Tight psoas & hips holding back your performance, and ability to move the way you want?
Consider this …
Your psoas may be underdeveloped.
Today I’ll be sharing some insights about the hips and psoas muscle, so you can:
- Move better, with less back pain
- Improve your physical performance for sports, martial arts and more adventurous living, with less risk of injury
What the Kwa?!
Your psoas is part of a group of connective tissue that’s often referred as the Kwa or Kua in eastern internal martial arts.
It basically connects your upper and lower body, and creates the foundation for an aligned and relaxed spine.
Having a strong, supple Kwa is a critical foundation of a well balanced human body from my experiences.
When your psoas / Kwa is underdeveloped, it can cause all sorts of physical challenges like:
- Back pain and poorly aligned posture
- Disconnected stances like horse stance for martial arts
- Lack of internal power and the ability to generate force
Having a weak Kwa is kind of like a building built on sand; it doesn’t matter how good the architecture looks … it will eventually fall down if the foundations aren’t stable.
A better functioning psoas / kwa =
= Better walking, running and any type of locomotion
= More powerful kicks and deeper stances for martial arts
= More relaxed, aligned posture, with less chance of back pain.
If you can improve one area in your body, improve your psoas / kwa. It’s a key element to better movement.
I’m repeating myself on purpose because … Yep, taking care of your psoas / Kwa is that important!
But the Psoas Can Be Elusive to Train
The psoas and kwa can be difficult to train, especially when there’s tense muscles blocking you from feeling the area.
The first step to a healthier psoas is to learn how to release the tension in the muscles that surrounds it.
This allows you to better feel the area.
And a saying I find helpful is … ‘what you can feel you can improve.’
The challenge is most passive methods like massage when you’re laying down just relax the area, which is why you may notice that relief doesn’t last long term.
For long term performance improvements in your psoas / kwa you need to learn how to consciously move (contract and relax) this tissue, so you can re-strengthen it.
Use the Kwa Squat to Deeply Release and Strengthen Your Psoas
That’s exactly what you’re going to learn in the kwa series I teach in the Tension Release Technique Online Course and workshops.
Get an intro to how the Kwa Squat helps you improve your lower body connection and movement abilities in the video below:
Who’s the Tension Release Technique for?
- It’s for you if you’d like to experience more joy and ease when you move.
- It’s for you if you’re a trainer, coach, or therapist looking to serve your clients / students / patients even better.
- It’s for you if you’ve tried everything to relieve muscular aches and pains, with little success.