Different Positions using the Hip Hook to find the Magic Spot for Psoas Release and Iliacus Release
Once you've gotten used to using The Hip Hook, you can try different methods to try to isolate different aspects of the iliacus muscle and the psoas. Here are some little tips to play around with.
Once you're positioned on the tool, you can play around with moving the tool up and down a little bit on the floor (towards your head or towards your feet). Not a lot, just a few millimeters here and there that will help you isolate different aspects of the muscle belly of iliacus. Remember that the rotation and pushing down on the handle is really important to really put pressure on the aspects of iliacus that are connected to the inside surface of the pelvic bone.
Getting deeper with The Hip Hook
You can also play around with rotating the tool. Instead of having it perpendicular to the body, you can have it rotated. I really love this angle, which is about a 45-degree angle from the body. So playing around with the angle can make a difference in accessing different parts as well. You can also move your body in different ways. So it may feel different if you're up on your elbows versus down flat on your stomach. It will also feel different if you lift your knee up off the ground, keeping your toe planted, you can also bend and straighten your knee. You can also lift your entire leg up off the surface this puts ALOT of pressure onto the tip.
You can bend your knee and windshield wiper your foot. You can take this leg and bring it out to the side. If you bring up the leg that you're using the Hip Hook, bringing it out to the side. This decreases pressure: try this position if it's too intense to lay on it with your legs straight.
Getting more pressure with the Hip Hook
But if you want more pressure, you can use the other leg going out to the opposite side in a mountain climber position. From this position, you can also contract your glutes by squeezing your butt cheeks together, which will help to inhibit the hip flexor muscle because it's an opposing muscle. That's one way to enhance the effectiveness of the tool.
Prolonged pressure releases tension in your hip
The thing to remember with all of these techniques is that we're trying to change the pattern of tension that this muscle is holding in your hip. The best way to do that is to put prolonged pressure over time. So once you find that juicy spot that feels really tight, you want to hold it there, you know, hold it for 30 to 90 seconds, sometimes more to allow that muscle to relax. So all these movements and all these motions are there to support you in finding the magic spots. Because this muscle is a big muscle; it takes up a lot of real estate. And it's going to benefit you to search around and explore and see which angles will produce the best results for you.
This is also why I designed the world's first tool designed specifically to release the iliacus muscle - The Hip Hook I uncover these patterns in my bestselling book, Tight Hip Twisted Core - The Key to Unresolved Pain!