The psoas muscle (aka hip flexor) is "where walking and breathing meet". We use it with every step we take, yet, because it attaches to our vertebrae at the 12th rib near the diaphragm, it also affects our breathing....which affects everything.
When we walk, the movement isn't initiated just at the top of the thigh; it comes from the psoas, deep inside, way back at the bottom of the ribcage in our lower back. A tight psoas can cause low back pain, hip pain, poor breathing patterns, and general anxiety.
This muscle can be accessed by a qualified massage therapist through firm but gentle pressure at the outer abdomen, inside the pelvis. Chances are good that yours is tight. Afterward, people say their legs hang looser, their stride is longer, their breath is deeper, their back or hips no longer suffer from chronic pain. All that from the little ol' psoas... :)
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