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Lymphatic Massage Modalities for Swollen Adenoids
Our 7 year old has had reccurent bouts of swollen adenoids and/or
tonsils (without a presenting infection per se) off and on for the
last 2 years - most of the time it is ok (only one or the other are
swollen) but when both become swollen then nighttime breathing is
affected - we are searching for someone who practices lymphatic
massage or other modalities that can help to stimulate the lymphatic
system/tissue and alleviate the buildup (and thereby avoid surgery).
Any recommendations or advice on the matter is most appreciated.
we'll all sleep better...
I highly recommend Betty Segal for Lymphatic Massage. She
is extremely experienced and is located in Albany. Her
phone number is: 510.526.8685. I'm curious if she would
recommend lymphatic brushing. She taught me about it and my
7 year old has her own brush and has learned the techniques
I highly recommend Gaylee, a Vodder technique Lymphatic Drainage
massage person. Her number is 510-849-1388. She reduced swelling after
I had neck surgery and she helped a friend of mine who had a tumor.
She is simply amazing and has been doing this work for many years. She
is in Berkeley.
If you have further questions feel free to write me.
Massage with No Chakra Talkra
I know there are MANY recommendations for massage therapists in the
archives - but I am looking, in particular, for an excellent practicioner
who is NOT about the spiritual healing stuff - who won't feel the need to
tell me about my chakras, colors or energies. I need someone who can help
with chronic neck/shoulder issues, suggest exercises to help me work with
my own body and provide a really excellent massage from a purely
anatomical standpoint. Preferably in Oakland/Berkeley or other east bay.
So please share? tied up in 'nots'
Hi - I am a HUGE fan of Rosie Liebe (www.thebodypraxis.com).
She is different from any other massage I've ever gotten in
my life - and the most effective!
She really focuses on problem areas and works to actually
heal. I had chronic back pain from a bad ergonomic
situation at work for about 8 yrs. I did chiropractors,
physical therapy, etc with no real success. After seeing
Rosie a few times, teh pain was finally gone!!!
Be warned - she's not the candles, light music spa type
therapist. She is really a healer but works from the
physiology/biology (ie scientific) vs spiritual method.
She sounds just like what you're looking for and I'd highly
recommend her. Julie
Dr. Johanna Lelke, Sports Performance Chiropractor can help
you with the shoulder pain and give you exercises to do at
home. www.drlelke.com is where you can find her info and
make an appointment. She helped me with a shoulder issue
Beth Baron in Berkeley is really good and not at all flakey. She does
wonders for me with target treatment for specific pain issues--really fixing
the problem, not just making it feel better for a few days ony to get worse
again. Here's her website: http://bethbaron.com/. She is in Berkeley.
I understand your sentiment. I used to only go to yoga classes with no oms.
Great massage therapist with no chakra talkra... Jessica Otten.
I'm picky on massage therapists. I like them to be firm enough and really
get the places that are sore. Jessica is great. Nice studio in her
backyard with a bathroom. Very comfortable space and fantastic massage.
Best massage I've ever had comes from Joan Marie
Passalacqua, who is a certified massaged therapist and an
anatomist. She is very focused on figuring out what is
causing pain / discomfort, and then addressing it. I've
gone to her when I have had injuries, and I am so incredibly
grateful for her talents.
2700 Eighth Street, Berkeley
active and grateful
My masseuse is very down to earth, and not airy fairy at
all. She does some subtle work (craniosacral therapy), but
also deep tissue and a bevy of other techniques. I think
you two could be well suited. You can always call her and
talk about your specific needs. She's a lovely person. I
know she's got a website either on the way, or I'm not in
the loop but here's her number, oh her name is Dahlia and
she's in Oakland.
(510) 759-4250. Ami C.
Our regular masseuse is really fabulous and never discusses
chakras. I guess she's more structurally oriented. She's
experienced, does great targeted deep work is trained in a
number of techniques and uses hot stones, yum! My husband,
myself and my daughter have been working with her for a few
years now. Don't think she does outcall massage anymore,
but she has a lovely office in her home.
I/We highly recommend her work.
Dahlia Silvers, LMT at: (510) 759-4250 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Massage with No Chakra Talkra,
I know what you mean and highly recommend Sarah Hammond 510.387-3325, or
http://www.sarahhammondmassage.com. Sarah is very knowledgeable about
anatomy, extremely skilled at therapeutic massage, and can recommend simple
exercises to help you stay flexible if you ask. I have been seeing her every
three weeks for over two years - it has made a major difference in how I
feel and move.
I can highly recommend Hana Levin, LMT... 510.418.4262
She is highly skilled and highly professional. I have been receiving
massage from her for almost 10 years and feel confident referring my clients
to her as well (I am a chiropractor). She is strait forward, communicates
clearly, listens well, takes extensive notes and won't hit you with chakra
talkra (I love that Not to mention that she continually adds to her
education, knows anatomy well and is excellent with her hands. I have been
Hello to the person who's looking for a good solid massage
therapist in the area who doesn't get all airy fairy about
it. I'm with you and I've too found myself in the company of
massage therapists of that kind. My masseuse is really
wonderful. She does do a variety of techniques and is very
experienced and down to earth. She's great at finding
whatever is wrong and honing right in on it. She works
deeply, but knows how deep to go so I'm never sore
afterwards. In addition to this, she gives great suggestions
for stretches and things to do at home. She also works with
hot stones which is just the best. You might want to try
her. Here's her information: Dahlia Silvers at (510)
759-4250. That's my input. With all the massage therapists
around here, you're sure to find a good one. Good Luck. giomegio
Inexpensive Massage therapist
Can someone recommend a massage therapist in Berkeley who
isn't too expensive and is effective without causing pain?
I would highly recommend Dorothea Dorenz; she's in Berkeley
and is wonderful. Her fantastic massages just helped cure my
'frozen' shoulder. She is a state certified movement and
massage therapist. She asks you to give feed- back if
anything hurts during the massages (nothing ever did during
mine). She also gives great tips for strengthening exercises
to do at home which were really helpful for me. You will
find her rates very reasonable and her knowledge extensive.
She's also a very nice woman; you will enjoy knowing her!
You can contact her at 510-525- 8717. Sharon
Alison Luke, she'll work with you, never let you live in
pain, and very aware of pressure preference. She does in-
home massage, you can google her. anon
I have gone to Heather Ellsworth for several massages. The
most recent time I arrived with a two-day migraine going. By
the time Heather finished working on me, I was so relaxed I
felt like I could melt onto on the floor. My headache was
gone. She is the only massage therapist I have used who has
not left me in any sort of pain. She is a sensitive
listener and does just what I need. I highly recommend her.
Feeling much better
Soothing Foot massage
Dear Fellow Readers,
I am looking for a place, salon, or person that specializes
in foot massage. My tired aching feet are dying to be
pampered. The whole nine yards-ankles, soles, toes. I have
tried a few places and have not been satisfied. Please do
tell of someone or somewhere in Albany, El Cerrito,
Berkeley, or Kensignton. No chiropractor or acupunture
recommendations please. Thank you barely standing
I got a wonderful foot massage at a place half a block north
of University and San Pablo, on the west side of the street.
(sorry I can't remember the name) They have amazingly comfy
chairs too! jp
I know a wonderful massage therapist named Anissa Matthews,
who offers a special massage called 'Barefoot in the
Sandbox!' She'll actually come to your own home. The
massage includes an essential oils hot foot bath, then foot
work on a massage table combining Structural Foot Balancing,
Reflexology and Shiatsu techniques.
I highly recommend Victoria McKenzie Stewart for all kinds
of massage. She's amazing, an incredibly gifted healer. She
has her own studio in the El Cerrito/Richmond area not far
from Berkeley. She also used to be at Tea Garden Springs in
Mill Valley and now has her own studio in Mill Valley as
well. She is certified in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy,
St. John Neuromuscular Therapy and massage. She does
prenatal, postnatal and is a really gifted intuitive massage
therapist, and a natural in doing energy work. She is a
really gifted individual, great for structural,
sports-related muscular issues, can work very deep. She also
is very intuitive, trustworthy and works on the deeper
spiritual levels as well. She has seen me through so many
issues before and after my pregnancy, as well as
sports-related issues, probably the best massage therapist
I've ever been to. Also, her craniosacral work is amazing.
(510) 232-4557, cell: (510) 666-7853 Laurie
Massage therapist in Berkeley
Do you know a really good massage therapist in Berkeley who you could
Lela DaVia is excellent and works out of her home in
Berkeley. 510-847-0842 or email@example.com.
I highly recommend Sylvia Salgado, 510.526.5049. Her office
is on San Pablo between Marin and Gilman, and she's both
highly skilled and reasonably priced. Sylvia is very
versatile as a massage/neuromuscular therapist and a
wonderful human being who inspires all those around her. She
also does great cranial sacral work and develops customized
stretching programs for clients who could benefit from that.
Her office is technically in Albany but well worth the drive.
Terry (a grateful client!)
Beth Baron is great. http://bethbaron.com/
Anyone heard of massage therapist Naraya Stein
I'm wondering if anyone has heard of a massage therapist by the name
of Naraya Stein? I heard her name mentioned as someone who treats
not only adults, but also teens/tweens. We are looking for someone
to work with our 12 year old daughter, but would love to find someone
who could treat me as well (mom). Has anyone heard of Naraya?
I just recently got a massage from Naraya. A friend recommended her and
I loved it! She uses a combination of techniques -- I requested an
emphasis on Deep Tissue, which was firm, but she uses essential oils
and guided deep breathing to make the experience relaxing. Her studio
is very peaceful w/ natural skylight, soothing colors and music. I know
she worked at the infamous Santa Fe spa Ten Thousand Waves prior to the
Bay Area. I highly recommend her. Her contact info: 510-926-9207;
Looking for good masseuse
I'm looking for referrals for a skilled, reasonably priced
masseuse in the East Bay, preferably near Albany, El
Elke Savala is wonderful. She is in El Cerrito near Albany hill. I
always call her for massages. As far as reasonable, ( I often do
trades) let her know your situation.
She also does house calls. Her # 510-525-2956 sharyl
Shoshana Uribe from Manzanita Wellness Clinic is a fantastic
massage therapist. She is able to do both deep and gentle
work depending on what you need and want. She helped me heal
a recent injury with the support from her massage and
acupuncture. (She is also and acupuncturist) I see her for
both modalities and often get a combination of both during
one session when I have acute pain. I also have benefited
from the remedies she prescribes, as she is very
knowledgeable with both Chinese and Western remedies. She
has helped me and my children immensely with all sorts of
issues from the common cold, to allergies, to physical pain
& injuries. Here is her website:
All the best to you.
I have been working with SHOSHANA URIBE for almost 10 years.
I consistently leave my appointments refreshed and
re-balanced. Shoshana's warm presences and quiet competence
have been an integral part of my stress management and good
health. As an added bonus, she is now also licensed in
acupuncture, and can offer acupuncture and herbal remedies
for those who want to move beyond massage. Appointments are
available over a range of day, evening, and weekend times. All in a
lovely, soothing studio conveniently located on San
Pablo Ave, at the Manzanita Wellness Clinic. And did I
mention she offers sliding scale rates, and you can connect
with her either by phone or e-mail? Just a terrific
experience all the way around. I highly recommend Shoshana!
Shoshana Uribe, L.Ac Manzanita Wellness Clinic
2818 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
www.manzanitawellness.com http://www.manzanitawellness.com Barbara O.
I highly recommend two massage therapists who work in the
office of Dr. Lynn Hausrath, DC, which is located on
Macdonald Ave. in Richmond a few blocks west of Hwy. 80. Elizabeth
works on Wednesday afternoons, and Rita on
Thursday afternoons, and both are highly skilled CMT's. Each
is experienced and competent, and responsive to the needs of
their clients. And both women are kind and caring, and easy
to feel comfortable with. The price is very reasonable -
just $60 for a 1-hour massage, or $30 for a 30-minute massage.
Call Dr. Hausrath's office at 510-236-4473 to schedule a
massage appointment with Elizabeth or Rita.
Female Deep-Tissue Massage in Oakland?
Hello. I have chronic low back and hip pain. I have tried
several massage therapists in the East Bay and I have yet to
find someone who can work deeply on these areas. My last
few experiences have been either too light or too hard and
painful that I could barely walk for 2 days. I live in
Piedmont and would like to find someone close to home.
Thanks for your help. Laura
I highly recommend Dina Minyon. Dina has been doing massage
for over 20 years. I've been seeing her for over 10 years.
I also have chronic low back pain and Dina is the only
massage therapist who has been able to not only relax the
muscles in my low back and hips, but has helped relieve the
pain for long periods of time.
Dina works out of her home in Oakland (near Kaiser
Hospital). She has a very nice, relaxing massage space.
She is very sweet and genuinely caring. I hope you like
dogs, because she has an adorable dog who sleeps beside the
massage table during the massage.
I've been working with Randy Lind, who specializes in a
remarkable technique called the Hendrickson Method (HM), for
several years. I have chronically tight shoulders, neck,
lower back - a mess - and in one session he fixed something
that prevented me from side sleeping since I was pregnant
(and the kid's 17 now). He works with clients fully clothed
in comfortable street clothes, and while he certainly uses
massage strokes, the most effective thing (to me) is this
sort of isometric set of positions for each troubled muscle
- they all just go aahhhh and release, one after another. I
have a huge increase in range of motion and, even better,
more comfortable sleep AND a renewed baseline of
flexibility to get back to some kind of workout.
It really is a magic thing. I've had a lot of great massage
over the years, of all types, but this is truly corrective
and therapeutic in a whole new way.
(and it's relaxing too.)
See http://oaklandmanualtherapy.com/office.html for more
information about Hendrickson method and his contact info.
I hope you like his work!!! I'm a continuing (occasional)
client and recommend him highly.
I am totally impressed by the skills of Francesca Gemco. She
is near the Oakland/Berkeley border. I am a Chinese Doctor
and have been in and around the field of body-work and healing
for over three decades. I have tried many bodyworkers/massage
therapists. Francesca is GREAT! She really listens to
peoples' bodies and with all her experience and knowledge can
understand what is needed. I think if you try her once you
will understand what I mean. I refer her to my patients and
friends readily because I have so much confidence in her work.
She can be reached at 510-524-2924. Good luck with your
I have low back pain myself, and just discovered The Foot
Spa on Grand Avenue. They have experienced masseuses who
give above-average care. The foot spa part is great - they
rub your back while you soak your feet in tea, then do
reflexology on your feet while you sip tea (from a fresh pot
of course). http://thefootspateabar.com Sounds a little
silly but then you realize how healthful tea and massage
are, and how great you can feel in only half an hour. Beyond
that, there are 3 or 4 rooms upstairs where you can complete
your massage. It's like a relaxation factory. They have a
great introductory rate, go check them out, and if you
become a member you get to keep the low rates. PLEASE tell
them I sent you -- I can get free massages for referrals and
There's also Oakland Accupuncture Project on MacArthur and
Laurel if you'd like to try that. It's only $15 per
treatment since everyone sits in a room together, and they
price it low so people can come weekly or more often.
Apparently they can heal back pain without putting needles
in your back, but massage feels so good to me that's what
Hi, I'm three weeks out from surgery and I need a massage! I would prefer
a mature female masseuse who has experience
working with women who have had mastectomies for breast
cancer. Any recommendations?
Thanks. Reluctant Amazon
I highly recommend Pam Hill in Concord for your massage,
http://thrivefocusonhealing.com/index.html. Even if you don't have
lymphedema, Pam's skills as a lymphedema therapist will help ensure that
you get a relaxing massage without the risk of developing lymphedema.
