Is the psoas more than an ordinary muscle? Liz Koch thinks so. This lecture begins her introduction to the psoas as a messenger from the midline of the body, a responsive and receptive psoas that gives us cues. This is a new paradigm of thinking about anatomy, switching from a biomechanical idea to a dynamic fluid tensegrity system.
“The very beginning of our being starts in the center of the body. The center of the body becomes a line, and the cells organize in a midline. The beginning of you is a midline. Then everything else—your heart, your organs, your extremities and your face—emerges from that midline. By working with that concept, we know we’re not put together like a Lego system. The psoas does not insert into the spine—it grows out of the midline.” ~Liz Koch
• Psoas Background Info (0:35)
• The Embryotic Model (6:45)
• Integrity (9:05)
• The Autonomic Nervous System & Homeostasis (12:50)
• The Midline (17:15)
• Changing Paradigms (22:10)
• Constructive Rest (25:10)
• Sympathetic Culture (27:20)
Liz Koch teaches workshops specifically about the psoas, and is the author of The Psoas Book, now in its second edition. After 35 years specializing in the psoas, she also writes for a variety of magazines, including Yoga Journal, Positive Health, Massage & Bodywork, Vegetarian Times, Yoga & Health, Midwifery Today and Massage Magazine. You can get in touch with Liz via her website at coreawareness.com.