Kerstin Kussmaul
Psoas Connection – Experiential Anatomy

© Karolina Miernik
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Week 3, 29.7.–2.8.2024
09:00–11:30 / XL
Arsenal 4
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Experiencing and toning deep muscle connections

In this ImPulsTanz workshops classic, we will use the ‘psoas complex’ as our prism to explore connectivities in our bodies.

The muscle iliopsoas extends from the thoracic spine to the pelvic bone and then to the femur (thighbone). It is a deep torso muscle strongly influencing many body systems: spinal alignment, knees, feet, breath, throat and jaw, organs in the belly, the nervous system and emotions.

Cognitive detailed anatomical information is the base to explore these connectivities with touch and movement. By releasing and activating the iliopsoas muscle, related muscle groups and kinetic chains we develop a powerful and accessible tool for injury prevention, increase the functionality and power of the body systems mentioned above and influence chronically weak or painful areas in our body in a positive way.

The underlying method for this workshop is Myoreflex therapy: It works with the muscle sensors as a tool for regulation, thus reaching the control centre – the brain – through this deviation. This physiological connection enables the perception and activation of specific muscles during movement. Our brain’s capacity to discern, to modify and to complement is almost infinite. In this way we create new opportunities to translate our internal experience into movement.

This workshop is suited for dancers and non-dancers interested in specific work, and will provide exercises and tools to use in any movement practice.

Kerstin Kussmaul
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