Have you ever felt that your hip flexors just refused to relax? Ever wondered why your back was aching all the time? Are you struggling just to find your psoas?
Hip and back pain or tightness may actually be a problem with activating your psoas and today I’ll show you how to solve this problem and get even greater benefit from all your exercise efforts—including Pilates, walking, running and more!
The psoas is one of the most important core muscles in our body, yet many of us never even realize it exists, let alone learn to develop it and activate it.
The Knee Float is a Great Psoas Activator if You Do It Right
One of the basic Pilates exercises that teaches you how to activate and strengthen your psoas is the knee float. The goal of a knee float is to connect to and use your psoas to lift your knee into the air.
It’s your psoas which should be doing most of the work here, but in many cases it can actually end up doing nothing at all!
If we don’t use the psoas, the hip flexors and quadriceps will tend to do the work instead and this can lead to a chronic feeling of tightness in the hip area and hip socket, back pain and bigger problems over time. It can even tighten the psoas itself.
If You Can Feel This, You’re Not Using It
You can tell you’re not using your psoas when you only feel the muscles in your leg and/or hip crease activate when holding your knees in a table-top position.
Don’t worry, this is very common and I’m going to show you how to fix it in today’s video. I’ll show you specifically how to inhibit your quads so you can more easily connect with and use your psoas instead.
If you’re not making the psoas connection, you are missing the benefits of many of the traditional Pilates mat exercises.
Once you really find and consistently connect to your psoas, you’ll know it because the way you walk, run and hold yourself will start to change.
Even if you think you already have a handle on your psoas connection, I really encourage you to try this technique and see how it works for you.
Let me know how it goes in the comments below, and remember, no question is too small!
See you in the studio,
P.S. – Something big is coming in October! If you’re a Pilates teacher, movement educator, or just a super Pilates/fitness geek in general (like me 🙂 ) you’re going to love this special workshop on core ability. Stay tuned for more and mark your calendar for October 25th and 26th. 😉