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Quick Tip: Are you headed to the mountains?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Are you headed to the mountains?

Are you taking advantage of all the snow in Tahoe this year? It’s been fun hearing about our clients' Tahoe stories and we love keeping you in top condition for your ski/snowboard trips. But don't forget that these snow sports can be intense for the body in a different way than other athletics. That's why it's so important to make sure your body has what it needs — preparing for your trip, and on the slopes.  In the coming weeks, we'll share some dynamic warmups and recovery stretches for your snow adventure, but in this Quick Tip, Jenny reviews all the things you should pack — to keep you limber and prevent injury. Travel foam roller (to work your upper back, glutes, IT bands, and quads) Foot wheel (to prevent foot cramping in those big boots) Thermacare (to get your low back ready on the drive up) China Gel (for soreness and tightness at the end of the day) Travel stick (to work your calves and quads) We’ve got everything here, so come pick it up during your pre-snow-trip bodywork...

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Quick Tip: What does your heart need?

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Gifts, Health and Wellness
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Quick Tip: What does your heart need?

This Valentine’s day, we're focusing on how bodywork can help all of us function more productively in this community we love. Beyond the physical benefits we tend to focus on at Psoas, bodywork can also facilitate emotional balance and recovery from trauma and stress. That's why we strive to offer a place for anyone to unwind and receive expert bodywork from kind, committed, and experienced massage therapists. We're passionate about connecting with you, and providing a space suited to your needs. For those who run to stay balanced, this could mean straight-up clinical work to reduce pain. For others, it might mean an opportunity to calm the nervous system in a time that is unsettling and frightening for many. Taking care of you — whoever you are, whomever you love, whatever your beliefs — is the Psoas way. We approach every day with an open heart.  With that spirit, please enjoy $20 off one Psoas Gift Certificate from today through...

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Quick Tip: Do you know the platysma?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Do you know the platysma?

Do you know the platysma? If you've heard of it, you are one of the precious few! It's a thin sheet-like muscle that covers much of the chest, neck and jaw. The platysma is responsible for some pretty delicate facial movements, but when it gets tight, it gently pulls the head forward towards an upper crossed (or desk worker) pattern. In this week's Quick Tip, Scott demonstrates a simple and effective way to stretch this oft-forgotten muscle. The platysma is tight on most people, but for all you desk workers: you're going to love this one. And thanks to those of you who participated in our Instagram contest last week! We are going to extend it through February, so every time you tag @psoasbodywork with a photo of yourself performing an action we helped you with, you’ll get $10 off your next session and the chance to win a FREE session at the end of the month! (Use #psoasbodywork and...

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Quick Tip: Will you tell your Psoas story?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Careers, Health and Wellness
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Quick Tip: Will you tell your Psoas story?

We always want to hear and tell stories that lead people onto healthier paths. While our top focus will always be on our bodywork, now we're learning to use instagram to share tips on healthier movement strategies, shine a light on ways bodywork can help us, and celebrate the incredible people that walk through the doors of our clinic every day.  This next week we're holding a contest on instagram to invite you into this conversation, and inspire you to help the ones you love take better care of their bodies.  If you participate, you'll get $10 off your next session, as well as the chance to win A FREE MASSAGE + cool therapeutic swag! To play, all you have to do between today and January 31st is this: Share a photo of yourself on instagram performing an activity that bodywork at Psoas helped you achieve. Or just post a sweet selfie of your smiling face if we helped enhance your daily functioning in the world.  Include a caption and tag us @psoasbodywork and with the hashtag #psoasbodywork. (We also like #sfmassageclinic and #sflife.) Finally, if you participate, keep an eye out to see if you win our raffle! We'll be giving away one free massage, a Psoas hoodie, Psoas tees, and therapeutic products like China-gel, T-Relief, and a foot wheel. Every day during the contest we'll post a picture of a Psoas client or staffer doing something bodywork helped make possible. For a sneak peak, check out Psoas client Tina Kibler's photo and story below!     Tina Kibler — Psoas client since 2015 — "Sarah has really helped me.  I injured my hip at Christmas three years ago when I was ballroom dancing.  It got better but it wasn't until I saw Sarah that it really healed.  The same thing with my foot – I wrenched it escaping a rabid raccoon that came after me in a hot tub two months later (my dance partner/teacher just couldn't believe this…).  Sarah was like, "oh it's your ankle, not your foot," and I stopped limping around for the first time in years.  I could go on.  My dancing has really improved because I trust my body now.  PSOAS has given me the freedom to tell my stories through dance and delight in telling...

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Quick Tip: Do you want to fight gravity?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Do you want to fight gravity?

  Do you think you're too busy to stretch? Even when you don't have a real chunk of time in your day, remember how big a difference a few stretches throughout the day can make — whether you're at the desk, getting off a plane, or slugging through a long commute. In this week's Quick Tip, Jenny demonstrates a really fast way to counteract (some of) the force of gravity pushing down on your ribs, spine, and hips. Use it to get into those hard-to-reach lateral areas of the low back and, depending on the placement of your feet, into your hips and legs, too. Give yourself a moment every day to open up!    Tag us on instagram @psoasbodywork with a photo of you trying this out and you'll have the chance to win a free 30 minute session with Psoas co-owner and clinical director, Scott...

