The Psoas (Happy Hips) Workshop

  • February 24, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday February 24th 1:00-4:30pm

“The Psoas is the Messenger of the Midline” – Somatic Educator Liz Koch

The psoas is a very important yet mysterious muscle in your body that you may never have heard of.  Often lumped together with other hip flexor muscles and referred to as the iliopsoas, the psoas is involved in so much more!  You have two psoas muscles, one on each side and they help you to stabilize your spine during movement and are also intimately linked with your fight or flight or freeze response.  They can play a role in pelvic floor dysfunction, core weakness, back, hip or pelvic pain, posture, digestion, flexibility, childbirth, adrenal health, menstrual cramps, and the list goes on.  Emotions, stress, fear, trauma, sitting most of the day, and certain sports can all contribute to the pattern the psoas muscles hold in the body. Liz Koch refers to the psoas muscles as The Messenger of the Midline, because of how they can compensate for so many other parts of the body and can communicate, through a pattern of holding tension, when there is a weakness in some other part of the body.


Everyone can benefit from learning more about how to nourish their psoas!


This is an updated version of my Psoas Workshop. Check out my recent blog post here all about Happy Hips! We will work with the hip flexor muscles, including the psoas, as well as the hip extension muscles (glutes and hamstrings). We will also work to release and strengthen many of the other hip muscles to create balance and stability through the hips/pelvis.  We will be moving a lot! Including both strength work and subtle movements that require you to be very mindful so that you can tune right into what different parts of your body are doing.



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      • Discover how your habits, emotions, and life experiences relate to what may be happening in your psoas
      • Experience deep psoas release techniques that you can practice at home
      • Connect the feet, pelvic floor, other hip muscles, breath and core for a functional & happy psoas
      • Find your movement blind spots so you can use your yoga and movement practice to create change instead of always coming into postures the same way you always do
      • Gain an understanding of how trying to “fix” your rib thrust posture by “strengthening” the abdominals and other muscles, creates layers of tension over tension and does not provide the same nourishment for the psoas as practicing psoas release and strengthening all of the muscles of the hip
      • Work on strengthening the psoas, hip flexors, and hip extension muscles (glutes and hamstrings) for balance and stability through the hips and pelvis.
      • Massage Therapists, Yoga, Pilates and other Movement Teachers will gain new insights and perspectives on the psoas



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