Posts Tagged "Active isolated stretching"

Quick Tip: Want to create more space in the low back?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want to create more space in the low back?

Relief from pain often comes with a sense of freedom in the body. Many of you seek us out when feeling tight and compressed, and are amazed at how our bodywork can facilitate more length and openness. Still, it can be tricky to maintain that feeling in your daily life! And whether you’re training hard, sitting for long days at a desk, or just living in gravity — compression in the low back is particularly common. This week’s Quick Tip from the archive is a great Active Isolated Stretch (AIS) that invites you to reach out of the hips and create length in the low back and...

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Quick Tip: Want to get more specific with your wrist and forearm stretch?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want to get more specific with your wrist and forearm stretch?

Many of our clients spend a lot of time at the keyboard. And some of them have come to us struggling with discomfort in the forearms, wrists, and hands. With that in mind, we’ve shared some great stretches in the past to help you keep those lower arms healthy. We especially love two active isolated stretches that target the flexors and extensors — muscle groups that run down the forearms, and help with all sorts of wrist movement. But in this week’s Quick Tip, Scott gets more specific. Engaging each finger separately, he shows how you can isolate distinct components of the...

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Quick Tip: How does your neck feel today?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Exercises, Stretches

Quick Tip: How does your neck feel today?

We get calls everyday from clients struggling with discomfort in the neck. But there’s so much we can do to prevent and ease the neck pain many of us deal with! We can set up our desks ergonomically, use maintenance massage to keep our muscular tissue healthy, and stretch regularly. Still, it can feel pretty overwhelming to wade through all the neck stretches out there and find the right ones. That’s why we’re bringing you a video today that combines some of our favorites. This all-in-one Super AIS Neck Stretch Series targets the muscles of the neck from every side. It uses...

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Quick Tip: Is your psoas ready to run?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Is your psoas ready to run?

Are you running in either the Kaiser Permanente SF Half Marathon® or the Rattlesnake Ramble next month? If so, make sure to review two of our past quick tips on how to incorporate bodywork and stretching, before your race and after. And while you’re at it, check out this week’s quick tip: the Alternative AIS Psoas Stretch. Though we think our classic AIS Psoas Stretch is a great pre-run warm-up, it’s not for everyone. We’ve found that some clients have difficulty maintaining balance, and end up creating new patterns of tension elsewhere in the body. If that sounds...

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Quick Tip: Want more complete forearm Deskinetics?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Exercises, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want more complete forearm Deskinetics?

Are your forearms feeling sore and overworked from long days of typing at your desk? Or maybe you’re feeling a twinge after too much texting, building, pastry-making, or present-wrapping? If so, it’s time to show your forearms some attention. We love the AIS Forearm Flexor Stretch — which appeared in a past Deskinetics blog post — but this week we want you to try the AIS Forearm Extensor Stretch. A lot of our clients need bodywork to smooth out the superficial fascia around the forearm’s extensors. Whether you’re feeling discomfort precisely in this area...

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