Feeling inspired by Katy’s Blog on the piriformis about a week ago, I am going to declare October Psoas Month, even if it that is true just in my own little world :) Last month was Piriformis Month and I had mentioned on FB that I could not wait till Psoas Month, so I figured that I would just declare it! I asked my husband what he thought of this title and he said that it had no “pop”, but feel that this title feels called for in that the psoas is a strong, incredible and unforgettable muscle, particularly in my case. It is a also a muscle that I have committed to really focusing on this month as my back pain has continued to aggravate me over the last several weeks and despite my strong-willed intention of no longer being a rib thruster, I have not been doing all I can to ease my psoas.
Katy Bowman’s blog on the Snapping Psoas, Hidden Dragon reminded me that I need to be doing more psoas releasing exercises on a regular basis. However, sometimes it feels like I cannot commit to the amount of time required for to release this muscle, which is at least a good 20-30 minutes. Obviously, I need to re-look at my priorities and spend less time on FB! So, my plan for this month, in addition to starting off the fall season on a new foot with detoxing my body of unnecessary food that does not serve me, my plan will be to do the same for my psoas. I will commit to incorporating more psoas releasing exercises into my daily routine as well as incorporate other modalities to strengthen my core which is also a telltale sign for how much I am relying on my psoas :(
During the month of October, I will share some of the exercises that I am doing as well as information about how the indelible psoas can be a culprit for many familiar issues in our everyday, modern life; examples include back pain, knee pain and many others. In the spirit of hosting a Rehab Your Knee workshop this coming Sunday in El Cerrito, I will focus on how the psoas can affect knee pain in next week’s blog. Yeah!
Off to release my psoas before going to bed!