Our Membership Just Got Upgraded!

Dear Loosen Up Member,

We are excited to tell you about some upgrades we are making to our Membership plan!

During the last year as we have switched over to the new software platform, we have struggled to get our existing Membership plan and the functionality of the new system to be cohesive.  We’ve tried to force the system to do things the way we have always done and we’ve built out several other membership models and tested them.  Now we feel like we’ve come up with a plan that is easy to understand and manage and provides more value to our Members!

Membership Features

• Discounts on every service

• Unused sessions roll over for 12 months

• Share membership with immediate family

• Use at both locations

• Month to Month agreement

The next time you come in for your regular session, we will have an updated agreement ready for you to review.  Below are the details of the changes we’ve made.

  • One thing that isnt changing is that this is still a month-to-month auto-renewing contract. So you won’t notice any changes there.
  • What is changing is instead of acquiring credits to use towards massages that expire 60 days after purchase, your credit with us will just continually roll over for you up to 12 months to use at your convenience.
  • As long as your account is active and in good standing, you can utilize your credit towards sessions at the discounted rate.  Once you cancel or payments stop, you have 60 days to use the credit left in your account.

We feel that this is a much better system for you because it prevents clients from losing any value and gives more flexibility for scheduling.  Of course, if you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to the front desk, or directly to myself at [email protected].

All of the other perks of Membership with us will remain.  You can still share it with your immediate family and come in as often as you like at the Member rate. And you can still use credit at both of our locations.

We hope you enjoy the improved ease-of-use and value of this new plan.  We designed it with you in mind.  Thank you for being such a big part of our practice and our community.  We truly appreciate you.

Best regards,

Gina Tibbs

Interns at Loosen Up Bodywork

At Loosen Up Bodywork, we believe in education.

In partnership with select local massage therapy schools, we host massage therapy students to come in and observe our processes. This exposes students to the real world of a massage therapy practice like ours that’s different from the typical spa setting.

We also offer intern positions here at Loosen Up. For our clients, that means appointments for clinical- and sports-style massage with intern therapists with prices up to 40% less than our regular appointments.

All massage therapy interns have 400+ hours of coursework and practice and provide excellent care. But, we don’t have interns all the time. So, when you’re looking for clinical or sports massage care and you see intern appointments available, book them while you can!

Book an appointment today.

Even with 400+ hours under their belts, interns still need additional mentoring to meet the standards of our staff therapists. (Maybe that helps you appreciate just how amazing our staff therapists are!)

Interns who complete their coursework, California state certification, and a practical exam with one of our lead therapists are eligible for promotion to staff therapist.

Why Prenatal Massages Are Good for Both the Mind and the Body

If you’re like most pregnant women, you’re probably looking for ways to ease your discomfort and de-stress. What could be better than a prenatal massage? Prenatal or pregnancy massages not only feel nice, but they are also good for the mind and the body. In this blog post from our team at Loosen Up Bodywork, we will discuss the benefits of prenatal massages and how they can help improve your pregnancy experience. Learn more below and book your appointment for a prenatal massage today!

Relaxed pregnant woman getting a massage

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

One of the main benefits of prenatal massages is that they can help reduce stress and anxiety. Pregnancy is a time of many changes and can be very stressful. Maternity massages can help to ease the tension and worry that comes with pregnancy.

Woman asleep in bed

Improve Sleep Quality

Prenatal massages can also help improve sleep quality. Getting enough rest is important for both mom and baby. Pregnancy massages can help to reduce mental and bodily stress, which can lead to better sleep at night.

Pregnant woman sitting on a bed holding her back

Ease Muscle Aches and Pains

Another benefit of prenatal massages is that they can help ease muscle aches and pains. As your body changes during pregnancy, you may start to experience new aches and pains. A maternity massage can help to relieve these discomforts.

Pregnant woman laying on her side getting a massage

Reduce Strain on the Ligaments

Prenatal massages can also help reduce strain on the ligaments. The ligaments are what connect the bones and joints and they can become strained and uncomfortable as your body grows during pregnancy. Pregnancy massages can help to reduce this strain and pain.

As you can see, prenatal massages have many benefits for both the mind and the body. Contact our team at Loosen Up Bodywork today to book your appointment. We offer prenatal massages in Danville, Walnut Creek, and the surrounding California areas. We look forward to helping you feel your best during pregnancy!

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Neuromuscular Massage Therapy: What You Need to Know

While the name ‘neuromuscular massage therapy’ may be intimidating, it’s actually a wonderful massage therapy that focuses on the health and vitality of your nervous system. Here at Loosen Up Bodywork, we offer wonderful neuromuscular massage therapy services for your health and wellness. Learn more below, and schedule an appointment today!

What is Neuromuscular Therapy?

