About Us

Located in the thriving Lake Merritt district of Oakland, Strategic Bodywork has been relieving clients of aches and pains since 2010. We are on the second floor of a building dedicated to health and wellness. Many people have had the experience of a "nice" massage that made them feel better in the moment, but the next day it feels as though nothing has changed. The solution to a lasting effect is understanding where muscular disfuction and pain originates, and working with the problem, not just the symptoms. One of the guiding principles behind Strategic Bodywork, is that we design a custom treatment plan with you, not just a routine that tends to work on general problems.

*Please note that appointments are not confirmed unless a confirmation email and/or text is received. 
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Strategic Bodywork

3515 Grand Ave

2nd Fl

Oakland , CA 94601 map it

Hours of Operation

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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • It’s a lovely set up for massage.

    Nice space, clean and professional.

  • Strategic Bodywork is exactly as the name implies. Practitioners have a deep understanding of human anatomy and how to use focused massage to release pain and tension.

    I usually see Diana, but due to her expertise she typically books up faster than I can make an appointment, so as of recently I’ve seen both Rachel and Arielle, both are amazing! They are so mindful of my bodies needs and always teach me something new about ways to take better care of myself! Would recommend all 3 in a heart beat!

  • Amazing massage and amazing massage therapist! I am so grateful to have found this place :)

    Excellent experience. Woke up today feeling great (also helped with a very good night’s sleep). Appreciated the pressure points and cupping. Will be back!

  • Always leave there feeling relaxed.

    I had a great massage at Strategic with great pressure and excellent attention to my needs.

  • All the therapists are awesome!

    Fernando is the best- he has really helped me get through some serious pain . And I real enjoy the place over all - it’s organized, easy, and friendly.

Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Yolanda)

$90
60min
$112.50
75min
$135
90min
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Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel)

$110
60min
$137.50
75min
$165
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Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando)

$120
60min
$150
75min
$180
90min
$240
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Level 4 Practitioner (Haley)

$150
60min
$185
75min
$225
90min
$300
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Haley W.

License: CA #49277

0 Verified Reviews

Level 4 Practitioner (Haley)

$150
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$185
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$225
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Diana M.

15 Verified Reviews

Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando)

$120
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by Nathaniel on Sep 12
Very clear and helpful communication. Appreciated that she used cupping, which was new for me. She quickly got a clear understanding as to where my body was having issues and addressed them. For someone who is active and on the other side of 30, this will be essential for my workout recovery moving forward!
by Paula on Aug 09
Diana has been my practitioner for 5 years. Needless to say, I love her. She understands the aches and pains of your body as you age. She is an athlete and has a solid understanding of injuries and how to assist you with getting back to full strength. She has powerful but soothing, gentle hands. I always feel better after spending 90 min with her.
by Anonymous on Aug 09
Diana was wonderful and very knowledgable.
by Michele on Jul 29
Diana is magical - truly! I feel like a new (better) human after her care.
by Anonymous on Jul 29
Diana is a fabulous masseuse. She is warm and welcoming and always provides a great massage.
by Anonymous on Jul 03
Diana is great! V professional and warm and easy to talk to, gives a great massage and easily integrates feedback or requests. Diana also checks in just the right amount to ensure you’re having the best experience possible. Loved my experiences!
by Marco on Jun 10
Really knows what she’s doing and seems to really care about your health
by Nancy on May 28
Thank you so much for the healing care Diana!
by Anonymous on Apr 24
I would highly recommend Diana without reservations
by Dan on Apr 18
Diana’s massage was already top notch. Then she added ashiatsu — massage by feet to get deep into your large muscled groups — and it somehow got 10x better. I’m never going anywhere else!

Rachel N.

License: CA #73436

18 Verified Reviews

Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel)

$110
60min
$137.50
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$165
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by Anonymous on Sep 18
Rachel was amazing! Definitely knows what she is doing, would recommend time and time again!
by Anonymous on Sep 13
Amazingly attentive and thoughtful. Perfect balance of relaxing and strong massage. Excactly what I need. Best ever.
by Stephanie on Sep 05
Before my massage Rachel always asks where I feel like I need worked on the most and she focuses on that area. She’s great!
by Anonymous on Sep 04
She checked in with me about my body and really responded to my needs.
by Anonymous on Sep 02
Rachel is a gifted healer. She really helped get some stubborn knots out of my neck and shoulders. I feel grateful to have found her!!
by Mishael on Aug 05
Rachel was recommended to me by my chiropractor and I am so thankful to have been connected with her. Rachel has been extremely integral in my recovery from a knee injury postpartum. I was experiencing excruciating pain in my neck, shoulders, back, and knee. Overall I was falling apart and desperate. Her process is inclusive, she always checks in with you during your session, and each appointment builds onto the next. After one month in her care my shoulder pain has significantly decreased, my back pain is nearly gone and I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I highly recommended giving her a call if you need to rebuild and/or reconnect with you body.
by Lisa on Jul 23
Rachel was great at checking in about the specifics of what I was looking for at the beginning. She was skilled, thorough, and attuned. Loved my session!
by Clare on Jun 30
Amazing massage very single time.
by Anonymous on May 29
I appreciated how she normalized needing to check in during the massage and not keep silent. I liked how she asked about pressure and pain and intensity throughout the session.
by endria on May 20
Rachel does incredible work, and is a thoughtful and attentive communicator. I have multiple chronic pain sites (upper and lower back, neck), and I leave Rachel's sessions feeling grounded, loose, and free of pain.

