Entries by Matthew Spaur

Benefits of Bodywork for Breast Cancer Clients

Did you know massage therapy can alleviate anxiety in cancer patients as well as improve symptoms of cancer treatment such as pain, fatigue and immune system function?  A 2009 study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine measured anxiety, pain, nausea, sleep quality and quality of life in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. […]

Why We Practice Prenatal Work in Side-Lying Position

Recently we received some feedback from a client expressing her desire to receive prenatal work lying on her stomach.  They do make prop pillows to allow pregnant women to lay like this but we do not use them at Loosen Up.  So I thought I would take the opportunity to explain why we prefer side-lying […]

Current COVID-19 Protocols

At Loosen Up we have always prided ourselves on providing results-oriented bodywork in an environment that is supportive and safe for all who come through our doors. We’ve maintained this standard for over 15 years in the East Bay and we will continue to do so (even if it causes us a little whiplash as […]

Ergonomics: Fixes for Neck and Wrists

Over the last year, the pandemic forced many people to switch from working in well laid-out and equipped offices to working from home. Some of you may even still be working from your kitchen tables. As massage therapists, we are frequently asked about how to avoid the recurring pain that creeps up as a result […]

How Massage Helps Anxiety

Many of us are familiar with the calming effects of massage therapy. Massage treatments, though, can be many different things. One approach and technique may be great for one person and torture for another. So as I attempt to offer insight into how massage can help alleviate the effects of anxiety, I will address several […]

Exercise and Anxiety

Most of us have experienced anxiety at some point in our life. Stress from work or school; worries about finances, personal relationships and all the other stressors life offers is a normal part of living and when well-managed, can motivate us to do our best. But when stress is out of balance and becomes overwhelming […]

Updated Hours–March 2021

We are now offering services at both our Walnut Creek and Danville locations! We are limited to Monday through Thursday appointments in Danville while we continue our search for additional talented staff for that location, but are open 7 days a week in Walnut Creek. You can visit our Book an Appointment page to schedule […]

Updated Hours–February 2021

As a result of the changing Covid restrictions and guidelines of the Bay Area, we have made the following changes to our hours: Walnut Creek Office hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm Open for massage appointments: 7 days a week Appointments outside of office hours available upon request. Danville Office hours: Monday – Friday […]

Updated Hours–December 2020

Today it was announced that the Bay Area will be the first to enact the more restrictive Stay at Home order to prevent the ICU Hospitalization rate from going higher than 85%. This means that we are going to be required to close our Danville offices again on Sunday night, December 6. We will, however, continue […]