as key for nourishing core integrity and Eros. The psoas plays a major role in full body orgasms and here she explains how to keep your psoas juicy, dynamic, and orgasmic for life.

The Psoas Book: New 30th Anniversary Revised Edition

Published by Liz Koch on January 12, 2007 in Books | Comments Off

New 30th Anniversary Revised Edition!

This 96-page perfect bound, soft covered book is a comprehensive guide to the Iliopsoas muscle and its profound influence on the body, mind, and emotions.

Chapters include:

Location: Explains the exact location of the psoas within the human body and its relationship to other muscles, bones, and organs.

Function: Clarifies the diverse functions of the psoas.

Influence: Details the effect the psoas has on structural balance, joint rotation, muscular compensations, organ functioning, breathing, and emotional well-being.

The Fear Response: Offers insight on the voluntary and involuntary fight, flight, and freeze response. A strong case is made for not directly palpating or using manipulative techniques when working with the psoas.

Childhood Conditioning: Explains the complexities that are inherent in a short or contracted psoas muscle and looks at the ways parents can support a child’s developmental growth.

Releasing The Psoas: Gives simple instructions on how to release, soften, tone, and lengthen your psoas muscle.

Reproductive Health: Suggests ways of working with the psoas throughout the phases of a woman’s sexual life, the benefits of working with the psoas for prostate health for men, and importance of working with the psoas as people age. Explains how releasing the psoas can relieve menstrual cramping and discomforts as well as supports mother and fetus through every phase of pregnancy, including easing labor and helping to provide the conditions necessary for vaginal birth.

Applications: Offers ergonomic ways to properly engage the psoas in everyday activities such as walking and sitting.

Approaches to the Psoas: Reviews popular body systems and determines their somatic approach for working with the psoas.