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The Barrel Roll Exercise

Posted by on Feb 24, 2021 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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The Barrel Roll Exercise

Do you feel that? The sun is returning and the days are getting longer again. As San Francisco continues to recover and we all emerge from our winter hibernation it’s a good time to get our spines moving again.   In this week’s Quick Tip Derek shows us the barrel roll exercise. This movement is a great way to loosen up the muscles along your spine in multiple planes of motion, taking the cat/cow stretch to the next level.   It has been so wonderful to see more of our clients return to the clinic as vaccines become more...

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The Proper Way to Sit

Posted by on Feb 12, 2021 in Anatomy Lessons, Exercises, Health and Wellness
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The Proper Way to Sit

This past month we’ve welcomed new clients and new team members to the Psoas family and we want to take a moment to appreciate our new friends. Our team is connected by our love of bodywork and motivated on our path to helping you move and feel better. It means so much to see our community come together and grow as we weather this stage of the Pandemic storm as one. We’re excited to see San Francisco starting to rebuild and we’re grateful to all of you for continuing to put your trust in us.   We’re returning to our twice a month Psoas...

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Releasing Subclavius

Posted by on Jan 20, 2021 in Health and Wellness, Muscle Release
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Releasing Subclavius

Sometimes the smallest muscles can cause the biggest problems. Subclavius, a little muscle nestled just under the clavicle close to the sternum, can be responsible for shoulder tension, neck tension, and play a role in upper back pain. A lot of our clients are seeing their chronic neck tension resurface recently. In this week’s Quick Tip, Senior Therapist Jason shows us how to release subclavius with a lacrosse ball. Don’t Forget: We are open and able to see clients with a medical referral during the Stay at Home...

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Releasing the Front of the Neck

Posted by on Dec 19, 2020 in Health and Wellness, Muscle Release, News
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Releasing the Front of the Neck

This holiday season, while we’re all hunkering down, is a good time to get back into your self-care routine and get a jump start to your New Year’s Goals. In this week’s Quick Tip video, Senior Therapist, Jason Garcia, shows you how to use a lacrosse ball to work on the often-overlooked muscles in the front of the neck. Those muscles, the scalenes, tend to become chronically tight when our heads lean forward for too long; a position you might hold during long days in virtual meetings. You’ve got 3 more days to get bodywork at Psoas...

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Releasing the Forearm Extensors

Posted by on Nov 11, 2020 in Health and Wellness, Muscle Release
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Releasing the Forearm Extensors

Our work life can have a dramatic effect on our bodies, and when we’re writing or typing a lot, among other things, our forearms end up with a lot of tension from constantly holding our hands back towards our body (in extension). Having a daily routine that includes exercises targeting our forearms helps to reduce the stress that our jobs put on us and prevent injuries like repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) that are common with forearm extensors.   So this week we’ve asked Jason to show us how. In this Quick Tip, Jason will...

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Releasing the Calf with a Tennis Ball

Posted by on Oct 17, 2020 in Muscle Release
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Releasing the Calf with a Tennis Ball

Whether you’re pumping out at the gym or walking in pumps,  it’s likely you’ve experienced the nagging aches and pains of the calf muscle that you can’t quite get to with just your normal calf stretch. Chronic low-leg tension can affect our running and walking gait, and when it gets worse it can also lead to localized pain and contribute to issues like plantar fasciitis.   So this week we’re getting the (tennis) ball rolling on a new Quick Tip for your legs. Tennis balls are excellent for...

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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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