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Quick Tip: Does massage help you cycle better?

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Does massage help you cycle better?

As part of bike month, we're sending extra love to all our cycling clients — like Jim Bradbury. Jim's been coming to Psoas for almost 10 years! He commutes by bike and has a pretty impressive cycling history. He's cycled in Paris-Brest-Paris four times and is currently training with his nephew for a 600K race! Psoas co-owner Jenny Lightstone sat down with Jim to chat about the perennial quad tightness of bikers, and how bodywork has helped him stay cycling. Check out the interview below! And if any of you are wondering how to fit massage into your cycling program, just give us a call and we are happy to talk it through with you. Through May we're actually offering 10% off a Cycling Sports Massage. Ask for the cycling special when you schedule your appointment, and we'll set you up with a therapist who will tailor the session towards your cycling goals and needs.  In the meantime, take care of yourself by adding a 5-15 minute brisk walk or jog after you ride. This will help stretch your hip flexors, straighten out your back, and just generally help recalibrate your...

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Quick Tip: Are you a soon-to-be mother?

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Gifts, Health and Wellness
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Quick Tip: Are you a soon-to-be mother?

We're taking a break from bike month festivities to celebrate all the mothers in our lives. Here at Psoas, we want to appreciate all our prenatal massage clients and the therapists who do such important work with these mothers-to-be. Check out some thoughts from two Psoas prenatal clients below — Natalia (who has since delivered her baby) and Jordan, who's still expecting. As always, if you're looking for prenatal work, just let us know what is going on in your body and what kind of massage you are looking for. We will help match you up with one of our skilled specialists! And don't forget: we're offering 10% off all Mother's Day gift certificates through May 14th! Thoughts on Prenatal Massage with Natalia and Jordan Natalia Bushyager "I loved getting prenatal massages! I must have gotten about one a month, six just from Psoas. What's cool about the Psoas massages is that they have a few different people trained in prenatal, who each focus on different things. So it's nice to be able to pick based on what you need. The therapists I used had a good sense of pressure, since you really need to be confident in how deep you can go. Prenatal massage really helped to ease the pains of gaining weight and having a new body. It kept everything circulating, and helped ease the aches and pains — especially in the hips and pelvis. With all the changes and shifting going on down there, it allowed my body to adjust more quickly. I think bodywork is important for general preventative body maintenance. A regular massage for me is like getting a tuneup on your car before things start going wrong. Getting bodywork while pregnant is just as important as when you're working out… because pregnancy pretty much is a workout! I'm sure I'll be back a few times soon after little Hendrix is born, too, just to get things re-aligned and back in order as quickly as possible." Jordan Brown "My experience with prenatal massage at Psoas has been overall very relaxing. This being my first pregnancy, I’ve been a bit anxious about most everything. It has been nice to feel some relief from the stress of it all, feel pampered,  and take away some of the new aches and pains I’ve encountered.  Towards the beginning of my pregnancy I was experiencing more upper back, neck, and shoulder pain — probably from some of the anxiety I was feeling as well as the morning sickness. Now that I’m nearing the end of pregnancy I tend to like to focus on my lower back and hips. As my pregnancy has progressed, I’ve noticed more back pain, but coming in for a regular massage has helped to relieve that. I have had a very healthy pregnancy so far and I believe massage has played a role. It has been a bit overwhelming as honestly, pregnancy isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, as I’m sure most mothers can back me up on. General touch in itself plays a major role in stress relief, for me at least, whether it be a hug or a massage. Having the time to focus on calming my mind and getting pain relief is...

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Quick Tip: Shouldn’t every month be BIKE MONTH?

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Community Workshop, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Shouldn’t every month be BIKE MONTH?

