Book Club: The Vital Psoas Muscle.

In this month’s Book Club meeting Holly Wallis is excited to discuss “The Vital Psoas Muscle: Connecting Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Well-being.” by Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones.

Please jump right in to share your thoughts about this book, and your suggestions for future reads. We love to hear from you.


This was a suggested book from one of our book clubbers, and it did not disappoint.

There are very few books and resources dedicated to the Psoas, one of the most misunderstood muscles in the body. This is a user-friendly guide for all levels of Anatomy knowledge, without being too over-the-top with clinical mumbo jumbo. It is clear for the layperson as well as the Movement practitioner.

Basic exercises are described to release and restore function of the Psoas. The accompanying pictures depict clearly what is happening in the Iliopsoas group during these movements.

I especially appreciated that there was a dedicated section about the role of Psoas in regards to emotion and trauma. I only with this was significantly more in-depth as it is an area of great curiosity and controversy.

Do you have other great Psoas resources that you love? Please share your thoughts.

Until next time, keep reading!
Yours truly, ✍

Holly Wallis, Certified Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist, PMA®-CPT
Director of US Operations, Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement Institute
Studio Director, ReActive Movement, 6200 LaSalle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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Now for our next Book Club selection! Please join us in reading “Sensing, Feeling, and Action” by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. This is an interesting compilation of experiential anatomy articles published in Contact Quarterly dance journal from 1980-2009.

Join Holly on Monday, November 26 to discuss your thoughts and insights into this book.

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