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Quick Tip: Want a four-in-one neck stretch?

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Want a four-in-one neck stretch?

Do you find that it's hard to look over your shoulder in  traffic (whether driving or cycling) because your neck is stiff? Or have you snaked a wave on your surfboard when you couldn't rotate your neck to check behind you? Tension in our necks can hinder all sorts of important functions, but this week's Quick Tip — an Active Isolated Stretching series — can be a huge help. Check it out as one way to address regular neck stiffness, to combat the headaches and jaw pain neck tension can cause, and to just generally increase your range of motion. Since this series targets sensitive areas, it's extra important to give yourself a refresher on Active Isolated Stretching. Watch our explanatory video if you haven't in a while. Otherwise, just remember the goal is to do 10 -12 passes for each side, not too far and not too fast. And when using the help of your hand, don't forget to engage the muscles of your neck to help you along.  And, as usual, we're here if you have any questions. We'll be closed on July 4th, but open for regular hours this holiday weekend. Give us a call or come on...

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Quick Tip: What have you done for your quads today?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Exercises, Stretches
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Quick Tip: What have you done for your quads today?

Do you have a good quad stretch incorporated into your routine? If not, it's time! Overly tight quads can cause issues with the knees and hip flexors, so they really need your love. Whether or not you're already stretching your quads regularly, try out this week's quick tip: an Active Isolated Stretch that gets at the full quad. Just make sure to protect your knees by keeping the top leg parallel to the ground. And, as with all Active Isolated Stretching, watch for how your range of motion can increase after only several...

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Quick Tip: What are you planning for Father’s Day?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Discounts, Exercises, Meet Your Therapist, Stretches
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Quick Tip: What are you planning for Father’s Day?

Father's Day is coming up! We're celebrating fathers here at Psoas, and to help you do the same, we're offering 10% off all gift certificates for dads through 6/18. Help the fathers in your life keep moving in all the ways they like; send them to see us for some bodywork, or pester them to check out the Psoas youtube channel! There's something for every kind of father there — whether he's a cyclist, a snowboarder, or an artisan. Papas of Psoas   Scott with Ruby and Oliver. ** Jason with Lily Joy, Amelia Grace, and Kylie Jane. ** William, about to have his blood sucked by Alex (in zombie...

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Quick Tip: Have you done your deskinetics today?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Have you done your deskinetics today?

Have you been sitting at a desk all day? If so, chances are your pectoralis muscles are over-contracted and pulling you forward. This can lead to neck pain, upper back pain, and all sorts of structural issues. So, stop what you're doing and take a few minutes to try out this old-school deskinetics classic: the Active Isolated Pec Stretch. It will help relax and lengthen those pec muscles and counteract harmful forward-bending patterns. As in all Active Isolated Stretching, try 8-12 passes, go slow, and don't take it all the way to your edge. Check it out, and let us know what you...

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Quick Tip: Do you need a series of cycling stretches?

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Recipes
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Quick Tip: Do you need a series of cycling stretches?

It's the last day of bike month! To help you stay cycling year-round, we've compiled a youtube playlist of fresh and classic Psoas Quick Tips for cyclists. These videos can help you support your cycling by stretching the muscles that get short and tight while riding (hip flexors, pecs, abdomen) and activating the opposing muscles like the hamstrings. They also give you some simple strengthening tools for the oft-forgotten role of the upper back muscles in supporting your bike posture. Make sure to check out the brand new leg swing video, too. It's a great way to stretch  the hip flexors, hamstrings, adductors, glutes, and IT bands. Try it out along with the rest of the playlist, and let us know what you...

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Quick Tip: Is frog pose the new caffeine?

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Discounts, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Is frog pose the new caffeine?

One of our favorite new stretches for cyclists is an adaptation from Kundalini yoga: frog pose. It's a great way to get the blood flowing, strengthen and activate your quads, and loosen your back before you ride. It's also a great energizer — a secret tool to break up your workday, wake-up, and regain focus when you're feeling foggy or sleepy.  And as we near the end of bike month, don't forget to call us up and ask for the Cycling Special! Through May you'll get 10% off a session with a therapist who'll assess your cycling needs and goals, and design a massage to meet them. And good news: we're open Memorial Day, so schedule your appointment now if you have the day...

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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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