Posts Tagged "self-massage"

Quick Tip: Want to address your neck tension at home?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: Want to address your neck tension at home?

This week we’re getting a-head of neck tension (pun intended) by discussing an important set of muscles that stabilize the head. The sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles run from the bottom front of the neck all the way up to the ear. And they can become chronically tight when you spend long periods with your head leaning forward — whether sitting at a computer or looking at your phone. When this tension goes unaddressed, it can cause further pain and tension throughout the neck, shoulders, and back.    If you want to address those tight SCM muscles, we recommend you set...

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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: Want to lengthen your hamstrings?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want to lengthen your hamstrings?

Are your hamstrings often tight? Do you love how good deep tissue work can create more length along the legs? Stretching regularly can go a long way towards maintaining this sense of open, healthy tissue between therapeutic bodywork sessions. But for those periods when stretching isn’t quite enough and you’re not able to come into the clinic, self-massage can be a great support! In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz demonstrates a way to do some good self-work on your hamstrings at home. We don’t recommend this one for clients with sciatica or any active injuries...

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Quick Tip: Want to release your SCM?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: Want to release your SCM?

Did you catch our last anatomy lesson on the sternocleidomastoid — or SCM? This muscle in the neck can carry a lot of tension — especially for desk workers, people with headaches or jaw tension, and anyone who’s sustained a neck injury or whiplash. For many of us, loosening the SCM can create more openness and length in the neck. So in our most recent Quick Tip, Jenny demonstrates a technique for finding the SCM on yourself and encouraging its release! This self-massage technique involves using the pressure of your hand to squeeze the SCM while rotating the head to help...

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Quick Tip: Are your shoulders achy?

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: Are your shoulders achy?

Many of our clients — whether they’re swimmers, recovering from surgery, or putting in long hours at a desk — experience discomfort in the shoulders. Though good bodywork can be crucial for transforming that discomfort, there’s also a lot we can do on our own to keep our shoulders healthy. In this week’s Quick Tip, Jenny Lightstone demonstrates one great technique for releasing the infraspinatus muscle — one of the four that make up the shoulder’s rotator cuff. This one’s great for those of you with achy shoulders, or with limited range of...

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