Stretches

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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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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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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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: Are you ready to surf?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Exercises, Stretches

Quick Tip: Are you ready to surf?

Did you know that Jenny Lightstone (Psoas owner) and Chris Ludwig (Psoas therapist) are both surfers? They love thinking about ways to keep the body wave-ready, and this week’s Quick Tip does just that. The Butterfly Stroke Exercise activates the muscles of the upper back — including the traps, lats, rhomboids, posterior deltoids, and certain rotator cuff muscles. But this exercise is also great for those of us who’ve never touched a surf board. The muscles of the upper back often get weak when we spend a lot of time at desks, driving, or looking at our phones. By safely...

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Quick Tip: How Loose are Your Lats?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2019 in Exercises, Stretches

Quick Tip:  How Loose are Your Lats?

When was the last time you loosened up your latissimus dorsi (a.k.a “lats”)? The lats, among the widest muscles in the human body, extend from the mid-back all the way up to the shoulder joint. When these broad muscles get tight, it can contribute to chronic back tension and restricted range of motion around the shoulder. And we’ve seen this affect many of our clients — from desk workers to drivers to crossfitters. So in this week’s Quick Tip, we’re demonstrating a release for the lats using a foam roller. We don’t recommend trying this out if...

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