From 40 reviews
I was in an accident recently and I’m now dealing with whiplash. I was told by my physician that if I didn’t have the right massage therapist it could end up doing more harm than good. I called Synapse and was told that Jamie Flanigan was very experienced and has dealt with whiplash patients before. Jamie was fantastic. She listened to what I told her, worked slowly and continually checked in with me to make sure I wasn’t in pain. She immediately located the areas that were hurting the most and gently worked to release the tightness. She has a calm, sweet demeanor and really put me at ease. I was nervous going in because I was worried I would come out hurting more but after only a few minutes with Jamie I knew I was in good hands. Although my pain is still very much present I know that with continued visits to her I will heal from this injury. Thanks so much Jamie for being present and patient with me! I’ll be back soon!
Julia just gave me one of the best massages I’ve ever had. She is so intuitive and her method is different than anything I’ve experienced. I was in a trance for most of it. She used a lot of pressure but it never hurt. My body never reacted in fear. She is really professional and attentive to exactly what I need even though I only gave minimal directions before the massage. My body feels amazing and I’m perfectly relaxed. It was worth every penny. REVIEW UPDATE- I had a massage from Carolyn and it was equally amazing. I am blown away by how good this place is. I am completely relaxed and it was literally a perfect massage.
Magicians! Actually, they are pros who know what they are doing. I’ve been to Carolyn, Liz and Stan and I’ve thought after each massage, “This is the best massage I’ve ever had.” Before finding Synapse I had one or two massages per year. Now I get it. With a 90-minute session they can spend extra time on whichever muscles are nagging the loudest. Their treatment rooms are a special blend of elegant and cozy and the whole experience is the ultimate reset button after a jam-packed day or week.
“Liz is an amazingly skilled bodyworker. I have had many providers over the years to help deal with a challenging chronic medical condition that includes muscle pain and stiffness. Liz is in my “elite group”. Liz has that gift of feeling into the tissues so that they give—but not pressing too hard. She is good about listening to feedback, and a kind and friendly person. I feel totally comfortable having her as a provider.”
I’ve been meaning to check out Synapse for ages. As a bodyworker, I always like to know who’s doing good work in my neighborhood. I’ve seen Liz outside of that practice and her work is excellent, so I wanted to know some of the other therapists.I had a session with Jamie a few weeks ago and it was really excellent. She was professional, attentive, kind, and very skilled. She listened to my litany of aches and pains and paid specific and relevant attention to each area. Her pressure was strong, steady, and consistent. Her pacing was slow and smooth and I felt both deeply relaxed and very safe. I left feeling better than I had in a while.
I love getting monthly massages from Stan. He’s professional, super skilled, gentle when needed and an all around great guy. The warm towels are awesome! I feel so relaxed and rejuvenated at the end. He’s the best in the bay. Treat yourself and you won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’ll be hooked like me.
“I first heard about Stan from a friend of mine after we completed a training to prep for a triathlon. We were all wrecked. She mentioned she was going to get a massage, and the way she said it was very odd. Sure, all massages feel good. But she made it sound like a religious experience. She said “I don’t know what covers his hands, but it’s not skin, it feels like butter. Magic butter.” Sounds pretty crazy, right? I made an appointment and my world changed. I’ve had three knee surgeries that let to hip injuries that let to shoulder injuries. My body is jacked. After an hour an half with Stan my body was pain free. I felt like I’d just left the planet and had the greatest vacation of my life. Aside from the obviously pleasant and transcendent experience, Stan listens to your body, focuses on problem areas and releases a lot of stress and pain. I cannot say enough positive things about Stan, he is a treasure.”
“Stan is at the top of his field- strong, intuitive, knowledgeable, and very thorough. My injuries resolve quickly with Stan’s care, and my stress is managed better than with any other practitioner. If you need lasting results and rely on therapeutic massage for optimum health, Stan is the ultimate experience. I regularly need to have my scar tissue broken down, and very few masseuses can maintain the pressure I need. Stan has a gentle way, but will scale his pressure to your individual therapy goals.
“I came to Synapse Bodywork because a friend of mine, who is a long-time Pilates instructor, said: “Until I went to Synapse I did not know what massage could be.” I had never sought out massage, but I had been having some really painful neck, shoulder, and back pain for months and needed short-term relief and help devising a long-term solution. Liz provided everything I needed to feel better and then some! Because she is not only a massage therapist but also a physical therapist, Liz approaches bodywork with deep knowledge and intelligence. After just a few sessions with her, I felt immeasurably better, and just as importantly, I understood for the first time how my spine, neck, and shoulders actually work, and how I can better support my body and remain pain-free. Liz is also an uncommonly compassionate person. She helped me understand I had to approach the pain in my body not with impatience and frustration, but with kindness. I cannot recommend Liz and Synapse highly enough.”
I was referred to Stan by a friend, who said his was the best massage she’d had. I’ve been his client now for about a year and can say the same. From the start, he made me feel comfortable with his warm, easy manner (and great sense of humor). His office is welcoming and peaceful. Stan is tuned in and present, listens intently to my needs, and offers just the right pressure. Each experience has left me feeling deeply relaxed and renewed, ready to take on the stresses of the day.