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Quick Tip: Did you know stretching your pecs can relieve neck and back tension?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Did you know stretching your pecs can relieve neck and back tension?

This week we provide you a compilation of a few different shoulder and pec stretches featured on the Psoasbodywork YouTube channel. The start of the new year brings cold weather and a motivation to work harder, which usually means spending more time hunched over, either in a warm blanket or at our desk. The stretches below can help you relieve some neck or upper back tension that consequently develops, and also have you feeling energized  for your day. Check them out, try them out, and let us know how it goes!  Don't forget that posture balls along with other mobility products are available for sale at the clinic. Feel free to ask your therapist how to use these items the next time you come in for your session.   Partner Assisted AIS Shoulder Stretches AIS Pec Stretch Wall Angel Stretch Posture Ball for the...

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Quick Tip: Are you going to be flexible and pain free in 2017?

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Health and Wellness
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Quick Tip: Are you going to be flexible and pain free in 2017?

You inspire us every day: Your commitment to your health, your patient struggle through your pain and focus on your recovery, your motivation to take on the next challenge whether it be an Ultramarathon or moving with more ease to enjoy a nice walk. You are the reason we do this and we love supporting you in your life endeavors. We hope that every day we are able to help one of you feel better and move better, that you spread this love in your community and we all are helping better this world. And as always our goal is to help you get through the pain so we can focus even more on maintaining symptom free lifestyle and prevent other injuries from happening.  That’s our sweet spot… our happy place. Although we love the challenge of a tough problem, when you come in saying, “I’m not hurting today,” we are stoked. Because that means we can help you get to the next level and uncover layers that don’t usually get to be treated. When we stay in front of it, we win. Our Psoas team has a combined 150 years of education behind us practicing massage and bodywork. We are a team of professional clinical massage therapists with diverse experience and technique who take your trust in us very seriously and strive every day to treat you as an individual, understand your goals, and create the perfect session and most appropriate treatment plan to get you there. Thank you for challenging us to be our best. We look forward to partnering with you in 2017 to reach your goals. Talk to us, we are here to listen and help.   Inspiring Partnerships: Check out some of our inspirational clients to see what they have to say about their Psoas experience and how our therapists have helped them reach some amazing goals! Michael Brody –Psoas client since 2007– “When I was training to climb Temple Crag this last summer, I was doing nine work-outs a week and getting bodywork at Psoas twice a month.  During that time, David and Michael helped me to manage some issues in my left foot and to stay pain free.  This photo, from our 12 hour tent-to-tent summit day, is for them!” Janin Kompor –Psoas client since 2007 too!– Although Janin has worked with us through many phases of her life, here is her recent victory. “Since going to Psoas, I can now do a side plank using my right injured shoulder – anytime, anywhere…even in my kitchen!” Ruth Bender –Psoas client since 2008– “I decided that the best way to celebrate turning 50 would be to run a marathon.  And the New York Marathon at that.  So NYC, here I come!  Not only did I manage to finish the marathon, but I felt great.  In the months leading up to the marathon, I spent many hours on the table at Psoas, ensuring that all of my body aches and pains, which come both with age and the miles I was putting in, were not going to keep me from finishing this race.  And it worked.  Psoas kept me healthy.  Psoas kept me running.  Psoas kept me on track to complete my goal!” Natalia Bushyager (owner Picnic on Third) –Psoas client since 2015–  “Me & my...

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Quick Tip: Do you know how to use The Stick on your calf?

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Do you know how to use The Stick on your calf?

If improving your mobility is one of your 2017 resolutions, then consider incorporating the ease of The Stick into your regular self care practice. This week Jenny shows you how to use The Stick to loosen up your calf. This is a great way to get ready to move before a workout or to get in deeper after a long run, and is highly recommended for runners, those who drive frequently, or those who wear high heels. You can ask one of our therapists to show you how to use it, and you can buy one at the studio if you like...

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Quick Tip: Do you know how to loosen up your feet?

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Do you know how to loosen up your feet?

This week's quick tip is about loosening up your feet and relieving pain that can typically develop for runners, people who wear high heels, or those who deal with plantar fasciitis. Jenny shows you a few quick ways you can start working out the muscles in your feet daily using a golf ball, foot wheel, or with your hands. Be sure to check out our Toes Pose and Yoga Toes videos on our YouTube channel to learn how to further open up and strengthen your arch. Nothing makes a better stocking stuffer than goodies for your feet! Stop by the clinic, and we'll help you pick out lacrosse balls, foot wheels, yoga toes, or other last minute self care gifts for your family and...

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Quick Tip: Do you know all Psoas gift certificates are $15 off?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Bodywork Techniques, Gifts, Health and Wellness
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Quick Tip: Do you know all Psoas gift certificates are $15 off?

Skip the parking lots, chaos, long lines, and unnerving energy of the holiday shopping season. Consider a Psoas gift certificate for those you love. Right now all gift certificates are $15 off.  From family athletes, techie cousins, hardworking parents, ailing grandparents, your cranky uncle… the gift of health will be cherished by all. Let us make it easy to check names off your gift list. Call, email, or stop in to the clinic to purchase your gift certificates today! Also, don't forget that massage and bodywork is the perfect way to use your end of the year HSA or FSA funds. FSA account holders should be sure to check when your calendar year ends as any unused funds will...

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