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Quick Tip: How’s your alignment in plank pose?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: How’s your alignment in plank pose?

If your Psoas therapist has ever recommended stretches or exercises to address tension in the back, you know that a strong core is essential. While there are many ways to safely strengthen the core, plank pose is an awesome option. This popular yoga position can help you develop strength and stability in the back, but it can also be tricky to set up with proper alignment. In this week’s Quick Tip, Psoas therapist Luke Karamol demonstrates how to get into plank pose safely and functionally. Do keep in mind that while plank pose is great...

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Quick Tip: Want to lengthen your hamstrings?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Want to lengthen your hamstrings?

Are your hamstrings often tight? Do you love how good deep tissue work can create more length along the legs? Stretching regularly can go a long way towards maintaining this sense of open, healthy tissue between therapeutic bodywork sessions. But for those periods when stretching isn’t quite enough and you’re not able to come into the clinic, self-massage can be a great support! In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz demonstrates a way to do some good self-work on your hamstrings at home. We don’t recommend this one...

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Quick Tip: Are your shoulders creeping up?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Are your shoulders creeping up?

Sometimes such simple movements can help us move and feel better. This week’s Quick Tip from the archive is one of those — a brief shoulder shrug exercise that can improve our alignment and reduce pain. And it’s so easy, you’ll be able to find time for it even at your busiest! For many of us, from desk workers to cyclists, our shoulders creep progressively upwards throughout the day. Over time, this pattern of raised shoulders can cause neck, shoulder and back discomfort — among other things. But practicing this...

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Quick Tip: Does your vestibular system need a reset?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches
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Quick Tip: Does your vestibular system need a reset?

If you’ve ever struggled with balance, you know how crucial it is for your well-being. And since the vestibular system helps regulate this important function, we’re always excited to find new ways of supporting it. In this week’s Quick Tip, Jenny Lightstone offers a move to bolster that precious system of balance — and maintain healthy movement of the spine, too! This exercise is drawn from the Original Strength program, which offers a progressive reset of all developmental stages of movement. You can practice it as...

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Quick Tip: How does your neck feel today?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Exercises, Stretches
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Quick Tip: How does your neck feel today?

We get calls everyday from clients struggling with discomfort in the neck. But there’s so much we can do to prevent and ease the neck pain many of us deal with! We can set up our desks ergonomically, use maintenance massage to keep our muscular tissue healthy, and stretch regularly. Still, it can feel pretty overwhelming to wade through all the neck stretches out there and find the right ones. That’s why we’re bringing you a video today that combines some of our favorites. This all-in-one Super AIS Neck Stretch Series...

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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...

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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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