Hip (glutes & hip flexors)
TO SQUEEZE OR NOT TO SQUEEZE: WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR GLUTES IN A BACKBEND

TO SQUEEZE OR NOT TO SQUEEZE: WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR GLUTES IN A BACKBEND

  Featuring Catie Brier, contortionist and contortion coach ​There are a few super hot topics in circus/yoga/performing arts, and this is one of them…what should your glutes be doing in a backbend? Should they be engaged, or should they be relaxed?     There are a lot of strong opinions out there on this topic…and I, too, am […]

THREE EXERCISES TO COMBAT A CRANKY BODY AFTER HOLIDAY TRAVEL

THREE EXERCISES TO COMBAT A CRANKY BODY AFTER HOLIDAY TRAVEL

​I just spent the greater part of last weekend in cars and airplanes, and my body absolutely hates me. My neck hurts, I have a headache, and my hip flexors are so wound up I can hardly stand up straight. Sound familiar? Here are the three exercises I hit immediately upon arrival at my destination […]

EVERY DAY IS GLUTE DAY…AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE #BATTLEOFTHEBOOTY

EVERY DAY IS GLUTE DAY…AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE #BATTLEOFTHEBOOTY

  FEATURING SHANNON MCKENNA, PHOTO BY DANIEL AND CORRINA OWENS ​As some of you know, I recently returned to San Francisco from China, where I had been working as a physio for the Chinese Olympic teams in prep for Rio.  In China, the cultural standard of beauty for women is to be small and thin- no curves, […]

THE SECRET TO LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND HIP FLEXOR MOBILITY

THE SECRET TO LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND HIP FLEXOR MOBILITY

AERIALIST: SOPHIE GODWIN, PHOTO BY RAYMOND RUDOLPH   WHY ARE HIP FLEXORS SO STUBBORN?? If you’re a circus artist concerned with improving flexibility, you probably whine and complain about your stubborn hip flexors on a semi-regular basis.  Why are they so tight?? Why does hip stretching suck so much? WHY AREN’T THEY LOOSENING UP?! Let’s take a […]