Oakland massage therapist Dr. Sandy Baird offers an ultra-effective blend of therapeutic massage techniques to help meet your injury prevention and injury recovery needs. All massages (regardless of technique) are billed the same as chiropractic services. The way we do massage is quite different than what you may be used to, so please read carefully so you are prepared and informed about our massage therapy in Oakland:

Massage is billed per session, which is one region of the body. We don’t charge massage by the minute. A single session includes full-body chiropractic adjustments (if desired) and injury resolution treatment of one region of the body (or two regions if they are related, eg neck and shoulder or foot and ankle). If you want to be seen on the same day for injury resolution treatments of two unrelated issues, eg foot pain and neck pain, you will need to schedule two single sessions back to back. Please email Dr. Baird before scheduling if you are unsure what treatments you need.

This is why we don’t charge massage by the minute:

A typical “one-hour” massage in the industry runs 50 minutes, and additional time is taken up for undressing/dressing, draping, smoothing the covers, warming up the whole body, positioning, re-positioning, and filler strokes (which are soothing, but don’t pack a lot of punch.) Our job is to resolve your injury and get you moving better. There are fantastic benefits to receiving a more traditional spa-type massage (relaxation and increased circulation to name a few), but that’s not what we focus on. We cut the “fluff” and give you as much “bang for your buck” as possible. Dr. Baird has sought out hundreds of hours of manual therapy continuing education and has consolidated their knowledge and skillset to give you the best and most effective treatments. You are paying for expertise here, not 1000 thread-count sheets and chilled coconut water. There won’t be candles and soft lighting, we don’t know a thing about feng-shui, but we will resolve your injury faster that any traditional/swedish massage therapist could. We would also be happy to switch the Pandora radio station over to “Enya” if that’s your thing : )

Massage therapy is performed on a treatment table with the client wearing clothes that are easy to move in and that expose the area(s) needing treatment. Please see below for dress suggestions. Please arrive appropriately dressed (or you may arrive early and change clothes in the bathroom).

Dress suggestions for massage therapy:

Please wear clothes that you can easily move in. A tank top that exposes the shoulder-blades is best for upper body issues, and shorts that can roll up to top of thigh are best for lower body issues. These dress suggestions are offered to facilitate the most effective treatments, some of which require applying contact directly to skin. With that said, your comfort is a high priority to us! Dr. Baird is respectful of modesty issues, please let them know if you have modesty concerns for treatment of certain areas, and they will work with you to come up with the best solution to maximize both your comfort and effectiveness of treatment.

A few notes about your comfort and safety:

When a massage lotion or cream is used, it is always both unscented and organic. Please inform us of any allergies. Sandy will ask your direct permission to apply any muscle pain-relieving lotion or cream that may contain menthol or peppermint essential oil.

Dr. Baird strives to always use body-positive and gender-neutral language.

While it can sometimes be “less than comfortable” to physically (and emotionally) work through tight, restricted muscles in order to allow them to unwind their tension and restore their function, Dr. Baird is always mindful of their client’s tolerance for discomfort, and provides a gentle and comfortable treatment experience that is very effective!

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

In addition to their treatment method of choice (Active Release Techniques), Dr. Baird also incorporates the following types of 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.  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.