​Welcome to Strategic Bodywork

3515 Grand Ave. Oakland. 94610
Each of our therapists specialize in different modalities and techniques, so browse through our list of therapists and find the one that is right for you. We have therapists that specialize in treating chronic and acute pain, whether you have a sore neck from working on the computer or you are a weekend warrior recovering from injury. We also provide sessions designed specifically to relax, sooth, and regenerate your nervous system. Our highly trained therapists will listen to your specific needs and work with you to accomplish your goals. All of our therapists are CMTC certified, trained in Deep Tissue, and Swedish massage.

Meet our Therapists!

Each of our Therapists sets their own rates according to their skill set and experience level.

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What kind of pressure can I expect to receive?

My pressure ranges from medium to deep, but is entirely determined by the wants and needs of whoever is on my table. I enjoy doing firm bodywork with intentional strokes that move through the soft tissues without threat. 

What modalities do you use the most?

I practice Myofascial, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Swedish, and Neuromuscular Therapy, and my bodywork often expresses itself as a blend of all of these techniques.

What got you into bodywork?

As a lifelong anatomy nerd, my curiosities eventually led me to massage. I began practicing massage in 2013 to satiate my curiosities, and found my own personal peace in helping people around me understand their bodies. 

What other elements of your life do you bring to your bodywork?

I'm an avid reader and a gardener. Reading books, tending to plants, and practicing massage all require the same grounding and attentiveness. Whether it be with my eyes, ears, or hands, the ability to listen & observe are the best tools in my practice.

Arielle Aspacio
60min Massage - $100

 

75min Massage - $125

 

90min Massage - $150

"This was my first time with Arielle. But she treated my body as if she had known me a long time. That’s not an easy task, being a seasoned massage receiver, I’ve had my fair share of questionable sessions. Arielle was incredibly present and her touch reflected that. I am looking forward to my next session with her."

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What kind of pressure can I expect to receive?

My pressure ranges from medium to deep, but is entirely determined by what my client wants and what their body needs. I like my sessions to be intentional and I focus on making sure my client is safe and relaxed.

What modalities do you use the most?

I practice deep tissue, swedish, myofascial release,  trigger point therapy and energy work. My sessions use a combination of all of these depending on what my client asks for.

What got you into bodywork?

My relationship with health and healing began with observing and tending to my own family's chronic health conditions. This led me to questions and genuine curiosity about the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of ourselves and the way in which we can use different healing modalities to ease pain and discomfort and move towards more ease, balance and awareness.

What other elements of your life do you bring to your bodywork?

I have always been an active person, and nature is my happy place! I also practice Capoeira, which is an Afro Brazilian martial art that combines dance, music, and culture and is a beautiful example of the African diaspora and the struggle against oppression. “Finding your flow” is often expressed in this art, so like bodywork, I appreciate meeting clients where they are at by working together to find the flow to their own healing journey.

Rachel Newsome
60min Massage - $100

 

75min Massage - $125

 

90min Massage - $150

"Rachel did a phenomenal job listening and feeling what my body needed to relieve my neck, hip, and back ache due to sitting for work 8 hours a day. I had a lot of tension and after my 90 min session mixed with massage and cupping, I felt so much better. My body is less tense and the pain relief is surreal. Thank you, Rachel!"  

 

- Saili W

What kind of pressure can I expect to receive?

My range of pressure can be anywhere from very gentle, to very deep. What is used in the session relies entirely on what the client is asking for. I would say I generally I work with medium to firm pressure in my sessions. 

What modalities do you use the most?

I practice Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release, but I also can integrate Table Thai sessions that increase mobility, warming, stretching and lengthening. I have had great success with restoring hip, neck and lumbar mobility with some of the deeper work and Myofascial Release techniques that come within my Thai style massage.

What got you into bodywork?

I have a great appreciation of the human skeletal musculature which blossoms from my active hobbies and self care practice which include Boxing/ Muay Thai, yoga, resistance training and calisthenics. I also worked in the service and hospitality industry for a number of years and built up a number of repetitive stress issues, particularly in my shoulder and neck. Through Massage Therapy, and my experience working at a Chiropractor’s office, I’ve learned how important the role of good posture as well as ergonomics are, and how bodywork can help the structural integrity of the body and ultimately pain reduction. 

What other elements of your life do you bring to your bodywork?

I firmly believe in the words of Ida Ralph that “Where you think it is, it aint”. In other words “Where the pain is, the problem isn’t”. I work deliberately and sensitively on the area which is sore or tight, with the aim of opening to allow space at the root causing the pain.

Zachariah Brown
60min Massage - $100

 

75min Massage - $125

 

90min Massage - $145
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"Zachariah was highly recommended by my chiropractor and my regular massage person whose schedule changed, so I overcame my strong preference for women practitioners and booked with him. I'm so glad I did and I will be back! Zachariah was responsive to my requests, and his therapeutic touch helped to release chronically stuck spots in my shoulders and neck. His caring, healing energy enabled my body and mind to get relief from overall stress. Thank you, Zachariah!"


Wendy C

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What kind of pressure can I expect to receive?

I typically work between the range of medium to firm pressure. I like to stay away from a level of pressure that a client would consider painful or a level where a client feels guarded. Regardless of the level of pressure, I want my clients to feel relaxed as much as possible. If a client is working through an injury or some type of chronic pain there can be some discomfort but I always want to make sure my clients feel safe and relaxed.

What modalities do you use the most?

I use a combination of deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point, cupping, kinesiology tape, and Swedish. 

What got you into bodywork?

I got into body work due to my own path of relieving chronic low back pain that was hindering me from many of my favorite activities. After trying many modalities, I found deep tissue massage by far the most relieving.

Diana Moskowitz
60min Massage - $110

 

75min Massage - $135

 

90min Massage - $155

"Diana did an awesome job. She has a wealth of knowledge about bodies and muscles. My back which has been tight and slightly tweeked for the last several weeks feels a ton better! I will definitely be visiting again."

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What other elements of your life do you bring to your bodywork?

I also work as personal trainer and have been very active my adult life. I like to bring my knowledge of strength and flexibility training to my clients in order to find long lasting relief.  

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What kind of pressure can I expect to receive?

I typically work between the range of medium to firm pressure. Sometimes sessions call for very firm pressure, but I stay in clear communication with my client to make sure we don't get to a level of pressure that a client would consider painful or where a client feels guarded. 

What modalities do you use the most?

Most of my sessions use a combination of Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports massage, and a variety of techniques I have developed over the years in my private practice.

What got you into bodywork?

My previous career was as a professional baseball player for the Seattle Mariners, which was cut short by a shoulder injury. From that experience I understand the disappointment and despair that can take over when you can't physically do the things you love to do. The healing of that shoulder injury lead me down a path to recovery, and while it was too late to save my baseball career it did inspire me to become a massage therapist. While I work with many injuries and troublesome joints, that is why I specialize in shoulders.

Haley Winter

60min Massage - $150
 
75min Massage - $185

 

90min Massage - $225

What is your philosophy when working with clients?

No two people are the same, and so no two sessions should be the same. Every session is an opportunity to learn about how your body and its patterns are put together. I focus on discovering the root of the discomfort and how to unwind it.

"I went to Strategic Bodywork on a couple friends' recommendations of the amazing work Haley had done for them, specifically especially around healing/work with stress/tightness/athletic injuries/etc. Haley was thoughtful, listened to everything I wanted to share, and gave me an amazing experience. I felt really comfortable, taken care of, and much better (sports injuries and work-related tightness in my hips and shoulders) after the appointment. Very grateful that I got the recommendation."

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