I've been going to Pam for a combination of massage and manual lymph
drainage for several years, since my mastectomy. Enjoy!
Looking for Massage Therapist in Berkeley
I am looking for a massage therapist who is not too
expensive and is in Berkeley. I would prefer someone who is
not very chatty but who pays attention to the specific needs
I have, given I have had neck trouble on and off for the
past couple of years. I would also consider going to
Oakland, but prefer Berkeley. Looking for relief
I really like Richaly (spl?) at Oakbay Chiropractic in
Oakland. She is not chatty, reasonably priced and thorough.
I have seen her through prenatal, severe headaches and foot
pain. She is great. 510-654-8547 anon
If Emeryville isn't too far, go see Joan Davis Simons. Read
about her at
After just one visit, my body felt amazingly healed. I plan
to go again soon. R.K.
Someone gave me a gift to see Francesca Genco in Berkeley,
www.songofthebody.com, 524-2924. She is multi-talented,
doing body work, yoga, voice healing, and singing. I have
back injuries as well. She helped my lower back, and I left
and walked around the neighborhood in a floating, meditative
Francesca Genco is a GREAT massage therapist. She is
extremely knowledgeable about the body and listens to her
clients' 'body clues.' I am extremely particular about
bodywork. . . and I cannot recommend her enough. She also
has a very wonderful setting in her new Elmwood studio. I
suggest you try her once. You will probably agree. I have
sent many people to Francesca and they all say the same
thing. You should also check her out on 'Yelp.' Her phone
number is: 510-524-2924
'Have a relaxing one. . . '
See Andrew Ezer in Berkeley at 510-704-1505. If you like
deep tissue he is the best! I'm a massage therapist myself
and very picky. LB
Lori Colombo (www.momsmassage.com) is great! She's very
responsive to what you want. Her office is in West
Berkeley, and she can also come to your home in Berkeley or
Oakland with her portable massage table. Satisfied client
of Lori's for many years
Just a heads up that there are people in professional
associations recommending each other. In this posting as
well as others in Berkeley Parents. I am not sure of level
of expertise, but I would take these recommendations with a
grain of salt. I've fallen for this ploy before.
Seeking masseuse for chronic neck and jaw tension
I'm trying to find a new massage therapist who does both
deep tissue and also cranio-sacral therapy. I have chronic
tension which stems from an old neck injury. I had a
wonderful masseuse who did all of this and energy work, but,
sob, she moved away from the Bay Area. I find it hard to
locate a therapist who combines both styles without leaning
too much toward one or the other. I also would prefer to
get some recommendations before I go trying out a bunch of
people. I would prefer someone in the Oakland area as I
work in downtown Oakland. Anyone who knows of someone who
works (after office) hours would also be helpful.
Thank you all. Ami
Hi, I've been seeing Joanna now at Tao to Wellness in
Berkeley (809 Hearst Avenue) for over three years and love
her. She is specialized in both deep tissue and
craniosacral, although I mainly see her for deep tissue. I
have compression in my L4 and L5 as well as tension in my
jawbone. While you're there, you might want to look into the
acupunture services available - I've gotten a lot of pain
relief by doing both (as well as seeing a chiropractor)
Body Work - Foot Problems
Hello. Does anyone have a recommendation(s) for a
bodyworker who addresses foot problems? I have chronic foot
problems and have consulted with orthopedists, podiatrists
and physical therapist and have come to the conclusion that
I need to address the problem systemically. If you know of
someone who practices Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique,
etc. I would greatly appreciate advice. Thanks.
I have had great results for many painful problems by working with the
very gifted Feldenkrais practitioner, Jane Graly, in Berkeley. She used to
work for many years as a physical therapist before becoming an advanced
Feldenkrais practitioner. She has a breadth of knowledge and experience,
as well as a great 'bedside' manner. She can take insurance, and has
reasonable rates if you don't have it. She works out of her own very
pleasant body work studio. Feldenkrais as a technique has taught my body
new ways of moving without any intellectual effort or discipline on my
part except to show up at my appt.s. I have literally fallen asleep during
sessions while Jane was gently manipulating my body to re-
educate my nervous sytem in how to move with more ease, less pain. I woke
up moving differently and not in pain. i highly recommend the technique
and Jane. Her number is 510-849-1872
I am looking for someone who practices Ayurvedic head
massages. I looked online and found the Medicine Buddha
Healing Center in Berkeley. It looks interesting. Has anyone
been there? Do you have recommendations for others?
I've had a fair amount of ayurvedic massage in India and
without a doubt the best experience I've had here in the
States was at a place down in San Jose, on Santana Row. It
is totally worth the trip. It's called the Ayoma Life Spa. Go!
I recommend Elke Savala she is fantastic. She does Ayurvedic massage and
bodywork. As part of an Ayurvedic Consultation, she recommended herbal
remedies that were very helpful too., She also does house calls
Elke's website http://shaktihealing.com is also very informative..Best of
Looking for excellent, healing massage theapist
I'm looking for an excellent massage therapist, body work
specialist in the East Bay. I've had chronic back problems
since I was a teenager and can see that I need to be seeing
someone regularly. thanks!
My chiropractor Adeline Wood can fix you right up! She only works two
days a week, so schedule soon (510/534-1117, 2929 Summit, Oakland). I
had a slipped disk, and she helped me heal. She does some adjustments,
but mostly massage. Yummm.
Feel better soon
Naraya Stein gives an unbelievably great massage. She is a truly
gifted massage therapist who somehow managed to relax my sore muscles
and soothe my stressed out psyche at the same time. She has the skills
and experience to really help you make progress in addressing chronic
concerns. She works out of a great space at 830 Bancroft, which is a
very happy and serene place, and she is both skillful in her craft and
remarkably intuitive. She recently relocated to the area and is
building up her practice now, working as both a massage therapist and a
life coach. Give her a try, you won't regret it! Her number is
I highly recommend Rosie Liebe - in fact I get body work
from her every two weeks, and she really does magic. I work
in front of a computer all day - and Rosie has really helped me.
Her website is http://thegiftoftouch.org/ - and you can make
an appointment online from there. You can email
firstname.lastname@example.org - or phone 510.828.3441
I highly recommend Elki Savala she helped me with some serious back
pain. her website is http://www.shaktihealing.com she also has great
reviews on yelp.
Susan Solari is terrific! Her number is 534-7643.
I would highly recommend Maggie Dill. She is a CMT and has
been helping me for the past few months. She is strong,
sensitive and just all around amazing. I don't think you
could find a more empathic and talented massage therapist in
the East Bay. Her website is: www.bodyworkwaltz.com and her
number is 510-415-2404
I have seen Shoshana Uribe off and on over the last 9 years,
for a variety of issues. She is loving, healing, and an
EXCELLENT massage therapist. She is also an acupuncturist
and I have had double treatments of acupuncture and massage
from her. I highly recommend that you give her a call. She
is in Berkeley near AShby and San Pablo in a beautiful
clinic space. http://www.manzanitawellness.com/site/home.html
Shoshana Uribe, CMT, MS, LAc is an amazing massage therapist, healer
and person. I have been seeing her for massage regularly for five years
and her touch is amazing, intuitive, and deep. Her knowledge of the
body is extensive - both physically and energetically. She has been a
massage therapist for a very long time and has deepened her practice by
the study of Chinese Medicine and herbs and is now an acupuncturist as
well. She is a real community person and fosters connection for her
clients to other health resources. She has a beautiful clinic in West
Berkeley - http://www.manzanitawellness.com - and can be reached by
phone at 510.459.9320. Shoshana has helped me in so many ways - very
much with her hands AND her generous heart. Grateful Client
Bodyworker who does energy work
I'm looking for a bodyworker, preferably someone who does
both hands-on massage AND energy work (maybe Barbara
Brennan's style?). Anyone have a great recommendation for me?
Someone who has really helped you on both the physical and
East Bay location preferred.
I would very much like to recommend Kari Martin.
Kari absolutely does bodywork with a spiritual and healing
component. She is an amazing person, a wonderful massage
therapist as well as a true healer. She has magic hands.
I can't say enough good things about her and her
practice. She's a wonderful person. And as an aside, I
believe the work she did with me finally helped me get
pregnant after trying for a long time (and there are many
other women I know who would say the same thing).
I highly recommend Analisa Madron. She is very intuitive and
spends time checking in about what your needs are, on
physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. And she has a
skillful touch as well, which is important. I believe that
she can incorporate Reiki and other energy modalities into
her work. Office in Oakland. She can be reached at 510 486 2861.
I can not recommend Kimberly Foster highly enough. She has worked on me
with some regularity over the last year and I consider her the best body worker I
have EVER come across. She does many sorts of work, including massage and
energy work. I will be really honest and say I don't think it matters what type of
technique she is applying - her touch is just healing and amazing. I have tried
several cranio-sacral practitioners and she is really in a class all her own.
Kimberly is a magical angel. She works out of her home (not a luxury type
setting). Her skill and touch trumps all else. She is a compassionate and
amazing person and gifted energy healer and body worker. I recommend her
unconditionally. Kimberly Foster: (510) 595-4073.
a devoted fan of Kimberly Foster
Massage therapist with medical expertise
There are many recommendations for massage therapists, so there's no need to
post if you feel you've already recommended your favorite therapist - I'm
reviewing what has been posted. I'm looking for someone with medical
expertise, because I have myriad problems - sciatica, backpain from several
sources (scoliosis, stenosis, and I'm sure other 'osis' things!), and poor
circulation in my extremities. I'd love to find someone who can specialize
techniques for specific medical issues. Thanks.
Christine D'Allance is a wonderful massage therapist for someone with medical
issues. I have arthritis in my neck, old injuries in my back and RSI in my wrists. I
also struggle with sinus infections. She has been able to help all of these issues
as well as pregnancy complaints when I received prenatal massage from her. She
is a good listener with strong, intuitive hands. After years of receiving bodywork
from chiropractic to acupressure to breema, I find that her blend of Swedish and
Chinese techniques is very healing.
Naraya Stein gives an unbelievably great massage. She is a truly gifted massage
therapist who somehow managed to relax my sore muscles and soothe my
stressed out psyche at the same time. She works out of a great space at 830
Bancroft, which is a very happy and serene place, and she is both skillful in her
craft and remarkably intuitive. She recently relocated to the area and is building
up her practice now, working as both a massage therapist and a life coach. Give
her a try, you won't regret it! Her number is 510-926-9207.
Massage therapist in Berkeley
Hi, I'm looking for a female massage therapist in Berkeley
who does house calls. Thanks!
Lori Colombo (www.momsmassage.com) is great! She will come
to your home in Berkeley or Oakland with her massage table.
Her rates are reasonable.
Satisfied client of Lori's for many years
I would like to recommend an amazing massage therapist,
August Bowman, who has totally changed my life. She does
house calls to Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding areas
(days/evenings); and she also has a private space at
Berkeley Acupuncture Project on Fridays. She specializes in
deep tissue, trigger points, and deep relaxation and is very
professional, experienced,and knowledgeable. August is
special in that she's very sensitive and intuitive; she'll
give you the best massage for your needs--always while
making sure you're comfortable. Call her at 510-809-6842 to
make an appointment.
Relaxed and relieved in Oakland
Looking for a massage therapist for whiplash
Hello there, I had an accident a few weeks ago and I'm told
I suffered a whiplash. We're somewhat new to the area and
I'm looking for an experienced massage therapist who works
with injuries like mine. Thank you
My massage therapist, Dahlia Silvers,CMT who's been my
therapist for four years, helped me recover from not one,
but two accidents. I have a wrenched up neck to begin with.
I was a bit scared to get massage after the first accident.
She helped me to get through the acute phase and I (and my
chiropractor) think that the work she did sped up the
process. She was then was able to work on the underlying
years of tension and strain. That's only in regard to my
neck. She's a very caring, experienced practitioner. I
recommend her without reservation.
Dahlia Silvers, (510) 759-4250
Hi, does anyone know of a good massage therapist in the Berkeley-Oakland area who
will travel and give treatments in your home or office?
Seeking solutions to stress
I'd like to recommend my massage therapist Lori Colombo.
She is an amazing, caring and talented therapist. She has an office in
Berkeley on Wednesdays and Saturdays. She will
travel the rest of the time. She gives the most amazing
and relaxing massage. Her number is 510.393.8233 B. Jangda
Massage therapist in Oakland/Berkeley
I looked through the old BPN recs, but the therapists I tried from there seem
to no longer be working. I am looking for a good massage therapist in Oakland/
Piedmont area-- swedish, but someone who is intuitive an willing to work with
I've been getting a monthly massage from Wilma Marshall (Wellma
Massage Therapy) at 6929 Stockton Ave in El Cerrito, for years.
Highly competent and professional...and a great masseuse.
Easy access from I-80 or San Pablo Ave, and lots of free street
parking. Highly recommend.
i am a long-time, regular purchaser of massage. and i have gone to
many different people over the years, but there is one therapist i go
back to again and again, in spite of the fact that she is quite
expensive. her name is Celine Germain. She works in Berkeley (on 4th
st) and also in SF a couple days a week, i think. she has a ridiculous
amount of training in a bunch of different techniques, but mainly i
think she's just talented. her number is 510-548-4004
Pam Arata is the best massage therapist in the East Bay, in my
experience. I have been to at least 13 different MTs in The EB, (no
exaggeration), and Pam is hands-down the best. Her work is more
therapeutic than standard Swedish. She is able to focus in on tight
areas and has tremendous patience and intuition, not to mention
extremely strong hands. She is trained in the Hendrikson Method, and
is really at the top of her profession.
East Bay Massage Maven
I highly recommend Ann Frechette. She has a lot of
experience and a nice warm welcoming energy. I've loved the
massages that I've gotten from her and whenever I refer
clients (I'm a birth doula and she also does prenatal
massage) they also rave about her massages. She has a
space near Lake Merritt where she works certain days of the
week and then her other massage studio space is near Mills
College. Here's her website and contact info.
Enjoy the massage,
I enjoyed the most wonderful massage by Susan Solari. I
don't think there's a type of massage that she doesn't know,
so she can tailor her massage so it's exactly what you like.
She uses ''warm stones'' placed on your back, which are
incredibly relaxing. Susan's website is
http://www.east-bay-massage-therapy.com. She's in Oakland
at 510-225-5305 cell or 510-534-7643 office.
Thea Becker is amazing. She works in a lovely space on
Piedmont Ave and practices Acupressure, Chi Nei Tsang,
Reflexology, Shiatsu, Swedish, Tui Na, and Reiki. I have
been seeing her for about a year and I will not see anyone
else. 510-759-1402 email@example.com.
I've seen a great massage therapist working near the
Oakland/Berkeley border. Her name is Kim Foster,
510-595-4073, firstname.lastname@example.org. She's been working as a
MT for years and many of her clients have been with her for
years, too. She's incredibly knowledgeable, experienced,
compassionate and STRONG.
my massage therapist is fabulous. not only has she been doing this for over 20yrs
and has a million different skills (ok maybe not a million, but lots) she is so
much fun. usually I laugh a lot while I'm there, but she is considerate of my
mood and if I need a quite calm massage she can do that too. She is also a
Rolfer, but don't let that scare you off, she is the most gentle rolfer available
and incorporates warm stones and a biofeedback device that relaxes muscles.
now I need a massage too
We need a new masseuse/please help!
Hello to you. I am looking to get a massage as a gift for my
husband for our anniversary and for regular sessions for the both of
us. We had a fabulous massage therapist back east, but we don't
know of anyone here. My husband has been in a couple of car
accidents, so his neck gives him trouble. Our prior therapist did
deep tissue work and worked with hot stones. We're really missing
her. We prefer a woman. I would like to find someone with good
experience who is highly recommended, and not too far from where we
live (in Oakland, so we don't have to drive too far).
