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Reposted from the Dagger community site, written by Anna Levesque
The Iliopsoas is a hip flexor muscle group comprising of three muscles: The psoas minor, the psoas major and the iliacus. This group is one of the strongest of the hip flexor muscles and the psoas major runs from our lumbar spine across the hip joint to the upper inner thigh. Very important muscle! The interesting thing about these muscles, is that they actually need to be stretched to keep their normal tone. Otherwise they shorten and tighten easily which can cause back pain, hip pain and lead to poor posture. This is a very simplistic explanation of this important muscle group, but you get the point.
If people who don't kayak are susceptible to the shortening of the iliopsoas then you can image what can happen to kayakers! We sit with our hip flexors flexed for long periods of time and most of us rarely stretch out the front of our hips, but focus more on the hamstrings and back. So, it's especially important for us to focus on stretching this muscle group because we are especially susceptible to its shortening. Upward Frog pose is a great way to tone the Iliopsoas.
Yes, this is a strange looking pose, but I’ve found that kayakers really get a lot of benefit from it. My husband and Team Dagger paddler, Andrew Holcombe, now practices this pose almost everyday and it has really helped reduce his lower back and hip pain. Try it and see how it feels for you!