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  • Core Awareness

    with Liz Koch & Janet Zeff, DC

    Part I – Building a Healthy Back – Liz Koch

    Core Awareness involves developing a somatic language and kinesthetically returning to the center of one’s body. The word back reflects our cultural attitude and perception that the body is flat. Because my eyes are not also in the back of my head I loose sight of me 3-dimensional quality. Instead of a facade, think of your body as 3-dimensional, having volume and in the center a core.

    1. The spine is in the center or core of they body.
    2. It is the bones that support weight.
    3. The muscles move the bones ( at the joints).
    4. The Psoas muscle is a core muscle attaching from T12 and all 5 lumbar vertebrae and moves through pelvis to insert into the lessor trocantor ofthe femur (large leg bone).
    5. The Psoas is a
      A) Guy Wire to the Spine
      B) Psoatic Shelf supporting the Organs
      C) Hip Flexor/Rotator
      D) Hydraulic Pump
      E) Part of the Instinctive Fear Reflex The Psoas muscle is misused when it has to bear weight oris held in tension. Releasing tension and returning to a core awareness involves freeing the Psoas
      muscle to function properly. Rather than misguided idea that our core needs strengthening,
      a tension full Psoas is usually exhausted.

    Freeing the Psoas muscle:

    • Stops muscular compensations (external armoring)
    • Removes unnecessary stress off of joints (especially hip sockets, knees and lower back)
    • Helps prevent damage and deterioration
    • Releases energy

    Re-establishes integrity in the trunk of the body Psoas is miss-used because of:

    1. Limited Maturation due to premature walking, limited crawling, shoes and apparatuses.
    2. Injury to the pelvis or spine 3. Surgery 4. Emotional Issues/chronic anxiety

    ERGONOMICS: offers Band-Aid effect. Chairs, desks, shoes,
    cars need to be designed so as not to impose upon our natural movement patterns and to
    skeletal support.

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