Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: Want a quick activation for the legs?

Posted by on Apr 30, 2019 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want a quick activation for the legs?

When clients ask us for the best pre-workout warmups, we often recommend active stretches. This technique requires you to use certain muscle groups in order to stretch others. And it’s a great way to lengthen some muscles, activate others, and promote blood flow — everything you need before pushing your body to jump, dance, run, or lift. In this week’s Quick Tip from the archive, Jenny Lightstone shows proper form for a great and simple active stretch: leg swings. The series helps stretch the hip flexors, hamstrings, IT bands, glutes, and adductors. It’s great before...

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Quick Tip: Want to relax while you open up the pecs?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want to relax while you open up the pecs?

Many members of our clinical team assign pec stretches as homework between sessions. It’s often clinically indicated because so many of our clients work at desks, or in professions that require them to frequently reach and bend forward. These activities often lead to tight pec muscles, and tight pecs can end up pulling you farther forward. Over time, these patterns can lead to pain and misalignment, and you might find them playing a role far from the desk — like as you train for the Rock n’ Roll Marathon this coming Saturday, or as you lean towards other wellness goals that...

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Quick Tip: Ready for your next alignment tip?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Ready for your next alignment tip?

Did you catch the first stretch in chiropractor Dr. Katherine McCarty’s 7-point posture program? Katherine compiled this series of stretches to help us counteract our forward-bending tendencies — and to address the neck and back discomfort those patterns often cause. This week, we’re sharing the second and third points in the program: stretches for the Trapezius and Levator Scapulae. Take a little break from your desk today, and follow along with the video below! While practicing these stretches regularly can point us in the right direction, sometimes we do need a more...

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Quick Tip: Want to invest more in movement?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: Want to invest more in movement?

At the beginning of the year, we had an amazing time at our workshop on optimal lower body movement — Stretch. Strengthen. Run. There was a lot to take in! PT Tony Comella shared tips for strengthening, Nutritionist Karyn Duggan lectured on anti-inflammatory eating, and Psoas chiropractor Katherine McCarty taught foam rolling techniques for alignment. Members of the Psoas clinical team also spoke about how they support runners and others who work their lower bodies hard — using systems and techniques like the Axis Syllabus, NeuroKinetic Therapy, and taping. Some of the workshop...

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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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