We are a bike loving crew here at Psoas. We love how bike month encourages us not only to move our bodies and care for our health, but to lessen our environmental impact. To celebrate, we have a ton of cool stuff going on in May for you to enjoy:  Instagram contest to win a free massage:  Want $20 off your next session? And the chance to win a free massage? Just share a photo of you with your bike on instagram! Tag @psoasbodywork, use #psoasbikemonth, and let us know how Psoas has helped you stay cycling. Want to participate but don't have instagram? Just email us your photo and caption and we'll post it for you.    Free yoga workshops for cyclists: Looking for a yoga class suited to your cycling addiction? Check out the details here or below for Megan's two upcoming community workshops.    Discounted bike fits:  Head over to our friends at 3DBikefit to make sure your bike ergonomics are healthy and supportive of your long cycling future.|   10% off a "Cycling Sports Massage" through May:  In this session, your Psoas therapist will assess your current biking program and goals (for the full spectrum from commuters to pros) and create a unique treatment with all that in mind. This could mean focusing on your ailing/tight biking muscles, a sports massage flush for maintenance purposes, or just helping you to recover from a long ride. Your therapist will help you decide! (Please request the Cycling Special when booking.) Free Community Workshops: Stretch & Strengthen for Cyclists  with Megan Windeler Wednesday, 5/10 — 12:30 – 1:30pm & Saturday, 5/20 — 10:30 -11:30am At Psoas we work as a team — not just with our co-therapists but with other health providers. We want to empower our clients to stretch and strengthen to maintain their good health — and we're stoked to be partnering with Megan Windeler to offer all you cyclists a free workshop to do just that.   Whether you are a commuter, a hard core racer or something in between, riding a bike can turn you into a c-curve with arms and legs — and a lot of aches and pains. But there are some simple ways to remedy that and become a more efficient rider at the same time.  Come stretch and strengthen with Megan, avid long time cyclist (road, mtb and commuter), Yoga teacher, Pilates practitioner, and explorer of all kinds of mindful movement and restorative shapes. We will start with a restorative practice to relax and unwind the psoas, back, hips, shoulders, neck and chest. Once we are unwound and ready to receive new patterns of movement, we will move on to a combination of gentle, simple-yet-deep core work and stretching. SIGN-UP HERE! We will learn: ● Simple + effective stretches to do at home. ● How to engage your core deeply to support you while you ride. Helpful tools: ● Yoga mat (or use one of the Psoas mats!), yoga strap, towel, water, comfy clothes + a sense of humor...

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Quick Tip: Are you having trouble sleeping?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Are you having trouble sleeping?

We've heard from a lot of clients lately struggling with sleep.  Whether it's caused by stress or over-caffeination,  physical pain or restless leg syndrome — not getting enough sleep is the worst. In this week's Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz recommends some leg stretches to try out before heading to bed. This is a great idea for those of you with restless leg syndrome, or really anyone who's having a hard time falling asleep at night. Please do note that in this video, Scott is moving through the stretches really quickly! For more detailed examples of leg stretches for your bedtime routine, check out a great calf stretch, hamstring stretch, and quad stretch, and make sure to check in with a yoga pro before trying any yoga pose that bothers your knees. Either way, when you develop your own routine, make sure to stretch slowly and with care.  And finally, a quick heads up — Mother's Day is approaching! To help you give all the love you can to the mothers in your life, we're offering 10% off all gift certificates through May...

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Quick Tip: Are you ready for Earth Day?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Careers, Health and Wellness, Meet Your Therapist
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Quick Tip: Are you ready for Earth Day?

Many Psoas therapists love spending time outdoors, and it's no surprise. The well-being of our bodies depends on the environment around us. In celebration of Earth Day this year, we're bringing you some words of wisdom from nature-loving Psoas therapists David, Ginger, and Jenny. And through the end of April, let us know every time you donate money or time to an environmental non-profit. We'll give you 10% off your next session.  Psoas Therapists Celebrate Earth Day "I recognize and celebrate Earth Day as one way to bring awareness to our collective need to reduce the impact of consumption — so that future generations can enjoy the natural resources of a less polluted world. It's a day to relish the beauty and wonder of nature and reflect upon how we can harm it less and let it flourish. I've spent a lot of my life wandering these hills throughout the city, so hiking is my favorite pastime –both for nostalgia and good exercise. It's great for the mind and body (once you work your calf knots out) and the views are mesmerizing." – David Bacome "Earth day is an important reminder that we have to protect what the earth gives us, and not take the air we breathe and the water we drink for granted. Walking in nature revives my spirit and makes me feel grounded again.  We are so fortunate to live in a beautiful city with all this nature around us to escape to." – Ginger Williamson "I spend as much time outside in the woods and mountains as possible with my boyfriend Rocky and my dog Zula. We would be very happy to wake up in the middle of the wilderness every morning. Edward Abbey got it right when he wrote this about Arches National Park: 'A weird, lovely, fantastic object out of nature…has the curious ability to remind us – like rock and sunlight and wind and wilderness – that out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours, a world which surrounds and sustains the little world of men as sea and sky surround and sustain a ship'" – Jenny...

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Quick Tip: Will you fight deskworker syndrome today?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Will you fight deskworker syndrome today?

