About Our Massage Therapists Walnut Creek CA

Gina Tibbs

Owner Loosenup Bodywork / HHP, Instructor / Therapist / Massage Therapy Practitioner

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.

Gina has worked with wellness centers, day spas, yoga centers, and massage schools. “My goal as a massage therapist is to assist my clients in opening tight, restricted, and overworked muscles to bring balance to the body. I am also a corrective exercise specialist and enjoy developing exercise plans for clients to strengthen and stabilize their bodies.”

A contributor and thought leader in the field of pain relief through manual and therapeutic massage technique, she has instructed and trained hundreds of fellow practitioners. As a licensed massage therapist, she takes great delight in not only alleviating pain and inducing a relaxed state for her clients but also in ongoing education on self-care and self-healing.

Placing a great deal of emphasis on continuing education for herself and her staff, Loosen Up Bodywork is able to empower its clients to live balanced lives that emphasize healing and recovery from stress.

Specialties: NeuroMuscular Therapy and Prenatal massage and Postnatal massage.

Michael Cuglietta

CMT / Therapist

Michael found massage through his own athletic endeavors competing in track and field and trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials in 1996. During this time he discovered the benefits of receiving massage for improving performance and for preventing injuries. Michael is a USATF certificated coach and works with two local high school teams as well as amateur runners needing help with training plans.

Michael is also a Sports/DT Massage Instructor and has considerable knowledge of anatomy and muscle function. He is happy to explain techniques and very helpful in understanding the path to take for better muscle function. Being a running coach and having worked in shoe retail as well, he is able to analyze gait and give advice on running shoes and equipment.

“Massage is an important part of one‘s routine for peak performance. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a pro athlete, none of us want to suffer through an injury and/or be sidelined from our activity. Reaching for the best range-of-motion and the ability to rely on your muscles’ full capacity will save your body, mind and spirit.”

Chris Cordova

CMT / Therapist

Chris is an avid runner which enhances her thorough knowledge of how various muscles are affected by specific repetitive movements. She took her training at National Holistic Institute and understands that maintaining health is more than just eating right and being active. Her active lifestyle reflects her passion for whole body balance.
As a part of the Loosen Up Bodywork community, she in an integral part of a team that strives for a higher level of whole body balance.
Chris notes, “I am available to anyone wanting to explore their own muscular condition and to help facilitate more muscle awareness. My goal is always to help clients alleviate muscle tension pain by communicating clearly and paying close attention to muscle cell feedback.”

Aimee Lee

CMT / Therapist

Aimee comes to the Loosen Up Bodywork team with twenty years of massage therapy experience. She specializes in treating clients with acute pain, chronic pain and muscular dysfunction. Some of these issues include: whiplash, strains, sprains, repetitive stress injuries, migraines, sciatica and auto immune disorders. She has helped eliminate pain and inflammation, restore muscular function, increase range of motion and decrease fatigue for clients who have often suffered for decades. She uses a combination of neuromuscular, trigger point and lymphatic drainage therapies.

Ken Brooks

CMT / Therapist

The body is a combination of many moving parts, systems and tissues working in unison. It’s what keeps us going and, unfortunately, what ends up causing us pain and discomfort from time to time.

As an avid biker and half-marathoner, Ken knows how powerful touch can be in healing the body. For him, massage addresses and alleviates the aches and pains he sometimes suffers from—sore muscles, stress and fatigue—that come with sports-related activities and everyday movements.

As a massage therapist, Ken acknowledges these types of issues related to the physical body. In addition, he pays particular attention to the mind and spirit, two very important pieces of the human puzzle. Aligning and balancing all three is key.

Ken uses thoughtfully orchestrated strokes that help relieve stress and tension while restoring calmness. He combines techniques from Swedish, Deep Tissue and Shiatsu during his sessions. As he works, he also listens with his hands to help assess what might work best for his client at that moment. He ends each session with gentle touch points on the scalp and face as well as a full-body final balancing.
His intent is that each client leave feeling much better than when he or she arrived, and that he has addressed any issues he or she may have had coming in.

