Massage & Yoga

Improving overall health, vitality, and lifestyle through the integration of Massage Therapy and the practice of Yoga


Monday, October 22, 2012

Testimonials September 2012


I intended to email you sooner to thank you profusely for your brilliance last Friday.  You helped to relieve another bout of discomfort in my pelvic floor (which I didn't mention as it feels too "personal' an issue to discuss).  In addition, I think you discovered the genesis of this very uncomfortable (and stressful) condition that reared its ugly head last summer.  I put in a call to the pelvic floor therapist I saw for several months and she confirmed the possibility that the hip could be causing and/or certainly exacerbating the pelvic floor issues.  She recommended … an osteopath with whom she has worked... 

I know you have faith in your competence but I hope you enjoy hearing words that celebrate your skill and intuition.  (We) feel grateful for your presence in our lives and greatly benefit from the relationship we have with you both on the table and in the yoga studio.

With Great Appreciation,



Has anyone ever told you how gifted you are when it comes to the body
and movement, okay well just let me are gifted, in your
calling, in your element.

I should have put it together when you said something about my left
foot pushing off and twisting, because earlier I went over some
running pictures with (my trainer) and he said something about my left leg
kicking out in some of the pictures. I had them with me yesterday and
if I would have put 2 and 2 together I would have shown them to you.

So this is what happens … when I am warming up and running a X:XX pace or slower, everything seems to be fine. When I pick up the pace to a X:XX and faster the hamstring and hip get tight, and you are right, my left foot flares out behind me because it lands out at an angle, so there is a twisting motion it seems like in my hip joint, which is why it is sometimes uncomfortable to sit…

Thank you Matthew,


Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Viva Tysons July - August 2012 article online

Be sure to check out my July August 2012 Viva Tysons article on Connecting Back to Nature With Sun Salutations.  You can find me on page 34-35.



Monday, May 14, 2012

Connecting Back to Nature with Sun Salutations!

Our day-to-day lives can be hectic.  The deadlines and agendas driving our activities often leave us little or no down time.  Creating a few moments of peace and reflection each morning as I practice my Sun Salutations brings my life into balance leaving me ready to face the challenges of a chaotic world.  I learned long ago that in order to maintain a life in balance, I needed a regular movement routine that combined the benefits of both cardiovascular and weight bearing exercise.  In yoga, the 12 pose Sun Salutation sequence is the perfect blend of each.  When combined with focused breathing, the result is a simple 10-15 minute workout that invigorates the body and calms the mind.

Strictly speaking, Sun Salutations are not exercise but were originally performed as a morning adoration to the life giving sun.  Surya Namaskar as it is known in Sanskrit literally means “to bow or adore oneself to the sun”.  On a physical level, Sun Salutations assist the body’s natural functions by activating the circulatory, digestive, nervous and endocrine systems.  Intended to be performed outside facing the morning sun, the Surya Namaskar sequence when combined with nasal breathing becomes more than a simple exercise routine.  Instead, it increases our spiritual connection to nature and resembles a meditative practice similar to Tai Chi or Qigong.

I invite you to try the following Sun Salutation sequence in its truest form.  If you are unable to practice outdoors, at least perform the sequence in the spirit it was intended by facing to the east.  To learn more about the Sun Salutation sequence and other yoga poses, please visit me on the web at

Matthew Corrigan, CMT, RYT – Certified Massage Therapist & Registered Yoga Teacher

To me, if life boils down to one thing, it's movement. To live is to keep moving.

The Sun Salutation Sequence

Begin in a standing posture with your big toes touching and your heels slightly apart in Mountain Pose.
1.                     Breathe in through the nose as you sweep your arms out to the sides and up overhead.  Look up at your hands as you bring the palms together on the end of the inhalation.
2.                     As you begin your exhale, dive into a forward bend keeping the back straight, bending the body at the hip joints.  The arms come down in the same sweeping arc and reach toward the floor in front of you. (Note:  If your hands don’t reach the floor, focus on keeping your back straight and put a slight bend in the knees).
3.                     Inhale as you lift the straight back parallel to the floor sliding your hands to your shins and looking forward with the eyes.  (Note:  If you bent the knees in the forward bend, straighten them).
4.                     Release back into the forward bend on the exhale being conscious of keeping your back straight as you let the gaze fall to the floor with the arms.
5.                     Bend the knees deeply as you inhale and step the right foot back into a lunge followed by the left foot so that you end in a plank position (high push up) at the end of the inhalation.
6.                     Exhale as you lower the body all the way to the floor in a controlled release.  Keep the elbows tucked in close to the body and resist the force of gravity until you reach the floor.
7.                     Point your toes back and inhale as you lift the head and chest into a Cobra pose looking up toward the sky.  Elbows remain slightly bent and pulled into the body.
8.                     On the exhale, release back down to the floor keeping the hands under the chest.  Curl the toes under.
9.                     Inhale as you lift the body up onto the knees, continue by lifting the knees and pressing the shoulder back toward the feet into Downward Facing Dog.  Down Dog should looks like a 90 degree arc at the hip joints with the arms and legs straight, hands and feet on the floor.  Use the hand to push the shoulders back toward the feet as you try to work the heels to the ground.  Remain in Downward Facing Dog for 5 breaths through the nose.
10.                  Inhale as you step the right foot forward between the hands into a lunge followed by the left foot ending in the same position as Step 3 above.
11.                  Exhale and release into a forward bend.  Step 2 above.
12.                  Inhale as you sweep the arms out to the side and bring the body upright into the same position as Step 1 above.  Pay close attention to keeping the back straight as you raise the arms overhead and look at your hand touching.
13.                  Exhale and return to the standing pose you started with (Mountain Pose).