What You Get
Approved: Florida (3), NCCAOM (3), Standard Certificate (3) Pending: California [Upon Request]*
LENGTH 3 Hours
Course TYPE Recorded Seminar
ACCESS Mobile, Desktop, Tablet
NOTES Notes are provided with this course.
Course Overview
The psoas major is a crucial structure to understand as it is involved with the stability and balance of the lumbar spine, pelvis and hip joint. Since it is in such a central location in the body, imbalances in this muscle can impact the entire body, but it is especially important to understand its influence when working with low back, hip and groin pain.
This class will explore the functional anatomy of the psoas major and it will look at its role in spinal and hip mechanics. We will explore how imbalances impact the spine and pelvis and how this muscle can be involved with lordosis, spinal rotations, spinal bends and pelvic tilts. In addition, this class will explore the channel and organ relationships of this muscle to help integrate the anatomy into the channel system. Comprehensive treatment approaches will be explored using local, adjacent and distal acupuncture, myofascial release, and corrective exercises.
  • Understand the anatomy of the psoas major and the influence of this muscle on the lumbar region, pelvis and hip.
  • Learn how to assess for imbalances in the psoas major and how to recognize its impact on the alignment of the lumbar and pelvic region.
  • Understand how the anatomy of this muscle fits in to the channel system, especially the sinew channels (jingjin).
  • Understand the connection of the muscle with the kidney organ and renal fascia, to the diaphragm, to the lumbar plexus, and to other structures.
  • Learn how to treat imbalances in this muscle with acupuncture, myofascial release and corrective exercises.
  • Outline
    0 hrs - 30 min

    Functional anatomy of the psoas major and its relationship to the channel sinews. The role of the psoas major in spinal and pelvic imbalances.

    30 min - 1 hrs

    Relationship of the psoas major to the kidneys, the diaphragm, and its coordination with the abdominals and piriformis. Understanding this relationships from a channel sinew perspective.

    1 hrs - 2 hrs

    Assessment of the psoas major. Postural assessment, orthopedic evaluations, and special tests.

    2 hrs - 3 hrs

    Treatment of the psoas major with acupuncture, myofascial release, and corrective exercises.

    What People Are Saying

    Matt and Brian weave TCM theory and western medical approaches seamlessly into a highly informative training that can have an immediate impact on your effectiveness as a practitioner.

    Melanie R.- United States of America

    Great course. Able to put to use in clinic the next day after course.

    Christopher S.- United States of America

    Matt and Brian have combined their excellent understanding of Chinese channel theory with a deep physiological and anatomical knowledge to create a program that is absolutely outstanding. It improves both your knowledge and your application of the knowledge.

    Oliver L.- United States of America

    The SMAC program IS THE reason why my practice took off when I was a young baby acupuncturist. I am forever grateful to Matt, Brian and the whole squad, and always look forward to learning more and reinforcing the material.

    Keri J.- United States of America

    the course incorporates Western and Chinese medicine understanding, that bridges the gap between the 2 systems

    Khalil B.- Australia

    If you lack confidence in treating chronic low back or hip pain- I highly recommend taking this course to learn more about the role of the psoas muscle in relation to chronic low back & hip pain- this will boost your skills, knowledge and clinical outcomes!

    Jennah B.- United States of America

    I would highly recommend this course. As an acupuncturist it has filled in some blanks for me from a Western medicine point of view. Robyn V, Australia

    Robyn V.- Australia

    The course was excellent in giving a much better understanding of the psaos functions and relationship with TCM. Cadaver videos excellent for helping me visualize.

    Debbie H.- United States of America

    This is a course that I continue to study as it guides me through with precision and expertise on the Psoas, and how involved it is, all the way from the diaphragm to the pelvic floor. I highly recommend that you own this piece of knowledge to refer back to.

    DR DIANA H.- United States of America

    This course was highly professional, detailed oriented, descriptive, explanatory, clear, thorough, informative and captivating. I will be using these techniques to advance my practice. Both teachers were exceptional!

    Jill C.- United States of America

    This course dives into the anatomy of psoas major muscle and how it influences movement, breathing, and how it can cause pain/dysfunction in posture. This is a much needed education since most patients come in with low back pain, one sided, "hip" is elevated, pain in the groin, etc. Thank you!

    Jenny F.- United States of America

    Love this course for the cadaver portion

    Brittany K.- Canada

    Matt and Brian are at the cutting edge of Chinese Medicine research and understanding of the channel system, the sinew system, and the interplay of muscles, organs, and connective tissues. I learn something new every time I watch them or read their writings. And their cadaver dissections bring the knowledge to life.

    Christopher Chaka R.- United States of America

    Acupuncture Anatomy Series - Course 1

    As low as $20.00
    In stock

    About Brian Lau

    Brian Lau, AP, CSMA, is certified in both Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Structural Integration. He has been on faculty since 2013 with the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program, where he teaches anatomy and physiology, assessment and treatment of the channel sinews (jingjin), and myofascial release. He leads regular dissection for students, both within SMAC and in other venues. Brian is also a veteran tai chi and qigong instructor, teaching local, regional and online classes. In addition to teaching, he owns and operates Ideal Balance Center for Sports Medicine Acupuncture in Tampa, FL.

    *CEU/CPD Approvals

    Some accreditation bodies have course approval expirations. If the approval expires, you will see a notice next to the name with a date of expiration: "[Until YYYY/MM/DD]". Please factor this date into your own renewal deadline. If an approval expires, you will be able to request that it is renewed and we will submit it for you within 2 business days. Renewals normally come back to us after 30 days. If your accreditation body is not listed under the "Approved" section, you may find it under the "Pending" section. That means that it is either currently pending approval, or that it is available for you to request: "[Upon Request]". New course approvals usually come back to us after 45 days. We use an automated system within our platform that allows you to make these requests in an easy and convenient way. Just visit the course page in your Net of Knowledge account and click the "Request Approval" button at the top. Each "Course and CEUs/CPDs" purchase grants you 1 request per accreditation body. If you request a course approval and do not complete it before its new expiration date, you will need to purchase another "CEU/CPD Add-On" to make another request. If the course is ineligible for approval with an accreditation body due to their subject-matter policies, it will be listed as "[Ineligible]", and no requests will be possible for the course.

    Accessing Your Course

    After checking out, your email address will be sent to Net of Knowledge securely and you will gain instant access to your course. If you do not have a Net of Knowledge account yet, one will be created for you automatically and you will receive an email with a link to set up your password. Log in to your account at netofknowledge.com and start learning!

    Unlimited Access & CEUS

    You will have unlimited access to this course for as long as it is on Net of Knowledge, so that you can keep reviewing and learning from it over the years. CEU requirements must be completed within 1 year from the purchase. During this time, you must view the training and complete any required documents to get your certificate. You must also print and save your certificate for your own records.

    Cancellation Policy

    Please note we do not offer refunds for our recorded online courses/webinars.


    This recording is available in an online format only; you will not receive a DVD or physical copy of the recording – it is only available to watch as a course to watch on the internet through your online account.

    Search engine powered by ElasticSuite