Tight PSOAs? Try These Simple Exercises
Help Ease Lower Back Pain With These Techniques
Most yoga students are aware that the psoas, or hip flexors are a central point in asana, even if the muscle’s deeper function and design seem like a mystery. The psoas muscle effects posture, helps stabilize the spine, and, if it’s out of balance, can cause lower back and pelvic pain. The way that you use psoas in your yoga practice can either help keep you healthy and strong or, conversely, can perpetuate harmful imbalances.
The following exercises will help loosen your psoa muscle and keep your body in balance. If you are suffering from issues related to psoas tightness, you will find the following techniques very helpful.
Check out the article below and watch how these exercises will help you recover from psoa tightness.
Maybe you have tried to use a tennis, lacrosse, or massage ball to release a tight psoas muscle like this:
Kelley Starrett from Crossfit San Francisco and of the MWOD, Mobility Workout of the Day, has a much more simpler and effective way to do so and shows you how to work, or floss, the psoas (hip flexor) muscle using a kettlebell and a lacrosse ball. By lying on your back as in this video, I find that I am able to relax and let the weight of the kettlebell slowly work on releasing that troublesome muscle.
Here is the Running Times Runner’s Guide to the Psoas.
Here is a great article by Keats Snideman on Self-Assessment and Massage for the Hip Flexors which includes this video on using a ball to roll out the psoas.
Here is a video showing how to use the TP Trigger Point Productsto work on the psoas. As you can see, It is much easier to use the above approach with a kettlebell weighing down a lacrosse type ball to reach the psoas.
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