Stretches

Windmill Exercise for Tight Shoulders and Backs

Posted by on May 19, 2021 in Exercises, Stretches

Windmill Exercise for Tight Shoulders and Backs

San Francisco has made it to the Yellow Tier, the least restrictive in California. Every business, big and small, is now open in our fine city, and over 75% of our staff is now fully vaccinated. We’ll still be practicing all of our health and safety protocols at the clinic, but we’re excited to feel the energy of this new rhythm.   Whether you’re struggling with some pesky shoulder tension from desk work or you’ve been getting out more often to play your favorite sport (many of our swimmers are back in the pool again!), this week’s Quick Tip is for you. Derek, who’s...

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A Farewell to Michael Talbot

Posted by on May 5, 2021 in Health and Wellness, Muscle Release, News, Stretches

A Farewell to Michael Talbot

We’re pulling this week’s Quick Tip from the archives: Michael Talbot’s gluteus medius stretch. He offers a different approach to stretching the side of the hip without rotation which can be more effective, and easier to do if rotation in your hip is limited. We’d like to give big love and a proper Psoas goodbye to Michael who has been an integral part of our therapist team and family since 2010, eventually developing his own technique called Motor Control Therapy. Michael will be staying closer to home in the North Bay and focusing on teaching MCT, hopefully...

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Neck Release for Desk Workers

Posted by on Apr 21, 2021 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Muscle Release, Stretches

Neck Release for Desk Workers

This week’s Quick Tip comes from KC, our Rolfer™. It’s a simple yet unique fix for desk workers with a stiff and achy neck. Even as the city continues to open up, it seems clear that working from home will remain a permanent addition to some of our routines. That makes quick useful moves like this one important to pepper in throughout our day so we don’t feel the effects of desk work on our bodies when we’re out playing and moving.   KC has been sharing his very effective structural work and passion for healing at Psoas since 2017. We know his clients...

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The Barrel Roll Exercise

Posted by on Feb 24, 2021 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

The Barrel Roll Exercise

Do you feel that? The sun is returning and the days are getting longer again. As San Francisco continues to recover and we all emerge from our winter hibernation it’s a good time to get our spines moving again.   In this week’s Quick Tip Derek shows us the barrel roll exercise. This movement is a great way to loosen up the muscles along your spine in multiple planes of motion, taking the cat/cow stretch to the next level.   It has been so wonderful to see more of our clients return to the clinic as vaccines become more widely available. We deeply appreciate how well...

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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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