Muscle Release

Releasing the Calf with a Tennis Ball

Posted by on Oct 17, 2020 in Muscle Release

Releasing the Calf with a Tennis Ball

Whether you’re pumping out at the gym or walking in pumps,  it’s likely you’ve experienced the nagging aches and pains of the calf muscle that you can’t quite get to with just your normal calf stretch. Chronic low-leg tension can affect our running and walking gait, and when it gets worse it can also lead to localized pain and contribute to issues like plantar fasciitis.   So this week we’re getting the (tennis) ball rolling on a new Quick Tip for your legs. Tennis balls are excellent for working out all kinds of tension in the area, but...

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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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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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