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Upper Cross Syndrome

Upper Cross Syndrome is a pattern of myofascial tension related to poor posture, muscle imbalances, and behavioral holding patterns. UCS is also referred to as shoulder girdle crossed syndrome due to the specific postural changes including forward head posture, increased cervical lordosis and thoracic kyphosis, elevated and protracted shoulders, and rotation and abduction and winging of the scapulae (1). These postural [...]

3 Steps to Unlock Your Hip Flexors | Movement of the Month | October 2017

3 Steps to Unlock Your Hip Flexors Movement of the Month | October 2017 The hip flexors consist of multiple muscle groups ranging from the psoas and iliacus to the glutes, adductors, quads, and sartorious. The following stretches will specifically target iliacus, psoas, and quads including surrounding fascial networks. Step 1             [...]

What are Trigger Points and Why do they Matter?

Have you ever experienced achy muscles, tingling, or tight areas that don't respond to movement? The majority of us will answer, "Yes!", because these are common effects of living in the gravitational world. No matter how hard we try we are bound to acquire trigger points. "Posture, work conditions, sedentary habits, and injury can cause [...]

Breathing & Bodywork for Daily Living & Longevity

The topic of breathing has been coming up more lately in my day-to-day sessions with clients as well as my own reading and meditation practice. There are several methods on how to instruct breathing dating back to the practices of yoga up to the current methods in physical therapy. As a massage therapist and movement [...]

6 Steps to a Balanced Lifestyle

Changing your lifestyle means emphasizing quality repetition, practice, and intention as key ingredients to successfully healing your mind and body. This means without restructuring your lifestyle to adopt to training goals, one will often suffer the consequences: burnout, over-training, sleep problems, injury, and nutritional deficiencies. By emphasizing specific areas in your life that often go overlooked you [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Nutrition, Self-Care|0 Comments

FST Home Routine

The FST Home Routine is designed to help open your fascial networks and maintain your mobility between FST sessions, pre- and post-workout, and to enhance recovery. Stretch 1 has two parts: This move is called the Core 4 and is an effective way to open up the entire mass of glute tissue. Sit in side-sitting [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Fascial Stretch Therapy, Self-Care, Stretching|Comments Off on FST Home Routine

Self-Massage for the Thigh

One of the effects of repetitive activity, either athletic, recreational, or professional, is that tension builds in the quadriceps, hamstrings, and inner thighs. Think about any athletic ready position with a slight hinge in your hips. This stance automatically loads the thighs as well as the glutes in order for a movement reaction to be [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|Comments Off on Self-Massage for the Thigh

Self-Massage for the Lower Leg

This is the second part of our self-massage series following part one which covered the feet. The lower leg is comprised of the calf muscle, or gastrocnemius and soleus, the peroneals which lie to the outside, shin or tibialis anterior and extensor digitorum longus in the front, and the deep toe flexors and arch stabilizers [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|0 Comments

How to Self-Massage Your Feet

The feet are the most obvious place to start with self-massage after a long day hiking, running, or working over long-distances and rough terrain. They endure hundreds of pounds of repetitive force in the often hot, wet, enclosed spaces we call shoes. They absorb shock, mold to uneven surfaces, and offer us a temporary connection point [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Hiking, Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|0 Comments

Self-Myofascial Release: Is it safe for everyone?

So I had an opportunity this month to write-up a post for a legitimate blog called the Fitness Handbook. They feature posts on a wide variety of topics by trainers and professionals who want to share their knowledge with others, and also compete with the massive amount of instagram "trainers" out there selling unreliable info [...]

By | February 13th, 2016|Self-Care, Stretching|3 Comments