I COME OUT OF THE ILIOPSOAS CLOSET!

By David Lauterstein I’ve just taught a one-day class on the iliopsoas. It was wonderful and we explored not only the anatomy and techniques for that fascinating muscle, but equally its important neighbors. The “psoas,” because hidden and elevated to pedestal status by Rolfers and others, has enjoyed a somewhat inflated reputation. On the other hand, gluteus maximus and rectus abdominis...
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The Iliopsoas: The Irresistible Center of Existence!

by David Lauterstein There are structural theories and therapies relating to our anatomy. And there are energy theories and therapies. So far the two have been evolving in parallel, without much conscious interconnection. Yet since people are both structure and energy, it is common sense to say you are addressing health incompletely if you only work with structure or energy! It is imperative fo...
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Notes on the iliopsoas, diaphragm, and viscera

by Brian Utting Low back pain is perhaps the single most common complaint from our clients, and in my experience, the iliopsoas is almost always involved. It tends to become chronically contracted from injuries, extended sitting, and poor posture. The iliopsoas is antagonistic to the erector spinae, QL, and transversospinalis, and when it shortens, the extensors have to contract to counterbalan...
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