10 More Stress Busters


Last week, we listed 20 Stress Management techniques you can do in between massage sessions. Here are 10 more to try:

1. Play racquetball or tennis.

10 Stress Management Tips Walnut Creek CA2. Take a nap, even if it’s only for 10 minutes.

3. Take your breaks at work. Get outside or do simple stretches for 10 minutes.

4. Laugh. Watch comedies and read humorous books.

5. Try autosuggestion. Frequently repeat a suggestion to yourself such as “Head tall” or “Neck relaxed.” You don’t have to do anything, just say the words.

6. Take a warm shower, stretching your neck and shoulders slowly in the warm water.

7. Brush your hair from each temple to the base of the skull, and then down the center of your head.

8. Take a weekend, or even a morning, away from obligations and worries.

9. Express your creativity. Write down your memories or create an art project.

10. Honor a time and space for your own relaxation. Regular massage is a great way to develop this nurturing habit.


Which stress buster is your favorite technique?


20 Stress Busters


Get more of out your massage by managing your stress in between sessions. Here are 20 ideas for you to try:

1. Set aside time to talk to your family and friends about your concerns.

2. Practice focused relaxation. Sit comfortably, noticing where you feel discomfort. Breathe slowly into these areas.

3. Make a list of people and things you are grateful for.

4. Set boundaries at work and home.

Stress Management Walnut Creek CA5. Meditate. Take a class or try out a group.

6. Bike, jog, or just take a 10-minute walk.

7. Dance! Take a ballroom dance or just have some fun in your living room and crank up the music!

8. Massage your aching neck or back.

9. Stretch. Ask your massage therapist for some suggestions or review the stretching exercises in our blog.

10. Take a yoga or tai chi class.

11. Have a cup of caffeine-free herbal tea.

12. Practice deep, full body breathing if you can’t sleep.

13. If possible, take action to change situations that are troubling you.

14. Relieve yourself of responsibilities that don’t feel right any longer. Saying “no” does wonders!

15. Try new things, like a new , nutritious and tasty food.

16. Assign yourself a time to “fret” — then move on to your day-to-day activities.

17. If you feel that stress threatens to overwhelm you, seek a professional counselor.

18. Take a hot bath. Add several drops of essential oils like lavender or ylang-ylang for relaxation.

19. Try biofeedback.

20. Take a painting, writing or photography class.


What are you favorite ways to de-stress?


A Happier, Healthier Community!

Gina Tibbs, Walnut Creek Massage TherapistAfter taking a some time off last month, I had the opportunity to step back and observe what Loosen up Bodywork has become.

What I see is an interconnected community of people committed to making the most out of their lives, that also recognize a healthy body and mind are the only way to achieve that goal.

I want to congratulate and thank each of you for being a part of this collective energy. It never would have become a reality without you.

Our next foam roller class will be at Sports Basement in the loft as usual on 5/31 at 7:00. Remember these classes are always free and they are great
opportunity to build on the bodywork that you are already doing. Just bring a mat or a towel and a 3’ long, 6” round foam roller.

Also, Don’t forget that Mothers day is around the corner so if your mom shares your commitment to living each day to its fullest you can help support her with a gift from us. You can purchase them online and print up the massage gift certificate from our website our come in a get a pretty gift card at our office.