The psoas and I have a hate – hate relationship. For the past 15 years, I have been dealing with hip flexors problems. I finally realized that the problems stem from a muscle called the psoas. This muscle runs from our lower back to the front of our leg. It is a very important muscle for walking.
It is a muscle that is also VERY tight in most people because we are a culture that sits so much. When we sit the psoas become tights and shortened. This can cause back discomfort and the lower ribs to be pushed forward. One of the reasons, I push my ribs forward a lot is because the upper part of my psoas is too tight to NOT push it forward. The action of pushing my ribs forward is one of the reasons I have a diastasis recti.
The below video demonstrates me doing one of the most effective stretches I have found for releasing the psoas. The psoas is a muscle that is reactive. So if you push this stretch too much you might find it causes more problems than benefits. So proceed slowly, you don’t need to perfect this stretch or push yourself too deeply into it. Just let your body be present and breathe. Enjoy.