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) uses massage therapy techniques on trigger points or pressure points in order to relieve tension in the body. This deep tissue massage helps to reduce pain and dysfunction, as well as help with specific traumas inflicted upon the muscles, tissues, and fascia.

Benefits of Neuromuscular Therapy

The benefits of neuromuscular therapy are many. Pain can be reduced and/or eliminated. This type of massage therapy can promote better healing of injuries and help improve posture. In addition, it can increase your mobility and help with increased blood circulation.

The “Why” Behind Neuromuscular Massage Therapy

One of the main reasons that neuromuscular therapy is so effective is that the pressure on the trigger points helps to get to the root of the injury or the angry muscle and tissues. This helps relieve tension and restore proper blood flow to the area, which then allows your muscles to heal and function properly.

When to Use Neuromuscular Massage Therapy

If you are experiencing pain or have chronic pain and nothing else has been helping, speak to one of our massage therapists. We offer free consultations to go over your health history, your current and past treatments, and to get you the help you need. Contact us today.

Get Healing Here

If you are looking for some pain relief, more mobility, accelerated healing for your injury, or some self-care, we can help. Contact one of the massage therapists at either our Walnut Creek or Danville office locations today!

Schedule Your Appointment

Post Cosmetic Lymphatic Reset

Now more than ever, taking care of your immunity is critical for making it through sickness and maintaining a healthy future. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle, hands-on technique done to maintain the body’s lymphatic system. Loosen Up Bodywork offers services to help you maintain the health and movement of your body so that you can go on to do the things you love. Read to learn more about the gentle treatment for a lymphatic reset!

What Are The Benefits

This relaxing technique gently stimulates the movement of stagnant fluid. This massage supports proper blood circulation, body fluid balance, and supports immunity. Not only is it a relaxing massage, but it is also one that comes with benefits that relieve current pain and tension in your body, and help support you for a healthier future. 

How Does It Work?

Lymphatic reset works by gently stimulating fluids that become built up. The gentle pressure allows for the fluid to begin moving through nodes and tissue without becoming stuck. Stagnant fluid in the body can lead to many health conditions along with resulting in a weaker immunity system. Loosen Up Body Work specialists are trained in this technique and have the skills necessary to structure this treatment to the specifications of every client. Since every client has different needs, our team collaborates with you and other medical providers to ensure you are getting the treatments necessary.

How Often Should I Be Doing It?

Weak lymphatic systems can be a result of many conditions. Serious health conditions, trauma, and stress can lead to weak and damaged lymphatic systems. Since every lymphatic situation is different for each person, how often you should get the treatment varies. Learn more about this treatment on our page and let us help you consult with your healthcare provider so that we can determine the best schedule for you!

After Care Of A Lymphatic Reset

Although this is a gentle treatment, there are after-care guidelines that should be followed. As your stagnant fluid begins to move, avoiding things like excessive caffeine, alcohol, hot temperatures, and tight clothing help to increase the movement of fluid. 

Loosen Up Bodywork provides gentle treatments to provide pain-free movement within our clients. We know the importance of living a life free of pain and discomfort. All of our therapists are experts and provide quality service through understanding your pain points and working with your healthcare providers to understand the services you need. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you!

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. Participants experienced a reduction in side effects from chemotherapy and radiation and had an improved perceived quality of life and overall functioning after 30 minutes of massage performed weekly for three weeks.

Manual lymph drainage (MLD), also known as Lymphatic drainage therapy (LDT) is a style of bodywork that calms the sympathetic nervous system, reduces swelling and improves immune system function. It has been shown to improve chemotherapy induced neuropathy, post-surgical swelling and scar tissue. In fact, a 2016 study in Lymphatic Research and Biology, showed self MLD combined with physical exercise was beneficial for breast cancer patients in preventing postmastectomy scar formation, upper limb lymphedema, and shoulder joint dysfunction. This study solidifies the importance of properly functioning lymphatics and empowers breast cancer clients to help themselves with recovery. Self MLD is easy to do, but it is important to first understand the how, where and when of using this technique. The way MLD is performed after lymph node removal, surgery and radiation is not the same as it would be prior to treatment.

Clients in treatment or with a cancer history benefit most by working with MTs trained in massage for oncology clients. Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and lymph node removal have immediate as well as lifelong effects on the body that should be taken into consideration during a massage session. During cancer treatment, massage is a respite for body and mind, but therapy must be tailored to where the client is at in their treatment process. As chemotherapy progresses, cellular changes in the body result in fatigue, susceptibility to bruising and bleeding and an increased risk of infection.

