Exercises

Releasing the Rhomboids

Posted by on Aug 6, 2020 in Exercises, Muscle Release

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 you’d like to work on yourself from home some...

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Working out the Peroneal Muscles

Posted by on Jul 24, 2020 in Exercises, Stretches

Working out the Peroneal Muscles

Our lower leg muscles, compiled of an intricate web of muscle tissue, bear most of our body’s weight, and they can become tight and achy from a wide range of issues. During the shelter-in-place, the changes in our activity have an impact on our legs. And of course our runners are always looking for help keeping their legs in shape. So this week we’re bringing out the tennis balls to show you how to work out those lower leg muscles on your own, starting with the peroneal muscles. The effects of this work can be wide, from opening up the lower foot to releasing tension on the knee...

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Releasing the Iliopsoas

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Exercises, Muscle Release

This week we’re digging into the iliopsoas. This composite muscle links your legs and back together, and it can become chronically tightened when we sit for prolonged periods of time. When it does, the pelvis is pulled into a more forward-rotated position, often leading to back pain and tension throughout the core. We’ve asked senior deep tissue therapist Jason Garcia what we can do about it. In this week’s Quick Tip Video, Jason will show us how we can use a posture ball to give some attention to these often-ignored muscles. Give it a try during your next stretching routine and, if you’d...

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Loosen those shoulders!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2020 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, News

As you may have heard, Mayor Breed announced a few days ago that the city might allow for Massage/Bodywork to start as early as June 29th, however yesterday she made the call to delay that as case reports have spiked. It’s a reminder to us of how important our commitment is to ensure everyone’s safety when we reopen. We’re sticking with our timeline to begin bodywork again around August 13th (with approval from the City and State, of course), and we’ll be using the extra time to finish testing some final products, developing protocols, and implementing some clinic upgrades. We...

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Is your sartorius ready to go?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2020 in Exercises, Stretches

Is your sartorius ready to go?

While the glutes and hamstrings often get a lot of attention in athletics, other muscles require just as much care to keep us at our best — whether running, jumping, dancing, or swimming. This week, we’re taking a look at one of those very muscles: a hip flexor called the sartorius, which spans all the way from the hip to the knee.     In our Quick Tip this week, Derek and Jenny will demonstrate how to effectively stretch this important muscle. The Sartorius Stretch is an active one, and great for runners, swimmers, tennis players, and anyone doing a lot...

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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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