20 Stress Busters


Get more of out your massage by managing your stress in between sessions. Here are 20 ideas for you to try:

1. Set aside time to talk to your family and friends about your concerns.

2. Practice focused relaxation. Sit comfortably, noticing where you feel discomfort. Breathe slowly into these areas.

3. Make a list of people and things you are grateful for.

4. Set boundaries at work and home.

Stress Management Walnut Creek CA5. Meditate. Take a class or try out a group.

6. Bike, jog, or just take a 10-minute walk.

7. Dance! Take a ballroom dance or just have some fun in your living room and crank up the music!

8. Massage your aching neck or back.

9. Stretch. Ask your massage therapist for some suggestions or review the stretching exercises in our blog.

10. Take a yoga or tai chi class.

11. Have a cup of caffeine-free herbal tea.

12. Practice deep, full body breathing if you can’t sleep.

13. If possible, take action to change situations that are troubling you.

14. Relieve yourself of responsibilities that don’t feel right any longer. Saying “no” does wonders!

15. Try new things, like a new , nutritious and tasty food.

16. Assign yourself a time to “fret” — then move on to your day-to-day activities.

17. If you feel that stress threatens to overwhelm you, seek a professional counselor.

18. Take a hot bath. Add several drops of essential oils like lavender or ylang-ylang for relaxation.

19. Try biofeedback.

20. Take a painting, writing or photography class.


What are you favorite ways to de-stress?


Spring Cleaning for Your Body

Body Wrap Massage in Walnut Creek CASpring is a great time for clearing out the cobwebs that have collected over the winter, not only in our homes but in our bodies as well. The warmer weather and extra sunlight provide the perfect environment to increase your body’s own natural detoxifying abilities.


A body wrap or scrub can kick start that process and get you on track for being bathing suit ready by summer. I used to think of body wraps as a fluffy, luxury treatment.


But after teaching hydrotherapy for the last three years and going on a kind of “favorite body wrap hunt” myself, I’ve realized that they are another powerful tool to help people achieve their health goals. The days of the body wrap being the main focus of a treatment are over.


Now you can add a wrap to any massage service. It costs $20 more and only takes 30 minutes total from your session.


Some of the benefits you may experience include the release of metabolic wastes and toxins, smoother, more even toned skin, a boost to your immune system and much more.


When you get a wrap from Loosen Up Bodywork, you also get the same therapeutic massage treatment you expect. The wrap is simply an added service with the focus still being on keeping you pain free.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils to Decrease Stress

Aromatherapy and essential oils are a wonderful way to improve your mood and decrease stress.

When choosing essential oils for home use, only use pure, high-quality oils. Ask one of our massage therapists for more information on how to choose the right essential oils for you.

Always use a base oil like almond or grapeseed oil to blend and dilute your essential oils.

Here are some recommended essential Oils for to decrease stress:

  • Lemongrass
  • Roman chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Basil
  • Rose
  • Neroli
  • Lavender

Tips to Save Your Neck and Shoulders

Massage for Neck Pain If you have pain or discomfort in your neck and shoulders, try these tips at work to reduce pain and prevent possible injury. Try these out and see which ones you like. Then focus on those for a week or two until they become habit. After mastering those, you may want to add another “good” habit.

1. The keyboard should be close enough to you that you don’t have to stretch forward to reach the keys.

2. Avoid reaching far forward or twisting behind you to reach for things. Stand up, or turn and move close to the article you need.

3. Your mouse should be close to the keyboard where you don’t have to reach to use it.

4. Keep your upper arms close to your sides, hanging straight down. Let your shoulders remain relaxed, not rigid.

5. Keep your head aligned with your spine. Relax your neck and imagine your head floating toward the ceiling.

6. Don’t forget to take frequent rest and stretching breaks.

Aromatherapy Tips For Pain


Here are some ways to use essential oils at home to help ease your aches and pains in muscles or joints. Use only pure, high-quality oils. Ask your massage therapist for more information about sources to obtain quality oils.




Roman chamomile
Atlas cedarwood

The last two can be irritating, so always dilute them in a “base” oil before using. Base oils include almond, walnut, and grapeseed, but any good quality vegetable oil works fine.



To blend a nice massage oil, add about 10 drops of essential oil to an ounce of base oil or lotion.
Try this blend: 2 drops chamomile,2 drops birch, 2 drops rosemary, and 4 drops lavender added to one ounce base oil. Massage into sore or cramped muscles after a bath.

Add 10 drops each of eucalyptus and Atlas cedarwood to a tub of
warm water, and soak. Add the oils after your bath is drawn and swish
well before entering water.

Soak a clean towel in a sink of very warm water to which 5-
10 drops of a blend of the above essential oils has been added. Wring out
and apply it to your sore body part. Resoak when the towel cools and use
for a total time of 20-30 minutes.

To avoid soreness from exercise, give yourself a brisk rub down after a workout. Mix 10 drops of a blend of black pepper, rosemary, and eucalyptus to an ounce of base oil. Rub your limbs quickly and thoroughly. It’s advisable not to oil your body before vigorous exercise, because the oil can interfere with your ability to sweat.


Do you have a favorite aromatherapy oil or treatment?



Renowned aromatherapist Francoise Rapp has e-books, a newsletter and other information on her website:

Aromatherapist and teacher Jeanne Rose is the author of The Aromatherapy Book: Applications and Inhalations (North Atlantic Books, 1995) and offers home-study courses.


Loosen Up Bodywork provides the highest quality service by educating our clients on how to best utilize our services and products that are available. We have multiple online resources and our phones are answered by our therapists so you can always reach a trained professional to answer your questions.

Our goal is to empower our clients to take charge of their own health and wellbeing. With our therapists vast knowledge in various natural health treatments, we can assist you in finding the best modalities to match your unique body.

Visit our services page to see how we can partner in cultivating health and wellness in to your life @