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Oakland Craniosacral Therapists

Browse these craniosacral therapists with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Oakland.

  • 18 years in business
  • 426 hires on Thumbtack
Sheila A.
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I had Jennifer give me a massage right after the Nike Women's marathon. It was THE BEST decision I made. I believe because of her great massage therapy I was able to recover more quickly from the event and not be as sore as I thought I would be. I prefer really firm massages and she was able to accommodate for that. I had other friends who were also massaged by her and I know they don't care to really firm pressure so it was great that she could accommodate all these different requests.

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Dessi Issaeva, CMT
from 80 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamie S.
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I saw Dessi after a week working on a film in San Fran that took a toll on my back. I'm a believer in massage therapy and have had some great massage work done. Her approach was the most unique and intuitive I've experienced and the best results I've ever had from a massage. Easily the best massage therapist I've been to. I can't wait to get back to San Fran for another appointment with her.

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Daily Relax Bodywork
from 53 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mindy L.
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Lawrence gave me a fantastic therapeutic massage to help rehabilitate an upper back muscle strain I have. He was professional, on time, and thoughtful. He followed up with me the next day to see how I was doing. It's timesaving and comfortable to have a massage in your own home. I've already booked another massage with him!

Jill McIntyre, CMT
from 52 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria B.
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We had our appointments with Jill today. She has amazing touch. We have 100's of sessions experience with massage therapy. She stands out among the most intuitive, attentive and talented therapists. So lucky to have found her and would highly recommend her service.

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Restore Massage + Wellness
from 49 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
P. C.
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Suzie masterfully brings together anatomy/physiology, massage savvy, and heart—to deliver highly effective massage therapy.

Dan Lynch, CMT
from 41 reviews
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Matt R.
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Having just arrived from a long flight from Australia, it didn’t take long for typical jet lag symptoms to kick in. I was feeling lethargic, light headed/dizzy, slightly confused and physically tense and achy. Jet lag be damned, Dan to the rescue! At a moment’s notice, Dan arranged a warm and comfortable setting and immediately tackled my off-centered situation with his hybrid approach to massage therapy. Because I was disoriented, it took me a bit to get out of my head - to stop intellectualizing – and just let go. Through Dan’s patience and expert guidance, especially around breathing and movement, I was soon on my way back to my center...to feeling whole again. From the patterns he intuitively detected throughout the session, Dan recommended specific poses, readings, practices and more for me to consider following up with. Some of them were spot on; I’ve already incorporated them into my routine! My interactive session with Dan was tremendously valuable. The integration of multiple disciplines of therapeutic techniques with breathing exercises and interactive movements adds up to a powerful healing experience. Plus the fact he’s a genuinely nice and caring guy. Insert what ails you here: __________ be damned. Then, call Dan.

Rob Smith Bodywork & Massage
from 35 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Adrian O.
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Very comfortable, relaxing, and therapeutic atmosphere in the location. Rob was very professional, knowledgeable and skilled in my opinion. The massage really improves the pain that I was having in my shoulders. I would definitely come back again for another therapy.

Los Altos Reiki Center
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Hiteshita R.
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I did my reiki master training course from Larisa and Linda at Los Altos reiki center. All the classes that I attended were really well taught by them. Larisa is knowledgeable, Intuitive and knows a lot about crystal therapy as well. My experience with both Larisa and Linda has been so nice. Love and gratitude,

  • 7 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Shirley B.
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I hadn't exercised in many years. Was pretty sedentary. Felt a bit helpless. Didn't know where to start. Xavier turned out to be the perfect trainer to help me. He is patient and wants to work at a pace that I am capable of doing, while still challenging me. He is very concerned about using proper body mechanics. After just a few sessions, I can actually see the potential of becoming strong, flexible and physically fit again. I really look forward to our sessions and I feel that he is very knowledgeable and experienced. His massage therapy training has been useful in addressing some problem areas where I had been experiencing pain and therefore avoiding use of certain muscles. I would recommend him for people of any age or fitness level. He will listen to you and tune into your needs.

Sean Michael Imler
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Neil G.
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I contacted Sean because I had a problem with my energy that was hindering my connection to spirits as well as making energy work more difficult for me. I have always found it difficult to feel energy and I thought it was just that some people find it easier than others and thought nothing more of it. Recently I was made aware of this blocking energy and found Sean via the internet. I had one remote session with Sean via Skype and my problem was resolved. Sean conducted a past life regression and we discovered that a traumatic past life had caused my current energetic condition and Sean enabled me to heal this issue during the session without the need for further remedial work. I am still amazed that this issue was so quickly resolved and Sean's session was my first past life regression therapy. I was extremely pleased with Sean's guidance and results and I have no hesitation in recommending him to others who are considering contacting him for assistance. Neil G, Perth, Western Australia

  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Sally W.
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Jacquie has helped me make breakthroughs and release some issues that have lingered for years despite various modalities of therapy. It's also empowering work as she teaches me tools along the way. You'll need to be clear about what you want to heal though in order to experience the power of the work.

