Posts Tagged "quick tips"

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

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

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

I’ve had to reckon with my ankles lately; have you? Unless you’ve sprained one before, you’re probably not thinking about them much. But strengthening and stretching the ankles is a necessary way to prevent a sprain that could trap you in a cycle of injuries. This week we’re offering a pair of two great Quick Tips for ankle care. These are great for general maintenance, or if you have recovered from an ankle sprain in your past that still haunts you. If you’ve sprained your ankle more recently, please consult with us before you try out these tips. In this Quick...

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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: Are you warming up before running?

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Are you warming up before running?

It’s been awhile since we shared tips specific to runners, so we’re busting out this old video of our favorite running coach, Marathon Matt. In this Quick Tip, Matt offers some excellent pre-run dynamic stretches to increase range of motion and prevent injury. If you want a chance to show them off, come join Marathon Matt at the upcoming Tick Trailblaze marathon. We’ll be there offering post-run massage, too! In the meantime, try these warm-ups out, and let us know what you think. After jogging for a few minutes to loosen up, begin with some dynamic toe-touches, lifting...

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Quick Tip: How flexible are your feet?

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: How flexible are your feet?

Most of us do not give our feet enough love. Our feet have enormous power to affect pretty much everything in the body, so it’s important to remember to stretch them along with the more commonly stretched psoas and hamstrings. In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz shows off a great series of easy stretches to increase flexibility in the ankle, toes, and tops of the feet. This series is not recommended for anyone with serious dysfunction in the foot, but it’s great for maintaining overall health of the feet and preventing future pain. Unless you have incredible balance,...

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Quick Tip: Is that psoas muscle causing you grief?

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Is that psoas muscle causing you grief?

  As you know, we love the psoas. Connecting the bottom and top halves of the body, it is an essential (and at times mysterious) muscle. Deep within the core of the body, close to the spine, the psoas works tirelessly to help us walk and move in all sorts of ways. If we spend a lot of time in hip flexion, our psoas can get tight and cause a variety of issues: from lower back pain to overly pronated feet. In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz will help you locate the psoas in the body, and Alex will give you instructions on how to safely and efficiently work the psoas through...

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