Health and Wellness

Engage your core with the Dead Bug exercise.

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in Health and Wellness, Stretches

Engage your core with the Dead Bug exercise.

Are you feeling stiffness in your back on a regular basis? Whether you’re waking up with this discomfort, or feeling it throughout the day, back tension can quickly keep you from doing the things you love. Please don’t ignore it! Instead, recover from, and prevent, that feeling of restriction by engaging your core — a little bit, every day.   This week, Chris and Jenny are showing us a way to do that, called the Dead Bug exercise. This move is popular in Pilates workouts and is a great way to warm up your entire core. You can adjust the intensity according to your...

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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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Do you know the benefits of prenatal massage + core work?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in Health and Wellness, Meet Your Therapist

Do you know the benefits of prenatal massage + core work?

At Psoas, we have a variety of clinical tools to support soon-to-be mothers—from massage therapy, to neurologically-based bodywork, to chiropractic. Many of our prenatal and postpartum clients also ask for advice about healthy and safe exercise. So we’re excited to share special resources from our amazing partner, Holly Furgason at Blue Sparrow Pilates. We’ve been partnering with Blue Sparrow and sharing clients for many years. Along with a variety of classes, they offer great prenatal and postpartum instruction. And now, they’re releasing a Fit Pregnancy app to teach students...

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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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Quick Tip: Do you have your best foot forward?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip:  Do you have your best foot forward?

Your feet feel the effects of whatever activity keeps you going: whether you’re ramping up training, walking, standing, or sitting still. So while we’ve been showing you some great tools for your low back and legs lately, this week we want to zero in on the feet. Many of our clients find tension building up in the fascia that runs from the toes to the heel. And when we don’t address that tension early on, it can lead to problems like plantar fasciitis. So check out this week’s Quick Tip from the archive for a variety of ways to care for the feet, and let us know what...

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