Bodywork Techniques

Have You Tried the Big Three?

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Bodywork Techniques

Have You Tried the Big Three?

This week we’re SUPER thrilled to be getting back to Quick Tips. We know that everyone’s feeling the effects of a dramatically different lifestyle right now, and many of you have reached out in anticipation for some regular bodywork again (which we support, obviously). But you don’t need to wait until the shelter-in-place is over to take care of yourselves in simple therapeutic ways at home. This week we’re showing you three core-igniting movements called “The Big 3.” Check out our Quick Tip Video to learn all about them! If you’ve worked with Ben, he’s surely encouraged these...

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Stress Relief During Shelter-in-Place

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Bodywork Techniques

We take our obligation to your recovery, pain management, and overall treatment planning seriously. Though we are temporarily closed, we are currently figuring out new ways to support your treatment and continued healing during this unusual moment in our lives. We’ll soon share some remote session opportunities. Meanwhile, we give you this Quick Tip video to help calm the nervous system with some soothing movement and a bit of focused breathing. We hope that it helps to release some body tension and to bring some peace to your mind. If you have any questions, suggestions, requests, anything,...

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Reboot your body for the new year!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises

Reboot your body for the new year!

Have you given your body a reboot yet this year? It’s important to do so and give your body time to reset, especially after a long day at your desk. By engaging those muscles that haven’t been activated, you can encourage your body to return back to normal alignment, and help prevent pain and injury from overuse.   In this week’s Quick Tip, Jenny will demonstrate the Standing Reboot exercise to target those unused muscles. It’s a great way to...

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Are you caring for your body?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Stretches

Are you caring for your body?

During the holidays, we sometimes feel too busy to schedule bodywork, or even to pause and stretch. But this season can also provide an opportunity. As we take a break from our desks, we can choose to reflect on our usual work-related postures, and explore ways to shift them. In this week’s Quick Tip, Jenny and Derek show us a movement to support that exploration. The Thoracic Extension with Foam Roller exercise is a great way to activate the muscles of the upper back, which often get weak when we spend a lot of time in forward-bending postures. We hope you’ll care for yourself...

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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

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 patterns that might be rooted in the nervous...

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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

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 address those tight SCM muscles, we recommend you set...

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