Healing the Hidden Root of Pain

Self-Treatment for Iliopsoas Syndrome

the 2013 Course

In 2013 I released my first online course: Healing the Hidden Root of Pain: Self-Treatment for Iliopsoas Syndrome.

Because of the many, many online inquiries I was receiving about Iliopsoas Syndrome I decided to create a course that could be available to a wider audience than could come to my clinic in Vermont. 

The course mimics the treatment protocol I use with clients when working with them over a period of weeks and teaches a 4-Phase system.

The 4 phases are specifically designed to provide lasting relief for the dysfunction of the iliacus and psoas muscles. When one or both of these two muscles is dysfunctional and causing pain it is commonly referred to as Iliopsoas Syndrome.

Healing the hidden root  of pain
course overview

Phase 1: Self-Massage for the Iliopsoas

Detailed massage treatment interrupts trigger points (the cause of referred pain) and also prepares the iliopsoas for the movement, stretching and toning to follow. 

Phase 2: Diaphragmatic Breathing & Somatic Movement

The restoration of proper breathing (crucial for improved blood flow to the iliopsoas) and the reawakening of fine motor control of the muscles of the pelvis comprises Phase 2.

Phase 3: Active Isolated Stretching

In Phase 3 we restore length and flexibility to the iliopsoas and its synergists using the powerful and innovative stretching method: Active Isolated Stretching.

Phase 4: Toning & Strengthening

In Phase 4 we activate both the core muscles and also the antagonists of the iliopsoas in order to restore reciprocal muscular balance.

Healing the Hidden Root of Pain is detailed and targeted and provides an excellent foundation for relieving Iliacus Dysfunction and Iliopsoas Syndrome.

Combining hands-on treatment of the iliopsoas muscle with set routines designed to rehabilitate this muscle, this course offers a very targeted strategy for relieving the pain and dysfunction so often caused by Iliopsoas Syndrome.


Comprehensive Self-Treatment for the Relief of Iliopsoas Syndrome

the 2020 course

The 2020 course — Stretching Blueprint for Pain Relief and Better Flexibility: The Complete Guide to Active Isolated Stretching — picks up where the 2013 course left off.

But the Stretching Blueprint has a much wider focus, designed to relieve pain in the whole body.

Through years of clinical practice and research it has become clear to me that the greatest number of problems can be resolved with a whole-body focus. This is also how we achieve the most lasting relief.

The Stretching Blueprint tackles this ambitious goal.

Not only is the 2020 course designed to address problems with the iliopsoas, but it aims to relieve pain and dysfunction in the whole body.

With the aid of the Flexibility Diagnostic, individuals are guided through a comprehensive self-assessment for the entire body which results in the creation of a highly individualized stretching routine  — Your Stretching Blueprint.

stretching blueprint
course overview

Instead of set routines to be followed, the Stretching Blueprint creates a highly individualized experience. In this course…

  1. You are guided in learning Active Isolated Stretching for the entire body, gaining skill in the nuances and full range of this method.
  2. You are guided step-by-step using a proprietary flexibility scoring system — the Flexibility Diagnostic — in order to take a snapshot of the state of your body from head to toe and uncover hidden regions of tightness that can be the root causes of “unexplained pain.” (Instead of just chasing symptoms.)
  3. Utilizing the information gathered in the Flexibility Diagnostic, you are guided in the creation of a highly personalized stretching routine — Your Stretching Blueprint.
  4. Your Stretching Blueprint takes the guess-work out of your stretching self-care so that you can target root causes rather than focusing on symptoms.
  5. The course provides a complete library of Active Isolated Stretching videos for permanent use.

Module 1 - Getting Started: Your Blueprint Foundation and Resources

Module 2 - Stretching Foundation for the Legs

Module 3 - Stretching Foundation for the Hips, Lower Back, Spine and Abdominals

Module 4 - Stretching Foundation for the Torso, Chest, Shoulders, Arms and Hands

Module 5 - Stretching Foundation for the Neck

Module 6 - Creating Your Stretching Blueprint

Module 7 - Bonus Routines

The Stretching Blueprint is a complete guide to Active Isolated Stretching for the whole body. By scoring our flexibility and applying this gentle but profoundly effective method from head to toe we're able to:

  1. Stop chasing symptomatic pain
  2. Reveal and address hidden inflexibility that may not be symptomatic
  3. Relieve root causes of compensatory muscular strain

This course breaks new ground in the relief of "unexplained" pain and in resolving stubborn postural distortion patterns that have eluded other treatment methods.

Stretching Blueprint for Pain Relief and Better Flexibility

The Complete Guide to Supple, Responsive & Pain-Free Muscles Using Active Isolated Stretching


The Flexibility Diagnostic

which course should I start with?

If you are experiencing so much pain that simple movement and activity is fairly restricted, I would recommend starting with Healing the Hidden Root of Pain.

But if your pain is a persistent annoyance but doesn’t prevent simple activity, I would recommend starting with the Stretching Blueprint for Pain Relief and Better Flexibility.

all courses have an unconditional 30-day refund guararntee

I offer these courses with zero risk because I know they work. But if a course isn’t of value to you, simply request a refund within 30 days of your purchase and you will receive it automatically. No questions asked.

full course descriptions

The only course available anywhere specifically designed to relieve the pain and symptoms of Iliopsoas Syndrome.

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This course breaks new ground in relieving stubborn "unexplained" pain in the whole body as well as resolving postural distortion patterns.

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Stephen O'Dwyer, cnmt

Neuromuscular Therapist & Pain Relief Researcher

Stephen O'Dwyer, CNMT


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