Posts Tagged "psoas quick tip"

Releasing the Suboccipital Group

Posted by on Oct 1, 2020 in Exercises, Uncategorized

Releasing the Suboccipital Group

Look up at the bright side! The suboccipital muscles help us extend our heads (Get it? Look up?) as well as rotate them. This group of muscles sits at the posterior base of the skull, and they’re easy to overlook, but they’re often major players in headaches and posture issues. Anyone with desk-work related posture problems is likely to have some chronic tension in their suboccipitals. So this week we’re bringing the foam roller back out for a Quick Tip on releasing the suboccipital group. This movement, although nice and easy, is super effective! Lay back and enjoy some...

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Quick Tip: Want a more specific stretch for the plantar fascia?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want a more specific stretch for the plantar fascia?

It makes sense that certain techniques of structural bodywork begin with the feet. For many of us, the feet are our primary modes of interacting with the ground. And the feet receive so much sensory information — whether through the force of the ground in high-impact sports, or from patterns of tension traveling down the leg. Because many of our clients hold tension in the feet, we love recommending good ways to stretch that plantar fascia regularly. In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz shows one of our favorite stretches for the muscle and fascia that span the bottom of the...

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Quick Tip: Do you need a calf massage?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques

Quick Tip: Do you need a calf massage?

Do you experience a lot of tension in your calves — even though you’ve been stretching dutifully? Sometimes, manual therapy is what’s needed to make that lasting change. And while nothing beats a specialist’s well-informed bodywork, it’s great to have some simple self-massage techniques on-hand. In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott recommends a few of these methods to help you work on your calves at home. Try them out if you’re looking to relieve specific tension after a run, or if you’re just hoping to prevent injury and maintain healthy tissue in...

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Quick Tip: How’s your alignment in plank pose?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: How’s your alignment in plank pose?

If your Psoas therapist has ever recommended stretches or exercises to address tension in the back, you know that a strong core is essential. While there are many ways to safely strengthen the core, plank pose is an awesome option. This popular yoga position can help you develop strength and stability in the back, but it can also be tricky to set up with proper alignment. In this week’s Quick Tip, Psoas therapist Luke Karamol demonstrates how to get into plank pose safely and functionally. Do keep in mind that while plank pose is great for many clients, we don’t recommend it if...

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Quick Tip: Do you know where your SCM is?

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Anatomy Lessons

Quick Tip: Do you know where your SCM is?

  We believe in helping you better understand the way your body works. With that in mind, we like to bring you an anatomy lesson from time to time! In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz offers a quick introduction to the Sternocleidomastoid or SCM — an important muscle in the neck.  The SCM is integral to the work of turning your head from side to side, and can get really tight on desk workers or any of us who spend a lot of time looking at a computer or phone. Keep an eye out for a future quick tip on how to use self-massage techniques on the SCM, but for now, sit...

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