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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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Quick Tip: Want to ask a nutritionist all your questions?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Community Workshop, Health and Wellness
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Quick Tip: Want to ask a nutritionist all your questions?

When we take our important questions about nutrition to the internet, we often come back discouraged or armed with information that doesn’t account for our particular needs, characteristics, and goals. That’s why we’re inviting you to a free community workshop with the newest member of our clinical team: Certified Nutritionist and Natural Chef, Karyn Forsyth Duggan. On Wednesday, 2/28, Karyn will hold an open forum for all your burning nutritional questions – right here at Psoas. Using her Functional Medicine lens, she’ll...

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Quick Tip: Have you met Daniel?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Meet Your Therapist
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Quick Tip: Have you met Daniel?

Meet Your Therapist: Daniel Alexanyan Every once in awhile, we like to introduce you to a Psoas therapist you may not know yet. Today, we want you to meet Daniel (if you haven’t already)! Daniel has been working as a therapist for six years and joined our clinical team about a year ago. With his background in Structural Integration, Daniel attends to a wide range of clinical issues. His work aims to help clients recognize the habit patterns that structure their postures, and to support them in making long-lasting changes. Check out the...

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Quick Tip: Is your psoas ready to run?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Is your psoas ready to run?

Are you running in either the Kaiser Permanente SF Half Marathon® or the Rattlesnake Ramble next month? If so, make sure to review two of our past quick tips on how to incorporate bodywork and stretching, before your race and after. And while you’re at it, check out this week’s quick tip: the Alternative AIS Psoas Stretch. Though we think our classic AIS Psoas Stretch is a great pre-run warm-up, it’s not for everyone. We’ve found that some clients have difficulty maintaining balance, and end up creating new patterns of...

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Quick Tip: Want some new tools for the new year?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Discounts, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Want some new tools for the new year?

Looking for ways to ease pain and stay productive in the new year? Check out the classic Psoas Deskinetics Artisan stretch below to care for those forearms. And keep reading to learn about the new year’s intentions we’ve set at the clinic — all geared to support your goals as we move into 2018. We’re always looking to expand the impact of our bodywork, and we’re particularly excited to share what we’re developing now for this new year. Here’s a peek at what’s new, and what’s to come: New...

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