Thank you for your input and suggestions.
I just gave my husband a birthday gift certificate for Robin Barnett
CMT, on Piedmont Ave in Oakland. Necks are Robin's specialty, and I
can attest from personal experience (I also have a tricky neck) that
Robin gives great neck.
I have been getting my massages from Elizabeth Martinez for over ten
years and have her work mostly on my neck and upper back for tension.
She shares an office at Cedar and Shattuck, next to the Thai Restaurant
and is quite reasonable in price. Her phone is 510-384-9800 and she has
both male and female clients.
We have been using Christina Sarver for two years, and best of all, she
actually comes to our house. She is a licensed massage therapist who
also works for Aveda on 4th Street, who is very experienced in deep
tissue and injury massage. She is both nurturing and incredibly
knowledgeable, so I have no hesitation in recommending her. She is also
an esthetician, and gives me great relaxing facials and general skin
care. Her rates are very reasonable, and will give discounts when she
does two (or more) people in one house, and will give a further
discount if you provide your own sheets. Her phone number is (530)
- From a Glowing and Relaxed Client
My husband and I LOVE Andrea but she works in El Cerrito. She does
deep tissue and knows how to use it. Her knowledge goes above and
beyond that of a basic masseuse though I unfortunately can't name all
her techniques/specialties. The first time I went she asked me
generally what hurt and found every little kink and made it melt away.
My husband was having stomach ulcer like issues and she felt around on
his abdomen to figure out what the problem might be. She then hit
several meridians releasing his gallbladder and intestines. He said
you could hear everything start churning. She is a well versed
masseuse and over all body therapist. She can do a relaxing massage or
really work your body and give you the physical therapy you need. I
know it's a drive but she is well worth the time and money. Andrea can
be reached at 510-495-4449.
I have been getting regular massages from Kim Foster for years. She
does not use hot stones, but does both deep tissue work as well as
restorative massage. She is also a wonderful person.Her phone no. is
love my massages
Try Norlisha Long
at Body Techniques for a great massage therapist!
They are located at:
1320 Harbor Bay Parkway Suite 104
Alameda, CA 94502
I have been going to Norlisha regularly and I am feel incredibly good
after each treatment. I go for 90 minutes each session, at $64.00
(that's the member price). Members pay $20. each month, for as many
sessions as you want at the discounted price. It is a really great
deal, and although the ride there, to Alameda, is longer than I wanted,
this place is worth it. It's clean, calming, welcoming, and
professional. Give Norlisha a try, I bet you'll appreciate her magic
touch and healing fingers as much as I do. Good luck. -----Ellen
Elke Savala is an incredible Holistic HealerShe also works with heated
stones. After a painful back injury she was able to get me up and
running with Ayurvedic massage and bodywork. As part of an Ayurvedic
Consultation, she recommended herbal remedies that were very helpful
too. Elke is one of the best Practitioners of Ayurveda and massage
therapy in the bay area,
Elke's website http://shaktihealing.com is also very informative.
I want to suggest you great female massage therapist in Oakland, that I
am using regularly.
She is experienced and highly professional.
She lives in Oakland.
Her name is Kim. Phone number is (510) 763-4012.
The best I've ever experienced is Elke Savala at
http//shaktihealing.com in Albany(525-2956). She is an Ayurvedic
massage therapist, an ancient Indian modality that produces a deep and
healing massage. I have been going to her regularly for years and she
has been essential to my well being.
I'm chiming in late here, but I just have to respond to the woman
looking for a masseuse in the Oakland area. I have an amazing
masseuse that I have been working with for gosh, over three years
now. My husband also sees her. Firstly, I too have issues with my
neck after a couple of car accidents and many sports injuries.
She has helped me when I've been in bad shape more times than I
can count. She seems to always know how deep to work without ever
causing pain, even when I've been really acute. She's been a
masseuse for over twenty years, does a combination of techniques
(some I'd never heard of). She's knowledgeable and very caring.
She also works with stones and has a lovely home office in
Oakland. See why I had to chime in?
Her name is Dahlia Silvers, CMT and her number is (510) 759-4250.
I know she'll take good care of you. All the best. I hope this
makes it to you.
Reasonably priced massage therapist in Oakland
I am looking for a reasonably priced massage therapist in Oakland. I
don't want a massage student or fresh grad, though I know they're
cheap. I'm willing to pay $60 an hour or so. I don't mind traveling
to their studio. If you've had personal experience with a local who
works freelance, that tends to be cheaper than the spas.
I highly recommend Elizabeth Martinez who has been my massage therapist for over
14 years! She splits time between an office in the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley and
her home in San Pablo. I pay $60/hr. I am not sure if that is the same as the new
client rate. I book her at least two weeks out to get my preferred times. Her
number is 510-384-9800.
I know the best person for you. James Daviess has 20 years of experience but
still doesn't charge a fortune. His touch is strong and accurate, seems to always
go wherever my tension is, even if I am unable to state it. He practices various
styles and you can request them. He works out of Ananda Salon on Park Blvd. in
Glenview. Very nice person.
Charges $60 an hour or $1 a minute so you can afford and hour and a half.
A Picky Massage Person
There is an amazing massage therapist named Michaelwynn, whom I
recommend a hundred times over. He travels with his massage chair,
and frequents Pharmaca pharmacy on Solano, and 33 Revolutions cafe
(he's almost always there Friday nights, and during the weekends).
Michaelwynn is amazing. He is very professional, always asks how the
pressure feels, and has a super calm and sensitive presence. His
motto is ''Everyone deserves a massage'' and he does not ask for a
specific dollar amount - you pay what you can! He's even given me a
massage before when I couldn't pay, and it was still very thorough and
I'm sorry I don't have his card with me right now, but you can
definitely find him through Pharmaca, or on a Friday night at 33
Revolutions (corner of Central & San Pablo).
I've been a massage therapist for 20 years and am on maternity leave.
Recently I've been seeing Dina Minyon in the Piedmont area of Oakland
(www.dinaminyon.com). Although she is not a prenatal specialist, she
is a very experienced, kind, strong, intuitive, talented massage
therapist who charges $110 for 90 minute massages. She offers $20 off
your first massage. I also recommend all the therapists at A Piece of
Peace (www.apieceofpeace.com) in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San
Francisco. Jacquie Hollands is a prenatal massage specialist and post
partum doula. For a cheaper option closer to home, I go to a little
reflexology place at 4131 Piedmont Street
(http://www.yelp.com/biz/reflexology-oakland). It is not a refined
spa; you'll share the large room with other clients, fully dressed.
It's quiet with nice music and reservations are not required. Usually
they can start immediately but I have had to wait 30 minutes. The
experience is impersonal but I LOVE their foot rubs. If
you need a light or intuitive touch, I'd steer you back toward Dina
and Jacquie. I hope you enjoy your search for your favorite therapist
and massage experience.
Feb 2009: Shiatsu Therapist
I am looking for a great Shiatsu Therapist to work her/his magic on
my aching body. Any recommendation in the East Bay would be so much
Wanting to be Pummeled!
I'd like to recommend a Shiatsu therapist who does all kinds of body work as well. He
is RABEL MANGAHAS phone: 415-760-5107 He received his training at National Holistic
Institute and he has been working with me for a year. I had a bad back problem which
has been completely resolved with his help.
http://bewellnatural.com/ Christ Pearson is amazing. He is a true healer.
Rockin'shiatsu sessions. He is also an acupuncturist and herbalist. He was one of my
massage teachers and he is really excellent.
Barbara Martello at Center Strength on Solano Ave. in Berkeley is who I go to for all
of my aches and pains. She has helped me mitigate my chronic IT band pain and hip pain.
She is a gifted Shiatsu therapist and a great acupuncturist. Her number is
Jan 2009: Therapeutic massage needed
My husband and I are looking for a massage therapist who could
address both our needs. My husband is a pianist and needs deep
and specific work on his shoulders and wrists. My needs are
different. I bruise very easily and would appreciate a massage
therapist who can release the tension I have without working
deep. Any recommendations will be appreciated.
Hi, The massage therapist I use is Francesca Genco - and she is
absolutely wonderful. Her studio is in Berkeley near Milvia and
Vine. I can absolutely recommend her. Call Francesca at
My massage therapist is Dr. Melinda Perlee (7th Street, south of
Dwight, in Berkeley). She is, in fact, a chiropractor who also
does therapeutic / orthopedic massage (and is also a yoga
instructor, so she's good at giving me stretches that will help
with my particular areas of tension or muscle weakness). I've
been going to her regularly for both tissue work and alignment
since I had a back injury with bad spinal nerve involvement in
2004. I attribute Melinda's care (along with my amazing physical
therapist) for rehab'ing me so that I could continue working as a
bedside nurse. She uses techniques that are quite comfortable but
very effective. The therapeutic and orthopedic massage can be
done through light clothing and causes no bruising. I always
preferred deep tissue massages before working with Melinda, but
I've found that her technique is every bit as effective as deep
tissue massage (moreso?) at releasing tight muscles, tendons, etc.
She has several clients who are guitarists and she can focus on whole-body or on specific
area(s), as needed and/or as specified by the client. I go to her
more for chiropractic than specifically for massage, but her
chiropractic includes so much tissue work that it always feels
more like I've been to a massage therapist than a chiropractor!
She's unlike any chiropractor I'd been to before(and I've been to
many). Sessions for massage or chiropractic are 50 minutes long
and cost $90. (I believe she also will do 30 minute sessions.)
Her phone number is 510-287-9279. Feel free to email me if you'd
like more information.
I highly recommend Sofia at Vara Healing Arts just off Solano in
Albany (510-526-9642). She does a great job with the hot rocks,
and helped me get over some problems I was having with carpal
tunnel syndrome as well as an injury in my knee.
I would like to recommend Joan Simons for therapeutic massage. I first saw her for a
prenatal massage but have continued to see her since my baby was born. She is
wonderful about treating specific issues, or just providing an overall relaxing
experience for you. She has helped me with some arm and back problems associated with
carrying my new baby around. I also know she does a lot of neuromuscular work for more
severe problems than I've had. Joan is a wonderful practitioner, and the space she
practices in is very relaxing. She is located at the Emeryville Health and Wellness
center and her number is (510) 420 1630.
I just had a fabulous massage with Laila Solaris. She does Swedish massage
as well as reflexology. She will come to your home or you can go to her
studio. She is able to adapt the pressure of the massage, focus on the
area/s you need most attention on and generally leave you walking on air
when you are done. She can be reached at email@example.com or
L in BerkeleyI can highly recommend Claudia Ruiz, CMT, in Alameda as the best therapeutic massage therapist...she gets to the core of the real issue and can bring great healing and relief, all while you are feeling immeasurably calm and attended to, so soothing. I have been having massages with her for 4 years and it is never disappointing. She is located on the 4th floor of the office building on the Alameda hospital campus, free parking, beside the office of Dr. Gerdes. Claudia Ruiz, CMT, 4th floor, 2070 Clinton Avenue, Alameda, 94501. Her services are lovely, simply heavenly. Phonefor an appointment(510)334-0613. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 2009: massage at home
For his Birthday I'd like to give my husband the gift of a
professional Swedish massage. Can anybody recommend a massage
therapist in Berkeley who comes to your house, brings a table
and gives a 60-90 minute massage in the relaxing atmosphere of
your own home? Any websites I can check out?
I can highly recommend a massage therapist for at-home or
in-studio massage/bodywork. Her name is Lori Colombo and her # is
(510) 393-8233. I'm a chiropractor and have had a lot of
experience dealing with massage treatments. She does great work
and is a pleasant person in general.
I highly recommend Lori Colombo. She gives great massages and will
come to your home - I think mainly on Saturdays. She focuses on
massage for mothers but does massage for men as well.
Here's her contact info:
Jan 2009: scalp and neck massage
Looking for a GREAT SCALP AND NECK MASSAGE like you get when you have your
hair washed at the beauty salon. Also, looking for someone who gives a GREAT
BACK AND SHOULDER MASSAGE - something that still feels great the day after the
massage. Prefer someone really strong who really works with what your body
needs. Lastly, it would be great if this person were in North Berkeley,
Albany or closeby but not absolutely necessary. I will travel for a fantastic
Still Looking For A Great Massage...
I know a person who gives the best massage I have ever gotten (and
I've had many!), and she happens to be my daughter. She has a
bachelor's degree in biology and physiology, and is presently working
in a physical therapy clinic preparing to enter a master's degree
program in physical therapy. She has exceptionally strong hands and
knows exactly what she's doing. Because she has not actually gone
through massage therapy certification, her fees are much lower than
typical. If you want to give her a try, you won't be disappointed!
Her name is Katie O'Neill and her cell phone number is 925-918-3749.
Despite the 925 area code, she lives in Berkeley.
I highly recommend Yoko Welch, licensed massage therapist
(www.petitzen.com). She has some office hours on Vine St in N.
Berkeley. She's strong, and I've gotten great shoulder and back
massage. She's also personable and works with you to ensure a
comfortable, productive session.
Oct 2008: massage therapist who makes house calls
Can anyone recommend a good massage therapist with their own table who is
willing to make house calls. We would be willing to make a regular weekly or
biweekly commitment to the right person. Our preference is for deep tissue or
Lori Colombo is a great massage therapist who has her own massage
table and makes house calls. Her website is
Happy recipient of many massages from Lori
Rose Scott is a good massage therapist. I have received massage
from her myself, and she is excellent. She does body work at her
clinic and will do house calls. She can be reached at Be Well
Integral Healing Space at 510-836-0200.
I am a massage therapist and I have been trading massage for at
least a year with Mike Grunwald, who does outcalls. He is trained
in many modalities including swedish, deep tissue and lomi lomi.
I am very picky about my massage and I do recommend him strongly.
He is also a great guy with a lot of history in Berkeley.
His number is 510-301-1319
Sept 2008: massage therapist for both of us
Hi Berkeley Parents Network! My husband and I are newly relocated
here in the East Bay. We are looking for a massage therapist for
the both of us. We had a woman we worked with before that we had
to leave behind. We loved the way she worked and are hoping to find
someone similar with your help. We have different needs in a
therapist. I have neck issues and used to have headaches. My
therapist did craniosacral therapy, and great deep tissue (almost
like myofascial release) with my neck which was so effective. My
husband likes acupressure and deep tissue work on his legs (he's a
runner.) Does anyone know of a great all around therapist who may
practice some of the techniques I mentioned? We're also looking
for someone in the Oakland/ Berkeley area so that we don't have to
Thanks for your suggestions.
Michelle and Gabriel
I *love* my massage therapist, Susan Solari. She is amazing. I've
personally seen her for rolfing (myofascial release) and relaxing
massage, both fantastic. And have sent many friends to see her for
various reasons and they all thank me profusely. I know she has a long
history of working with athletes and chronic pain, but also does
prenatal, lomi lomi (hawaiian style) and swedish. I always laugh a lot
when I see her, which I think adds to the experience.
She's near Mills College in Oakland.
Do yourself and your husband a BIG favor and go see Noreen Greenblatt.
I've seen her off and on over the years and she is really fantastic. I
can't tell you how many times I have felt grateful to have found her.
You can read more details in the archives of BPN, as lots of folks have
good things to say about her. My reasons for liking her: strong and not
afraid to dig in, extremely knowledgeable about the body and bodywork,
very easy-going temperament and someone I feel extremely comfortable
with, takes her time to really find out about you and your needs,
follows up, just gives a great massage. She has a studio in north
I highly recommend the massage therapist I saw, Beth Baron. Her office
is on Dwight, near Telegraph in Berkeley. She works with myofascial
therapy, and has trained in a variety of methods she can apply as
needed. I had great results even in one session with some chronic pain
in one of my joints. She is very intuitive and will ''follow the
thread'' of where tension is held in the body. Her web-site is
www.bethbaron.com, ph: 551-9539.
