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Releasing the Suboccipital Group

Posted by on Oct 1, 2020 in Exercises, Uncategorized
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Releasing the Suboccipital Group

Look up at the bright side! The suboccipital muscles help us extend our heads (Get it? Look up?) as well as rotate them. This group of muscles sits at the posterior base of the skull, and they’re easy to overlook, but they’re often major players in headaches and posture issues. Anyone with desk-work related posture problems is likely to have some chronic tension in their suboccipitals. So this week we’re bringing the foam roller back out for a Quick Tip on releasing the suboccipital group. This movement, although nice and...

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We’re Open!

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in News
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We’re Open!

  Just a few days after we sent out our last update, the city gave us the green light to reopen (with limited capacity) to everyone, no prescription needed. And we are so excited!!!   We want to sincerely thank everyone for sticking with us through this. It hasn’t been easy, and we know that everyone’s been affected. It’s meant so much to us to have your support through it all.   Our Phase 1 therapists are David, Jason, KC, Sarah, Derek, and Mary. If your regular therapist isn’t in our Phase 1 team...

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Let’s work on those headaches.

Posted by on Aug 25, 2020 in Health and Wellness
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Let’s work on those headaches.

With all that is happening in our lives, now including our local wildfire emergencies, it’s no wonder that we are hearing more about headaches from our viewers at home. This week we want to shift gears a little and help address this increasingly common problem with a new Quick Tip Video. We also want you to be able to find related videos easier (because we have more than 250 videos now!), so we’ve created a Headaches Playlist on our Youtube channel that should help. This week, Jenny’s showing us an alternative way to release the...

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Releasing the Rhomboids

Posted by on Aug 6, 2020 in Exercises, Muscle Release
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Releasing the Rhomboids

Feeling like a back massage? Us, too! We might not be able to work on you yet, but there’s still some great ways to ease your back pain from home. One frequent cause of back pain are the rhomboids, those pesky between-the-shoulders muscles that always seem to get sore on us. We’re taking a look at ways to release them this week, with an exercise from Jenny that uses tennis balls and some gentle floor movements. Check out our Quick Tip Video to learn how to do it! We’re hoping to reopen by at least mid-September, but if...

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Working out the Peroneal Muscles

Posted by on Jul 24, 2020 in Exercises, Stretches
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Working out the Peroneal Muscles

Our lower leg muscles, compiled of an intricate web of muscle tissue, bear most of our body’s weight, and they can become tight and achy from a wide range of issues. During the shelter-in-place, the changes in our activity have an impact on our legs. And of course our runners are always looking for help keeping their legs in shape. So this week we’re bringing out the tennis balls to show you how to work out those lower leg muscles on your own, starting with the peroneal muscles. The effects of this work can be wide, from opening...

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Releasing the Iliopsoas

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Exercises, Muscle Release
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This week we’re digging into the iliopsoas. This composite muscle links your legs and back together, and it can become chronically tightened when we sit for prolonged periods of time. When it does, the pelvis is pulled into a more forward-rotated position, often leading to back pain and tension throughout the core. We’ve asked senior deep tissue therapist Jason Garcia what we can do about it. In this week’s Quick Tip Video, Jason will show us how we can use a posture ball to give some attention to these often-ignored muscles. Give it a try...

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Loosen those shoulders!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2020 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, News
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As you may have heard, Mayor Breed announced a few days ago that the city might allow for Massage/Bodywork to start as early as June 29th, however yesterday she made the call to delay that as case reports have spiked. It’s a reminder to us of how important our commitment is to ensure everyone’s safety when we reopen. We’re sticking with our timeline to begin bodywork again around August 13th (with approval from the City and State, of course), and we’ll be using the extra time to finish testing some final products, developing...

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Looking Towards August

Posted by on Jun 10, 2020 in News

Looking Towards August

We are recalibrating once again! Our local government has pushed back the massage + bodywork industry to reopen in mid-August. If you have a session before Thursday, August 13th, we’ve gone ahead and canceled it for now. Once the schedule becomes more clear, we’ll reach out to reschedule your next appointment. In the meantime, we’ve still got virtual and chiropractic support, and also limited hours with our Intake Specialists available. Any questions? Please reach out – we’re here for you! THANK YOU for your heartfelt and...

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Have You Tried the Big Three?

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Bodywork Techniques
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Have You Tried the Big Three?

This week we’re SUPER thrilled to be getting back to Quick Tips. We know that everyone’s feeling the effects of a dramatically different lifestyle right now, and many of you have reached out in anticipation for some regular bodywork again (which we support, obviously). But you don’t need to wait until the shelter-in-place is over to take care of yourselves in simple therapeutic ways at home. This week we’re showing you three core-igniting movements called “The Big 3.” Check out our Quick Tip Video to learn all about them! If you’ve...

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May 31st

Posted by on May 2, 2020 in News

May 31st

So what now? As a lot of you have anticipated, we’ll be remaining closed until June. For those of us feeling the pain of regular treatment disruptions and/or dealing with new issues, we’re doing what we can to help out this month. Two of our intake specialists, Amy and Sappho will be on call every weekday from 1-3 pm to answer your questions, help you set up remote zoom appointments, discuss treatment options with our chiropractor, Katherine, and schedule your future appointments. While some of our therapists are busy exploring the...

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