Posts Tagged "fascia"

Quick Tip: What have you done for your lower leg today?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Stretches

Quick Tip: What have you done for your lower leg today?

While you’re thinking about stretching your calves, it’s easy to forget how important it is to stretch more than just your muscle. The connective tissue (also called fascia) that lies between our outer layer of skin and musculature can get stuck and slow us down. That’s why in this week’s Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz shares a stretch for the fascia of the lower leg that, along with muscular stretching, will breathe new life into your calves. This one involves very subtle movements so make sure to listen carefully to Scott’s directions. We’re grateful to our...

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Quick Tip: Loosening the Hands and Forearms

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Stretches

Quick Tip: Loosening the Hands and Forearms

Do you ever take a moment to just breathe? Stop everything you’re doing in this moment and appreciate the mechanical rhythm of your breath. Relaxing, right?! At Psoas, we understand firsthand that life can get a little chaotic. I know, I know… it might seem like we only talk about muscles, but we also understand the importance of strengthening your mental clarity.This week’s Quick Tip is with Psoas therapist Ryan Salidivar. Take a few minutes to practice loosening your hands and forearms with him, and don’t forget to listen to his breathing cues…I promise, it...

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Quick Tip: Superficial Chest and Neck Stretch

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Stretches

Quick Tip: Superficial Chest and Neck Stretch

Calling all deskworkers, musicians, artists, massage therapists… really anyone that sustains a forward leaning posture for any length of time – this stretch is for you! I know I need it, and am actually doing this stretch between sentences. (I added that picture of me up there to the right so you can get a nice visual.) It’s surprising how effective this stretch is, even though it looks so minimal. Try it out, I think you’ll like it! This stretch is one of the most immediately effective stretches I know. You should feel the difference in a couple of passes. Great for...

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Quick Tip: Fascial Forearm Stretching

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Stretches

Quick Tip: Fascial Forearm Stretching

Who needs this exercise? Desk workers, musicians, writers, artists, carpenters and people who work with their hands and arms a lot. For the best results: Place your fingertips on the wall with your palms facing upward. Make sure your arm is straight. This is a light stretch. You aren’t looking for the end range like when you are stretching the muscle. Hold the stretch for 2 minutes on each arm. Holding the stretch for this period of time will allow the fascia to change its form and stretch out. This change will last for a while. Don’t forget to breathe. Note: If you feel pain...

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