Pregnancy is hard on both the body and the mind. Fortunately, there are natural methods that can ease these struggles. Prenatal care provided by qualified therapeutic massage experts at Loosen Up Bodywork has many different benefits that can make pregnancy and labor an easier process while also benefiting your overall health. See for yourself when you schedule a session at our Walnut Creek or Danville locations and experience the positive impact our massage treatments can have now! 

Improved Blood & Lymph Circulation

Pregnancy can have effects on your body that you might not be aware of. Prenatal massage helps to improve the circulation of blood and lymph at a time when your body needs assistance. It can help you sleep better, relax, and focus on making it through your pregnancy. Book a new client appointment now!

Cramps & Spasms

Common symptoms that many women experience during pregnancy include potentially intense cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain. This often occurs in the lower back, neck, shoulders, hips, and legs. This can make your pregnancy experience extremely difficult and taxing on your body. Prenatal massage can go a long way in reducing the intensity of these symptoms and decreasing your pain. 

Emotional Relief

Outside of the physical symptoms that accompany pregnancy, it can also take a heavy toll on your emotional well-being. Reduction in sleep, increased stress, depression, and anxiety are frequent occurrences that make life difficult for a pregnant woman. Our prenatal care can assist in improved mood and sense of well-being. This is due in part to an increase in serotonin and dopamine along with a decrease in cortisol levels.  Also just receiving some well deserved quiet time can help tremendously.

Easier Labor

One of the biggest reasons to look into prenatal massage is that it can help with forthcoming labor. There are techniques that you can learn on the massage table that can potentially lead to an easier and less painful delivery.  

Make an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Walnut Creek and Danville for prenatal massage care from Loosen Up Bodywork today!


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.

hot water bottle for helping with swelling

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!

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

Reopening Postponed

We have been informed that we will once again have to postpone the reopening of our studios. Due to rising positive tests and hospitalizations in our community, the Contra Costa Health Department is pushing back the reopening of all businesses that have not yet reopened in order to limit exposure in our community.

We were so excited to see all of your names on our schedules again but until we are able to get better control over the spread of Covid-19 in our area, we will once again have to reschedule. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your patience, cooperation, and support while we all navigate this unknown territory together.

Many of you have opted to keep your memberships rolling throughout this time in an effort to support us. While we greatly appreciate the support, we do not feel like it’s fair to continue to charge you unless we are able to begin offering services for those credits in the immediate future. So we will be putting holds on all memberships for July. If you wish to continue to support us you can purchase gift cards or even share the link to our gift card page with your friends and family.

We will still be offering video conference appointments and remain available by phone and by email to address any questions or concerns you may have. In the meantime, stay well and stay safe. Let’s all work together to get our community healthy again!


Gina Tibbs