Our exercises mobilise areas of the body that are then much more likely to participate when we move through the rest of the day.
After our recent hip unwind workshop the feedback was all about how great walking was feeling. The participants didn't feel like they had to alter the way they moved - the work they'd done on their tissues in their class had made better movement accessible naturally. Try our Gait Essentials series before you go for a walk and see how it feels.
One invaluable exercise that we do each week is the Psoas Release (it's almost an un-exercise tensions are undone as we rest!). We start our class here (so lots of clever people come early for more of this gem) and we come back to it in a myriad of other ways during the class too. Why? Because so many things we do each day inadvertently shorten the Psoas and that, in turn effects how we move, how efficiently our body can work and how we feel (Psoas tension can resonate throughout the body from your feet and all the way up to your neck and shoulders),
What Shortens the Psoas?
Pelvic Tucking (lots of sitting in chairs or standing with bent knees)
Other Postural habits (egs. standing with pelvis over toes, ribs pushed out in front, sitting hunched or slumped)
Heels in our shoes (any rise in the heel of your footwear. Many so called flats have heels - especially running shoes)
Stress is a big one (the startle reflex - fight or flight)
What Lengthens the Psoas?
Not doing the activities that shorten it! So many things we do mean bent knees and sitting (hip flexion). Nothing wrong with bent knees, we just don't want to live there (sitting in chairs, bike riding, a lot of exercise equipment - bent knees are not the enemy, but where is the balance in everything else that we do?).
Increasing movements that include hip extension - as well as working on the tissue space to make this feasible. We'll be doing that today!
Releasing it (as opposed to stretching)
Recognising what stress we can work to ease - or at least taking some time to Psoas Rest / Release every day.