Medical Massage is bodywork under the recommendation of a doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, surgeon, or doctor of acupuncture. The California Health Board has determined that Medical Massage is an essential service.
A note or email from your practitioner is required in order to schedule an appointment and must be submitted in advance.
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
- 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’)
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 weekly 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.
“Had a great massage from Sarah. She has great intuition and great technique. She can figure out what and where your body needs work and address them. A wonderful masseuse!”
“As a longtime business owner bound to a desk and computer, stress and lack of movement take their toll on my body. For 6 years Sarah has mended my aches and pains, increased my range of motion, and basically allowed me to cope with life. I can engage in sports and activities once again that I thought were gone forever.
Sarah has an uncanny ability to locate the cause of my pains, but then demonstrates the intuition needed to effectively address it without crossing the pain threshold. I’ve had many other massages that were effective but extremely painful. I keep seeing Sarah because she mends me without breaking me.”
“I am a veteran massage user for over 40 years. I can honestly say that Sarah is the best therapist that I have discovered. At age 65 I am suffering from chronic neck and shoulder pain from arthritis and previous injuries and have used meds, acupuncture, injections and physical therapy. With Sarah’s patient and compassionate healing hands my pain has lessened incredibly. She works with me to understand exactly where my pain stems from and works to heal it. In fact, her work on my pain is helping my doctors to treat me more effectively.
Her knowledge and understanding of anatomical connections never ceases to amaze me. And in addition to her therapeutic skills, her genuine compassion permeates her work. She is truly interested in treating and healing. It is clearly her passion. I have recommended her to friends who are so pleased to join her fans. I consider her massages to be an integral part of my health and well being regime.”
“I’ve been going to Sarah for almost 4 years now. She helps me manage my arthritis pain. I would call her a wellness therapist because she not only is a massage expert, but she heals using a variety of methods and tools.
She is truly gifted. I’m so grateful to have her as a resource, and would highly recommend!”
“As the Dean of Students at a large massage school, I have many choices for receiving massage. For 6 years, I have repeatedly chosen Sarah because she is among the very best. She has an intuitive feel for what is going on with your body. This is augmented by an anatomical and kinesiological knowledge that enhances her credibility as a therapist. She listens to her client and follows direction, and then makes suggestions about what else might need to be done.
I am continually impressed that Sarah is always trying to expand her knowledge, to become a better therapist. I am pleased to reap the rewards of her efforts!
All of this is presented in warmest and gentlest of environment, and the kindest of intent. I always have a good experience. It’s why I keep returning.”
Due to covid restrictions and cleaning protocols, appointments are limited to 4 per day.
Tuesday 10 am – 7 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 7 pm
Friday 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
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.