Sept 2008: massage therapist in Oakland
Any recs for a great massage therapist in Oakland -- preferably someone who
does a combination of deep tissue, Swedish, etc.? Prenatal massage experience
also a bonus (but not required). Thanks!
Sore Back & Shoulders in Oakland
I see Morgan Filler - she is awesome and has reasonable prices -
plus she offers a ''5-pack'' that gives some discounts. She helps
me tremendously with post-shoulder-surgery stuff plus I have CF and
I cough a lot and she loosens it all up. Definitely NOT the warm
and fuzzy spa-type massage - you get the ''real'' thing!
Her web site with phone number:
Dina Minyon is a fabulous for deep tissue, Swedish, sports and
prenatal massage. I've been going to her for more than 8 years --
including prenatal massages during two pregnancies -- and she
really has a knack for understanding you and your body's needs.
Dina works out of her home in Oakland (near Kaiser hospital) -- her
website is www.dinaminyon.com and phone is 510.597.1255. Good
I have had massages from several professionals, and Robin Barnett
is the best. She can work with a variety of techniques, deep
tissue, softer work, etc. She helped my Achilles tendonitis
problem with massage and giving me some stretching exercises. She
even has a website http://www.rb.massagetherapy.com/ 510-872-0903
I would like to recommend Lisimba as a great massage therapist who
specializes in energy therapy. He does swedish massage but is very
strong as well. His rates are reasonable (45-65/hr) and he does home
visits or appts. out of his family's home in North Berkeley. Simba can
be contacted at email@example.com
I'm happy to recommend my massage therapist, Lisa Vonnegut. I have been
devoted client of hers for the past four years and her 90-minute deep
tissue massages are simply the best! She is also a personal trainer so
she has a lot of knowledge and can offer stretches and support that will
help with any problem areas.
Lisa has just moved to a beautiful new studio on College Ave. near
Broadway and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 2008: massage therapist who speaks Spanish
I have an exchange student living with me who would like to
get a massage. She speaks much better Spanish than English. It
took me quite awhile to even figure out what she wanted, so
that gives you an idea.
Can you suggest a good and affordable massage therapist who
also speaks Spanish? Thanks.
Silvia Salgado, whose massage therapy practice is called ''The
Muscle'' is not only a native spanish speaker, she is a really
good massage therapist. She doesn't just give you a massage
either, she educates her clients about the value of stretching
and posture and other health enhancing habits. Her number is
Very Satisfied Client
Sylvia Salgado, CMT of the Muscle in Berkeley is a native Spanish
speaker. She is an extraordinary massage therapist - with 20
years experience and tons of training who clearly enjoys her
work. As a massage therapist myself, I have been awed by the
thoroughness and skill of Sylvia's massage. What's more, every
time I see her, she makes me feel so good to be around her.
Sylvia just seems to embody joy and warmth. Her phone number is
(510)524-5661. I recommend her highly!
April 2008: Seeking great masseuse who does bellies!
We recently moved here from New Mexico where we had the best masseuse
ever. My husband and I saw her for more than eight years, and it was
hard to leave her, much less replace her. I'm looking for a someone
in the area (Oakland would be ideal, as I work in downtown Oakland).
Sondra, my therapist in N.M. like most therapists, I guess, did a
whole mix of things including deep tissue and craniosacral therapy.
I'd like to work with someone who also does a mix of techniques and
also does or specializes in abdominal work. I know a lot of massage
therapists don't focus much on that area. Due to a surgery and other
circumstances, abdominal work really helps me. Sondra even worked on
my daughter's bellies when they had colic. I would be most
appreciative of any recommendations. p.s. I want to find someone who
also works on men (for my husband), maybe someone who does house
Thanks again for helping me find someone.
Hi Priscilla, welcome to Berkeley Parent's Network! I saw
your request and wanted to respond. We (my wife, Sierra and
I), have a great masseuse. She definitely works with men
because I've been seeing her for over four years now and my
wife for close to the same time. Although she doesn't work on
my abdomen, she works on my wife's who has digestive problems
and some scarring from surgery. She's seen really good
results from that. She's petite but very strong, don't let
her stature fool you. My wife likes deeper work than I do.
Although she's strong, she uses just the right pressure to
work out the knots, but not so much as to ever be painful,
which is an art. She does all sorts of techniques, you'd
have to ask her directly. She's always adding new things to
her repertoire; every session is different and I really
appreciate that. She's also been doing massage for a long
time. She's helped us with all sorts of stress related
issues over the years and is really fabulous!
. We highly recommend her. I'm not sure if she does house
calls, but you could ask her.
Her name is Dahlia Silvers, and she's located in Oakland, so
that should coincide well with your work location.
Give her a call:
Dahlia Silvers, CMT (510) 759-4250
Kevin and Sierra
Jordan Rothstein in Berkeley does craniosacral and visceral
massage. His work is beyond deep tissue. He is a very
fascinating guy. His manner is often a bit brusque, but he
is GREAT at what he does and he has a deeply sincere nature.
My husband and I really like his work. For some, he is just
too much. I don't think he does house calls. His number is
Robin Barnett is a wonderful masseuse and a terrific person.
She has a versatile style and really listens to the body.
It's crazy, but she really knows what the body needs. Robin
works in both Oakland and Piedmont, and also travels to S.F.
I would like to recommend my friend who does Chi Na
Tsan-Chinese abdominal massage. She has worked on me several
times and I found it to be extremely relaxing and therapudic.
She is a warm, friendly, and compassionate person, who has
years of experience. She works out of her home office in
Oakland. Her email is: email@example.com. Her name is
This is not massage per se, but the small amount of Breema
bodywork I've experienced, seemed to have belly work
involved. Check it out at
Check out www.chineitsang.com Amazing work with the stomach
and organs!! I have been going to Gilles and am totally
hooked! Besides his amazing work, he is a very wise, calm,
kind and jolly little man. Hope you get the opportunity to
experience this work.
I highly recommend my massage therapist Dahlia Silvers. I've
been seeing her for a few years now. She's strong (despite
her small size and gentle approach) yet never overly
aggressive. I have an issue with my neck which requires
sensitivity, but I like deep work on some other places.
She's very graceful in her approach, and versed in a number
of techniques. She integrates hot stones if you request that
in advance. I always feel much better after our sessions.
She's also very thorough, knowledgeable, and caring. Dahlia
I saw your post and had to reply. We love our masseuse.
She's great and works on your stomach or wherever you like or
need. She massaged me while I was pregnant with our daughter
(which really helped with my back and leg pain) and then
after that. She also massages my husband. She has a lot of
years of experience and uses many different massage forms. I
always look forward to my massages with her, they really help
me with stress and I think that makes me a better mom.
She works in Oakland.
Dahlia Silvers at (510) 759-4250 She also has email:
Robin Barnett at 510.872.0903 is a terrific masseuse and a
wonderful person. She really listens to the body, which is
pretty cool, to be honest. She works on both men and women,
and is very versatile in her style. Works in Oakland and
Piedmont, and also goes to San Francisco. Good luck!
March 2008: female massage therapist in San Francisco
I'm looking for a referral for a female massage therapist (for deep
tissue work) in San Francisco. Personal experience with who you
recommend would be great.
Alta Lowe is amazing, she has been trained in a variety of techniques. She
will do out call for women.Her cell number is: 415-596-8256
Jan 2008: Looking for a great masseuse!
My massage therapist left town and I don't know how I can ever replace
her. She did deep tissue work and cranio-sacral. Does any one have
anyone to recommend?
Thanks for your input.
I would highly recommend these 2 massage therapists: Debra Stretch
(510) 206-4979 and Rosie Liebe (510) 828-3441. They both have offices
at the Ashby Center of Complementary Medicine in Berkeley located right
near Alta Bates Hospital on Ashby Avenue. I have had really great
massages from both of theses practitioners. When my parents came to
town for the holidays, I gave them each gift certificates for massages
- they both raved about the wonderful massages they received. Debra
and Rosie are both very skilled practitioners and do wonderful work.
It's a great treat!
I strongly recommend Karen Almquist at firstname.lastname@example.org Karen has been
our family masseuse for 4-5 years.
I have used Robin Barnett who has a studio upstairs at Piedmont Yoga.
872-0903. She has a repertiore of techniques depending on your needs.
She does deep tissue as well as muscle release techniques, and she
showed me a standing posture that has given me more flexibility. She
has been doing this for almost 10 years.
I highly recommend my masseuse, Dahlia Silvers. She is fabulous. She
does deep tissue, shiatsu, craniosacral, lymphatic, pregnancy and hot
stone massages. I've had quite a few masseuses work their magic on me,
and I feel like she really knows her stuff. She also throws in a few
extras like aromatherapy and hot stones if you go to see her at her
place. I have a chronically tight neck/back/shoulder area and I always
feel wonderfully loose after my time with her. I treat myself to her
once a month for an hour and a half, and I soooo look forward to it.
I was so ''blissfully relaxed'' that I forgot to include a phone number
for Dahlia Silvers, the masseuse that I highly recommend. You can
reach her at 510-759-4250.
Blissfully Relaxed and Slightly Forgetful
Absolutely Eva Borken-Hagen is in a class by herself. She works at UCB
RSF and also at Albany Hottubs. Don't delay - go there soon!
You should try my massage therapist,Nitasha Singh.
She is a fantastic masseuse with strong hands and a great technic on
deep tissue and other massages.
I have been going to her since more than a year and i love her
She works at La Nana salon&spa in Albay/Berkeley area.
Here is the phone#
You would like her.
I would highly recommend Sylvia Salgado on San Pablo Ave in Berkeley
(phone # 526-5049). I developed a lot of tension in my neck and
shoulders that was causing terrible headaches. I had never worked with
a masseuse and was nervous. I got Sylvia's name from the Berkeley
Parents Network and was absolutely delighted. She is the nicest person
- very warm and caring. After the massage, I felt so relaxed and slept
amazingly well that night. What's better is my headache went away.
She even showed me some neck exercises to do to help me from getting
too tight. I have not needed to go back again but should the need
arise, I would return in a heartbeat. I thought she was wonderful. (And
she has a very lovely accent so it's a pleasure just to listen to her
I would like to recommend my great massage therapist Sarah Hammond. She
uses a wonderful deep tissue massage technique that combines massage,
mobilization, and neuromuscular re-education. For me it has both
provided long lasting pain relief, a big decrease in muscle tension and
has really improved my joint function. She has a nice home studio in
Richmond Annex. Her phone number is 525-4014.
My wife and I have a wonderful masseuse. It took us a while to fine
someone good here. We both see her once a month (sometimes more often
when life gets a bit too stressful!). Her name is Dahlia Silvers and
she's located in Oakland. Like your masseuse, she does deep tissue
massage work and craniosacral therapy, which has been great for my wife
who gets headaches. She also does a lot of other techniques, and is
very knowlegeable about the body. She's strong, yet she can work
deeply without it being painful. She also seems to know how to find
the tight spots you didn't even know you about. She works with hot
stones which is so relaxing and effective. Unlike other massages I've
had, the effect I get from Dahlia's work lasts me a good while, and my
wife feels the same. We're really happy to have found her, and as long
as we can have our sessions with her, we are happy to share. She's
also a really kind person. So give her a call or an email.
Fred and Bia
I would like to recommend Mike LaCroix for massage work. He has been
trained in deep tissue, swedish, accupressure and reiki techniques. He
is very grounded, kind, and responsive to his client's needs. When I
asked him how he would describe his massage style he said, ''I use a
combination of slow, deep strokes with holds, stretches, and rocking to
release, relax, and help clients let go of their tension, stress, and
chronic irritation.'' He can be reached at 510.452.2511 or at
Your topic specifies ''masseuse'', but you might be better
off describing what kind of technique you want, or issues
you are having. I've been working with Randy Lind, who
specializes in a remarkable technical called the Hendrickson
Method (HM, for about 2 months. I have tight, misaligned,
''clogged up'' shoulders, neck, lower back - a mess - and in
one session he fixed something that has prevented me from
side sleeping since I was pregnant (and the kid's 14 now!) I
remain fully clothed in comfortable street clothes, and
while he certainly uses massage strokes, the most effective
thing is this sort of isometric set of positions for each
troubled muscle - they all just go ''aahhhh'' and release,
one after another. I have a huge increase in range of motion
and, even better, more comfortable sleep AND a renewed
baseline of flexibility to get back to some kind of workout.
It really is a magic thing. I've had a lot of great massage
over the years, of all types, but this is truly !
corrective and therapeutic in a whole new way.
(it's relaxing too, I might point out.)
He has a website at http://www.randylind.com/ for more
information about Hendrickson method and his contact info.
- increasingly flexible massage client
I need help unwinding and recharging! Any recommendations for a massage
therapist with a really good perspective on body, mind, & soul care?
I have been seeing Rosie Liebe for theraputic bodywork. She works out of
the Ashby Center for Complementary Medicine on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley.
She is really knowledgeable about bodywork, has a very soothing demeanor
and I come out walking on air. Her phone is 510-828-3441 and website
happy to recommend her
I know the perfect bodyworker, Amanda Nube (213-0793, located in
Rockridge. She is an amazing healer. She has made my 5 day migraines go
way and helped me get rid of my stomach cramps after my cousin passed
away. She specializes in healing work after any type of trauma,
miscarriage, death in the family etc, but she is also good at centering a
person. I am amazed at her knowledge and intuition. I highly recommend
I have been to several massage therapists, and I like Robin Bartlett a
lot. She has a lot of experience and used to work in a chiropractor's
office. She is very relaxed and doesn't talk during the session unless
you want to. She also has classical music choices for those not wanting
new age. Her studio is where Piedmont Yoga used to be on Piedmont Ave in
Oakland. Ph 874-0903.
I'd like to recommend Francesca Genco who does Bodywork (as well as Yoga).
She's fantastic, and you should give her a call and talk with Francesca
about her practice.
Phone 524-2924 or email FAGenco@bigfoot.com
I have been seeing a fantastic bodyworker on the Oakland/Berkeley border.
Her name is Rivka Mason, and she does a combination of barefoot shiatsu,
Thai yoga massage and deep tissue work. She is silent, except for
stretching and breathing instructions, (I can't stand talkative
bodyworkers). I have found her work to be profoundly, deeply stimulating,
relaxing and therapeutic. I recommend her very highly, and I have had
hundreds of massages and bodywork. Her phone # is 510-653-5317. Good luck!
I highly recommend Amanda Nube. RELAXATION and STRESS MANAGEMENT are her
specializations! Her treatments are a blend of Chinese style massage
(Tui'Na) and acupressure with helpful assements of your situation and
feedback for self care including yoga postures for home practice. She also
offers guided meditations for further healing and exploration. Very
thorough and therapeutic, gentle but deep. Clothes on. Very affordable
rates. Amanda really helped me through my second pregnancy and VBAC labor.
It was a beautiful experience.
Amanda’s phone number is 510-601-1037 (N. Oakland area)
Has anyone ever been to Body Mind & Spirit Massage Therapy Center on
Claremont Ave (at College)? If so, do you reccommend them? Their brochure
says they have 25 massage therapists... could you reccommend anyone in
particular? Is it pleasant and clean inside their center?
