Why Lymphatic Drainage is Important while Traveling

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about your lymphatic system until it’s mentioned in a health class or on a medical show. And even then, you might only have a vague understanding of what the lymphatic system does. But the truth is, this network of vessels and nodes is essential to keeping our bodies healthy – especially while traveling! In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of lymphatic drainage and how Loosen Up BodyWork can help.

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Higher Energy Levels

One of the benefits of lymphatic drainage is that it can help to increase your energy levels. If you’re someone who often feels sluggish or tired, this type of massage can be a game-changer. The lymphatic system is responsible for transporting white blood cells throughout the body, and when it’s not working properly, we can feel the effects. Loosen Up BodyWork can help to get your lymphatic system flowing smoothly, so you can feel your best while traveling.

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Reduce Swelling

Another common issue that can be helped with lymphatic drainage is swelling. When we fly or travel long distances, our bodies can retain fluid and we can end up feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Lymphatic drainage can help to reduce this swelling and promote better circulation. If you’re looking for a way to feel more comfortable while traveling, lymphatic drainage may be the answer.

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Improved Immune System

One of the most important functions of the lymphatic system is to help filter out toxins and waste from our bodies. This helps to protect us from illness and disease. When we travel, we’re exposed to new germs and bacteria, which can put a strain on our immune system. But if our lymphatic system is working properly, it can help to filter out these toxins and keep us healthy. Loosen Up BodyWork can help to ensure that your lymphatic system is functioning properly, so you can stay healthy while traveling.

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Help with Chronic Health Conditions

If you suffer from a chronic health condition, lymphatic drainage can be a helpful treatment. Conditions like lymphedema, sinus infections, and fibromyalgia can all be helped with this type of massage. Loosen Up BodyWork has experience helping people with chronic health conditions, and we can tailor our services to meet your needs.

Lymphatic drainage is important while traveling because it can help to increase your energy levels, reduce swelling, and more. Loosen Up BodyWork can help to ensure that your lymphatic system is functioning properly, so you can stay healthy while traveling. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!

Find Muscle Pain Relief With Myofascial Release Massage

Do you suffer from muscle pain? If so, you may want to consider a Myofascial Release Massage from Loosen Up Bodywork in Danville, CA. Myofascial release is a type of massage that can help relieve pain and tension in the muscles. Our experienced massage therapists are passionate about natural healing and will listen to your pain relief needs. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of this massage.

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Relief From Pain

Direct myofascial release is an attempt to relieve pain by bringing about changes in the myofascial structures. The practitioner utilizes a variety of depths and oblique strokes to achieve length, mobility, and increased circulation. This improved circulation then lets the muscles begin the healing process that leads to pain relief.

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Increased Range of Motion

The therapist will work to release the restrictions in your muscles and tissues through the stretching or elongation of the mobilizing adhesive tissue, or fascia. This can help reduce pain by allowing your muscles to move more freely. 

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Improved Posture

Good posture is critical for back and spine health and helps to reduce instances of back and neck pain. Our therapists will work on releasing the tightness in the muscles and tissues in your back, allowing you to stand straighter for better posture.

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Muscle Tension Release

Fascia is the continuous band of connective tissue that surrounds the muscle. By working that tissue through a myofascial release massage, it can change the structure of the fascia which helps relieve pain caused by muscle tension.

If you are looking for relief from muscle pain, a myofascial release massage from Loosen Up Bodywork can help. Our therapists are experienced in providing this type of massage and can help you to feel better quickly. Book your appointment today at our studio in Danville or Walnut Creek, CA.

Single Sided Sports Recovery

With the French open in full swing, I thought it would be fun to give some tips on recovering from sports with some specific examples if you play tennis.

Many sports require excessive single sided use without a good option for training to develop our non-dominant side.  Tennis is a perfect example. If your sport if choice requires lots of single sided use, then warm up and stretching will be even more important for you.

Warming up pre-practice and light stretching afterwards, however minor it may seem, makes a significant difference in how we recover. A good warm up will provide fresh fluids to your muscles to lubricate them and provide the compounds necessary for proper performance.  Elasticity is also increased post warm-up, which will reduce your risk injury.  Here’s a simple example of a warm up routine:

The stretching piece rings your muscles out of all the used up fluids that are now oxygen poor and rich in metabolic wastes.  That fluid is replenished when your stretch is released once again with nutrient dense fluids to aid your muscles in recovering.  There is a second added benefit of reminding your central nervous system of your full range of motion.  Pecs and adductors are highly used in tennis; here are a couple of good examples of how to stretch those:

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We always love giving our clients tools to help them recover from the sports they enjoy, so if you would like to have a specific routine for your particular sport, schedule your appointment today.  Keep moving and we hope to see you soon.

Habits We Form

I’ve spent the first month of this new year thinking about habits.

Sharing some wonderful conversations with a friend of mine who practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has taught me that the habits we form, both mentally and physically, are very similar and can be interconnected.  If we can understand the effects of the patterns we form, it will help us approach our bodies in a more supportive and productive way. 

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It’s All Connected

“It’s all connected.”   

I hear the phrase “it’s all connected” often in my treatment room, as well as from other therapists.  

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Importance of Communication

If I were granted a single wish, it would be to get clients and therapists alike to understand the importance of communication in therapeutic bodywork.

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Struggling With Sleep?

At Loosen Up we often receive questions regarding ideal sleep recommendations; best positions, pillows, mattresses, etc. These are tougher questions to answer than you would think. There are many contributing factors to preferred sleeping position, pillows, and mattresses; previous injuries, room orientation, or sleeping companions. How we sleep is a personal topic and effective tips and tricks vary for each person.

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How to Use a Foam Roller for Myofascial Release

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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. Read more