Carolina Nimmer

CMT / Therapist

Carolina has been providing therapeutic massages since 2003. She creates custom sessions for each of her clients so they may accomplish their health and wellness goals. Pulling from her training in Lomi Lomi, Lymphatic drainage, Cranio-sacral, Prenatal, and Deep Tissue, her sessions are effective while also being rhythmic and relaxing. Carolina is also a member of a Hula club, and volunteers at the VA Wellness Center in Concord.

Liz van Beek

Clinical Reflexologist

Liz joins our Loosen up Bodywork community as a Clinical Reflexologist. Reflexology is a specialized pressure technique applied to specific wellness-related reflex points on the feet, hands and ears to release blocked energy, relieve stress, boost circulation and aid the body to homeostasis.
Prior to graduating in 2012 Liz spent 20 years as an outdoor instructor and adventure guide. Experiencing first hand how the body reacts and performs in demanding roles has given her in-depth knowledge to the physical and emotional tolls the body exerts. Her passion for Reflexology is driven through understanding pathologies, our bodily systems, how they relate to each other and how they can be corrected with the aid of this modally.
Liz’s main focus is on pain reduction and cancer care. She runs her own business in Berkeley (Lizardprints Reflexology), Volunteers at the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in Oakland, and enjoys continuous education opportunities currently studying massage through McKinnon Institute.
This is a great counterpart to many massage styles, especially lymphatic massage. All sessions are personalized and individual treatment plans are based on her client’s particular requirements.

Reported benefits include:
– Increased energy
– Deep sense of relaxation / improved sleep disorders
– Decreased stress / depression
– Increased mental clarity
– Reduction of muscular tension
– Improved circulation
– Diminished pain / neuropathy
– Speeds recovery after injury / surgery

This modality is easily carried out as ongoing self care as no tools are required. Your Loosen Up BodyWork Reflexologist is happy to create your individualized self-care plan for you.

Rachel Wong

CMT / Therapist

Rachel Wong is grounded and mindful, as is her touch. A graduate of the National Holistic Institute’s 1350-hour Massage Therapist Certification Program and Advanced Neuromuscular Program, she specializes in soft tissue therapy designed to relieve pain and return injured tissues to normal function. Specific, targeted soft tissue treatment, flexibility stretching and self-care eliminate the causes of most muscular aches and pains. Rachel is also adept at using her intuitive skills and knowledge of anatomy to find and release trigger points and help clients to achieve greater flexibility and strength, increased ease and efficiency of movement, improved posture, and increase energy and vitality. Her massage incorporates Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular and Trigger Point Therapy and Sports massage.

Marcial Castillo

CMT / Therapist

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Esalen, Shamanic and Curanderismo.
Marcial comes to us with a wonderful, wide-ranging mix of knowledge from Western and Eastern massage modalities as well as Native/Latin American Shamanic healing arts. Marcial found massage through his mentors learning the art of Esalen massage. He has lectured at UC Berkeley and the University of Northridge on his experience combining energy work with massage. After an injury to his own back, Marcial began to study ways to heal soft tissue.
He found Mckinnon Massage in Oakland and began specializing in deep tissue and sports massage.
Marcial knew he was meant to work with people and the body and utilizes multiple techniques from all such modalities to bring balance back to “you” your body.

Janel Sanchez

CMT / Therapist

Janel graduated from McKinnon Body Center in Oakland, with training in Deep Tissue, Clinical Deep Tissue, Myofascial cupping , Myofascial release, Pre-natal and Touch and Trauma. Her journey into the massage world started out with learning to deal with her own chronic pain. Massage gave a relief that other techniques could not provide, making her want to give others the same feeling. Seeing each person as an individual is key to creating trust and setting the framework for better results. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she enjoys spending time near the water. In her spare time she can be found making crafts, salsa dancing, drawing portraits, or out at karaoke.

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