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Pec Minor Stretch

Posted by on Jul 14, 2021 in Stretches
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Pec Minor Stretch

Keeping in line with our recent theme of more advanced stretches, this week’s Quick Tip is a stretch for Pectoralis Major’s younger sibling, Pectoralis Minor. Although smaller and often overlooked, it plays an important role in the alignment of our shoulder girdle and deserves dedicated focused stretching too, whether you’re a desk worker, an athlete, or both! Next time you’re working on the Major to release that upper body tension, try out this stretch and see if you can feel the different muscles it targets. You can always ask...

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The Supraspinatus Stretch

Posted by on Jun 30, 2021 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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The Supraspinatus Stretch

This week’s Quick Tip was a special request from one of you. It targets one of the muscles of our rotator cuff called supraspinatus, and there are a few options for varying degrees of shoulder mobility. Why do this stretch, you ask? Most of our life activities pull us forward and the muscles in our chest/front of the shoulders shorten which can affect our posture, our breathing, etc. Stretching and receiving tissue work on the supraspinatus can help reset and stabilize the shoulder which in turn can lead to general upper body...

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The Advanced Quad Stretch

Posted by on Jun 16, 2021 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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The Advanced Quad Stretch

With all the extra sunlight of summer and San Francisco’s strong vaccination rate, we’ve been seeing many of our clients increase the intensity of their workouts. That means it’s time to get a little deeper into our stretching routines, too. This week’s Quick Tip is an advanced quad stretch with a yoga ball that doubles as a stability challenging core exercise. It isn’t your “first thing in the morning” stretch, but it works great as a cool down post workout, between reps, or even breaking up a long desk session.   Yesterday,...

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Glute Activation for Runners & The Honey Badger Race Update

Posted by on Jun 2, 2021 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, News
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Glute Activation for Runners & The Honey Badger Race Update

We hope you’re ready, because racing season is coming! Our longtime partner, Marathon Matt, just announced their first LIVE race in 18 months. The Honey Badger Half/10K/5K will be returning to China Camp Park in Marin on Sunday, July 18th. There will be a virtual option as well, but if you’re itching for that feeling you only get from running a live race, China Camp Park is a beautiful way to get back into it.   To celebrate, this week’s Quick Tip is an exercise called the alternating glute bridge to help wake up a...

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Windmill Exercise for Tight Shoulders and Backs

Posted by on May 19, 2021 in Exercises, Stretches
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Windmill Exercise for Tight Shoulders and Backs

San Francisco has made it to the Yellow Tier, the least restrictive in California. Every business, big and small, is now open in our fine city, and over 75% of our staff is now fully vaccinated. We’ll still be practicing all of our health and safety protocols at the clinic, but we’re excited to feel the energy of this new rhythm.   Whether you’re struggling with some pesky shoulder tension from desk work or you’ve been getting out more often to play your favorite sport (many of our swimmers are back in the pool again!), this...

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A Farewell to Michael Talbot

Posted by on May 5, 2021 in Health and Wellness, Muscle Release, News, Stretches
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A Farewell to Michael Talbot

We’re pulling this week’s Quick Tip from the archives: Michael Talbot’s gluteus medius stretch. He offers a different approach to stretching the side of the hip without rotation which can be more effective, and easier to do if rotation in your hip is limited. We’d like to give big love and a proper Psoas goodbye to Michael who has been an integral part of our therapist team and family since 2010, eventually developing his own technique called Motor Control Therapy. Michael will be staying closer to home in the...

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Neck Release for Desk Workers

Posted by on Apr 21, 2021 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Muscle Release, Stretches
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Neck Release for Desk Workers

This week’s Quick Tip comes from KC, our Rolfer™. It’s a simple yet unique fix for desk workers with a stiff and achy neck. Even as the city continues to open up, it seems clear that working from home will remain a permanent addition to some of our routines. That makes quick useful moves like this one important to pepper in throughout our day so we don’t feel the effects of desk work on our bodies when we’re out playing and moving.   KC has been sharing his very effective structural work and passion for...

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Pin and Stretch Release for the Biceps

Posted by on Apr 7, 2021 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Muscle Release
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Pin and Stretch Release for the Biceps

It’s happening! San Francisco has moved into the Orange Tier and we get to see more of our city come back to life. From increased capacity in non-essential offices, movie theaters, and museums, to the reopening of recreational activities like bowling alleys, swimming pools, and indoor gyms, we at Psoas are so happy to see more small businesses in SF open their doors.   With the weather getting warmer too, we’re all likely to see our bodies moving around more than they have been this past year. With more movement comes not only more...

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Strengthening the Neck

Posted by on Mar 24, 2021 in Exercises, Health and Wellness
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Strengthening the Neck

You’re not alone if you’re still struggling to create a home office with proper ergonomics. It has been the most common issue facing our clients these past twelve months. So, in this week’s Quick Tip, we complete the journey of Katherine’s 7-Point Posture Program with exercise six and seven to strengthen the intrinsic muscles of the neck. These exercises are a great way to recover if your neck is sore after a long day working at a computer. If you missed any of the previous exercises in the 7-Point Posture Program you can find them all...

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Strengthening the Rhomboids

Posted by on Mar 10, 2021 in Exercises
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Strengthening the Rhomboids

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 14th. One step closer to Spring! But while we’re in the last stretch of winter, you might be planning one of your last ski trips of the season, a refreshing outdoor activity that allows for lots of physical distancing.   Time away from the home office is the perfect opportunity to work on your posture. So many of you have shared with your therapist the impact working from home has had on your alignment. So, check out this week’s Quick Tip we’re...

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