Located deep within the anterior hip joint and lower spine, the “psoas major” (usually just referred to as the psoas) is critical for optimal postural alignment, movement, and overall well being. The psoas is the only muscle in the human organism that connects the upper body to the lower body, and its importance extends to the nerve complex and energy systems. As modern-day populations grow more sedentary, psoas-related lower back and hip pain, and the ailment of “sitting too much,” are on the rise. Even the most active of athletes can suffer from psoas imbalance and pain. The Vital Psoas Muscle demonstrates how to keep the muscle in balance through specific exercises designed to strengthen and utilize this amazing muscle, and discusses its vital role in the emotional and spiritual state of the human being. The interconnection between the psoas and the root chakra is explored, along with yoga poses and postures that stimulate the psoas. Eighty full-color illustrations depict anatomical details, and show the key stretching and strengthening exercises in this practical and comprehensive treatment of the most important skeletal muscle in the human body.
“This book has enlightened and assisted me in my own personal and professional evolutionary process, and I feel that any reader, after taking this journey with the author, will be able to add a layer of knowledge and enlightenment on their own path to a better understanding of optimal health and function.”
–Gary Mascilak, D.C., P.T., C.S.C.S
This beautifully illustrated book shows the reader how to alleviate lower back pain, strengthen the core, correct posture, reduce trauma, and open energy channels. It includes complete sections on the psoas and yoga. Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones, international movement educator, is a full professor of kinesiology and dance with advanced certification in Pilates and hatha yoga. She received degrees at both the University of Kansas and New York University before pursuing a career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, author, and movement scientist. –Embody magazine
The Vital Psoas Muscle: Connecting Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Well-being by Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones is a nice combination of physical and energetics. It emphasizes the importance of the psoas as a keystone muscle and its relationship to other muscles and functions within the body. Working with the Psoas muscle can correct posture, alleviate back pain, open energy channels, strengthen the core and reduce trauma. The book includes clear anatomy, detailed drawings, exercises and stretches, and a fact or fiction section to clarify information. The second part of the book focuses on energetics with breathing, emotions and chakras. It also incorporates anatomy and exercises. It is the best of both worlds that anyone with a number of conditions may benefit from. –Massage World magazine
About the Author
Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones is a professor of kinesiology and dance. She is a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a master’s degree in dance and education, and received degrees at the University of Kansas and New York University before pursuing a career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and movement scientist. She currently teaches interactive movement workshops across the USA and sponsors international holistic retreats.