31 | Rethinking Hip Mobility vs. Stretching
Today’s podcast is all about the hip joint! This one is for all the movement lovers, and movement educators out there. Changing the language around movement is a big goal of mine, and today I’d like to narrow it down to speaking specifically about the hip.
What is the hip?
The hip is the largest joint in the body, and it’s truly the center of the body. When you’re standing on two feet, you’re taking energy through the legs, and that energy is taken up through the hip. Think of the hip as the Grand Central Station of energy exchange. When the hip is tight or non functioning properly, we feel it.
Picture your hip joint; what about the joint would you want to be really open? When we talk about hip-openers, we usually are referring to the tissue around the hip, rather than the hip itself. The position of a joint is really where your joint is living, where and how it’s sitting.
Lie on your back, feet on the floor, knees bent, and take your second and third finger on both hands and bring them into the crease of the hip joint. Bring your right knee up and over your right hip, foot off the floor. Feel what’s happening here. Do this for each side.
Now, while standing, lift a knee up to a high knee. What do you feel here? Go into these ranges with a clarity of what’s happening within your joints.