Our Massage Therapists

Gina Tibbs

Walnut Creek & Danville

Owner Loosenup Bodywork / HHP, Instructor / Therapist / Massage Therapy Practitioner

Gina Tibbs, HHP, Instructor / Therapist, is the founder of Loosen up Bodywork. Gina was drawn to this profession after struggling to find permanent solutions for musculoskeletal issues of her own. She has made it her mission is to help people understand how to work with their body to alleviate and avoid acute and chronic pain. She has over 15 years of experience in manual and massage therapies. Her passion is to teach, always learn more and to empower her clients and students with new and old techniques for healing every day.

Gina has worked with wellness centers, day spas, yoga centers, and massage schools. “My goal as a massage therapist is to assist my clients in opening tight, restricted, and overworked muscles to bring balance to the body. I am also a corrective exercise specialist and enjoy developing exercise plans for clients to strengthen and stabilize their bodies.”

A contributor and thought leader in the field of pain relief through manual and therapeutic massage technique, she has instructed and trained hundreds of fellow practitioners. As a licensed massage therapist, she takes great delight in not only alleviating pain and inducing a relaxed state for her clients but also in ongoing education on self-care and self-healing.

Placing a great deal of emphasis on continuing education for herself and her staff, Loosen Up Bodywork is able to empower its clients to live balanced lives that emphasize healing and recovery from stress.

Specialties: NeuroMuscular Therapy and Prenatal massage and Postnatal massage.

Michael Cuglietta

Walnut Creek

CMT / Lead Therapist

Michael found massage through his own athletic endeavors competing in track and field and trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials in 1996. During this time he discovered the benefits of receiving massage for improving performance and for preventing injuries. Michael is a USATF certificated coach and works with two local high school teams as well as amateur runners needing help with training plans.

Michael is also a Sports/DT Massage Instructor and has considerable knowledge of anatomy and muscle function. He is happy to explain techniques and very helpful in understanding the path to take for better muscle function. Being a running coach and having worked in shoe retail as well, he is able to analyze gait and give advice on running shoes and equipment.

“Massage is an important part of one‘s routine for peak performance. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a pro athlete, none of us want to suffer through an injury and/or be sidelined from our activity. Reaching for the best range-of-motion and the ability to rely on your muscles’ full capacity will save your body, mind and spirit.”

Rachel Wong is grounded and mindful, as is her touch. A graduate of the National Holistic Institute’s 1350-hour Massage Therapist Certification Program and Advanced Neuromuscular Program, she specializes in soft tissue therapy designed to relieve pain and return injured tissues to normal function. Specific, targeted soft tissue treatment, flexibility stretching and self-care eliminate the causes of most muscular aches and pains.

She is also certified for Lymphatic Drainage Massage. This deeply relaxing modality is especially beneficial for clients who are experiencing fluid congestion due to trauma or surgery, (edema or lymphedema). It helps reduce inflammation and increases fluid circulation, alleviating pain and swelling.

Rachel is adept at using her intuitive skills and knowledge of anatomy to find and release trigger points and help clients to achieve greater flexibility and strength, increased ease and efficiency of movement, improved posture, and increase energy and vitality.

Her massage incorporates Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular and Trigger Point Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage and Sports massage.

Rachel Wong

Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

Marcial Castillo

Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

Marcial comes to us with a wonderful, wide-ranging mix of knowledge from Western and Eastern massage modalities as well as Native/Latin American Shamanic healing arts. He found massage through his mentors, learning the art of Esalen massage and has lectured at UC Berkeley and the University of Northridge on his experience combining energy work with massage. After an injury to his own back, Marcial began to study ways to heal soft tissue.
He found Mckinnon Massage in Oakland and began specializing in deep tissue and sports massage.
Marcial knew he was meant to work with people and the body and utilizes multiple techniques from all such modalities to bring balance back to “you” your body.

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Esalen, Shamanic and Curanderismo.

Certified Massage Therapist Janel graduated from McKinnon Body Therapy Center, where she learned a variety of modalities including Oncology, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Myofascial Release, Cupping and Pre-Natal massage. She studied Lymphatic Drainage giving her extra attention towards fluid build up perfect for those with inflammation due to sprain, strains or post surgery. Her approach is therapeutic, nurturing and goes at the pace of the client.

Janel is devoted to listening to her client’s needs, promoting pain relief and maximizing clients’ well-being. She sees each session with genuine curiosity and an open mind to get the best results for each individual.

Angel (Janel) Sanchez

Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

Trang Phan

Walnut Creek & Danville

CMT / Therapist

As a marathon runner and rock climber, Trang understands that it is crucial to maintain health and balance of the body for it to perform its best. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physiology, from which she gained extensive knowledge in the functions and anatomy of the human body. Coupled with her training from School of Holistic Touch, Trang thoughtfully works with each client to treat both major and minor injuries, prevent future injuries, and restore strength and mobility in order to maximize the functional capacity of the body.

