Wednesday Q&A

568. Wednesday Q&A: Neutral Pelvis & Psoas Release Techniques

Aug 3, 2022


Welcome to Wednesday Q&A, where you ask questions and we answer them!


In this Wednesday Q&A, we answer your questions about anteriorly versus posteriorly tilted pelvis and psoas release techniques.


Your questions:

  • In a book I’ve been reading, the author states that most people are rib thrusters and pelvis tuckers. The author says this is a response to being hunched over in a seated position with the pelvis tucked or as a counterbalance to high heels. When in doubt, stick your butt out is what he says. Shortened hamstrings and calves pull the pelvis into a posterior tilt. Tucking the pelvis under, especially while sitting brings the sacrum out of alignment, brings it forward into the bowl of the pelvis. Ultimately the pelvic floor muscles shorten and lose their ability to contract. I’m under the impression that most people suffer from an anteriorly tilted pelvis because sitting causes hip flexors to shorten and tighten while glutes get long and weak from sitting. Is that correct? Which is more prevalent, anterior or posterior tilt? Which is more of a concern for the pelvis – shortened hip flexors and weak hips, or shorten calves and hamstrings?
  • I have been seeing some posts about how you can’t relax the psoas through pressure because of all the muscle and viscera that is layered under it. And yet if I do use a block to lie on, especially after a lot of hand pressing, I do feel that it helps relax the area and loosens my low back. I feel like you think that it must help a bit because you’ve included it in one of your classes once and called it belly time for adults. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that. 


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