Tracing Out A Problem Area – Soft Tissue and Massage Treatment

I hear the phrase “it’s all connected” often in my treatment room, as well as from other therapists.  This phrase has always frustrated me because of its vague nature.  It can leave a therapist or client with the idea that we should address all of the soft tissues in the body in one session to possibly stumble upon the solution to a persistent ache or pain.  This is not to say that a general full-body session isn’t great for maintenance or de-stressing, but the therapist and client might miss an opportunity to explore the variety of structures that surround a problem area and trace them out to see what tension patterns are present.

Assessment of range-of-motion and locating restricted soft tissue patterns through touch paints a picture of the underlying condition of the body and, more importantly, the way a client is using their body regularly.  Once we can see this picture, we can go about finding alternative ways of using our bodies to complete a job, sport, or hobby that can restore balance rather than perpetuate aches and pains.  So while it is true that many of the aches and pains that pop up are caused by tensions that exist elsewhere in the body, it’s our job as a soft tissue therapists to help our clients understand the underlying pattern so they can bring awareness to their activities of choice and move through their lives with reduced pain and ease.

For location information and to book an appointment, visit our Contact page.

Gina Tibbs, HHP, Instructor / Therapist, is the founder of Loosen up Bodywork. Gina was drawn to this profession after struggling to find permanent solutions for musculoskeletal issues of her own. She has made it her mission is to help people understand how to work with their body to alleviate and avoid acute and chronic pain. She has over 15 years of experience in manual and massage therapies. Her passion is to teach, always learn more and to empower her clients and students with new and old techniques for healing every day.

Our new location!!!

Picture1Dear family and friends of loosen up bodywork, It’s been a  while since my last news letter. You guys have been keeping me so busy, I haven’t had time to write. Once again, I am humbled and  grateful for your patronage and for all of your referrals. You have done such  a good job of helping me grow my  practice that we have outgrown our little location and are currently waiting for our next place to be ready for us to move in.

We are not moving far. We will actually be in the same building just in a different suite down stairs. I am hoping we will be in the new suite by September 1st so be sure to check your confirmation emails and voice mails for our address change. For people scheduled close to the time of our move, I will call you personally to make sure you know where you’re going. Of course, our website is where you can always find our most up to date information including contact info and schedule.

With our larger location is coming more treatment rooms for more therapists to come on board with Loosen up Bodywork. So for those of you that have had a hard time getting an appointment, this will create more options for last minute work and evening appointments. Our new therapists will all have a minimum of 3 years experience and 500 hours or more of training to assure you the quality of work you expect from us. I will also be training everyone directly once a month. We hope you are enjoying your summer so far and look forward to seeing you soon.

2363 Boulevard Circle suite #22 Walnut Creek 94595

Gadgets – Our New Addiction

We cannot deny that the society is dealing with the fast innovation of technology today.

To cope with these technological advances, we have embraced the use of these gadgets – smart phones, tablets, notebooks and other similar items.

Due to this, people have developed a strong urge to keep themselves connected to the point of getting addicted.

Have you, in any way, felt anxious and tensed upon learning that you have left any of your gadgets (particularly, cellphone) at home?  I bet you did! Most people believe that they cannot run their lives normally without getting connected.  These gadgets literally run the lives of most of us.

Most users of these gadgets already got hooked.  They spend most of their time glued on their smart phones, androids, tablets, laptops, the social networks and whatnot.  The habit of checking them even before bedtime is a ritual.  In that case, you ought to blame that habit if you wake up feeling exhausted with raccoon eyes and puffy eye bags rather than revitalized and healthful.

Based on studies, majority of gadget users sleep with their phones under their pillows or on their bed, without realizing that this practice causes sleep deprivation.

It was found out that the phone’s light restrain melatonin, which induces sleep. It will also,for sure, wake you up from that much needed slumber due to a buzz or a tone.

However, even with this predicament, people admit that even during the wee hours of the night, their first instinct is to grab and check their mobile phones in case they have been awakened.

At present, several studies are being conducted to find out the reason of this addiction.  It is a growing concern of this present time since our society is suffering from a number of social and health issues caused by this so-called tech addiction.

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