Attunement Massage
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Raymond S.
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Nathaniel is a great massage therapist that not only knows massage but multiple modalities of bodywork. He performed deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and myofacial release on my body. After one session my body immedietly had more Range Of Motion. As a personal trainer for fitness 19 i even started referring my clients to Nathaniel for their bodywork. Most massage therapists are either too soft or aggresive but Nathaniel knows the sweet spot for each individual. If your looking for a good massage therapist Nathaniel is your guy.- Raymond Sunga

ShelaGetFit Services LLC
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Stephanie S.
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Massage after car accident - I am so thankful Ping can bring the table, electric blanket and therapy to my house. I have two toddlers and scheduling a sitter for 1hr massage is too much so they play while she treats my back pain.

Maya's Massage Therapy
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Laksh M.
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I just had an Ashiatsu massage at Maya's Massage Therapy with Maya and it was amazing! I highly recommend this place. She was able to locate the tightness and pain and release it. As a person with chronic pain, I had great relief with this type of massage. She is intuitive and highly skilled as a massage therapist. I can't wait to book again. Thank you so much Maya!!

Total Fitness Master
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Errin M.
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It takes a certain caliber of trainer to be able to deal with my resistance. Jason is one of those few individuals that has been able to get me to preform even admits An exorbitant amount of bitching. He has and amazing personality and his sessions Will save you a tone of money on therapy. Not only am I more physically fit my mental well-being has vastly improved as well. Offers a ton of fitness knowledge and makes totally Achievable accommodations for more difficult exercises in the beginning. For instance my wrist gives me some pain and he works out a routine that very minimally affects it. I originally signed up for 24 session and have since continued to his group sessions because I recognize the value in his service. Each session brings me closer to where I’ve set my goals. If your looking for someone to help you reach your goals I highly recommend Jason. Amazing gym it is kept very clean which is key to keep me coming. I watch trainer wipe down every machine at the end of our sessions. Top of the line equipment and very functionally placed. They have towels and complementary water which is also a plus because I always forget mine. I totally recommend training There!

Fireside Massage
from 10 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Bill A.
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I had an amazing one hour massage earlier this evening from Johnny. He was professional, friendly, and instantly put me at ease. His massage style is therapeutic but also very relaxing; and he uses a wonderful light massage cream which does not leave you feeling greasy. The room is very inviting and the fireplace gives off a warm glow, and the perfect amount of heat. I will continue to see Johnny when I am in town visiting SF! I highly recommend him. Bill

from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Rushyan Y.
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I have gone to Chiayueh for a variety of ailments over the years - from anxiety to running injuries - and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is an extremely talented Reiki master and massage therapist who has devoted her life to making people feel better. Chiayueh combines her background in Eastern holistic healing with training in Western massage therapy to form a practice that centers around long-lasting treatment of the body and mind. Most importantly, she truly cares about each of her patients and pours her heart and soul into her work. Make an appointment with her - you won't be sorry!

Marianne Nishifué
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Linda H.
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I contacted Marianne to see if she could help me with guidance and answers to my medical questions as well as help me understand how to deal with life’s overall stress due to work, relationships, finances and a whole lot more. Marianne to the rescue—fast! She far exceeded my expectations. Marianne helped me find equilibrium and peace between my heart, body and spirit, a powerful gift, much easier said than done. She uses multiple modalities and disciplines that I’ve not experienced nor known. (Believe me, I’ve been to all types of practitioners.) In a very quiet but powerful way, Marianne has the ability to untangle and balance what my Mind thinks and what my Spirit truly wants to experience. That’s pretty hard to do with me! This combination: Ayurvedic Acupressure (Marma Balance), Message therapy, (Marianne is a certified massage therapist), Ayurvedic Herbs & Aromatherapy remedies handmade by Marianne (yes, certified Purveyor of Apothycaria), Bell Ringing Vibration (yes a certified Balinese Bell Resonance and Tuning Forks Practitioner) has catapulted all my power(s) within. You name it- Marianne has either studied under the religious deities or leaders for each of these therapies (plus more) worldwide. Marianne will get you on your path! Please contact Marianne today. You will be amazed with her powers. Linda, Los Altos, everyday person looking for solutions toward a new path.

