Exercises

Quick Tip: Want to work on your hip stability?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Exercises, Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: Want to work on your hip stability?

Many Psoas clients are looking for ways to both prevent injury and move with as much power as possible. If that sounds like you — whether you’re a runner, cyclist, or passionate walker — an equilibrium between hip stability and flexibility is crucial. An imbalance of these two factors can actually limit your movement capacity or sometimes even lead to misalignment and injury. While it’s often easy to find stretches for the hips, it can be harder to find tips around stability. So today we’re sharing the first in a series of exercises designed to stabilize the...

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Quick Tip: Want a more specific stretch for the plantar fascia?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want a more specific stretch for the plantar fascia?

It makes sense that certain techniques of structural bodywork begin with the feet. For many of us, the feet are our primary modes of interacting with the ground. And the feet receive so much sensory information — whether through the force of the ground in high-impact sports, or from patterns of tension traveling down the leg. Because many of our clients hold tension in the feet, we love recommending good ways to stretch that plantar fascia regularly. In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz shows one of our favorite stretches for the muscle and fascia that span the bottom of the...

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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 have a coach for running recovery?

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: Do you have a coach for running recovery?

Are you running in the Honey Badger Half at the end of October? Or training for the Golden Gate Half in November? If so, we want to hear from you! Because we believe in the power of bodywork to support runners in training — and many of our clients do too. Below, check out some training advice from Psoas client and Ironman Champion, Derk de Korver. He placed 4th in his division at the 2017 Ironman World Championship and 1st overall at 2018 Ironman Santa Rosa! He shares how the Psoas clinical team helped him win in Santa Rosa, and why it’s so important for runners to emphasize...

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Quick Tip: Want to get more specific with your wrist and forearm stretch?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want to get more specific with your wrist and forearm stretch?

Many of our clients spend a lot of time at the keyboard. And some of them have come to us struggling with discomfort in the forearms, wrists, and hands. With that in mind, we’ve shared some great stretches in the past to help you keep those lower arms healthy. We especially love two active isolated stretches that target the flexors and extensors — muscle groups that run down the forearms, and help with all sorts of wrist movement. But in this week’s Quick Tip, Scott gets more specific. Engaging each finger separately, he shows how you can isolate distinct components of the...

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