Have you ever given much thought to your posture as an important aspect of your appearance? Are you standing tall? One of the first things people notice about us is our posture...how we are standing. So I ask, how is your posture? When we stand tall and erect, we come across as confident, and people listen more to what we have to say. This month, I would like to introduce you to your psoas (so-as) muscle. “My what muscle??" you ask. Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to this great friend of yours.
Mr. Psoas: Well it's nice to meet you. You may not have noticed me all these years, but I have been with you since the beginning. I have been helping you to stand up straight, lift up your legs, and allow you to do sit ups. I get your attention by giving you low back pain, hip pain, knee pain, breathing and digestive issues.
Taking great care of me makes you feel great! Two ways I enjoy being taken care of are with a massage or a bowen therapy session. The reason is that I am a muscle, and I am working all the time.And just like you, i need to relax once in awhile.
Here’s a test to see how tight I am:Lie on your back with both legs straight. Pull one knee towards your chest. If the other leg lifts off the floor, then your psoas is too tight. Now try the other side. Muscular imbalances are common, especially among runners, whose side-to-side discrepancies are reinforced through repetitive movement.
If you'd like information on how to stretch this muscle properly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, taking great care of me will let me take great care of you, so that I can keep your low back, and other critical areas for your posture, in good working order. Keep me strong, and please service me once in a while with a massage or bowen session from Jacqueline Kane.
Always at your service,