Stalking Wild Psoas: Embodying Your Core Intelligence

Stalking Wild Psoas: Embodying Your Core Intelligence

by Liz Koch


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Weaving together biology, living systems thinking, and somatic movement, these nine short essays will inspire somatic therapists, bodyworkers, and movement educators

Liz Koch, author of Core Awareness and The Psoas Book, seeks to dissolve the objectification of "body" in order to reconceptualize human beings as biologically intelligent, self-organizing, and self-healing. Specifically addressing educators and therapists, she delves into the conceptual framework of core by decolonizing the popular mechanistic thinking of psoas as muscle, inviting the reader on a journey toward reengaging with life's creative processes. The book illuminates the limitations of the predominant paradigm of body and actively explores psoas as a vital, intelligent messenger that links us to an expansive network of profound possibilities. Employing biomorphic and embryonic paradigms, Koch redefines psoas as smart, expressive tissue that is both elemental and universal. Named after her popular exploratory workshops of the same name, Stalking Wild Psoas encourages all readers to nourish integrity and claim self-efficacy as creative and expressive individuals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623173159
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 502,336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

An international somatic educator and author, Liz Koch has thirty years of experience working with and specializing in the psoas muscle. Educating both laypersons and professionals, Liz Koch is recognized by colleagues in the movement, wellness, and fitness professions as a connoisseur of the core muscle of the human body. The author of The Psoas Book and Core Awareness: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise and Dance, Koch is the founder of Core Awareness, a somatic approach to deepening the experience of the human core in order to improve skeletal alignment, balance, and orientation. She conducts Core Awareness workshops thoughout the United States, Canada, and the UK.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Changing Our Language: From Body as Object to Body as Process 5

2 Embryological Gesture: A Living Model of Emerging and Thriving 17

3 Biomorphic Expression: The Universal Movement of All Living Beings 27

4 Your Fluid Midline: Dissolving the Spinal Column to Reappear Resilient 37

5 Core Messenger: Psoas as an Organ of Perception 55

6 Landing and Locating: Participating with Your Organizing Intelligence 71

7 Becoming Integral: Boundaries, Edges, and Thresholds 93

8 Movement as Medicine: Diving into a Field of Creative Solution 105

9 Rewilding Your Psoas: Supporting Integrity, Curiosity, and Creativity 119

Appendix: Falling-Catching Exploration 133

Notes 139

Bibliography 151

Index 159

About the Author 167

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