More Studies Show the Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Deep Tissue Massage Walnut Creek CA 94595A recent Wall Street Journal article reported on scientific studies on massage therapy. One huge benefit from the research is that it could increase insurance coverage for massage.

Another benefit is the increased legitimacy of massage,  not only for pampering, but an  integral part of your Holistic Self-Care Routine.

Some of the highlighted results include:

  • People who receive massage once a week for 10 weeks had less pain & disability than those who didn’t. Some benefits lasted more than 9 months after the last treatment.
  • A full-body massage boosted immune function and lowered heart rate and blood pressure in women with breast cancer undergoing radiation treatment.
  • A 10-minute massage upped mitochondria production, and reduced proteins associated with inflammation in muscles that had been exercised to exhaustion.


The article gives helpful tips on finding a qualified massage therapist. At Loosen Up Bodywork, all of our massage therapists have over 500 hours of training and are Certified and Licensed by the State of California. We guarantee that our clients will love the quality and care our massage therapists provide.


Souce: Don’t Call It Pampering (WSJ)

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.

Save Your Back with Mindful Movement

Massage in Pleasant Hill for Back PainGood posture, exercise & correct body mechanics help keep your back to be strong & flexible. The muscles, ligaments & discs of your back do a big job, supporting your spine & moving the weight of your body.


Help protect your back with mindful movement:

1. Spread your feet shoulder width apart for stability when moving or working. Stand evenly on both feet, with your knees slightly bent.


2. Practice feeling your center of gravity in your abdomen. Many people try to move from their upper bodies, which is less efficient than moving from your pelvis, hips, and abdomen (also known as your core).

Practice strengthening exercises for your abdomen. Take a class or ask for advice from your personal trainer or pilates instructor.


3. When lifting, stand close to the load, squat & use your legs to lift it, keeping your back upright & the object close to your body. Avoid twisting as you lift.


4. Kneel down on one knee to retrieve something from the floor.


5. When reaching for an object overhead, keep your shoulders and hips facing it—don’t twist.


Massage can help with posture by stretching shortened muscles and fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and other tissues), freeing movement around the joints, & relieving muscle contractions that can pull you out of alignment.


Loosen Up Bodywork’s certified massage therapists specialize in deep tissue, sports massage & NMT, to provide the highest quality massage therapy for our clients. Book a massage appointment at our Pleasant Hill massage studio online or call (925) 289-9750.

How to Use an Ice Pack

How to Use an Ice Pack for PainAre you experiencing muscle pain, sprain or swelling? Cold therapy can be an effective way used to reduce pain & swelling.  Here are some tips to use a cold pack, safely:


  • Very cold applications, such as ice packs, should be used briefly on localized areas, like inflammation, swelling or sprains.


  • Use for 20-30 minutes on the injury followed by 15-20 minutes off.


  • This therapy works best when used frequently within the first 24 hours of an injury.


  • Always use a cloth between your skin and ice.


  • NOTE: If a joint or limb seems deformed or you can’t bear weight or otherwise use it normally after hours, contact your physician.


Source: Take Care of Yourself: The Complete guide to Medical Self-Care, Donald Vickery, MD, and James Fries, MD.


Loosen Up Bodywork’s certified massage therapists specialize in deep tissue, sports massage & NMT, to provide the highest quality massage therapy for our clients. Book a massage appointment at our Pleasant Hill massage studio online or call (925) 289-9750.

Backpacks and Your Child

Pediatricians, physical therapists and massage therapists are seeing more
young patients complaining of neck and back pain due to an overloaded
backpack. The American Academy of Pediatrics says a backpack should
never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of a student’s body weight. Even
so, your child should have a well-fitting backpack and use it correctly to
avoid discomfort and injury. For instance, when bending down, it is
important to bend at the knees instead of the waist if you are wearing a


Do your children have a locker where they can store books they’re not
using? Maybe they can make more frequent locker stops between classes.
Talk to their teachers if necessary to explain why they may be late by a
minute or two. Must they carry all their books every day? Some schools
are providing two sets of textbooks so they can keep one at home and one
at school. Ask about this option.


When your children put on their backpacks, notice if they are leaning
forward. If so, it is too heavy. Go through the packs to see what can be
left at home or school. Then work with your children in adjusting straps
and settling the pack properly on the body. If it still is not working,
consider purchasing a better pack.


Some children like pulling a pack on wheels, which really gets the
weight off the back. Another option is an individually fitted internal
frame backpack designed to make packing easier on the body. Hip and
chest straps like the ones on hiking backpacks can take the weight off the
upper back and shoulders. The shoulders and back should be padded for
comfort. The shoulder straps should be worn on both sides and tightened,
so that the pack is held close to the body.


If your daughter or son already has problems, see your health practitioner
right away. Also, one of the best known benefits of massage is in helping
to relieve muscle spasms and improve posture. Massage will have limited
effects, however, unless other changes are made.

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.

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