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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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Quick Tip: Do you need to recover from the slopes?

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Do you need to recover from the slopes?

We love helping you hit the slopes harder and recover more quickly — whether it's hands-on in the clinic or through these Quick Tips. Hopefully you enjoyed the benefits of our dynamic stretches before heading to the mountains, and as a result, need to spend even less time in recovery. Still, in this final edition of our snow sports series, we're sharing a compilation of static stretches to target the muscles snowboarding and skiing put to work — and often leave sore.  From that hard-to-reach lower part of your calf, to your sore feet from ski boots, these stretches get at muscles we often neglect in our daily routines. Throw in some basic quad, hamstring, glute, and psoas stretches from our youtube channel, and see how quickly your soreness fades. And for next winter, know you can consult this handy snow series playlist we compiled for you! Of course, our skilled clinical team is here to work out those remaining sore muscles, and to keep you in top shape for the rest of this beautiful and long ski season. Static Stretches for Snow...

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Quick Tip: Want an “apres-ski” partner stretch?

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Want an “apres-ski” partner stretch?

Now that you've done all that dynamic stretching in the snow, it's time for a breather. In this third installment of our snow sports series, Jenny Lightstone and Psoas therapist Jenny Schaffhouser show off a great partner stretch to target the hamstrings and glutes.  Lie back and let a friend or family member help you loosen your hamstrings, and then with a simple adjustment, open the lateral rotators in your glutes. It will feel great after your long day of leg-work, and it will be easy on your partner's body, too.  Try it out after a day on the slopes, or on a recovery day, between cups of hot chocolate. Once snow season is over, this is also a great one to use with your running buddies. Let us know how it goes, and keep an eye out for more cold-weather static recovery stretches next week....

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Quick Tip: Have you done a scorpion in the snow?

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Have you done a scorpion in the snow?

In part two of our snowboard/ski series, we're reminding you to stretch before your day on the slopes! We know it's easy to forget. You've packed your therapeutic props, you're focused on hanging out with friends and family, and maybe you're buzzed from that one beer in the altitude. But taking five minutes to go through the four dynamic stretches in the playlist below will help you make the best of your mountain time. Dynamic stretches are meant to mimic the activity you're about to perform. They increase blood and oxygen to muscles all over the body, and increase your flexibility and muscle contraction (reaction) time. All this is even more important in the cold. Plus, these stretches are fun to do in the snow…especially the scorpion! Try the whole routine before your first day on the slopes, and again after lunch to prep for those final afternoon runs. Let us know how it goes. And, in the coming weeks, keep an eye out for some static recovery stretches and partner...

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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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