I've been going to Body Mind & Spirit for 10 years. I think it's wonderful. For
awhile I was trying out different masseuses and they were all good enough for me to
feel like I didn't waste my money....then I found one that I really liked and stayed
with her for a few years.....she only just recently left so I'm back to trying out
different ones again. It is clean....but it's not an environment like the Claremont
so if you want spa aesthetic, this isn't the place. Think San Francisco flat, with
each room painted a different(soothing) color, and a little bit of a funky (in a good
way) vibe. They pipe music throughout, so you're apt to hear native american drums
and recorders, or some kind of new-agey music. Definitely give it a try....they're
all very friendly as well as professional.
Re Body Mind and Spirit Massage Therapy Center (on College and Claremont): I was
looking to get a massage and found this place, and although I have been three times, I
was not happy. Here's why:
1. If you want to pay by credit card, you can't add a tip onto the credit card bill -
this was annoying for me since I almost never carry cash.
2. It's very expensive, last I checked around $75/hour. Which is fine, but about 10
minutes of that hour goes towards changing and getting under the sheets. Frankly, if
I am going to pay $75, I want a full hour of massage.
3. During one of my sessions where the therapist really liked me (with a male
masseur, I am a female), I was offered a ''reduced rate''/''we can work out something
in terms of cost.'' Ew.
i recently went there and it was lovely. very cool older building, yes it was clean
and nice ambiance. a friend of mine worked there for a while and loved it but since
she doesnt work there anymore she recommended a woman named val who i found to be
great! very enjoyable and would love to go back....
For his birthday my husband has expressed interest in having a massage.
However, he is NOT a spa-type guy-- no essential oils or exfolliants for
him. Can anyone recomend a place for a massage that is more of a gym
atmosphere? I don't think he'd be comfortable having the masseur come to
our home or going to an individual's home either. We're in El Cerrito, but
would go anywhere for the right place.
I can highly recommend Claudia Ruiz, CMT, whose office is in the Ballena
Bay Marina on the water in Alameda. She has many men in her long-standing
practice as she offers a very healthful approach. She is very skilled with
deep tissue medical massage and is a breath of fresh air. When she is not
in her own office, she practices in two different medical offices. She is
Claudia Ruiz, CMT, 1136 Ballena Blvd., Suite E, Alameda, 94501
Glad to see more men getting massages
Renee Pomerleau is a fantastic option for those who prefer to go the
non-spa route. She has trained at the Holistic Institute in Emeryville
and even brings special aromatherapy lotions with arnica! She is always
accomodating and willing to work around people's schedules and specializes
in the 1 1/2 hour massage for stressed out busy, over-worked,
multi-tasking parents. As a client myself, I am always a bit reluctant to
share, but I guess I can't be greedy. You can reach her at 510-823-1124.
I have an incredible massage therapist to recommend: Lindsey
Pernell. She gives
one of the best massages I have ever gotten.
She is trained in the following modalities (all done with
you fully clothed on a
table she can bring to you):
* Shiatsu - Japanese style massage focusing on pressure
points and stretches
* Thai Â– Vigorous and energizing massage often described
as ''yoga massage''
* Myo-fascial therapy (MFT) Â– Based on client assessment
of posture and range
of motion in joints, MFT targets specific muscle groups.
Good for persons
experiencing chronic knee, wrist, shoulder, neck and ankle
Her pricing is as follows:
5 Â– 60 minutes
5 - 90 minutes
25 - 120 minutes
Her email is email@example.com.
I had a wonderful Lomi Lomi massage with heat a few years ago. The therapist had me
soak in a hot tub first, then did the massage under a large heating pad. At the
she sang a prayer over me with sage. But I can't reach the massage therapist who
it for me. I'd love to get another massage like this again. Does anyone know of
anyone who does this in the bay area?
I recommend Ed Rockowitz who in addition to doing Lomi Lomi
massage also teaches it to others. His number is 510-663-1053
Hi, I have a chronic back problem and am looking for a body
worker with experience in disk problems. Any suggestions?
In my experience, the best possible therapeutic massage will involve targeting the
underlying issue and purposefully addressing it. June Kamerling does fabulous oil
massage, including neuromuscular reprogramming. One can get a ''ho-hum''
massage that touches all the places you expect, but doesn't leave you with the
major tense spots resolved. With June, I feel she accurately and clinically zeroes
using a specific type of muscle testing, to rebalance and re-educate the muscles.
She is located at 2509 MIlvia Street where ample parking is within walking distance.
Office 510-843-1234 or cell 510-604-5732.
massage can be great for temporary relief of this in my
experience but for something long lasting, nothing beats 5
elements acupuncture. This even got rid of symptoms from ptsd as
well. Donna Parker, L.Ac., does classical 5 elements and is a
good and kind person. I was so amazed with the
and much more reasonable than massage. Good luck
I would like to recommend my fabulous massage therapist who is
nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork. Noreen
Beyers Greenblatt is a truly gifted healer. Her integral
knowledge of the living body--from gross anatomy and
bio-mechanics to the flows of subtle energy--combined with her
sensitive and focused presence during her unrushed sessions,
raise the usual experience of ''body-work'' to a whole new level.
In my sessions with Noreen, I have had the distinct feeling that,
in response to her skilled and intuitive touch, I was being
gently reacquainted with the deeper, archetypal pattern of the
body in its original wholeness. Though clearly a pleasurable and
generally restorative experience, such re-acquaintance is also
the occasion for noticeable, and in my case lasting, healing.
I can't recommend Noreen highly enough. For more info and to make
an appointment, call Noreen at (510) 725-2735.
For the past month, I have been getting fantastic massages from
a fantastic practitioner who works at a spa in the city most of
the week but practices off Grand Avenue in Oakland on tuesdays
plus other days sometimes. Her name is Consuelo and she is
pretty flexible with scheduling and type of massage you need.
I highly recommend her.
Her number is 510-835-1663
Re: Help for sciatica, need good chiropractor
I would HIGHLY recommend Allan Herranen, a body worker who comes
to your house for a 1 hr - 45 min. visit and shows you
self-massage and stretching techniques, in addition to doing deep
tissue massage/rolfing (if you want). He's had tremendous
success with sciatica even when acupuncture did not work for the
He is also a yoga instructor.
His #: 415.563-3972 (he comes to the E-Bay). He charges
approx. $140/session (which is 1 hr 45 min. at your house)
Can anyone recommend a treatment massage therapist who works successfully with people with
sciatica? I'd love to find someone in Oakland, but will travel if necessary. Thank you!
Karen Almquist is an excellent massage therapist who works in the El Sobrante area
(and at the Lakeridge Athletic Club). Karen has treated me personally (I have a disc
problem in my low back) and is excellent. She also makes house calls in selected
cases. Reach her at karquist[at]aol.com or 510-220-7879.
I highly recommend Beth Baron CMT, of In Touch Massage Therapy. She is in Berkeley
on Telegraph, but not too far from Oakland. She has helped tremendously with my
chronic sciatica and other pain issues. Her number is 510-551-9539.
I would recommend Leslee Thomas for Massage - she is in Castro Valley now (but was in
San Leandro) - her number is 510-830-
5661. Also I was having some back pain - and after we kept working on it - she
suggested I see a chiropractor - and I'm so skeptical of Chiro's but I took her
advice & went to Gary Zoffada in CV as well - and it turns out it wasn't my back but
hips. I haven't had any pain at all since I went to him - and believe me - I was
completely skeptical of Chiropractors.
I would like some recommendations for a massage therapist in the Walnut Creek area. I work right near the
intersection of HWYS 24 & 680 and I would like to see someone that is convenient to my office. However,
if you can recommend someone who is amazing, I'll take anyone this side of the tunnel! I have a lot of
knots and specific areas that need attention and my biggest problem in the past is the massage therapist
listens to my requests, then proceeds to do the same massage he/she does on everyone else. If I get a
massage and the knots aren't addressed, I leave more tense than when I arrived. It's one of the fastest
ways I know of to blow $75!
Thanks for any referrals you can send my way.
In Walnut Creek I recommend Penny Christie and Associates. They are at Dr's Park, and will
make you feel REALLY good. Penny also speciallizes in PreNatal Massage.
Penny Christie & Assoc.
2121 Ygnacio Valley Rd. #E-104
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
I am looking for a really good masseuse (not a male) in Berkeley---someone who
knows how to give deep massages of an eclectic nature. alison
Most WONDERFUL Masseuse:
Noreen Buyers Greenblatt
476 Kentucky Ave in Berkeley
My partner and I have both had massages from this woman and agree
that she is the BEST we've ever had! We've referred many friends
who also extol the healing powers of her nurturing, skilled,
professional touch. She works from a home studio in the Berkeley
Hills that is beautifully decorated, serene, with candles and
beautiful music. The table is soft and warms you all over. Best
of all, she spends a total of two hours with you, talking with
you about your body and then working you over for a good 1.5
hours from head to toe. You can relax, breathe, feel nurtured
and let go of everything for a short time while she ''holds the
space'' and works on you with great care backed by lots of
expertise. Every person owes it to themselves to receive (and
give) a gift this lovely this holiday season. Make the time for
it, you won't regret it!
Signed, Someone who needs an appointment right now!
I highly recommend Beth Baron for massage. She does a variety of different techniques,
and uses whatever is right for each individual. Her office is on Telegraph, near Derby.
tel. 510 551-9539 http://www.bethbaron.com
I just wanted to let you know of an amazing experience I just had
with a very gifted massage therapist. This woman does not only
have a vast knowledge of physiology and anatomy that tremendously
helped my sports injury, she has something else. She is so keenly
aware and perceptive of how to nurture and heal emotional
dis-eases that have menifested physically, it's remarkable. She
attended to all my visceral needs: warm, snuggly sheets, heated
blankets, wonderful, soothing aromatherpy oils and herbs, lush
view, serene, beautiful space, relaxing music and that's all
before she even laid her hands on me. I felt like a baby in
mama's hands. If you want to give yourself the gift of a
lifetime, go see her, but remember, you will get hooked! Her name
is Noreen Buyers Greenblatt and her number is 510-725-2735
I know a great female masseuse that can probably provide your eclectic requirements.
She also practices Reiki treatment, and has lots of experience with all kinds of
treatments. Her name is Kathy Parker, Heart n Hand Healing (510) 336-9813
I really want to recommend a GREAT massage therapist, Catherine
H.(phone: 649-8666). She works in the downtown Berkeley area.
I've been going to her about twice a month for a couple of
years and my 15-year-old has started seeing her for the
occasional massage. Over the years I've seen a number
of massage therapists and most weren't strong enough for my
needs--I like a deep massage, and Catherine is very strong. And
she is great at gentle, soothing massages too, which is what my
15-year-old prefers. Catherine's very warm, sensitive, easy to
talk to, and is very accommodating (e.g. sometimes I ask her to
spend the whole time on my neck & shoulders). Her rate is
$50.00 for one hour of massage at her workplace; she charges a
tad more if she travels to your home.
I rec'ved Thai massage years ago, purely recreationally.
But, felt major positive changes.
After several ankle & knee injuries and the birth of my daughter
I've been obsessed with finding a Thai Massage therapist to help
relieve my on and off chronic back pain related to sciatica,
stiff hips and weak ankles. The pivotal and meridian work used in
Thai massage seems to be what I respond to best.
can anyone rec'mend a therapist in the East Bay? Pref. in
Oakland, Berkeley, E'Ville, Albany, etc..
In-call or Out-call. Just someone experienced and professional.
I haven't yet tried it, but I saw that Thai massage is offered
at Vara Healing Arts in Albany- off Solano Ave
I love Rebecca Kohne. She is trained in different forms of
massage including Thai and has worked wonders with my aching
body. She has also treated several of my surgical patients and
helped with healing problems. I could not recommend her more
Rebecca Kohne (510) 848-3807. She is located in North Berkeley
on Virginia Street.
I was wondering if anyone had experienced or knew about Maya
(or Mayan) Abdominal Massage. We are trying to concieve and
I've been told I have a VERY tipped uterus tht may cause some
issues (though it may not they don't seem to know). In doing
some research I came across a little info about this and
thought I would see if anyone knew anything at all about it. If
you have done it is there a practitioner you would reccomend?
I recommend Dr. Gabrielle Francis in San Francisco near Dolores Park.
She is a
naturopath, acupuncturist, chiropractor and massage therapist.
415 378 2297 www.drgabriellefrancis.com
The great thing about Mayan abdominal massage is that it's a practice
that you can
do yourself once you learn it from Dr. Francis.
I'm looking for a female massage therapist in North Berkeley, Albany or El Cerrito
who does very healing work. I prefer a private studio or healing center as opposed
to a spa or salon. Thanks!
Pain in the neck
Carolyn Tupkelewicz, 540-1167, She is the BEST, by a long shot, of anyone I have ever
been to see (I teach yoga and have a pretty good network of masseuse
recommendations). She is certified and does a variety of techniques, including swedish,
deep tissue, Chi Nei Tsang, acupressure and more. She has an intuitive approach and
will dovetail her techniques to address your particular needs. Located near University
Avenue in Berkeley
I know a wonderful massage therapist with a private studio in
the Richmond Annex. She has well over a decade of experience
and offers a variety of techniques, specializing in injuries
and chronic pain as well as very healing, nurturing work. She
is strong and can work very deeply if that is your preference.
She has an incredible grasp of anatomy and the way our bodies
should function properly, so her massages feel great but are
also very effective. She is returning to her practice after
having a baby, so her schedule is quite felxible as an added
bonus! Sarah Hammond can be reachd at (510) 525-4014
Elizabeth Lipsius is a fabulous healing massage therapist (415) 317-0611 and she
works in Berkeley.
I can recommend an amazing healer/massage therapist. Her name is
Yung Me Morris and -she lives in the East Bay. She considers
massage a tool through which healing flows. Her
emotional/spiritual healing is deep and ''psychic-like''. Her deep
tissue trauma release is wonderful too.
Her rates are tremendously reasonable considering the kind of
work she does and the results I have seen ($75/hr or $95/1.5hrs)
I highly recommend her to anyone.
Yung Me will come to your home or you can see her in Pleasant
Hill. Her work number is 925-360-2566
Gina Papen has been doing massage for me for many years and she
has done some powerful healing work on me (neck, wrists, stress
and tension). She is highly trained and uses a variety of
techniques including cranio-sacral, hot stones, Swedish and
acupressure. She sees me in her Berkeley home, which like you, I
prefer to an institutional or commercial environment. You get an
extra treat because she has her artwork on display and it puts me
in the mood to let go and relax. You can reach her at
gpapen[at]earthlink.net or 510-220-3698. She has a website too, but
I don't know the address
Try Kathryn Hirt. Fantastic, strong, HEALING massage. Got out the kinks so I
could move again and I left feeling like I'd been on another (very relaxing)
planet. Great stuff. Does outcalls to you or you can go to her, rates are good
too. Try the Deep Tissue work! 510-220-3558.
You will love her!
Relaxed At Last
I highly recommend Mallorie Baron (549-1724). She is an
extremely sensitive and attuned massage therapist, who is warm
I've been going to Melanie Diamond for about 3 years ago. She has her own studio in
the Berkeley hills. She's a warm, wonderful person and a fabulous massage therapist.
She also does cranial/sacral work. Call her! 510-527-0747 or 510-527-0747
I have had a really positive experience with my message
therapist, Robin Harrell. She specializes in women's health and
is trained in Eastern styles of therapy...accupressure,
shiatsu, reflexology etc. She also does a wonderful deep
tissue oil massage.
She has a small, very pleasant and relaxing private space on
Camellia Street in South Berkeley. Her e-mail address is
firstname.lastname@example.org and you can check out her web site,
woodtigerhealing.com. I'm willing to bet that she can help
relieve the pain in your neck. She certainly has helped my
aching back. Hope you feel better soon
I cannot recommend Noreen Greenblatt more highly. She is intuitive, nurturing, an
excellent listener and has created an amazing space for relaxing and healing within
her Berkeley home. Whether you're looking for one session to get some calm or to
be taken care of for a little while, or if you're looking for ongoing sessions to help
heal acute or chronic injuries, Noreen can do it all, and do it well!
