The Vital Psoas Muscle

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-08-21
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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Located deep within the anterior hip joint and lower spine, the psoas major(usually just referred to as the psoas) is critical for optimal postural alignment, movement, and overall well being. The psoas is the only muscle in the human organism that connects the upper body to the lower body, and its importance extends to the nerve complex and energy systems. As modern-day populations grow more sedentary, psoas-related lower back and hip pain, and the ailment of "sitting too much," are on the rise. Even the most active of athletes can suffer from psoas imbalance and pain. The Vital Psoas Muscledemonstrates how to keep the muscle in balance through specific exercises designed to strengthen and utilize this amazing muscle, and discusses its vital role in the emotional and spiritual state of the human being. The interconnection between the psoas and the root chakra is explored, along with yoga poses and postures that stimulate the psoas. Eighty full-color illustrations depict anatomical details, and show the key stretching and strengthening exercises in this practical and comprehensive treatment of the most important skeletal muscle in the human body.

Author Biography

Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones is a professor of kinesiology and a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a master's degree in dance and education. She received degrees from the University of Kansas and New York University before pursuing a career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and movement scientist. She currently teaches interactive movement workshops across the United States and sponsors international yoga and holistic retreats.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 4
Introductionp. 6
Anatomical Preludep. 8
Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Psoas Areap. 9
Maintaining a Healthy Psoasp. 19
The Strain of Lower Back Painp. 45
The Psoas and Pilatesp. 53
The Psoas and Emotionsp. 72
Connections - Somatic Memory: The Gut/Brain Connectionp. 73
When the Psoas Strikes Backp. 79
The Psoas and Spiriituality-˘Energetic÷ Anatomyp. 88
What Do We Know?p. 89
The Psoas and Chakra 1: ˘Kinesthetic Balance÷p. 93
The Psoas and Chakra 2: ˘Flow like Water÷p. 105
The Psoas and Chakra 3: ˘Function Meets Breath÷p. 115
Appendix: The Hip Flexion Societyp. 125
Bibliographyp. 128
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