Got tight hip flexors? ME, TOO! And lately it’s been cramping my style in a big way. I’ve been experiencing a whole gamut of unpleasant symptoms, so I had to do SOMETHING. I’m happy to report that I found a sequence of exercises that’s helping, and today I’m gonna share a couple of those moves with you.
The biggest trouble-maker for me is my psoas. The psoas muscle is located deep in the hip, and is responsible for flexing the hip, stabilizing the spine, and bending the trunk. It is one of the longest muscles in the body, and the ONLY muscle that connects the upper body and lower body. Every time we sit, stand, twist, reach, bend, walk, and step, we are relying heavily on the psoas for coordination and balance. So…it’s pretty important.
Plus, because of its placement, the psoas has a huge impact on the nerve complex and energy systems that run through our bodies. So the psoas is connected to our emotional well-being as well, and directly affects our body’s ability to response appropriately to stressors.
If your psoas becomes shorted and loses its flexibility (like mine!), then you can turn into a hurtin’ unit fast. Stuff like this starts to surface:
- Pain in your knees, ankles, lower back, groin, and hip region
- Decreased blood flow and circulation
- Delayed nerve responses
- Overexertion of your adrenal glands, and thus a weakened immune system
- Reduced ability to generate explosiveness in athletic moves like jumps and sprints
- Sleepy glutes that don’t fire properly when needed
- Increased tendency to store fat
- Digestive trouble
- Wicked anxiety and fear
Clearly, that’s an ugly lineup. But don’t worry! Even if you’ve been dealing with tight hip flexors for years, you can start loosening them up and feel a difference TODAY. The program that I discovered is legit, and includes specific movements in a specific sequence designed to unlock the hip flexors by working on the hip joint, fascia, and surrounding muscles. I can’t share the whole thing with you—because that would be stealing and totally uncool—but I do want to share with you my 2 favorite moves. Check out the video for the goods!