These days, many of us spend more time at a desk than we'd like. And those of us without desk jobs still find ourselves walking down the street, heads bent over our cell phones. As you know, these habits take a toll on our bodies, sometimes leading to upper crossed syndrome, back pain, or a host of other issues. For a long time, we've offered bodywork and quick tips to prevent these harmful patterns — and to treat them when they occur. But lots of us still need friendly, consistent reminders to consider our desk ergonomics, and to break up our work day with short stretch breaks. To bring you those reminders, we will be dedicating one of our weekly quick tips each month to deskinetics. For starters, take a moment today to re-familiarize yourself with one of our favorite videos for deskworkers: the Posterior Kinetic Chain...

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Quick Tip: Have you met Jenny, Leigh, and Ginger?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Careers, Health and Wellness, Meet Your Therapist
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Quick Tip: Have you met Jenny, Leigh, and Ginger?

Has it been too long since we introduced you to Psoas therapists you might not know? Check out the video below to meet Jenny Schaffhouser, Ginger Williamson, and Leigh Erickson. Jenny S. joined the Psoas team in October 2016, and Ginger and Leigh came on board in June 2016. We love Jenny's slow deep tissue, Ginger's orthobionomy-tinged tissue work, and Leigh's incredibly informed myofascial approach. And they're all awesome people, too! As usual, just get in touch if you have any questions about the modalities these therapists practice, and how they might help you recover from an injury, improve your range of motion, or just stay...

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Quick Tip: How’s your shoulder mobility?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: How’s your shoulder mobility?

If you spend a lot of time at a desk, or behind the wheel of a car, you might notice that your shoulders feel rounded forward and stiff by the end of the day. If not attended to, this can lead to pain and dysfunction over time. This week's quick tip is a great way to counter those harmful patterns and make sure you're keeping your shoulders, neck, pecs, and upper back healthy. Although we can help you treat these issues, it is our goal to help you prevent them!   This super easy dynamic stretch is also a great one to practice before a workout that requires a lot of shoulder and arm action: swimming, hiking with poles, skiing, dancing, etc. Try it out a few times a day, or before your workout, and let us know how it...

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Quick Tip: Do you know the athletes of Psoas?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness
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Quick Tip: Do you know the athletes of Psoas?

This week we're featuring two of our amazing Psoas clients. The first is "Irish" Greg McQuaid, who's running a full marathon every week this year! The pop-up music producer and former KFOG radio host is taking on this crazy feat to raise money and awareness for Breathe California, an organization that fights lung disease and protects lung health. When Psoas co-owner Jenny Lightstone met Greg, his legs were hurting and he'd NEVER had a massage before! Since she whole-heartedIy believes in the power of sports massage (especially what we offer at our clinic), she reached out to see if Psoas could help.  Now, Greg's coming in for bodywork twice a month, and he's a changed man (or runner, at least)! Before Greg's session last week, he and Jenny chatted about running marathons, quitting smoking, and the magic of bodywork. Check out the interview below! We're so happy to support Greg's cause and if you'd like to as well, go ahead and visit 52marathons52weeks.org.  We're also so proud of long-time Psoas client Rachna Nivas, a professional kathak dancer (classical Indian dance). Her art form uses powerful percussive footwork (wearing ankle bells that weigh 3-4 pounds on each foot), lightning speed pirouettes, storytelling, and improvisational rhythmic interplay with musicians.   This weekend, Rachna's dance collective will be featured just down the street from Psoas at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The dynamic production SPEAK brings together kathak and tap dance, bridging Indian and Black American/African art and culture.  Check out tickets here and the amazing trailer below.  Big love to all the Psoas clients doing such cool...

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Quick Tip: Have you experienced the benefits of post-race massage?

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness
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Quick Tip: Have you experienced the benefits of post-race massage?

It's marathon season! Some of you are getting ready to head off to the Boston Marathon; others are looking forward to the San Francisco Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon, or the Sasquatch Scramble in April. We're stoked for marathon season at Psoas, too, and we've got sports massage on the mind.  Check out Will, Scott + crew at last year's RnR near City Hall. When it's done right, sports massage increases flexibility, helps prevent injury, and can even improve your race time! For the most benefit, we recommend getting a session 7-10 days before your race, and 1-4 days after. To help out with that, Psoas therapists will be offering massage as part of the Rock 'N' Roll VIP experience on March 26! Our clients tell us that post-race bodywork makes "their heavy legs feel so much lighter," and that they feel "a HUGE difference in their recovery." Whether you need bodywork to support you in your upcoming race, dance performance, or to hit the slopes harder, we love helping you reach your physical goals. You know where to find us! To set up an appointment with one of our specialists call...

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