Posts Tagged "active isolated stretch"

Quick Tip: Want some Deskinetics for the suboccipitals?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want some Deskinetics for the suboccipitals?

Did you catch our anatomy lesson on the suboccipital muscles last week? In this week's Deskinetics Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz demonstrates an active isolated stretch for those small muscles at the base of the skull. This is especially important for us desk workers. Many of us spend a lot of time with our heads tipped downwards, causing the suboccipitals to fire all day. This stretch can help bring our heads into healthier alignment with our necks — easing neck and back pain, and preventing further dysfunction. It can also be really helpful for folks with tension headaches. Try it...

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Quick Tip: What have you done for your quads today?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Exercises, Stretches

Quick Tip: What have you done for your quads today?

Do you have a good quad stretch incorporated into your routine? If not, it's time! Overly tight quads can cause issues with the knees and hip flexors, so they really need your love. Whether or not you're already stretching your quads regularly, try out this week's quick tip: an Active Isolated Stretch that gets at the full quad. Just make sure to protect your knees by keeping the top leg parallel to the ground. And, as with all Active Isolated Stretching, watch for how your range of motion can increase after only several passes!

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Quick Tip: Have you done your deskinetics today?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: Have you done your deskinetics today?

Have you been sitting at a desk all day? If so, chances are your pectoralis muscles are over-contracted and pulling you forward. This can lead to neck pain, upper back pain, and all sorts of structural issues. So, stop what you're doing and take a few minutes to try out this old-school deskinetics classic: the Active Isolated Pec Stretch. It will help relax and lengthen those pec muscles and counteract harmful forward-bending patterns. As in all Active Isolated Stretching, try 8-12 passes, go slow, and don't take it all the way to your edge. Check it out, and let us know what you...

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Quick Tip: Do you want to fight gravity?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Do you want to fight gravity?

  Do you think you're too busy to stretch? Even when you don't have a real chunk of time in your day, remember how big a difference a few stretches throughout the day can make — whether you're at the desk, getting off a plane, or slugging through a long commute. In this week's Quick Tip, Jenny demonstrates a really fast way to counteract (some of) the force of gravity pushing down on your ribs, spine, and hips. Use it to get into those hard-to-reach lateral areas of the low back and, depending on the placement of your feet, into your hips and legs,...

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Quick Tip: Did you know stretching your pecs can relieve neck and back tension?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Did you know stretching your pecs can relieve neck and back tension?

This week we provide you a compilation of a few different shoulder and pec stretches featured on the Psoasbodywork YouTube channel. The start of the new year brings cold weather and a motivation to work harder, which usually means spending more time hunched over, either in a warm blanket or at our desk. The stretches below can help you relieve some neck or upper back tension that consequently develops, and also have you feeling energized  for your day. Check them out, try them out, and let us know how it goes!  Don't forget that posture balls along with other...

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