Growing up as a competitive soccer player, Savannah developed a passion for health and exercise that has had a major influence on her career as a massage therapist. Alongside her study of massage therapy at Cortiva Institute, she also completed her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness at Brigham Young University. Much of her experience has come from her work in a medical massage office, practicing alongside a chiropractor and other skilled massage therapists to help patients recover from injury and chronic pain. Savannah’s broad range of bodywork skills, coupled with a strong knowledge of physical fitness, have helped her understand how to treat different ailments.

Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports, and Structural Bodywork are modalities she uses to get effective results. She enjoys helping people heal so they can perform at the best of their ability – whether that be excelling in sports or completing daily activities and hobbies pain-free. Massage, combined with strengthening correct muscles, is what she believes is the key to stimulating our bodies to heal, reducing pain and increasing quality of life dramatically. “First move well, then move often.”

Savannah Mitchell

Walnut Creek & Danville

CMT / Therapist


Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

Abe graduated with Honors from NHI in 2014 and has spent the last 5-6 years refining the skills he learned. While on the NHI sports team he began to fuse modalities like sports massage with Shiatsu and Thai massage, and developed a love for clinical massage that addresses specific pains or health issues. A World traveler, he has played many different sports!

Modalities he uses include Swedish, Shiatsu, Thai, Deep tissue, Myofascial Release, Sports, and Anxiety release/ relaxing if necessary (and combos of).

Abe enjoys learning about and helping his clients meet their unique goals.

Kawika is a longtime movement and fitness enthusiast having grown up playing soccer and racquet sports, shifting to competitive marksmanship and later becoming a military diver in the Coast Guard serving with 10+ years of honorable service working in the fields of Emergency Management and search and rescue. He began his massage training in 2019 to focus on helping people on a more individual basis and graduated from McKinnon Body Therapy Center having focused on Deep tissue, Swedish, Thai and Shiatsu modalities.

His current passions are aerial circus arts, yoga, stand up paddleboarding and rock climbing which contribute significantly to his understanding of movement practices that he enjoys communicating and connecting with clients. Kawika works in partnership with clients, engaging in ongoing dialogue for effective outcome oriented bodywork for recovery and relief.


Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist


Walnut Creek

CMT / Therapist

Krystal Cade brings deep tissue massage to the table with a chiropractic background.

A self-proclaimed “muscle nerd”, Krystal has always found fascination with the human body, and has always enjoyed tactile exploration. After studying psychology for two years, she quit and began her massage therapy journey. Krystal spent 8 years growing while working with chiropractic patients. She has often worked with injuries such as repetitive stress injuries, those in post-surgery rehab, and those who’ve been in car accidents. She has experience working with and guiding post-surgery scar tissue adhesions, and has seen the incredible results that can occur with the right bodywork. 

Her curiosity and passion for bodywork, means she is adept at finding problem areas quickly and efficiently. She always makes sure to communicate with her client to ensure collaboration as a team. Krystal specializes in deep tissue and trigger point therapy. While she admits she can at times be heavy handed, she knows each client is always a little different and will always adjust accordingly.

Krystal brings nurturing energy to a clinical environment, and wants nothing more than to help you get back to functioning and thriving.

Katelyn is a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and a certified Personal Trainer with a specialization in Corrective Exercise. Her personal style of massage combines a variety of modalities and techniques that ultimately aims to reduce pain, improve overall movement and function of the body, and help clients get reconnected to their physical self. She believes that the busy and stimulated world we live in has created so many distractions that have caused us to become disconnected from our bodies. Her mission is to help people get out of their minds and back in to their bodies.

Katelyn values the importance of involving clients in their progressive care and does so by educating them on the form and function of their body. She helps clients consider their daily activities and repetitive movements to take a deeper look at the potential causes of pain and tension. This approach helps clients get to the root cause of pain which can create longer lasting results. She strives to create an experience that will leave you feeling great during and after your massage.

Whether you’re in need of lasting pain relief, seeking help with postural imbalances and wanting to move more freely, or an athlete looking to improve your performance, Katelyn gladly welcomes all people to her table to help you work toward your goals.


Walnut Creek & Danville

CMT / Therapist



CMT / Therapist

Maintaining an eye on clinical precision, Michael works with the body to achieve greater awareness, movement, and mobility, welcoming clients home into the comfort of their own skin. His massage incorporates Swedish, deep tissue, sports, shiatsu, acupressure, and energy work.

Growing up as a competitive swimmer and transitioning into a lifelong explorer, Michael has spent his life on the move.  Through rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, and mountaineering, Michael wandered the corners of the earth tearing muscles and breaking bones along the way. In recent years, as the yearning for adventure softened, he took his exploration inwards. Through massage, conscious movement, yoga, qigong, and meditation, Michael brought gentle awareness back to a body that had been beaten, broken, and bruised.

Michael’s mission is to help bring awareness to people’s bodies. Healing is a lifelong pursuit. As we let go of striving for perfection and lean into self-love and forgiveness, the aches and pains of the body turn into lessons and teachers. Michael offers a space to return to oneself. Through safety and trust, walls of tension melt away and the body rejoices!