Bodywork Techniques

Quick Tip: Want seven tips for alignment?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want seven tips for alignment?

Finding your body’s most natural alignment can seem daunting. But it’s often a question of taking small steps in the right direction. That’s why we love the 7-point posture program designed by chiropractor Dr. Katherine McCarty. The program helps counteract forward-bending tendencies that often come with desk work, and you can do all the exercises in 10 minutes! Check out the first stretch in the series — which targets the pecs — below.   Want to delve deeper? To support desk workers, athletes, and anyone experiencing pain, Katherine is offering adjustments...

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Quick Tip: Want to jump into the new year with more power?

Posted by on Dec 26, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Meet Your Therapist, Stretches, Workshop

Quick Tip: Want to jump into the new year with more power?

Have you registered yet for our new year’s workshop on optimizing lower body movement? A PT and nutritionist will be there to coach you, along with a few members of the Psoas clinical team. Here’s a bit about the practitioners from Psoas who’ll be sharing their expertise: Dr. Katherine McCarty offers holistic chiropractic work at Psoas. During her segment of the workshop, she’ll teach foam rolling techniques for the lower body — and share how this crucial self-care strategy can complement manual adjustments. Later in the evening, several Psoas therapists will...

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Quick Tip: Does your lower body need some care this season?

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Gifts, Health and Wellness, Stretches, Workshop

Quick Tip: Does your lower body need some care this season?

At Psoas, we’ve become known for supporting your goals with bodywork. And for always seeking out new tools to educate and support you, in and outside of your sessions. For our many athletic clients, understanding the complex systems at play when we run — or jump, kick, dance, and walk — is one crucial tool. Because this understanding is powerful. It can help you prevent injury and make huge strides towards your performance goals — whether you’re working up to a mile a day, or preparing for the Olympic trials. That’s why we’ve designed something special, a...

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Quick Tip: Do you need a calf massage?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques

Quick Tip: Do you need a calf massage?

Do you experience a lot of tension in your calves — even though you’ve been stretching dutifully? Sometimes, manual therapy is what’s needed to make that lasting change. And while nothing beats a specialist’s well-informed bodywork, it’s great to have some simple self-massage techniques on-hand. In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott recommends a few of these methods to help you work on your calves at home. Try them out if you’re looking to relieve specific tension after a run, or if you’re just hoping to prevent injury and maintain healthy tissue in...

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Quick Tip: Want to lengthen your hamstrings?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Stretches

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 for clients with sciatica or any active injuries...

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Quick Tip: Want to release your SCM?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness

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 squeeze the SCM while rotating the head to help...

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