From 28 reviews
I have been going to Stan for massage for years and he is absolutely the best! Whether I’m dealing with an injury or just need to get a way for a relaxing massage, Synapse is the place to go! Aside from being an exceptionally knowledgeable and talented massage therapist, Stan has a wonderful way of being and is really just a great person. I’m excited that Stan is growing Synapse and I’m certain that any massage therapist that he adds to the business is quality.
“I have been a client of Stan’s for 8 years. He is a charming, gracious, respectful, and well-trained MT. I have had hundreds of massages from numerous MT’s so I know what it takes to have a fulfilling experience and Stan has the perfect combination of technique, attitude, knowledge, and personality that is essential to a great massage. He runs his business with focus and efficiency, so that as a client I get treated in a professional manner from booking to good-bye. In our family, he is known as ‘Stan the Man’ (we all use his services) and we all get a little dreamy when his name is mentioned because he is such a treasure.”
Synapse Bodywork is where I go for my regular tuneups. As a bodyworker myself, I’m extremely particular and have bounced all around Oakland in search for great massage therapy. I always come back to Synapse. Stan uses a quicker pace, while Carolyn is a bit slower. Both therapists are super thorough, professional and provide a great session.
Having been a massage therapist for ten years, I am VERY particular about who I receive massage from. Once I was referred to Stan and his crew (years ago), I’ve never looked elsewhere. His knowledge of sports medicine and anatomy effectively combine with his skill, strength, and intuitive touch. Pain and stress is always relieved and I walk out floating.
I have been to many massage therapists over the years, for simple relaxation as well as sports injury treatment, and Stan is outstanding at addressing both of these needs. Stan’s massage technique is beyond soothing and healing; everything from the room temperature to the music is perfectly adjusted to make for a heavenly experience. If you are looking for a massage where you fade in and out of pleasant daydreams while your muscles are freed of tension, pain, and toxins, see Stan.
With a fulltime desk job and a weekend-warrior sports status, Stan Barrett massage is an essential monthly ritual for me. His experience, attention and skill are the difference in keeping me agile, balanced and prepared!
“I love Carolyn’s calm and confident energy while working on me. There are so many different techniques she uses and it feels so good; I always sleep like a baby after my massages with Carolyn. She truly has gifted hands!”
Great place and wonderful practitioners. Some of the best bodywork I’ve ever had. (And I get a lot of body work due to chronic pain issues!) I’ve worked with Julia, Jaime and Carolyn for massage depending on my schedule and they are fantastic. Lovely, attentive and willing to adjust to my changing needs. For ongoing physical therapy, I rely on Liz Williams. She is a body whisperer.
I have been a client of Stan’s long before he began Synapse Massage & Bodywork. I decided to try two of the new therapists working with Stan, Jaimie and another day, Julia, and I was happy I did. I really appreciated their professionalism and the variety of touch that Synapse now has available between the different therapists. I was right to trust my thinking that anyone working out of Stan’s studio would have to be experienced, caring, with good hands. I also very much appreciate that the space is clean and peaceful, and the sessions begin and end on time. I highly recommend Jaimie and Julia for their respective skill and professionalism.
I had a combo massage and physical therapy session with Liz. First she did some assessments to help me understand where my chronic pain a headaches had been coming from (bad posture, weak muscles) and she suggested simple stretches and exercises for me to do at home. Then I got to receive a deep, relaxing massage targeting my areas of complaint. The perfect combo! It’s unique to find a CMT that is dually licensed as a PT, and Liz is a gem in this respect. She has years of experience working with people to help them heal from injuries and correct postural imbalances, and has all sorts of practical tips for applying her suggestions. She is very warm and down to earth as well.