Posts Tagged "scott schwartz"

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: Is your platysma ready for Deskinetics?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Anatomy Lessons, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: Is your platysma ready for Deskinetics?

If you’re working at a desk, chances are your platysma could use some stretching. But do you know where to find it? For this week’s Quick Tip, start by checking out a platysma anatomy lesson from Psoas clinical director Scott Schwartz. Once you’re clear on the function of this sheath-like muscle and why it can get so stuck for desk workers, go ahead and try out the AIS platysma stretch. Regularly working this thin tissue that covers the chest, neck, and lower face can go a long way towards correcting forward-bending posture. Even if you don’t have any neck or back...

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Quick Tip: Ready for some forearm Deskinetics?

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Psoas Deskinetics

Quick Tip: Ready for some forearm Deskinetics?

A lot of our Deskinetics videos deal with the upper back and neck, but as many desk workers know, our forearms can also suffer from too much work at the computer. When you’re doing a lot of typing, the muscles in your forearms can become so tight that they start to pinch nerves — causing tingling and numbness in the hands. This week’s Quick Tip is a classic Deskinetics stretch for the fascia around the forearm flexors, one area often related to forearm pain. And this video uses the magic of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) which can be ideal if static stretches...

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Quick Tip: Do you need support in your forward bend?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Do you need support in your forward bend?

If you're struggling with discomfort in the low back, forward bends can be tricky. Maybe you've tried leaning down towards your toes and felt extreme tightness around the sacrum? Or maybe you've experienced some sharp pain heading into this posture? Either way, this week's Quick Tip is great for you: a modified forward bend that keeps your low back safe. Check out how the support of a chair, stool, or table allows the low back to release instead of straining to hold your torso up, and still gives you a solid stretch in the hamstrings and glutes. Try it out — playing...

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Quick Tip: What do you know about your suboccipitals?

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Anatomy Lessons, Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: What do you know about your suboccipitals?

Pretty much everyone on our clinical team is an anatomy nerd. When we hang out in the Psoas break room, we often find ourselves in the middle of an impromptu anatomy lesson — it's pretty great! But since we don't want to keep all the fun to ourselves, we're going to start bringing the anatomy lessons to you from time to time. This week, check out a quick lesson from Scott Schwartz on the suboccipitals. The suboccipitals are a group of muscles at the base of your skull, partly responsible for the head's ability to move on the neck. Suboccipitals tend to be way overworked...

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