Interestingly, research is showing that in addition to causing physical issues, a tight psoas can affect psychological health and anxiety levels, and can even cause breathing problems. Here is an excerpt from an article found on The Mind Unleashed website:
“The psoas major muscle (pronounced “so-as”) is often referred to as the deepest core, or as yoga therapist and film-maker Danielle Olson states, the “muscle of the soul.” This core-stabilizing muscle located near the hip bone affects mobility, structural balance, joint function, flexibility, and much more. In addition to its function to help keep the body upright and moving, the psoas is believed to allow you to connect with the present moment especially when it is stretched out and tension is released from the body.”
“Research indicates that the psoas is vital to our psychological wellbeing in addition to structural health. Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book, states that our psoas “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.” This means that there is a lot more to the psoas than one might initially think. It is entirely possible to harness healing pranic energy and improve mental health by keeping the psoas healthy.”
To continue reading the article, use the following link: Muscle of the Soul
Psoas work can be a little painful and invasive, but the results are worth it. If you have any massage therapists you feel comfortable with, ask them to include the psoas next time if they normally don’t, or to show you how to find the muscle yourself. You will only be able to feel a small section, but that section is mighty and will most likely be tender or tight. Another option is to google “psoas stretches” or “psoas palpation” if you want to explore the psoas on your own.
Our psoas are soulful! Who knew?