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Do you know the benefits of prenatal massage + core work?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in Health and Wellness, Meet Your Therapist
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Do you know the benefits of prenatal massage + core work?

At Psoas, we have a variety of clinical tools to support soon-to-be mothers—from massage therapy, to neurologically-based bodywork, to chiropractic. Many of our prenatal and postpartum clients also ask for advice about healthy and safe exercise. So we’re excited to share special resources from our amazing partner, Holly Furgason at Blue Sparrow Pilates. We’ve been partnering with Blue Sparrow and sharing clients for many years. Along with a variety of classes, they offer great prenatal and postpartum instruction. And now, they’re...

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Quick Tip: Is your low back sore?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in Exercises
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Quick Tip: Is your low back sore?

Our low backs can get sore and achy for a number of reasons — whether we’re sitting at a desk for many hours, or standing for long periods of time. Whenever we stick around in any position for too long, the low back can miss out on the the kind of movement that keeps it healthy, strong, and limber. In this week’s Quick Tip, Jenny Lightstone and Psoas therapist Derek Lozupone demonstrate a great way to bring safe rotational movement into the low back. The Single Leg Windshield Wiper exercise activates the core, stretches the...

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Quick Tip: Are you ready to surf?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Exercises, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Are you ready to surf?

Did you know that Jenny Lightstone (Psoas owner) and Chris Ludwig (Psoas therapist) are both surfers? They love thinking about ways to keep the body wave-ready, and this week’s Quick Tip does just that. The Butterfly Stroke Exercise activates the muscles of the upper back — including the traps, lats, rhomboids, posterior deltoids, and certain rotator cuff muscles. But this exercise is also great for those of us who’ve never touched a surf board. The muscles of the upper back often get weak when we spend a lot of time at...

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Quick Tip: How Loose are Your Lats?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2019 in Exercises, Stretches
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Quick Tip:  How Loose are Your Lats?

When was the last time you loosened up your latissimus dorsi (a.k.a “lats”)? The lats, among the widest muscles in the human body, extend from the mid-back all the way up to the shoulder joint. When these broad muscles get tight, it can contribute to chronic back tension and restricted range of motion around the shoulder. And we’ve seen this affect many of our clients — from desk workers to drivers to crossfitters. So in this week’s Quick Tip, we’re demonstrating a release for the lats using a foam roller....

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Quick Tip: How well do you know your nervous system?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness
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Quick Tip:  How well do you know your nervous system?

Our bodies are enormously complex. And it’s not just about the bones, muscles, and tendons. It’s also about the nervous system, which transmits sensory information between the brain and all corners of the body. Sometimes, working directly with the tissue and bones is not enough. We have to focus on the neurological impediments to recovery and well-being. That’s why our clinical team is always thinking about how massage speaks to the nervous system. But we go deeper than that, too. When our tissue therapists identify physical...

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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
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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...

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Quick Tip: Do you have your best foot forward?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip:  Do you have your best foot forward?

Your feet feel the effects of whatever activity keeps you going: whether you’re ramping up training, walking, standing, or sitting still. So while we’ve been showing you some great tools for your low back and legs lately, this week we want to zero in on the feet. Many of our clients find tension building up in the fascia that runs from the toes to the heel. And when we don’t address that tension early on, it can lead to problems like plantar fasciitis. So check out this week’s Quick Tip from the archive for a variety...

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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
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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...

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Quick Tip: Are you ready to race?

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

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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
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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...

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