Exercises

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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How’s your core stability?

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

How’s your core stability?

So much in the body draws strength and protection from the core. So, in this week’s Quick Tip, we’re focusing on how to work towards more stability in this crucial area of the body. Core stabilization is important for many of us — but can be of special concern for athletes, anyone with low back pain/stiffness, and anyone who sits at a desk or drives frequently. In this week’s Quick Tip, Jenny and Chris guide us through the Bird Dog Exercise, a great warm-up to get the core ready for changing conditions. Doing regular core stabilization work like this can help take...

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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: Is your low back sore?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in Exercises

Quick Tip: Is your low back sore?

Our low backs can get sore and achy for a number of reasons — whether we’re sitting at a desk for many hours, or standing for long periods of time. Whenever we stick around in any position for too long, the low back can miss out on the the kind of movement that keeps it healthy, strong, and limber. In this week’s Quick Tip, Jenny Lightstone and Psoas therapist Derek Lozupone demonstrate a great way to bring safe rotational movement into the low back. The Single Leg Windshield Wiper exercise activates the core, stretches the side body, and makes for an awesome break from...

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