Updated: Nov 10, 2020
Are you acquainted with your psoas muscle? If not, you're not alone! Most people have never heard the word psoas before—even fewer could point to it on the body.
But despite its relatively low-profile, the psoas is one of the most important muscles we have, responsible for our physical, energetic, and emotional health.
The deepest muscle in the human body, the psoas is a core stabilizing muscle that connects our spine to our legs. It affects our balance, flexibility, muscular integrity...even the functionality of our organs.
Want to avoid chronic back and hip pain? A healthy psoas muscle is the way.
But the physical benefits of a healthy psoas are only the start. Often dubbed "the muscle of the soul" (especially within the Taoist tradition,) a healthy psoas muscle also grounds us to the earth, awakens our spine, and reconnects us to the life force of the Universe.
That’s pretty incredible, right?
While the psoas might not always get the attention it deserves, there's no denying this muscle is critical to our overall well being. Let's get to know the psoas muscle and its intriguing relationship to our physical and emotional body a little bit better:
Understanding The Psoas Muscle: The Muscle Of The Soul
1. What and where is the psoas muscle?
Whether it's running, dancing, or simply getting out of bed in the morning, we have our psoas muscle to thank. As previously mentioned, the psoas muscle connects your spine to your legs. This allows you to lift and move your legs forward and stabilizes your spine while sitting, moving, or bending. The psoas muscle also supports your internal organs, an important function which we'll explore further in a moment.
The deepest muscle in the body, the psoas begins at the 12th thoracic vertebrae, extends through the 5th lumbar vertebrae and the pelvis, and attaches at the femur.