Alan B.
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Deeply focused bodywork that is as attentive as it is intuitive. I appreciate the energy, technique, and commitment to healing therapies.

Ellie K.
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One of the best facials I have ever had. The sound therapy is unique. Highly recommended!

  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jaime S.
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I had a very good experience with Ace Massage Therapy Solutions. Yusef Najem was quite friendly and professional. He was very much responsive to my needs and was really interested in helping me reduce my body discomforts.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is classified as an alternative healing method, but licensed naturopathic doctors share some of the same academic background as conventional medical doctors and can often prescribe some medications. According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), naturopathic medicine is holistic care that addresses a wide range of problems including (but not limited to) allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Naturopathic medicine aims to strengthen and empower the body and its organs to heal itself through low-force interventions. Here are some examples of the type of medical services often provided by naturopathic doctors, as cited by the AANP:

  • Clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing
  • Nutritional medicine
  • Botanical medicine
  • Naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy)
  • Hygiene
  • Counseling
  • Minor surgery
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture
  • Intravenous and injection therapy
  • Naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth)

Do naturopaths take insurance?

Many naturopathic doctors accept insurance, but a separate question is whether your insurance covers alternative and naturopathic services. There are several steps you can take to find out:

  • Verify whether you live in one of the 20 states that currently licenses naturopathic physicians:
    • Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Washington.
  • Confirm whether your insurance will cover naturopathic medical services. Read your insurance plan’s fine print, verify whether naturopathic doctors fall into your insurance carrier’s definition of a doctor, and confirm that the care you are receiving is considered medically necessary. Questions to ask your insurance provider could include:
    • Am I covered for this treatment by a naturopathic physician?
    • Do I need a referral?
    • Is there a list of approved naturopathic doctors in my network?
    • What will the co-pay be?
    • Are there limits to my naturopathic coverage?
  • Before seeking medical care, it’s key to understand the difference between a naturopathic doctor and a naturopath. Anyone may advertise themselves as a naturopath, while to be a licensed naturopathic doctor, a person must complete academic and clinical training.

Can naturopathic doctors prescribe medication?

Licensed naturopathic doctors can prescribe some pharmaceutical medication. Naturopathic doctors complete academic training similar to that of conventional physicians: a bachelor’s degree with a focus on pre-med studies, followed by a four-year residential naturopathic medical program whose first two years have a similar foundation to that of a conventional medical school. After completing their studies, they must pass a post-doctoral exam. Although licensed naturopathic physicians are able to prescribe medication, they usually focus on prevention rather than treatment of symptoms. A naturopathic doctor will offer a holistic approach to your care that encompasses your mental, physical and emotional health. While they will prescribe medication as needed to treat illness, they are also likely to be creating shifts in your lifestyle and nutrition to effect deeper changes in your body’s response to illness.   

How do you find a good naturopath?

It’s important not to get misled by the title “naturopath” when searching for a naturopathic doctor. A naturopathic doctor is a licensed professional, while anyone who so desires can call themselves a naturopath. A naturopathic doctor has completed eight years of schooling and is licensed to provide high-quality medical care. When searching for a naturopathic doctor, a good place to start is by researching your state’s licensing and regulatory body for that profession.

Currently, 20 U.S. states license the practice of naturopathic medicine. For those seeking holistic, body-centered healing solutions, a naturopathic doctor can be a good fit. They use natural medicines as well as treatments such as electrotherapy and ayurvedic medicine to encourage the body to heal. Once you have determined a list of naturopathic physicians who are licensed in your state, look for reviews, ask for referrals, and interview the physician in person or by phone to find the right care provider for your health needs.

How long do naturopathic doctors go to school?

Like conventional physicians, naturopathic doctors undergo rigorous academic and clinical training prior to practice. Typically naturopathic doctors go to school for eight years. There are currently 20 states in the U.S. that provide licensing for naturopathic doctors. According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, a naturopathic doctor must complete a bachelor’s degree and an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical program, and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination, the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), in order to receive a license or registration to practice medicine.

The first two years of the residential naturopathic medical program cover many of the same areas of study as conventional medical schools. Naturopathic doctors provide primary patient holistic care. The goal of naturopathic medicine is preventative care and a focus on low force intervention healing methods. This can include natural medicines, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, homeopathy and much more. Naturopathic doctors often work in tandem with conventional medical doctors, as the two practices complement one another.

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