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Quick Tip: Are your calves marathon-ready?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Are your calves marathon-ready?

Are you training for the SF Marathon at the end of the month? Wondering if you’re doing everything possible to stay healthy and run your best race? Our clinical team is here to help. We offer pre-event sports massage to help you optimize recovery time, increase range of motion, and prevent injury. So if you have questions about how bodywork can support your goals for this event, just reach out to one of our intake specialists! In the meantime, make sure you’re stretching in a way that supports your body’s best performance....

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Quick Tip: Want to release your SCM?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness
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Quick Tip: Want to release your SCM?

Did you catch our last anatomy lesson on the sternocleidomastoid — or SCM? This muscle in the neck can carry a lot of tension — especially for desk workers, people with headaches or jaw tension, and anyone who’s sustained a neck injury or whiplash. For many of us, loosening the SCM can create more openness and length in the neck. So in our most recent Quick Tip, Jenny demonstrates a technique for finding the SCM on yourself and encouraging its release! This self-massage technique involves using the pressure of your hand to...

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Quick Tip: Ready for some Deskinetics with resistance?

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Exercises, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Ready for some Deskinetics with resistance?

Did you catch our last Deskinetics Quick Tip, the Bruegger’s Stretch? If you’re a desk worker with some significant hunching patterns — (inwardly rotated shoulders, forward head, upper back flexion) — this active stretch can be pretty challenging at first. But if you’ve been doing it consistently, you may notice it’s getting easier and your body is feeling more stable. If you’re ready to take it to the next level, we recommend this week’s Quick Tip: the Bruegger’s Stretch with a resistance...

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Quick Tip: Do you know where your SCM is?

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Anatomy Lessons
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Quick Tip: Do you know where your SCM is?

  We believe in helping you better understand the way your body works. With that in mind, we like to bring you an anatomy lesson from time to time! In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz offers a quick introduction to the Sternocleidomastoid or SCM — an important muscle in the neck.  The SCM is integral to the work of turning your head from side to side, and can get really tight on desk workers or any of us who spend a lot of time looking at a computer or phone. Keep an eye out for a future quick tip on how to use self-massage...

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Quick Tip: Do you need some Deskinetics for your posture?

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Exercises, Psoas Deskinetics
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Quick Tip: Do you need some Deskinetics for your posture?

Has working at a desk affected your posture? Even with the most ergonomic set-up at your computer, you may notice that lots of desk work has left your shoulders curling forward. This pattern often shows up when the muscles in the chest get short and strong, while the muscles of the upper back go underused. Over time, this can cause pain in the upper back, lower back, and repetitive strain down into the arms; it can even affect your skeletal structure! So to work towards a more upright posture, it’s important to address both the front...

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Quick Tip: Are you living from the feet up?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Are you living from the feet up?

Our feet do so much for us, and though that hard work can show up in achy arches and toes, it can also have broader effects. When our feet aren’t healthy and strong, patterns of compensation can crop up in other structures of the body — and those patterns can sometimes cause pain. So to ensure we’re making the best use of our body’s structure and power, we have to offer some care to these feet of ours! With all that in mind, we’re bringing you a foot-focused Quick Tip this week. In this video, Psoas therapist...

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Quick Tip: Do you want your therapist to know all the latest techniques?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Meet Your Therapist
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Quick Tip: Do you want your therapist to know all the latest techniques?

  At Psoas, what really makes us who we are, is who we hire. We find the best massage therapists out there and help them become still more extraordinary. Because even for the most experienced practitioners, there’s always more to learn. During weekly workshops and monthly trainings, our therapists refine their skills and learn new techniques. They review the best ways to stretch every muscle in the body — so they can pass that knowledge along to you. And with the help of renowned teachers and our own coaching team, our therapists...

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Quick Tip: Do you need a quick version of forearm Deskinetics?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Do you need a quick version of forearm Deskinetics?

We know it can be hard to make time to stretch during the day. But if you’re doing a lot of computer work, your forearms are likely calling out for attention. Our Psoas Deskinetics program includes a number of different forearm stretches — including the awesome AIS stretches for the forearm extensors and flexors. Some days, though, you might want a quicker way to give your forearms a break from typing. This week’s Deskinetics Quick Tip — the Artisan Stretch — is a great option. It covers all the bases —...

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Quick Tip: Are you using the right hip stretch?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Are you using the right hip stretch?

There are so many different hip stretches out there, so it can be hard to find the one that’s right for you. And for those of us with overworked lateral rotators of the hip, it’s really important to stretch them. Still, we have to approach these stretches with care, especially since stretching the hips can sometimes cause stress in the low back. In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott does a quick run-down of our three favorite stretches for the lateral rotators of the hip, and reviews the benefits and drawbacks to each. The first...

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Quick Tip: Do your pecs need some Deskinetics?

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Do your pecs need some Deskinetics?

Do you work at a desk? Chances are you experience regular soreness or pain in the neck and upper back. And after a day spent at your computer, it’s likely your pecs are short and tight, too! Though it sometimes seems counter-intuitive, lengthening the pecs can go a long way towards reducing your neck and back pain — and ultimately improving your posture overall. This week’s Deskinetics Quick Tip is an excellent stretch to target those pecs during a break from your desk or really any time. And since we know everyone is busy...

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