Her studio is located right down the hill from the Step one school near Spruce and
Michigan streets in the Berkeley Hills. Her phone is (609) 273-1085
Sara Hammond is an amazing massage therapist. As the other person said,
a very in depth knowledge of anatomy and can do a body wonders. I too am a
massage thereapist and there are not many out there I could recommend as
confidently as I can Sara. She works out of Richmond Annex and you can
I highly recommend Paul Little at Spa de Esperanza on 1564
Solano Avenue, Albany. Call to set up an appointment at (510)
525-8700. Paul has improved my life and overall physical health
b/c of his great massage therapy. He knows exactly what is going
on when you have pain in the lower back or legs. He has worked
with me through pregnancy, and post pregnancy. My back, legs,
and overall health has never been better. I was going to have
surgery and b/c of his treatments, I saved myself 2 months of
recovery and 6-12 months of recovery from if I would of had
surgery. I no longer need it and my doctor says its amazing how
massage therapy has helped me that much. Please go see him if
you have even the slightest pain and do preventative work.
In response to your request for a massage therapist, I have
been going to the same person for about 5 years now and she is
WONDERFUL. Her name is Michelle Drerup and she works out of her
home in Montclair, just minutes from Berkeley. I wrote her up
years ago but thought a refresher might help. I have referred
her to LOTS of my friends and they all have LOVED the
experience. She is very strong and can go as hard as you like
or if you prefer a softer touch she of course will work with
whatever you need. Her prices are very reasonable as well. I
simply can not recommend her enough. Any time I get a massage
elsewhere (for example if I go on a trip and get a massage), I
am always disappointed as I am so spoiled by Michelle so now I
usually don't bother! Her number is 510-339-1595.
I would like to recommend a wonderful message therapist that I
have known for over two years, her name is Dahlia Silvers and she
is a certified massage therapist with over sixteen years of
experience in a variety of therapeutic settings. Dahlia works
with people of all ages and body types. Her specialty is deep
tissue Swedish massage. But, she is also trained in and does:
Shiatsu (Acupressure), Trigger point therapy (another form of
acupressure), Craniosacral Therapy which is a gentle but
effective technique for relieving headaches and tension in the
face, and Reiki (gentle energy balancing technique). She
combines these techniqes to tailor each session to the needs of
her client. Although her specialty is deep tissue massage, she
can work at any level of pressure that you are comfortable with.
Dahlia is available for 60 and 90 minute sessions, and best of
all she comes to your home fully equipped, so you can relax and
enjoy your session the way you were meant to. She is available
for single sessions, couples, and groups of up to five people.
Her rates vary somewhat due to travel time and the number of
sessions. Dahlia offers discounts for groups of three or more,
she also has gift certificates (perfect for the holidays) and
massage packages available. Please contact her at the email
address below for specific rate information, or if you have any
questions at all. Dahlia also offers professional references to
anyone who would like a personal referral, or to learn more about
her work directly from those she works with.
Dahlia Silvers, CMT
The archives on massage don't address this issue specifically.
A close friend is quite overweight (like 80 lbs.) and wants to
have massage for relaxation, well-being. She has run into
nasty comments and bias toward overweight people from massage
therapists. She's looking for someone without those
judgements. Any ideas or recommendations?
I can recommend Laura Lund. She is warm and fun and welcoming and listening to what
you need. She happens to also be full figured which I don't think necessarily
qualifies her for being a better massage therapist for other overweight people. But
her personality is just great.
You can reach her at 510-612-6429
Fan of Laura
I am overweight by about 60 pound and have found great relief from the stong, gentle
hands of Mark Pasley. His web site is http://www.relaxedenergy.com
Rosalie Lamb, 655-2637. Your friend won't find anyone who's a better and more
experienced (something like 35 years) massage therapist, and a better and non-
judgemental person. Cece
I am at least 80lbs overweight and have never experienced any negative vibes or
comments from massage therapists. I have gone to the Piedmont Spa and Berkeley Massage
& Self-Healing center. While my satisfaction with their intuitiveness and massage
technique varies (always good, sometimes great), I have never felt judged!
Try Gina Buonpane at Every Mother Massage on Piedmont Ave. Her practice focuses on
women in general, not just mothers. She is positive, respectful and does a great
massage. 510-464-4518. Sheila
Try Kathryn Hirt, my massage therapist. She's an excellent massage therapist and I can
say is unbiased about body size as I am a large man myself. Her rates are reasonable
too, and she's in Piedmont area in a garden studio which is lovely. I would recommend
you get Deep Tissue work if you're heavy, since you will feel the work more than a
lighter touch massage. I think she charges a bit more for that but its well worth it.
Call her- 510-220-3558. And enjoy.!
I've been receiving massages from Bridget Scadeng (526-3493,
www.bridgetscadeng.com) for over 15 years -- she is a wonderful
massage therapist and very sensitive to all body types. Her studio is
on University Ave. in Berkeley
Hello. I only found one recent recommendation, so I'm hoping
you can help. Very tense, very stressed out mom needs a female
Berkeley massage therapist. Especially tense neck &
shoulders. Have you found someone you like, and would
recommend? (Conversely, some you would avoid?) Thanks -
- the muscles cry out!
I highly recommend my massage therapist, Jeri Lawson. She's in North Oakland, but she
also makes house calls. Jeri has lots of clients who are mothers and she is especially
good at working with the stressed muscles involved in carrying/caring for children.
She's warm, knowledgeable, and very very good. Her number is 601-
Erica Geller in Piedmont is an incredible massage therapist. She has amazing
intuitive hands, tons of experience, and a cool energy work background which makes her
massages even that much more incredible. Her number is 415-608-0616
I recommend Melanie Diamond. She has a studio in the Berkeley Hills and is fantastic.
She's lovely and warm and gives me the perfect massage. Her number is 510-527-0747.
I HAVE THE MOST AMAZING MASSAGE THERAPIST!!!
I ESPECIALLY recommend her for tense mommies because she is not only a gifted massage
therapist, she is incredibly nurturing in her touch and in the environment she creates
(it's a wonderful thing for those who take care of everything to be completely taken
care of in a body work session). The room is beautifully decorated: spacious, it
smells good, it looks out over a garden, she has candles lit and soft music playing.
Her table is comfortable, and she keeps your feet warm with a soft, furry heating pad
(if you like that). I have never felt so ''attended to'' in a massage. She's also
extremely professional, well trained (nationally certified which requires 500 hours
plus and exam, and she's always doing CE). She just has wonderful energy. Can you
tell I just ADORE this woman?!?!?
Please call her and tell her I sent you:
The best thing you could do for yourself is to call Christine D'Allance`. She is the
She has a treatment space in Oakland (Piedmont Ave.) but lives in Berkeley and makes
house calls. She is also a mommy (of a preschooler).
You can reach Christine at 915-0356.
Although not a massage therapist per se, I could not recommend my all-time favorite
body worker, Leah Statman, highly enough for relieving tension and stress. She does
Jin Shin Jyutstu, which I describe as kind of Japanese acupressure. It is much more
effective for me than any massage I have tried (I've tried massage with at least four
different massage therapists). She also teaches and counsels (MSW) on parenting, so I
alternately nap and talk about parenting issues during my sessions with her (i.e.
perfect for a stressed and tense mommy). I always start to feel more relaxed
immediately upon walking through her door, and much much more so after a session. Her
office is in Albany; 525-5080. Best wishes,
stefanie liang is a great massage therapist! she has experience with different
conditions and i recently have had prenatal and postnatal massages from her. many of
my friends have had great relaxing massages from her. she is responsive to your needs
and likes to know what mucsles you like to have worked on. she is also convenient
because you can either see her in her studio or she will do house calls. she can be
reached at: (510) 205-7833
Please go see Mallorie Baron. She is just fantastic. I can't recommend her highly
enough! And, she works with moms (prenatal, postnatal, you name it). I wish I could
pick you up and take her to you myself, because that is how strongly I recommend
Mallorie. Call her at: 510.549.1724. Stephanie
Does anyone have a recommendation for an affordable massage
therapist in the El Cerrito/Albany area? (similar postings are
quite outdated). Either a therapist that will come to your
home or operates a facility other than a spa so that rates are
lower than the $75+/hour spa rates?
My wonderful masseuse has left me for Hawaii. He was really great
at getting all the ''kinks'' out and energizing me for the month
ahead. My poor children are now dealing with a cranky mama! I'm
in No. Berkeley but willing to travel for a great massage.
Thanks a lot and my poor neck thanks you too.
Anyone know of someone good who is strong but also has a smooth style, and
does good quality deep tissue work in the Oakland or Berkeley area. I'm an
athlete and need a lot of attention in my back and neck/ shoulders, and in my
legs! I'd like a woman, who does incalls and outcalls both. I use both. Thanks!
Yes, Claudia Ruiz, CMT, 510-334-0613, here in Alameda on the
water at Ballena Bay, near the Tube. Very smooth, therapeutic
and healing. Best, and I know about 15 friends who swear by her
as well. Yup, she's that good.
Tell her I sent you.
Appreciating the best
Kimm Webb is probably the finest massage therapist I have met in
years. Very strong, very gentle when needed, been in business
for 12 or more years. She has the finest depth of knowledge
about how bodies are put together of anyone I've ever met. She
does Swedeish massage, Therapeutic massage and Medical massage.
Her number is (925) 876-3291.
Check out Kathryn Hirt. She is in Oakland and is my own massage therapist,
and I am always referring her because her work is so great. Firm and strong but
still smooth and soothing. I am an athlete and she is excellent. Her studio is
adorable too! 510-220-3558. Tell her I sent you.
my favorite masseuse happens to be in East Bay and do house calls.
wolfgang Troullier office 415-241-1542
used to be $50/hr
does great deep tissue work and both me and my male friend really like his work.
He's not female but he is very professional and not hetero...
he works at UCSF fitness center if you don't want in home service... you could call and
see if he has a studio set up in east bay yet...
I have found 2 great massage therapists at Spa de Esperanza.
This spa is on Solano Avenue in ALbany near that Italian place
and Solano Celler. Paul is the best and Melissa is my second
choice. Call them b/c they have Sunday Splurges and sometimes
packages for 10 massages in a row. I really like the owner and
the environment. But you have to go to Paul or Melissa.
I highly recommend Rimma Ten. She is an excellent masseuse who is
well versed a number of different massage techniques. She does an
amazing stone massage (where you lie on heated stones -- so
relaxing!), and she can stretch your muscles so you are left
feeling as though you have just done an hour of yoga. I have back
problems, and she has worked on my back very gently alleviating
all the sore points. She has also helped others with neck
problems and muscular/nerve problems. She is currently located in
Rockridge and can be reached at 510-524-5758. Feel free to email
me if you have questions.
I can recommend Diana Syverud who is a massage therapist at the Berkeley Massage
and Self-Healing Center. You can call the center at (510) 843-4422 and make an
appointment with Diana.
I highly recommend my massage therepist Mallorie Baron, she is in
Berkeley & her phone number is 549-1724.
Have an excellent massage therapist who has been working with me for a number of
years for chronic pain from injuries sustained in multiple auto accidents--mainly
rear enders. Ozzie Lyles - works with orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists,
and has own practice. He comes to your home. (510) 430-8583.
Managing my pain
I recommend Christine D'Allance'. She is the greatest! She has an office in
Oakland on Piedmont Ave., but she can also do outcalls to your house. You can
reach Christine at 915-0356.
What a nice thing to do for yourself. Enjoy!
I recommend Mindy Swanson as a Massage Therapist. She works in the Berkeley,
Albany and El Cerrito Area, is affordable and does excellent deep and releasing
work. She is very present and I feel well taken care with her through various
problems which I had.
Her telephone number is 510-918-0831
try Kathryn Hirt. She has a studio in Piedmont off Park Blvd. and her work is
excellent. Firm, smooth and integrative feeling somehow. I always leave there
feeling reconnected to myself and my body. Her rates are reasonable, pretty
average for above-average work. Call her at 510-220-3558. Enjoy your
The Castro Valley Mothers' Club is having a Pamper Night on May
9 for our members and we're looking for Massage Therapists who
would be interested in participating. This is an excellent
opportunity to advertise to approximately 300 families that
live in the Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro area. If you
are interested, or know someone who is, please contact me. Thanks!
I'd like to highly recommend Chris Rossi, CMT for your Pamper
Night. She lives in Castro Valley, and when I asked her if she
would like to be recommended, she said she had worked for your
event in the past a few years ago and would love to do it again!
Her email is crossi2003[AT]sbcglobal.net.
Check out Katherine Hirt if you want a fabulous massage, both relaxing and
therapeutic. I have had some upper shoulder and neck/ and back knots for
months and I can finally feel my body without pain! Wow. She is excellent- and
a great lady as well- professional, warm, attentive presence. She's in Oakland.
510-220-3558 (she said I could list her #). Her rates are reasonable. Enjoy!
Does anyone know a great massage therapist who makes house calls?
We're in Rockridge, looking for someone who specializes in deep
tissue work, because we can't get out to a bricks-and-mortar
studio as much as we'd like with a new baby.
tied in knots
Try Kathryn Hirt. She does incalls, she is excellent at all massage but I get deep
tissue work from her and LOVE her work. Smooth but firm pressure work, very
high quality. She's in Oakland and I know she does this incall service for
couples a lot, offering consecutive 60 or 90 minute massages (she will work up
to 4 or 5 hours I think- I once had a party she came to and did 4 hours
straight). Here's her #- 510-220-3558. Enjoy!! Paul
I highly recommend Lori Colombo, a massage therapist who makes
house calls. She is one of the best massage therapists I've ever
encountered, and is quite reasonably priced. She specializes in
massaging parents (she is a mother of two herself). You can
contact her at lorsue[AT]earthlink.net or 510.393.8233.
I could use a massage right now
I recommend Christine d'Allance'. Christine does *wonderful*
work, can come to your home with her massage table and
equipment, and her rates are quite reasonable. My husband and I
indulged in several visits after our baby was born. We'd take
turns watching the baby while the other was getting a massage,
and we didn't have to hassle with getting out of the house.
Christine is very strong, and the mother of a young child, so
she knows those places that hurt from holding a little one.
You can reach her at 510-915-0356. Good for you for doing this
I know a woman who is great with massages. She is gentle and firm at the same
time. She also offers pregancy massages. She is actually offering a lot more than
massages and is well worth trying. Please check out her website.
She prefers people coming to her place, however in certain siutaions she travels (for
example she came to my home after my c-section). The caveat: You need to
organize the table, but she tells you where you can get it.
Good luck and enjoy.
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I highly recommend Mallorie Baron (510)549-1724 for massage. I
know she can travel to your house if desired. While she
specializes in pre and post natal massage (which is amazing),
both my husband and I have felt her to be a rare find of someone
who really listens to what you like in a massage while having the
strength to dig in deep for those of us who crave that deep
release. (I have paid extra elsewhere for ''deep tissue'' massage
and been very disappointed)
Honestly she is the best massage therapist I have ever
experienced. Know you are in for a treat with Mallorie!
I can't recommend Mallorie Baron enough! She is a fantastic
massage therapist who truly understands the needs of her
clients. I've seen Mallorie for over three years and she is
truly exceptional. I guarantee you'll live longer if you receive
a massage from her. Contact her at 510.549.1724.
I want to recommend an amazing massage therapist, Amewoke, who
does massage both at The Courthouse Athletic Club and in his
own studio in Oakland. He is skilled at deep massage, joint
and range of motion work, shiatsu, and swedish (among others).
