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Carolyn believes in the healing power of massage and provides her expertise to assist in the process. Drawing from her extensive training through the National Holistic Institute, her unique style blends various modalities to create each hypnotic and restorative session. As a therapist, her goals are to provide relaxation, decrease pain and support body awareness and self-care for each client.
She brings to her craft a wealth of life experiences including a background in Montessori education and the completion of a yoga teacher training. Outside of her working life, Carolyn enjoys traveling to far away destinations but loves to call California home.
Liz Williams offers clientele both massage and physical therapy services. She brings to the practice an integrated approach that combines manual therapy, mindfulness and exercise to facilitate health & well-being. Her goal: to help clients find their way to a healthy and balanced body.
Liz has worked extensively in orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation since attaining her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from UCSF/SFSU in 2005. Her work is results oriented and guided by her profound knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology. That being said, she aims to balance her work with a healthy dose of yum – in recognition of the sweetness to be found in human touch. Liz has been a certified massage therapist since 2000 with training in multiple disciplines; she completed her certification with Professional Yoga Therapy Studies in January 2013.
Outside her life as a massage therapist and PT, Liz teaches with the YogaSlacker crew sharing the practices of partner acrobatics and slackline yoga. She enjoys hiking, riding her bikes both on and off the beaten path, and finding balance upside down when and wherever possible.
Julia has been a massage therapist for a decade working in the best luxury spas in Los Angeles, with professional athletes, and with survivors of trauma. The massage Julia gives celebrates the body’s natural propensity to heal itself. Her technique is centered on the preferences of each individual while remaining grounded in the profound healing potential of human touch. She calls upon her 850+ hours of training to release myofascial trigger points, improve lymph function, and restore balance to the nervous system. She excels in very deep massage and softer nurturing massage alike and often integrates both.
Called a “muscle whisperer” by clients, Julia understands that even chronic pain can be addressed when working at the right depth and rhythm. She helps her clients find stillness in a busy week or after a trauma by approaching each session with an open mind and a listening heart.
Zoe loves practicing massage as a way to facilitate well-being. Her work is therapeutic in nature, drawing on advanced techniques including deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, Swedish, sports, and prenatal massage.
Zoe incorporates specific work within nurturing full body sessions, which allows for deep relaxation. Her daily meditation practice supports clarity, grounding, and intuition in her bodywork.
Her work is informed by over 900 hours of education at the San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork and at NHI’s Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Program. A lifelong learner exploring the body, mind, and spirit, Zoe supports clients as a fellow traveler on the path to better self-care, healing, and a thriving body.
Anna Seva has always loved the life and language of the body. A bodyworker for over a decade, her practice integrates elements from a background in yoga, dance, hospice work and expressive arts therapy. She holds a MA degree in somatic psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
She sees the body as a gateway to clarity and wisdom and seeks to affirm its innate healing capacity and ability to re-align and re-organize towards greater health and well-being. She specializes in deep tissue and trigger point work based on listening to the body’s cues and supporting the nervous system in restoring and resourcing.
Anna grew up in Northern Finland and feels most at home in a forest or by the ocean. Movement is her medicine and she loves to dance, do yoga, ride her bicycle and go backpacking whenever possible.”
Kellyn brings a multitude of skills to the Synapse Crew. A love of practicing bodywork was born out of her passion for yoga, mindfulness, and partner acrobatics. Beginning her massage training in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Kellyn studied the stretching and pressure-point work of Thai massage. She has since spent over 900 hours studying Tui Na, Shiatsu, Swedish, Deep Tissue, acupressure, Chi Nei Sung (belly massage), myofascial therapy, and trigger point therapy. She meets her clients with a therapy that best suits them, and it is often a combination of techniques.
Using breathwork in her sessions, Kellyn believes watching and playing with how we breathe is an essential key to healing. She believes that our bodies are healing themselves all the time, forgiving all the harm we knowingly and unknowingly inflict upon ourselves. Her aim as a bodyworker is to support that process as it unfolds.
Tara has extensive experience helping others learn, succeed, and maintain their progress. As a graduate of the National Holistic Institute, this passion dovetails perfectly aiding her clients in the physical process of healing. Tara is a health educator who promotes self-care through body awareness and therapeutic touch.
Specializing in deep tissue and myofascial therapies, Tara is also versed in Swedish, prenatal, and table shiatsu massage techniques. She often combines these modalities to customize the massage experience for each session. Blending intuitive touch and her in-depth knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology, Tara delivers an effective treatment that inspires relaxation while decreasing stress and pain.
Tara is a New Yorker from a big family. She is especially grateful for her grandmothers who inspire and empower her each day. Book with Tara to enjoy a relaxing and therapeutic transformation!
With two decades expertise as a professional massage therapist, Stan Barrett has dedicated his career to wellness via his entrepreneurial endeavors. He is the Owner of Oakland-based Synapse Massage & Bodywork, with a mandate to ensure that if the body is strong and healthy, then the mind is clear to follow the path of the Spirit.
Stan was raised on the East Coast and received his training at the Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts in Massachusetts. His wish was to work in professional cycling—and he has fulfilled that goal. Over the last 20 years, he has worked as both a massage therapist and as a professional race mechanic for the likes of Mercury, Radio Shack, SRAM Neutral Race Support, SaxoBank, and Lampre.
Now based in Oakland, he first worked with the Claremont Spa, where he discovered the benefits of the 90-minute massage. Stan understands that a typical 50-minute massage doesn’t truly allow clients to ease into a deeper level of relaxation—and thus, 90-minutes has become the standard at Synapse Massage & Bodywork.
Stan attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and he remains active in the Pablove Across America charity.