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Massage Techniques and Palpation Guide for the Psoas Major

Image of massage therapist palpating the abdomen of a client, with one hand on top of the other, pressing in toward the psoas muscle

Structurally, the psoas is the deepest muscle in our core. It connects the upper body to the lower body, and is a major player in steadying the spine on the legs. Balance in this muscle is key for optimum function: a tight, short psoas can cause an anterior pelvic tilt, while an overstretched psoas creates a posterior pelvic tilt. The irony is that your clients may present with both.

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