He is a soothing presence as well as a strong and skilled
massage therapist. Call for appointment: 510-282-6353, or
email him at anunyakpe[AT]yahoo.com.
Relaxed After A Great Massage
I found the best massage therapist in Oakland. Her name is Katherine
Hirt and she is fabulous. I have struggled for years to find someone who
can be firm and strong with pressure, and also smooth in their style and
who is PRESENT. And she is that! Her massage is Swedish, Esalen and
Deep Tissue styles and I think she does do outcalls, although I went to
her cute studio in Oakland near Piedmont. If you want to treat yourself,
she is wonderful. You can reach her at 510-220-3558. Enjoy!
MALLORIE BARON, C.M.T., is the most fantastic massage therapist
I've ever had! I can guarantee youÂ’ll enjoy a massage with her.
IÂ’ve been seeing Mallorie for three years (at least). SheÂ’s an
experienced professional who makes you feel at ease with your
body (prenatal and postnatal). IÂ’ve never felt more healed and
relaxed than after having a massage with her. You'll live
longer. She really is the BEST. Call her at 510.549.1724.
I just had the best massage of my 40 years.
It was a Shiatsu/swedish combination from Mark Pasley, CMT. In addition, he's been
known to design Kundalini Yoga routines, in my case, it was for insane stress due
to an insane job. I found it really helped.
his web site is http://relaxedenergy.com/
I'd like to recommend a wonderful massage therapist I've been working with for
several years now, who was recommended to me by my chiropractor: Roger Chandler
(510-414-6659). He is adept at many different styles of massage, from deep tissue to
swedish to prenatal, and is a lovely person to boot. I have been worked on by dozens
of MTs, at spas and in other countries, and Roger is simply excellent. I cannot say
enough good things about him. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. elr
I am looking to get a massage for my husband who is very shy.
Definitely a woman, but I need a recommendation for someone who
will put him at ease. He drives for a living and has a lot of
back and neck pain. Thanks!
Anadiane Landelle is a really wonderful masseuse, and Berkeley- based. She is a very centered, mature woman, extremely kind, with extensive bodywork experience and a warm, reassuring manner that should put your shy husband completely at ease. She can be reached at 510-229-0426.
I guess I would qualify as a shy man. Wanting relief from back pain I saw Beth Baron at East Bay Myofascial Therapy (Telegraph Ave in Berkeley) 510-551-9539. She worked on me with clothes on and asked if I wanted to remove my shirt. The second time I went I felt more comfortable about removing pants, too. She helped with posture and gave me some stretching exercises.
Anybody have experience with Rosen Method Bodywork?
Recommendations for somebody very good, experienced, and
sensitive? I don't have specific physical problems but am
interested in getting to know my body, and especially the way
emotions are held physically. Thanks.
A very sensitive, gentle and wonderful Rosen Method practitioner:
Miriam Cantor (415) 285-1769. Worth going to the City for her. Last I
saw her she was in Noe Valley.
I would like to recommend Odile Atthalin for Rosen Method
Bodywork. She is very skillful and sensitive and is dedicated to
helping people know themselves better through conscious touch.
Odile teaches Rosen Method Bodywork all over the country. She
practices in Berkeley. Her email is: odilat[AT]mindspring.com. I
have worked with her for three years now. I feel 10 years younger
when I get up from her table. I'm always amazed when I look at
myself afterwards in her mirror. Awesome.
I was a Rosen method intern (before I had to work at a regular
job!) and know some great practitioners. I found Rosen work to be
powerful and profound, on many levels-physical, emotional,
spiritual. I recommend Susan Choi 510-526-9436 (Berkeley);
Miriam Moussaioff 510-525-0679 (Berkeley); Sarah Dandridge 510-
I have checked the website, but there are not many recommendations for
therapeutic bodyworkers. I have tense, sore muscles, and many (too many!) aches
and pains in my lower back, and a stiff, sore neck--these don't go away with gentle,
spa-type massage (which I find rarely involve enough pressure to release the
tension in my muscles). I would like to find a practitioner who is strong enough to
get down to the nitty-gritty, but sensitive and intuitive enough to identify where the
problems may be originating from and how to help them.
Specifically, I would like to hear about peoples' experiences with muscular
restructuring and postural realignment through bodywork. OR,
has anyone had experiences, good or bad, with Jordan Rothstein in Berkeley? Or
Can anyone recommend a bodyworker for chronic back/neck pain who works
wonders with your eternally tight/tense muscles? Literally, I feel like I need someone
very heavy to ''stand'' on my back and shoulders to get them to let go. Cost is
something of a factor--it would be incredibly fortunate if the referral has a sliding
scale (but this is not essential). I have tried yoga, but find I get injured easily and
am afraid to keep trying without more guidance. Thanks so much!
--wearing my shoulders around my ears
there's a great bodyworker i go to. her name is maowunyo,
and she is incredible. she combines shiatsu/acupressure,
tradtional philippino massage/energy work and herbology
for each treatment/visit. she has a clinic in downtown
oakalnd that she sees people at on thursday and fridays.
she also sees people at her home also in oakland. i highly
recomend her. you will feel like new. her number is
For my chronic back pain (off and on for 7 years) I first went
to a physiatrist who sent me to Sports and Orthopedic Leaders,
or SOL Physical Therapy. I saw Laurie there who used Active
Release Technique (ART) on me and it was extremely helpful. I
went for 9 sessions of that plus physical therapy exercises
over the summer and haven't had any pain since. I continue to
do the exercises at home. I would highly recommend checking
out this technique (http://www.solpt.com/html/artheal.htm).
Healthy and Pain Free Back
I can only say give Yael Gottlieb a call as soon as you can!!
she is super knowledgable about human anatomy, has years and
years of experience in helping people get back on their feet.
She is an R.N, N.D. , clinical herbalist, bodyworker,
aromatherpist and has great intuition. Her Number is 510-548-
4377, located in Berkeley.
I'm not familiar with the practitioner you mentioned. I had
experienced substantial injuries from two bike vs car accidents
while training for Ironman in 2004. Traditional Medicine (muscle
relaxants and pain meds) and PT was ineffective. I turned to
Pilates and Applied Kinesiology with marked improvement. Two
people I went to (they know each other and interface on
treatments) Melinda Teutschel a certified Pilates Instructor and
Somatic Movement Therapist, she works out of Oakwood Athletic
Club in Lafayette and Jason Worrall a Chiropractor that uses
Applied Kinesiology in the rehab process. They both understand
that your organs play a role in supporting your structure and
prior traumas (both Physical and Emotional) have an impact on
your ability to heal. I have not had any issues since, still
training and am pain/meds free. No need for shoulders at your
ears. Feel free to contact me for their contact info.
Try the Alexander Technique. It's postural realignment and even
though it's gentle, you feel like a completely different person
after you leave. Susan Schreier Williams is my teacher and she
has shown me tension habits that I had no idea about (on every
level, by the way) and shown me how to relax them. What I loved
about it was that it gave me a way of managing my stress and
aches so now they don't get so huge. I have a history of severe
pain and the last time my back went into spasm I had learned how
to relax enough in the moment that it ended up correcting itself
within minutes! Her number is (510) 482-2276. Hope you find
what you need! Feel free to email me if you want more info.
I highly recommend Beth Baron for therapeutic bodywork for
chronic pain. I've worked with her myself, and I also know a
number of other people who have also had good experiences with
her. You say you want somebody who is ''strong enough to get to
the nitty gritty, but intuitive and sensitive enough to get to
the root of the problem.'' That's Beth. She knows how to do deep
work that really reaches the core of the tightness, but also
feels gentle and just right. I've found her to be an excellent
problem solver, too. She's had a lot more training than most
massage therapists, and she's smart about how she works. She's
done both hands-on and postural awareness work with me, and
they've both been helpful. Beth is very ethical too. If she
can't help you, she'll refer you. Here's her information:
Beth A. Baron, CMTPT, CMT
In Touch Therapies -- myofascial, somatic, massage
2718 Telegraph Ave. Suite 103
Berkeley, CA 94705 (510) 551-9539
i'm looking for a massage therapist who does therapeutic
massage in the lamorinda/walnut creek areas. my husband has
terrible neck/shoulder pain from locked up muscles and he's in
great need of a massage. i'm trying to find someone who is
really strong to get out some of those knots in his neck and
I just had a neck and shoulder massage from Silvia Salgado and I think I have solved
longstanding problem with my hands going to sleep! She has an amazing
knowledge of anatomy, showed me pictures of just what was happening to my ulnar
nerves so that I could learn to relax those muscles, and then she gave me the
stretch of my life! Wow! I can feel my fingers again!
You can reach her at 510-526-5049. Her practice is in Albany.
I, too was suffering from a totally kinked up neck and upper
back, and got a great massage last weekend. I was impressed with
how well the therapist understood and explained the interrelated
muscles of my next, back, and arms. She's not in Lamorinda, but
close by in Montclair.
Her name is Candace Besso, thebodybusiness AT aol.com, 510.219.5512
I'm looking for a massage therapist in the Berkeley area. I
want to give this as a gift to my sister for her Birthday. She
has a one year old and really deserves a great relaxing
massage. Please help with any great recommendations. Thanks!
Hi. You didn't mention if you wanted this gift to be a one time
deal or an ongoing deal. I really like Albany Sauna. If you
purchase a steam room or hot tub with a massage, you get
one free. What I mean is if you book a massage with a
steam room, they'll throw in the hot tub for free. The
massages are good. They last 45 minutes I think. If you
want a steam, they'll give you a towel with eucalyptus oil or
lavender oil as well. It's a little aroma therapy while you
If you're prepared to spend a lot, Bridget Scadeng is the best
massage therapist in Berkeley, but she is expensive. She's at
Wish I could get massages more often
I would like to recommend Melanie Diamond. She gave me
a massage at Indian Springs last summer, and has a
studio in her home in Berkeley. I've seen her several times
and she's wonderful. She seems to have the perfect touch
for me. She also is a liscensed Cranio-Sacral massage
therapist. She charges $85.00 for an hour. Her number is
As a state and nationally certified massage therapist, I wanted
to comment on what someone wrote about her massage therapist
being a ''licensed cranial sacaral therapist''.
There is no licensing for bodyworkers in the state of California.
This person may have a certificate that states that she took a
series of CST classes and she likely has a business license to
practice her business as well as being a state and maybe
nationally certified massage therapist. Many chiropractors use
CST in their practice and they are certainly licensed as
chiropractors, but massage therapists are not required to be
licensed in this state YET.
Most of us are state and/or nationally certified and need to
have a certain amount of continuing education hours per year to
keep our status, but technically anyone could hang up a sign
saying they are a massage therapist or bodyworker of sorts and
as long as they know what they are doing (you'd hope), there are
no legal boundaries as to who can practice and who can't. Of
course that doesn't mean this person isn't good at what she does
and based on the recommendation from the writer she sounds
fabulous, I just needed to throw my 2 cents in regarding
the ''licensing''. Thanks for listening
My favorite massage therapist is Roy Turpin--510.594.1246. He
will do a massage at his home in Emeryville, and will also bring
his table to you. He has extensive training in a number of
systems, and can draw on any of them for the specific needs of
his client. He can do very deep work, but his overall approach in
giving a massage is to really ''listen'' to the body he is working
on and do what is needed at that moment by that body (rather than
having his own agenda or a generic massage, say)-- he is a gentle
and powerful soul.
I have found Bridget Scadeng to be an excellent massage therapist and
have always heard extremely positive feedback about her from many
She has a very sensitive way with mothers and their physical and
emotional needs, but sees many different types of clients.
She has a beautiful new web site:
bridget AT bridgetscadeng.com
I know she does sliding scale and her fees have been somewhat similar
to other massage therapists I have used.
Having a special relationship with a person for periodic nurturing
through massage has been essential to my survival as a mother and in
Though I have tried massages at different spas, I have missed the
personal touch and knowledge of my life and my body.
I highly recommend Lori Colombo as a massage therapist for
local parents looking for a brief interlude from their hectic
Lori conveniently comes to your house with her table and does
hour-long, full-body massages. She is very careful to discuss
any musculoskeletal problems (back, shoulders, wrists, etc.).
before starting, and can address them as appropriate.
Lori is a part-time teacher at my daughter's preschool. I've
been getting occasional massages from her for about a year, and
I always feel relaxed and energized afterwards. She can be
contacted at lorsue AT earthlink.net.
Lucia Maya is a great masseuse and a reiki master. She
combines the two for an incredible experience of energenic
clearing, visioning, and insight . Lucia spent time talking
with me before massage to identify my pressing issues and
also afterward to help integrate insights and visions that
came through to me during the massage/reiki.
I had a wonderful time and reccomend you do to!
Lucia's email is luminous24 AT sbcglobal.net
I would appreciate your help with finding a ''thank you'' gift
for my kind husband, specifically a gift certificate for a
massage (or 2 or 3).
I've looked through the postings on massage providers, but
didn't see any that looked like a good fit for him. I think
he'd enjoy the relaxing ''spa'' sort of experience, versus a more
clinical therapeutic/chiropractor's office setting. He's had
the occasional ache & pain, but no major war wounds or football
traumas to worry about. I think he would prefer a female
masseuse, but most in the prior posts seem to cater to women
clients, and I'd like to find someone comfortable with male
clients. If any of you are familiar with a woman named Keisu
Noble who sometimes works in the SF area (usually in Russian
River area), he loved her.
I'd appreciate your recommendations for the Albany/N. Berkeley
area (or further out if they're really wonderful). Would prefer
someone with their own location vs. coming to our house.
I would recommend the Albany Sauna & Hot Tubs at 1002 Solano
Ave. Their masseuses come and go, so I haven't a specific name
to ask for. However, the ones I've had there were all very
skilled and professional. And, rest assured it is all non-
It's been a while for me, but as I recall the price of the
massage includes a half hour soak in one of their hot tubs.
The tubs are in private rooms, and what makes them special in my
opinion is there is no roof or ceiling in any of the tub rooms!
There are walls of course, but it is completely open to the sky.
You could join your husband in the hot tub first (and since the
room is private, you needn't bother with swimsuits), then meet
him after his massage is finished. My wife and I have done that
a number of times over the years.
We (my husband and I) have received massages from Karen Almquist
for a couple of years, once every three weeks. While she comes
to our home, she works out of a business in Lafayette as well as
has hours at the Lakeridge Club in El Sobrante. She does a
variety of massage work, is very loving and sweet, with years of
experience and expertise. We both recommend her highly. 510-
220-7879 Tell her Ilene and Bob sent you!
I know I have been very happy w/ the massages I have received
from the Harbor Bay Club in Alameda The setting is very nice and
they have sauna and whirpools to use when you make an appt there.
Check out www.ospasalon.com The propriator's (sp?) name is Lori
Olson and she just opened her day spa salon this month. She is
SO nice and she has a really great staff of people working for
her. Her place is in Alameda on Santa Clara Avenue near
Broadway. She has an entire menu of services they provide-
including several different types of massage. They really know
their stuff over there!!
I'm a nationally certified massage therapist. I work comfortably
with men and women. My office is in a chiropractic office, but
I'd say my ''massage room'' is very soothing, comfortable, nice
things to look at, etc.....it doesn't look like a Drs. office.
The atmostphere of the whole building is friendly and warm.
My techniques can be either clinical for working with injuries,
or very relaxing...what people call a ''feel good'' massage.
My fee is $70.00 for a full hour. I''d be happy to talk to you
further, or give you the numbers of some of my clients who come
for ''just plain old massage''. My office is on Milvia St. between
Blake and Dwight with plenty of street parking.
