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Quick Tip: Want to address your neck tension at home?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: Want to address your neck tension at home?

This week we’re getting a-head of neck tension (pun intended) by discussing an important set of muscles that stabilize the head. The sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles run from the bottom front of the neck all the way up to the ear. And they can become chronically tight when you spend long periods with your head leaning forward — whether sitting at a computer or looking at your phone. When this tension goes unaddressed, it can cause further pain and tension throughout the neck, shoulders, and back.    If you want to address those tight SCM muscles, we recommend you set...

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Quick Tip: How are you recovering after the race?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: How are you recovering after the race?

After a big event like the SF Marathon, some runners are in a rush to get back to training. But we believe prioritizing recovery is just as important as ramping up for your next big race! During your recovery period, we recommend giving yourself time for nice, long static stretches that address the tension that built-up while training. As runners, you’re likely familiar with hamstring tension and the classic static hamstring stretch we’re sharing today. But we invite you to use this moment to check-in and make sure your stretching alignment is as safe and supportive as possible....

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Quick Tip: Are you ready to race?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Are you ready to race?

The San Francisco Marathon is nearly here! Are you ready? If you need support to get the most out of your last training days, we’re here to help. Our clinical team works with runners preparing for events all year round. And we love offering pre-race sports massage to help increase range of motion, prevent injury, and reduce recovery time. If you have questions about how bodywork can support your goals for the marathon, just give our intake specialists a call! In the meantime, we’re sharing a great runner’s warm-up from our library of Quick Tips: Frog Pose. Drawn from Kundalini...

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Quick Tip: Want to create more space in the low back?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want to create more space in the low back?

Relief from pain often comes with a sense of freedom in the body. Many of you seek us out when feeling tight and compressed, and are amazed at how our bodywork can facilitate more length and openness. Still, it can be tricky to maintain that feeling in your daily life! And whether you’re training hard, sitting for long days at a desk, or just living in gravity — compression in the low back is particularly common. This week’s Quick Tip from the archive is a great Active Isolated Stretch (AIS) that invites you to reach out of the hips and create length in the low back and...

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Quick Tip: Have you checked-in with your quads today?

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Stretches

Quick Tip: Have you checked-in with your quads today?

Many of us — desk workers, walkers, cyclists, and runners — frequently move through the world with our hips in flexion. This often results in short quad muscles that can cause tightness in the hips and back. If you’ve looked for a good stretch to lengthen those quads, you’ve probably come across the common stretch that requires balancing on one leg. It’s a great one, but it’s not for everyone. For some, the balancing piece can be difficult and, for others, it doesn’t deliver a deep enough stretch. Does that sound familiar? Check out this week’s...

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