Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Post-Op Recovery Massage

Sarah Kneads Me!

Serving Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Lafayette, and Orinda, CA
Temporarily not accepting new clients.


Medical Massage

Common conditions which would be improved with medical massage:

  • Joint pain, especially in the back, neck, and shoulders, hips
  • Limited or decreased range of motion
  • Migraines & headache
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Piriformis syndrome/sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ syndrome
  • Sports/work/auto injuries
  • Postsurgical recovery
  • Lymphatic drainage issues

Regular clients understand that my style is deeply therapeutic, assessing injury and overuse, and applying effective (though uncomfortable) treatment. When speaking to your medical professional, be as specific as possible about which issue you need to come in for, and the methods I use.

  • Therapeutic cupping
  • Myofascial release
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Postsurgical care
  • Graston method (you know this as guasha, or ‘using the spoon’)

Covid-19 Protocols

Changes you’ll notice:

  • The state of California requires everyone to wear a face mask in close quarters with people unless you share living arrangements. Please wear a face mask during the time you are in the clinic.
  • New covid19 waivers and agreements. If you have not been into Sarah Kneads Me since March 16th, please allow a few extra minutes at the start of your next appointment to read and sign these new documents.

My promises to you:

  • I will wear a face mask for the duration of our treatment, and require all patients to do the same
  • The results of my bi-monthly Covid-19 tests will be posted on my website and door of my clinic space
  • Appointments are limited to 4 per day to allow for adequate disinfection time between appointments

The following items are cleaned, disinfected and/or changed, fresh for each patient:

  • Every non-porous surface
  • Every porous surface
  • Every linen: blanket, sheets, towels, face cradle covers
  • All tools used
  • Plastic table cover, pillow bags and pillowcases
  • My cloth face mask and apron
  • Air is HEPA filtered

Sarah Donnelly, Certified Massage Therapist

My years of practice have given me a love and obsession for solving the riddles of aches and pains. To this end I utilize all levels of pressure from gentle, rhythmic lymphatic drainage to deep, slow myofascial work. Each issue is addressed with fresh eyes and no two treatments are ever the same.




Massage is a powerful source of healing no matter why you seek it. Whether for pampering, stress relief, or pain reduction, bodywork is the simplest step you can take to feeling better.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

The lymph system works with the circulatory systems to cleanse every cell in the body. An out of balance lymphatic system will lead to swelling, puffiness, and heaviness in the joints. Chronic congestion, water retention, or post operative swelling greatly benefit from lymphatic drainage. Manual Lymphatic Drainage gently encourages decongestion and detoxification.

Fix It!

Injury relief massage is my favorite! Injury can be the result of a traumatic accident, surgery, or the accumulation of the demands we place on our body each day. The bodywork consists of stretching, microcurrent therapy, and myofascial release as we restore the body to an optimal state.

Post-Op Recovery

I use the best of Western and Eastern tools: Manual Lymphatic Drainage, microcurrent, cavitation, radiofrequency, cupping, guasha, and myofascial techniques. I specialize in the specific care required after cosmetic body procedures like liposuction, BBL, and tummy tucks.






Due to covid restrictions and cleaning protocols, appointments are limited to 4 per day.

Available days:

Tuesday 10 am – 8 pm

Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday 10 am – 8 pm

60 Minutes


90 Minutes


120 Minutes


Postoperative Treatment

These specialized treatments are results-oriented and an essential part of the surgical recovery process. You will see and feel improvement with the first visit.

My postoperative treatments use the best of Western and Eastern recovery tools: Manual Lymphatic Drainage, microcurrent, cavitation, radiofrequency, cupping, guasha, and myofascial techniques. I specialize in the specific care required after cosmetic body procedures like liposuction, BBL, and tummy tucks. Each patient is taught how to do at-home treatments – the most effective and efficient recovery is a blend of in-clinic and at-home care.

Postoperative treatments focus on:

  • reducing swelling and pain
  • fibrosis prevention and treatment
  • scarring prevention and treatment (including keloid treatment)
  • surgical revision alternatives

Sarah Kneads Me patients will receive guidance and support in their cosmetic postoperative recovery process from an experienced practitioner in the field.

Sarah maintains specialized certifications in:

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • Medical Massage
  • Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage.

Initial treatment: 90 minutes – $185 (required for new patients)

My recommendation for postoperative treatment starts with the 90 minute Initial Treatment followed by two 60-minute treatments per week, especially for more recent procedures. The earlier in your recovery you begin postoperative care, the better your results will be.

Please allow 2 hours for this treatment – this includes an intake, assessment, and plan.  The plan will differ for each patient’s needs, stage of recovery, and general health. In addition to lymphatic drainage and scar prevention, this treatment will include a bag of tools and detailed instruction for performing lymphatic drainage techniques at home.

Initial 90 Minute


60 Minutes


90 Minutes



Contact & Scheduling

  • 2930 Camino Diablo, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
  • 925-268-0878
  • By Appointment Only
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

We have a mascot named Yoshi, a 20lb hypoallergenic Cavapoo who loves to snooze while you receive your treatment.  If you prefer not to have him in the room for any reason, just let us know ahead of time so accommodations can be made.

Please note that as Covid-19 restrictions are being relaxed, we are experiencing an abundance of appointment requests.  We are temporarily not accepting new clients.

If you are an existing client and would like to make an appointment, please send your requests to