Contacat me by e-mail if you're interested. Good luck in finding
someone to help you, either way.(What a wonderful thoughtful
June Kamerling, NCTMB, JuneKamerling at earthlink.net
If you really want to pamper your husband, send him to the
Claremont! It is *fabulous*!! And, if you have the time, you
can actually buy a ''couples'' package, and the two of you could
spend the day there... Massage, sauna/hot tub (for two, if you
want!), a little lunch... ahhhhh......
It's pricey, but worth every penny!
Been there, LOVED it!!
For a great local experience, send him to Piedmont Springs on
Piedmont Avenue. Although the accomodations are not over the
top luxurious, he can sit in an outdoor spa and then take a
nice sauna to warm up for a great massage. There is a massage
therapist there named Amy Larimer that gives the best massages
I've ever had in my life (and I have had a lot). Between the
spa, sauna and a 90 minute massage, he could spend a very nice
afternoon unwinding. Maybe afterwards meet him for dinner at
Jojo or BayWolf.
hi! i give a relaxing, renewing massage that sounds like it might
be a good fit for what you're looking for. i work out of a
studio in north oakland (and i do housecalls as well) and also at
a couple spas. give me a call if you are interested-- 653-2047.
good for you for giving him such a great present!
Shoshana Uribe shoshana_w at yahoo.com
For Father's Day, a friend and I treated our husbands to
massages at the Claremont Hotel Spa - and they absolutely LOVED
it! It was a great massage/spa experience - after an hour's
massage, they got to enjoy the fabulous showers and ''quiet room''
afterwards, which apparently they enjoyed almost as much as
their massages. Following that they went downstairs to the
Paragon bar and grill and enjoyed a drink on the terrace
overlooking the Bay. A highly enjoyable and relxaing
experience, by all accounts. The massage runs about $100, but
they said it was worth it!
Hi; I am seeking recommendations for a female massage
therapist, preferably in Berkeley (or not too far from
Berkeley). I've seen the web site recommendations but they
don't include what I am looking for. I'm a tired, stressed out
mom in need of a massage to ease the muscles and the stress,
prefer a female massage therapist, and close to Berkeley.
Please let me know if you have a recommendation for a good
one! Thank you.
Tired Berkeley mom; needs a massage!
GINA PAPEN is the massage therapist I use. Her number
is 510-220-3698 or 510-548-8701. She is, by far, the most
effective practitioner I have gone to. She does work in a
variety of styles, but I recommend that you ask her to do
craniosacral work. When she is finished, I am so relaxed,
every muscle doing the right job. I have lots of aches and
pains, some arthritis, old auto accident injuries and
tendonitis. It's kind of a miracle that I feel that good. When I
see her regularly, the effects last a long time before good ol'
stress cancels them out again. She offers a special rate
when people sign up for a series of massages. She has
an office in south Berkeley, and for a fee she'll come to your
I am a nationally certified female massage therapist with an
office on Milvia st.(between Dwight Way and Blake) in Berkeley.
We have easy parking and I have a lovely office in a building
with 2 chiropractors and another MT.
I've been doing massage for many years and have a variety of
techniques. People love the work I do.I can turn you into butter
with a very relaxing massage and/or I can work with specific
aches, pains, injuries, ailments.
My main techniques that I use are Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
(very gentle...great for fluid retention, cleansing, detox,
etc.) and Neuromuscular Reprogramming, along with soft and deep
I'd be happy to talk to you further and give you references...my
number is 236-9644 or 604-5732.
June Kamerling, NCTMB, JKamerling (at) aol.com
I highly recommend Lucia Knight as a massage therapist. Her
massages are great, her office is lovely, and she is located in
Berkeley! Her number is 582-3012.
For a GREAT massage go see Mallorie Baron in north Berkeley.
She has wonderful technique and has her practice in a lovely
little cottage in a quiet garden. She specializes in both pre
and post natal, but takes other clients as well. Her number is
Relaxed and happy mom in Berkeley...
[Ed.: phone number updated Jan 2004]
''Michelle Cavender's studio isn't in Berkeley, but in Oakland, but she'll
come to your place with her massage table. She's less than most massage
therapists --like $50 an hour I think. I know a lot of moms who've had
masssages by her and loved it. ''
Michelle Cavender (at)yahoo.com
Another Tired Mom
I highly recommend Jennifer Kartiganer -- 510-332-9760. She is
very professional, easy to talk to, and adapts her style to
your needs. My husband and I both had massages with her and
were very pleased. Jennifer does the massage in your home --
at first, I wasn't sure how well that would work, but I found
that it really added to the relaxation. It was great to be
able to lounge at home after the massage rather than getting
dressed and going out.
Bridget Scadeng is an experienced and excellent massage therapist.
I speak from both personal experience and from hearing from many
In addition to knowledge and skill with the body, she is warm and
nurturing and has specialized in supporting mothers.
Her office is in West Berkeley.
BScadeng (at) aol.com
I love my massage therapist in Albany at Solano and San Pablo,
Alice Trumbly. She is affordable, doesn't rush through the
massage, and really listens to what you need. Her number is 525-
For a great massage, I highly recommend Rimma Ten of Pheonix
Massage (510/524-5758). She is very strong, but sensitive to
your needs and requests. She is well versed in ancient
oriental and contemporary western techniques. I work full time,
have a 3-year old and am 6 months pregnant, and Rimma has
certainly helped me relieve my own stress after a hard day's
work/day/night. I believe she has an office in Rockridge, but
may also make house calls, and I think she gives a discount for
your first massage. Feel free to contact me, if you want
I have tried several massage therapists in the Berkeley area in
search of a great massage and by far, the best massages I have
ever received have been from Lesly Flynn. Lesly is professional,
attentive, intuitive and nurturing. She enjoys working on women-
especially moms. She is sooooo good. She usually works out of
her home office in Albany but will make house calls if you
prefer that. She can work anywhere from light touch to deep
tissue, depending on your needs. In addition to her home
business, Lesly is affiliated with the Farmer's Market Massage
Collective. She can be found at their booth at the Berkeley
Farmer's market most Saturdays (you can try her out for a short
massage there!). Or you can reach her by phone at(510)710- 4660.
another stressed out mama
I'd like to strongly recommend a young but experienced
male massage therapist named John Schonder. He's a
calm, thorough, and effective specialist in shiatsu-style work
and has a comfortable studio in West Berkeley to visit;
check with him regarding housecalls. You can reach John
at sierramassage1 (at) hotmail.com or 504-0330.
>From one tired stressed out mom to another...I just had a
massage that was absolutely wonderful from a woman named Amber
over at Azul Spa just off of Solano on Ensenada in Berkeley, or
is it Albany at that point...I have no idea.
Amber just had a her first baby about 3 months ago so she
really knows the right spots in the back from carting around
I booked a deep tissue massage there for an hour and she was by
far the best female massage therapist I've ever had...in the
past other female massage therapists that I tried were not
strong enough to work out my knotty back. I think she's
great.They offer all different types of massage though and they
are a full spa so there is a steam room and showers and all
sorts of other treatments...see http://www.azulspa.com
Take some time off and ENJOY!!!
Try the Claremont Hotel.
I would like to recommend Kim Foster for massage. She
does a variety of methods, in particular jin shin jitsu. She is
wonderful. I saw her for prenatal massage and it was very
helpful for keeping me more balanced. Some of the best
energy work I have ever received. She is in Oakland right off
I can say without hesitation that Michelle Drerup in Montclair
is THE BEST MASSAGE therapist you will ever find. I have been
going to her for a couple of years now and will not get massages
anywhere else as in comparison, they are always disappointing.
Her prices are very reasonable and she is a warm and comfortable
person to be around. She is also extremely strong so she is able
to do a deep massage for long periods of time (if that's what
you want). I now give people gift certificates for her massages
as gifts and in EVERY case I have done this my friends say it
was the best massage they ever had. Her number is 510-339-1595.
I used to get massages regularly from an amazing woman in El
Cerrito who moved to the east coast a few years ago. Since that
time, I have not been getting regular massages and really miss
them. Does anyone have any recommendations for a massause/or
masseur in Alameda (it's where I work now and would just be
easier - but I'm also open to any Oakland recommendations too)?
I'm not that particular about the type of massage; but I do
really like strong hands and have really felt that deep tissue
massage worked the best for me in the past. Thanks for any
i highly reccommend aisha for a wonderful healing massage
experience, she does many modalities, and also i mentioned her
here in the reflexology section below, she does hot stones,
she lives in jack london square and is the most inexpensive
healer around, she believes in seeing clients regularly, once a
week if possible and so charges incredible prices
she is very gifted
I really like Marika Chop in Alameda. She gives a terrific
massage and she really cares. Rates are reasonable. Her number
I can definitely recommend you Christa Schmidt in Alameda.
She does deep tissue very well and can adapt to your exact
needs. I always feel sooooo good after ! She can go to your
work place or everywhere you want as she has a portable
table. Her phone # is (510) 749-9951. Enjoy !
Hi! I would recommend a massuese named Luna (Durgashanti) who
works out of the new Yoga Studio on Telegraph Avenue- Yoga
Mandala. She is excellent with deep tisse, Lomi Lomi and really
understands the body because she is a dancer and a Yoga teacher
as well. The number for YOga Mandala is 510-486-1989 or her
home number is 510-540-7075.
I need a recommendation for a good massage therapist in the El
Cerrito, Albany, Kensington, N. Berkeley areas. I've searched the
archives but can't find anyone still practicing in these areas.
Would like someone experienced in treating a neck injury. Thanks!
The best massage therapist ever?...
She works out of a studio behind her home in El Cerrito.
I want to strongly recommend Jennifer Kartiganer. She is
amazingly talented, strong, knowledgeable about body needs and
works with reabilitation as well as pregnancy and new moms in
addition to people without special needs. She has a wonderful
disposition, and will even come to your home. I have used her
services since I was pregnant with my daughter and have been
greatful to have found her! Jennifer Kartiganer 332-9760.
When you leave a message tell her that Chalyn recommended her.
Relaxed new mom,
It's not quite North Berkeley, but she's so INCREDIBLE, that it would be
worth it to drive the extra mile to central Berkeley.
Her name is Elly Schowalter and her office is located at 2006 Dwight.
Phone number is 318-0242.
I know an incredible massage therapist, Ratka Popovich. She's
the best I've ever had and I've had a lot. She has the ability
to really get inside your muscles to relieve tension. When you
meet with her, she'll ask you how you're doing both physically
and emotionally and when you tell her where your feeling tense,
she will work it out. She's a real healer. Her phone number:
A while ago someone was looking for massage therapists-
I would like to recomend A great massage therapist, Shoshana
Uribe. She specializes in Swedish, Pre and Post natal massage
and energy work and she is helpful with injuries. I went to her
because I had some major wrist and neck pain from holding my son-
She really helped. One thing I really like about her massages
is she really listens to the pressure I need- She goes soft or
deep and she has very strong hands and a calm mellow energy.
Shoshona's number is 510-653-2047. Enjoy...
Peggy Dey is a gifted massage therapist who's sensitive to
individual needs and is well versed in a number of therapeutic
modalities. She is very kind, and can be reached at 233-4086.
I can highly recommend Julie Skowronski for massage therapy.
She works out of her home in the heart of Rockridge. She uses
hot rocks along with many other techniques and gives a massage
that always seems to be exactly what I need. Her rates are very
reasonable, especially considering the quality.
Her phone number is 654-3935.
I highly recommend Liliana Lobo, a massage therapist in
Berkeley. She is very calm and relaxing.I have had some problems
with my back and she really has helped me, she really gets
inside the muscle to relieve tension. I am very pleased with the
results. You can reach her at (510)8494015.
I'm trying to find a GOOD yet CHEAP acupressure massage
therapist. Preferably someone actually trained in
acupressure, not someone that has only been through to
massage training course. Though, I'm broke, I can't be
Pretty much, after 20 some odd hours of labor, last year,
I had an emergancy c-section. My former acupressure massage
therapist said that I had pressure built up in my low
back (from the labor), and I needed acupressure treatments
to relieve this. Well, he moved (6 months ago), and I
haven't kept up on this- and now I hurt!
I highly recommend Candace Coar. She has a wealth of
experience, wonderful intuition, and she works from
the heart. Candace has taught at the Accupressure
Institute in Berkeley for a number of years, and she
sees clients in her home near Ashby Ave. I have received
accupressure sessions from Candace for 14 years. She
has seen me through three pregnancies. When my second
child was breach about a month before his due date,
Candace was able to turn him around. It was an amazing
experience. I find her rates very affordable. Candace's
phone number is 848-6515
Jim Thurmond is an excellent massage therapist who does 90-minute home massages.
I think his price is $70. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He is a very
good communicator and very professional (I usually prefer a female therapist).
I believe he combines a number of styles of massage. He is the first therapist
I have used who was able to help me with chronic shoulder pain. After my first
massage with him, I felt relaxed and better for days, rather than just for
an hour or two. He can be reached at 415-681-3931.
Masseuse who makes house calls: Bevi Radich Chestnut: 595 5315. Tell her you
got her name from me (Linda F.)
I've been getting a shiatsu massage once a week from a man, Bobby Cook, who
is wonderful. In shiatsu massage, you wear loose comfy clothes (I wear pajamas
usually) which is an easy way to get past the discomfort of being naked, although
Bobby is very relaxed and puts one right at ease. He can do any kind of massage
you want, but he likes to do Shiatsu best. Shiatsu is deep but not at all
painful, in fact it feels way better than Swedish style to me and seems to
actually do some muscle loosening that lasts. He started out only charging
me only $30 for an hour and he often goes over the hour. But now I am paying
him $45 because I think $30 is just too low for someone coming over to your
house. His phone # is 510/666-1025. Stef
Someone asked about a massage therapist the other day, and I'd like to put
in a recommendation for my SUPERB therapist, Idit Israeli. She makes house
calls, and she helped me overcome an extremely painful back and neck condition.
I now see her on a regular basis for prevention of relapse. Her phone # is
883-9322. I think she'll be out of town for a couple of weeks, but this is
a phone number well worth holding on to! Orit
I highly recommend Tricia Parrish for massage. I went to her when I was
pregnant and found her very calming and relaxing. She specializes in chronic
pain relief and is a certified massage therapist. She charges $45-60/hour
sliding scale and practices in Berkeley and is a mother of a toddler herself.
She can be reached at 525-6297. Denise
These are folks I use regularly. They are all wonderfully intuitive and nurturing.
Helen Guo, Albany, 526-1986 Chinese style massage
(Tui'Na) including acupressure. Very thorough and therapeutic and often vigorous.
Mary Hart (near Tilden), 528-9414 Swedish-Esalen,
polarity, shiatsu oil massage. Clothes off.
Katie Carrin, Montclair, 339-2787 Very eclectic: Thai,
Tui'Na, acupressure, shiatsu, abdominal massage. Very thorough and intuitive,
gentle but deep. Clothes on.
Ziv Porat,Montclair, 339-2946 Also very eclectic: Jin
shin, Tui'Na, acupressure, shiatsu. Clothes on. Will come to your home for
I recommend Jonevan Goertzen. He's very good. I've had 4 or 5 visits with
him. He really listens to me about what kind of a massage I want: deep, light
etc. He's helped certain areas of mine heal. Interesting to talk with also.
He's down-to-earth but also professional. Here's his info: Goertzen, Jonevan
510/232-0782 Pager: 510/309-1834
I recommend massage therapist Joan Marie Passalacqua at 527-2656. She's booked
often months in advance for evening appmts. She's very well trained and teaches
all over. She does very effective deep tissue massage. Susan
Katie Korrin (510) 339-2787. She's great. Does Thai massage--you keep your
Call Debra Stretch at 644-8333. Great person.
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