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The Psoas & the Idea of “Special” Muscles in the Body


I highlighted the psoas in this paraphrase graphic because we’ve likely all heard the claim that numerous people’s psoai( that’s technically the plural of psoas heheh) are “dysfunctional”, “imbalanced”, “tight”, or some other similarly various kinds of terrifying word.But the psoas isn’t the only muscle we’re often to learn how to pathologize: the upper bunkers, piriformis, QL, and glutes( merely to mention a few) are all special muscles that we frequently listen labelled as problematic or having “issues”.But the thing is that* nothing* of these muscles are more special or prone to issues than any of our other 600 muscles.In happening, our psyche doesn’t even know “muscles” – it only knows* motor contingents*( this is a whole topic I consider exhaustively in my Keeping Your Yoga Teaching Current online course, btw !) And to exceed everything there is off, our muscles don’t organize suffering – our nervous system does!( Likewise covered in my trend) All of which is to say that the less we pathologize our innocent, well-meaning psoas& other special muscles, and the more we learn about pain science, the more evidence-based we’ll be in our coming to the body& movement.Yay for the specialness of* all* of our 600 muscles!

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