The removal of lymph nodes, surgery and radiation cause damage to the lymphatic system, sometimes resulting in Lymphedema, a condition where fluid cannot properly drain from tissue causing swelling. Although Lymphedema usually occurs in the first three years following treatment, there is a lifelong risk of developing it, even years later. This is so important for two reasons. One, because onset is typically due to an event that over taxes the affected limb. Two, because Lymphedema can be reversed if treated early. This means paying attention when your affected limb feels heavy or fatigued during activity and taking a break. Avoiding things like deep tissue massage on the affected limb as well as blood pressure cuffs, shots, etc. and always contact your healthcare provider if symptoms do not go away.

Understanding the effects of cancer treatment, lymphedema risk and how to adapt massage for oncology clients is specialized training that is not typically taught in massage school. If you are going through cancer treatment or have a cancer history, always book your massage with a trained and experienced therapist.


by Aimee Kupcak



Cancer Council. (2021, September 25). Does Massage Spread Cancer? Retrieved from cancer.org.au: www.cancer.orgau

Sturgen, W.-H. (2009). Effects of therapeutic massage on the quality of life among patients with breast cancer during treatment. the journal of alternative and complementary medicine, 373-380.

Zhang, F. (2016, June 16). Combining Manual Lymph Drainage with Physical Exercise after Modified Radical Mastectomy. Retrieved from www.liebertpub,com: www.liebertpub.com


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 we adapt to ever-changing standards).

With the latest changes to our state and country COVID-19 restrictions standards, I want to take a moment to address what to expect at Loosen Up.

We have always operated more like a health clinic than a spa. Today, all our staff are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Our staff will continue to comply with CAL/OSHA standards for our business.

In addition, we continue to comply with Contra Costa County requirements related to commercial establishments and COVID-19. To comply with county requirements, please follow these guidelines.

  • Masks are now optional for both therapists clients. However if you prefer that your therapist wear a mask, they’re happy to do so.

Also, we will waive cancellation fees for clients who are not feeling well. Please notify us as soon as possible if you are not able to keep your appointment due to feeling symptomatic.

We continue to keep ourselves updated and current on all requirements for our practice. This has proven to be an almost endless task during the pandemic and I am so proud of our team’s adaptability and dedication to provide the best care for all of our guests. I also want to express my gratitude for all the support we have received from our community. It has made a world of difference for all of us at Loosen Up.

Our team remains ready and well-equipped to help our clients with their relaxation, pain management, and performance-based work. We are looking forward to the next chance we have to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Yours in health,

Gina Tibbs

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 of less than ideal physical work environments.

I am not an ergonomics specialist, by any means, but I can offer clients some tips that may help reduce repetitive stress injuries. While creating a space that keeps our body in the most neutral position possible can be helpful, if you stay in any position long enough, it’s going to create problems. Try to incorporate frequent movement into your work routine. Even just a mild stretch or movement through our full range-of-motion can flush out metabolic waste and bring fresh blood to our tissue so it can continue to meet demand without fatiguing. Here are a few of my favorites.

Look over each shoulder
Tilt head side to side
Head circles each direction
Wrist circles both directions
Flex wrist with closed hand
Extend wrist with open hand
Shoulder circles forward and back

This little list of movements can be done once or twice an hour to really help support our muscles and structure when we are relying on them so much. I’ve included a link (below) to a video with a great condensed list of tips to try out at your workstation – wherever it might be. But remember, no matter how well thought-out your physical work environment is, our muscles require movement, so multiple mini breaks and regular exercise are always your best bets to keep your muscles happy.

Stay well,
All of us at Loosen Up Bodywork

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 approaches and how they affect different symptoms associated with anxiety.

The standard circulatory or Swedish massage is amazing for increasing circulation and encouraging the release of endorphins. The effects are very similar to those you experience after exercise, with these hormones giving the body an exhilarating sense of well-being.

Sometimes, if we’ve been stuck in a state of anxiety for long periods, it can begin to affect our posture. Our shoulders hike up and round forward, our head becomes forward, and general tension builds up other places, as well. A fast or vigorous massage may be over-stimulating and won’t correct the long-standing posture issue. Instead, focusing on muscles that hold us in that posture with a slow sustained manner can allow our body to move toward a more neutral posture without being over-stimulating or agitating.

The last modality I’ll cover here, even though there are many others that have positive impacts on anxiety symptoms, is Lymphatic Drainage. This technique is my personal favorite for those who are really locked in that state of overwhelm and worry. Lymphatic drainage for the head, neck and face, in particular, put even the most high-strung person right to sleep. Pressure is light and rhythmic and because of that, the progression of movement can be easily anticipated by the client so the need for the body to guard itself absolves completely.

All of our therapists are trained to be able to meet our clients where they’re at when they land on our tables. While not all of our therapists are trained in every technique, each technique is adaptable to be able to meet clients needs. We love to hear from our clients and help them decide what will work best. And if our front desk can’t answer your specific question, we can have a therapist call you back.

Be well and we hope to see you soon.
Yours in health, Gina Tibbs