From 31 reviews
This place definitely deserves 5+ stars! I have had massages from 3 different massage therapists (Stan, Jaime and Liz) here and I gotta say I was impressed with every one of them.First, before I even got there, booking online was simple and quick! Second, the parking in the back makes it super easy (no stress!). Third, the new location is really beautiful. The eye for detail is such a nice added touch. Fourth, 90 minute massage and I didn’t want it to end!! I’m usually pretty antsy and ready to go after an hour, but I found I was so relaxed I didn’t even notice the time go by. Oh! And the hot towels, soo good! And last, but certainly not least, each massage therapist really did give me a great massage. I have had many massages in the past, but these were above and beyond.Thank you so much Synapse, I will be back!
“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 have been receiving massages for over 30 years, and tried out a number of therapists. I am really happy I found Stan. He works on my problem areas, leaves me feeling refreshed and reinvigorated. The setting is comfortable and serene, and the music is relaxing and unobtrusive. What more could I ask for?
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.
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.
Going to Synapse is a treat!! Stan is the primary massage therapist that I see. He offers just the right amount of pressure for me and subtly releases my knots. I always feel relaxed and renewed after I leave.
Had an amazing deep tissue massage given by Stan. Excellent pressure and effective techniques to get at the shoulder and neck tightness. He was also very gracious in changing my time as my car had been broken into and items stolen. Was great to walk into their space and feel the quiet and calm. Will definitely be back.
“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.”
Tried this for the good reviews–I need body work for my health regimen for many reasons & since moving out to the Bay Area I have tried many massage therapists & found them lacking in technique, general safe vibe, and generally unable to work out the painful kinks on my body. Stan however did an amazing job & managed to relieve body tension & really ironed out those problem spots. Very well done, and I am looking forward to getting another session with him.
I was visiting and most places were booked last minute. I was referred to Synapse by a massage therapist who was booked and what a pleasant surprise. We had wonderful massages – mix of deep tissue and Swedish. I will be back!