Oakland massage therapist Sandy Baird massages a knee

Oakland massage therapist Sandy Baird offers several styles of relaxing and therapeutic massage to help meet your injury prevention and recovery needs.  While soft tissue work is incorporated into each chiropractic session, we are usually focused on resolving tissue dysfunction in one or two areas of the body.  Our full-body massage sessions are the perfect opportunity to give some attention to all your other tight muscles.  All massages are performed on a comfortable massage table with traditional draping and you undress to whatever level you are comfortable with. When a massage lotion or cream is used, it is always both unscented and organic.  To give you a sense of what you may experience when you book a massage here, more effort is directed towards providing an effective therapeutic massage than is invested in perfecting the fung-shui of the room, lighting candles, and playing soft music.  Though we’d be happy to switch the Pandora station over to “Enya” if that’s your thing : ).

Oakland massage therapist Sandy Baird works on a client's arm

Massage pricing is the same regardless of massage technique.  If you have a specific preference for style(s), please indicate that in the “notes” field when you book online.  If you aren’t sure what type of massage you’d like, we can have a brief chat before the massage starts and figure out together what would best serve you.  We offer 1 hour massage sessions for $120 and 1.5 hour massage sessions for $170.  Please browse the following to learn more about the types of massage that are available to you:

Swedish massage

Light, gliding massage strokes relax your body and mind.  The term “Swedish Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.  Swedish massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, while promoting health and well being.

Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. 

Swedish massage techniques include: long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions. The usual sequence of techniques are:

  1. Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
  2. Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  3. Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  4. Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
  5. Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping
  6. Passive and active movements: Bending and stretching

Shiatsu massage

A relaxed, meditative massage that involves applying pressure to certain points along the body’s meridians to help move along “stuck” energy.  With it’s roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this type of massage both relaxes and energizes the body.  It’s performed with the client fully clothed, and this is a great experience for anyone that is considering getting their first massage.

Deep Tissue massage/Trigger Point massage

The perfect way to work out those stubborn knots and sore spots in your muscles.  In this type of massage, I incorporate myofascial therapies, trigger point work, and muscle-release techniques.  This starts with a warm-up, and ends with some gentle stretching.  Contrary to popular belief, this type of massage isn’t supposed to be painful.  You are completely in control over the amount of pressure you want to receive.  If you like a lot of pressure, you’re in luck!  I have the tools and the skills to work out those knots.

Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the deeply-held chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fiber’s of the muscles, tendons and fascia. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.

A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. Because many toxins are released, it’s important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these toxins from the body.

Sports massage

Whether you just ran your second marathon this month, or overdid it working in the garden over the weekend, sports massage is a great way to relieve those sore and strained muscles.  This can focus on a particular injury (a pulled hamstring from running or sore shoulders from overdoing it swimming laps) or it can be a full-body massage that helps your body speed along it’s recovery process so that you can get back out there doing what you love.

The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether you are a professional athlete or a once a week recreational runner. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the you, the athlete, for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.

Sports massage has many benefits. In addition to FEELING GOOD, sports massage reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility, and relieves pain. 

To schedule your appointment for massage therapy in Oakland, please call (510) 465-2342.

Riverstone Chiropractic is conveniently located on Grand Avenue in Oakland CA. We serve patients from Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Richmond, Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, Emeryville, San Leandro, Alameda, and surrounding cities in the bay area. Riverstone sports chiropractor Dr. Sandy Baird uses her background in athletics and massage therapy to provide her patients with effective and personalized sports medicine treatments, which include Active Release Techniques, chiropractic treatment, deep tissue massage, and rehabilitation exercises. Riverstone Chiropractic - 3409 Grand Ave #5 Oakland California 94610 - (510) 465-2342
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