Our Massage Therapists

Gina Tibbs

Walnut Creek & Danville

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

Walnut Creek

CMT / Lead 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.”

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.

She is also certified for Lymphatic Drainage Massage. This deeply relaxing modality is especially beneficial for clients who are experiencing fluid congestion due to trauma or surgery, (edema or lymphedema). It helps reduce inflammation and increases fluid circulation, alleviating pain and swelling.

Rachel is 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, Lymphatic Drainage and Sports massage.

Rachel Wong

Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

Marcial Castillo

Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

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. He found massage through his mentors, learning the art of Esalen massage and 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.

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Esalen, Shamanic and Curanderismo.

As a marathon runner and rock climber, Trang understands that it is crucial to maintain health and balance of the body for it to perform its best. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physiology, from which she gained extensive knowledge in the functions and anatomy of the human body. Coupled with her training from School of Holistic Touch, Trang thoughtfully works with each client to treat both major and minor injuries, prevent future injuries, and restore strength and mobility in order to maximize the functional capacity of the body.

Trang Phan

Walnut Creek & Danville

CMT / Therapist

Savannah Mitchell

Walnut Creek & Danville

CMT / Therapist

Growing up as a competitive soccer player, Savannah developed a passion for health and exercise that has had a major influence on her career as a massage therapist. Alongside her study of massage therapy at Cortiva Institute, she also completed her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness at Brigham Young University. Much of her experience has come from her work in a medical massage office, practicing alongside a chiropractor and other skilled massage therapists to help patients recover from injury and chronic pain. Savannah’s broad range of bodywork skills, coupled with a strong knowledge of physical fitness, have helped her understand how to treat different ailments.

Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports, and Structural Bodywork are modalities she uses to get effective results. She enjoys helping people heal so they can perform at the best of their ability – whether that be excelling in sports or completing daily activities and hobbies pain-free. Massage, combined with strengthening correct muscles, is what she believes is the key to stimulating our bodies to heal, reducing pain and increasing quality of life dramatically. “First move well, then move often.”

Abe graduated with Honors from NHI in 2014 and has spent the last 5-6 years refining the skills he learned. While on the NHI sports team he began to fuse modalities like sports massage with Shiatsu and Thai massage, and developed a love for clinical massage that addresses specific pains or health issues. A World traveler, he has played many different sports!

Modalities he uses include Swedish, Shiatsu, Thai, Deep tissue, Myofascial Release, Sports, and Anxiety release/ relaxing if necessary (and combos of).

Abe enjoys learning about and helping his clients meet their unique goals.

Abe

Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

Kawika

Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

Kawika is a longtime movement and fitness enthusiast having grown up playing soccer and racquet sports, shifting to competitive marksmanship and later becoming a military diver in the Coast Guard serving with 10+ years of honorable service working in the fields of Emergency Management and search and rescue. He began his massage training in 2019 to focus on helping people on a more individual basis and graduated from McKinnon Body Therapy Center having focused on Deep tissue, Swedish, Thai and Shiatsu modalities.

His current passions are aerial circus arts, yoga, stand up paddleboarding and rock climbing which contribute significantly to his understanding of movement practices that he enjoys communicating and connecting with clients. Kawika works in partnership with clients, engaging in ongoing dialogue for effective outcome oriented bodywork for recovery and relief.

Krystal Cade brings deep tissue massage to the table with a chiropractic background.

A self-proclaimed “muscle nerd”, Krystal has always found fascination with the human body, and has always enjoyed tactile exploration. After studying psychology for two years, she quit and began her massage therapy journey. Krystal spent 8 years growing while working with chiropractic patients. She has often worked with injuries such as repetitive stress injuries, those in post-surgery rehab, and those who’ve been in car accidents. She has experience working with and guiding post-surgery scar tissue adhesions, and has seen the incredible results that can occur with the right bodywork. 

Her curiosity and passion for bodywork, means she is adept at finding problem areas quickly and efficiently. She always makes sure to communicate with her client to ensure collaboration as a team. Krystal specializes in deep tissue and trigger point therapy. While she admits she can at times be heavy handed, she knows each client is always a little different and will always adjust accordingly.

Krystal brings nurturing energy to a clinical environment, and wants nothing more than to help you get back to functioning and thriving.

Krystal

Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

Katelyn

Walnut Creek & Danville

CMT / Therapist

Katelyn is a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and a certified Personal Trainer with a specialization in Corrective Exercise. Her personal style of massage combines a variety of modalities and techniques that ultimately aims to reduce pain, improve overall movement and function of the body, and help clients get reconnected to their physical self. She believes that the busy and stimulated world we live in has created so many distractions that have caused us to become disconnected from our bodies. Her mission is to help people get out of their minds and back in to their bodies.

Katelyn values the importance of involving clients in their progressive care and does so by educating them on the form and function of their body. She helps clients consider their daily activities and repetitive movements to take a deeper look at the potential causes of pain and tension. This approach helps clients get to the root cause of pain which can create longer lasting results. She strives to create an experience that will leave you feeling great during and after your massage.

Whether you’re in need of lasting pain relief, seeking help with postural imbalances and wanting to move more freely, or an athlete looking to improve your performance, Katelyn gladly welcomes all people to her table to help you work toward your goals.

I often say, “Massage chose me, I didn’t chose it,” as a silly way to describe massage as a calling of mine. I’ve been practicing bodywork since 2016 and had training at McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland, California and Joti Reiki in Charleston, South Carolina.

My experience training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai led me to begin my career focusing on sports massage, but have since branched out into other modalities. By blending Eastern and Western techniques, I customize a session to best address one’s specific needs.

Pepper

Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

Michael

Walnut Creek & Danville

CMT / Therapist

My work is a fusion of structural techniques, Ortho-Bionomy, Deep Tissue, and Cranial Sacral techniques. The approach addresses many skeleton-muscular dysfunctions: back and headache pain, rotator cuff dysfunctions, scoliosis, and hypermobile joints. I have had a lot of success working to help with postsurgical pain, TMJ, and whiplash injuries. Athletes with sports injuries, active folks, and those wanting to address chronic or acute pain will benefit a lot from my work.

If you have had surgeries or are anticipating surgeries this work is ideal. I have worked with clients post heart valve replacements, heart attacks, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. This work is deeply relaxing and healing. It is non-invasive, and does not cause pain, nor does it use painful techniques to release pain. I am excited to be working with you here at Loosen Up Bodywork.

Jacki, a Certified Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, fell into massage by generously giving her friends a massage. With 15 years of practice, Jacki is a forever sponge, always willing to soak up the knowledge of the body.

She was an instructor at IPSB College teaching Hydrotherapy and Self-Care and at Pacific College of Health and Science teaching Tui Na Massage. She is a fan of all things Disney, Harry Potter, Spice Girls, SF Giants, and 49ers, to name a few. She may be a child at heart, but she always shows professionalism, maturity, and dedication to massage and her clients.

Jacki incorporates and specializes in Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Tui Na, and Swedish. In her sessions, she is thorough at finding “troubled” muscles that could help alleviate the origin of pain or discomfort. She enjoys making “sandwiches” in her session – start with a bit of Swedish to see how the muscles feel (something nice), add more pressure – if needed – with additional focus (no so nice part), finish it with a more soothing technique (make nice), and add some stretching where needed.

Jacki

Danville

CMT / Therapist