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"This book has enlightened and assisted me in my own personal and professional evolutionary process, and I feel that any reader, after taking this journey with the author, will be able to add a layer of knowledge and enlightenment on their own path to a better understanding of optimal health and function."
—Gary Mascilak, D.C., P.T., C.S.C.S

“The Vital Psoas Muscle considers this specific muscle, located in the front hip joint and lower spine and critical for postural alignment, movement and overall well-being. It tells how to solve lower back pain and reduce trauma through understanding the physical, emotional and spiritual ramifications of this muscle, offering in-depth illustrations and key stretching and strengthening routines that incorporate the use of yoga or pilates.”
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About the Author

Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones is a professor of kinesiology and dance. She is a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a master's degree in dance and education, and received degrees at the University of Kansas and New York University before pursuing a career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and movement scientist. She currently teaches interactive movement workshops across the U.S. and sponsors international holistic retreats.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583944583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583944585
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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121 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Ann O'Flanagan on September 30, 2012
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I know you are thinking - what is Psoas. Well I thought that too until I found out that all my back problems, aches and pains were caused by a tight psoas muscle. I learned from Jo Ann Jones that the Psoas muscle, which is largely unheard of among the general public and most professionals, has a dramatic effect on all bodily functions because it connects the upper body to the lower body. When I first got the book I just skimmed it. Later I tried the exercises. Guess what, my psoas muscle really did release. The exercises worked like a charm. I am a sloucher with terrible posture. I have sat at a desk most of my life. This book is wonderful. It is easy to read and it provides knowledge that you can't find anywhere else.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Hebe Martin on October 7, 2012
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I found this book a great help in understanding why one hip was hurting so badly: This book provided an understanding about the muscles that support our frame, how to strengthen and stretch to enhance health. I now can visualize and concentrate on using these muscles to support better posture. The hip no long hurts and neither do my knees because of strengthening the core muscles and taking the weight off other parts of the body.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Brian & Jess on April 13, 2013
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This book is great for showing beneficial stretches that help
relieve hip and back pain. I bought it with the Psoas Release Party book, which
is good but not as detailed as this for the stretches, it helps to release and relax the muscle.
This book helps strengthen the muscles, so found it more detailed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Turyia on March 31, 2013
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This is a fantastic, very informative book. It has added a great deal to my practice, especially with pregnant women. You will not regret purchasing this book! Even if you aren't a personal trainer, physical therapist, etc. it should be in your home library. And teach the children in your home or even if they've left the nest. Get it, you will be amazed.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By CD on September 10, 2012
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I've been looking for something like The Vital Psoas Muscle for a long time. This well-written and clearly illustrated book is an informative, instructional, and insightful addition to all the anatomy books already out there. As a yoga teacher and pharmacist, I appreciate Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones's clear writing on the energetic and physical aspects of that pesky psoas that is truly so vital to our well-being.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tamara on May 2, 2013
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This book was ok. Not exactly what I was looking for. The first third was helpful to me, with physiological and anatomical descriptions and some useful exercises. The other two thirds were about yoga, Pilates, chakras and other new age stuff. It's good information if you're just learning about that type of stuff, but I've already got a good knowledge base of chi and chakras and other energies in the body. I was looking specifically for information on the psoas muscle group and surrounding muscle group in the *physical* body.

Book arrived promptly and in new condition.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Bruna on September 10, 2012
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THIS BOOK IS A MUST-HAVE

Great book! Straight to the point!
Clear and easy-to-understand explanations on a difficult matter to show and explain. Simple approaches to the complex anatomy behind the Psoas muscle and science.

Superb illustrations too! I've been working out the Psoas as a cyclist and have sharply improved my performance.

With JoAnna's core approach to the Psoas in terms of integral work outs and stability exercises.
I'm getting new & unexpected benefits day by day and a new sense of well being, never experienced.

This is a great book for everybody how seeks to practice sports and improve the way they beel doing it. Highly recommended.

Miguel Bruna
Costa Rica
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By createwhoyouare on October 3, 2012
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Many great photos and movement illustrations. Introduces the psoas muscle covering various relationships including mobility anatomy kinesiology chakras integration to posture and surrounding musculature and nervous systems. Very concise,easy to read and reference specific sections. I appreciate this book as a healthcare professional and recommend it to professionals and anyone wanting to know more about the body, its functions and the care.
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