Chiaty S.

5 Verified Reviews

Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Yolanda)

$90
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$112.50
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$135
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by Mark on Jul 16
Over multiple sessions we worked some same areas for improvement using the results of the last session to direct the next one, it was great to have the continuity. I appreciate her willingness to listen & adapt. Very professional & attentive.
by Elias on May 28
Chiaty was great - looking forward to my next massage
by Carolyn on Apr 15
Very attentive. I loved that she spent the entire time doing massage.
by Carla on Apr 14
Chiaty listens and her touch is wonderful. I highly recommend her services.
by Julia on Apr 09
Chiaty is a thoughtful communicator who was constantly listening for any sign of discomfort from my child. We came for relief from sports activity and will be back.

Arielle A.

12 Verified Reviews

Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel)

$110
60min
$137.50
75min
$165
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by Elaine on Sep 26
She really found some spots I didn't even know were in need of attention and really helped with my post-marathon recovery!
by Eddie on Sep 24
Arielle was able to relieve my lower back pain by diagnosing which muscle groups were causing tension, and providing deep, strong and targeted massage. She is both highly experienced and professional. Highly recommend!
by Sarah on Aug 16
Arielle is a really good listener with her ears and hands.
by Anonymous on Jul 04
Focused on the areas requested and did a good job working out those areas.
by Ashley on Jun 30
Arielle set the tone for a calm and nourishing experience. I felt at ease and well taken care of. Her prenatal massage was exactly what my body, mind and spirit needed.
by Anonymous on Jun 20
Arielle was kind, knowledgeable, and made me feel comfortable. Excellent massage, I felt amazing after, will definitely return!
by Anonymous on Jun 01
Helped with the mobility in my neck and arms
by Mar on May 30
Phenomenal! Thank you so much for sticking your elbow in all my knots!!!!! My hip flexors and diaphragm are so much more relaxed, the muscles around my sacroiliac are now relaxing enough that I can continue to mobilize them and heal my injury.
by Anonymous on May 29
incredible!
by Bobby on Apr 19
Arielle did a fantastic job working out some of the nagging muscle pain I was carrying.

Yolanda C.

1 Verified Reviews

Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Yolanda)

$90
60min
$112.50
75min
$135
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by Jordan on Jul 25
I received a fantastic 90 minute massage from Yolanda. My neck and shoulders were pretty stiff from typical desk sitting, etc but I felt refreshed and rejuvenated by her work. She targeted several pressure points in my feet, shoulders and back, which resonated everywhere. Fascinating practice! Comfortable and quiet atmosphere, parking was easy. Thanks for being here!

Fernando E.

4 Verified Reviews

Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando)

$120
60min
$150
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by Karen on Sep 26
Fernando is extremely skilled in bodywork for musculoskeletal issues and did exactly what I needed. Wow.
by Anonymous on Aug 26
Ditto
by Sarah on Aug 18
Fernando really listened to my needs and performed an excellent and detailed massage on the areas where I really needed some relief. Feeling much better after my massage!
by Chris on Aug 14
Fernando is fantastic. He's professional, kind, a good listener and highly skilled.

Average Rating:

4.92 (Based on 59 Reviews)

96 %

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Professionalism
by Karen on Sep 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando) with Fernando E.
It’s a lovely set up for massage.
by Elaine on Sep 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Arielle A.
Nice space, clean and professional.
by Eddie on Sep 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Arielle A.
Strategic Bodywork is exactly as the name implies. Practitioners have a deep understanding of human anatomy and how to use focused massage to release pain and tension.
by Anonymous on Sep 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Rachel N.
I usually see Diana, but due to her expertise she typically books up faster than I can make an appointment, so as of recently I’ve seen both Rachel and Arielle, both are amazing! They are so mindful of my bodies needs and always teach me something new about ways to take better care of myself! Would recommend all 3 in a heart beat!
by Anonymous on Sep 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Rachel N.
Amazing massage and amazing massage therapist! I am so grateful to have found this place :)
by Nathaniel on Sep 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando) with Diana M.
Excellent experience. Woke up today feeling great (also helped with a very good night’s sleep). Appreciated the pressure points and cupping. Will be back!
by Stephanie on Sep 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Rachel N.
Always leave there feeling relaxed.
by Anonymous on Sep 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Rachel N.
I had a great massage at Strategic with great pressure and excellent attention to my needs.
by Anonymous on Sep 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Rachel N.
All the therapists are awesome!
by Anonymous on Aug 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando) with Fernando E.
Fernando is the best- he has really helped me get through some serious pain . And I real enjoy the place over all - it’s organized, easy, and friendly.
by Sarah on Aug 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando) with Fernando E.
The space is inviting and peaceful, I was greeted right away when I walked in.
by Sarah on Aug 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Arielle A.
Arielle is a good listener. Both with her ears and hands.
by Chris on Aug 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando) with Fernando E.
First time to Strategic Bodywork, though I've had massages from Fernando in a previous location. This experience was overall very good: location, entry, and the clear and quiet facility.
by Paula on Aug 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando) with Diana M.
I have been getting a massage for 5 years at Strategic Bodywork. The atmosphere is peaceful and serene. All health and safety protocols are followed. I feel relaxed and cared for when I am there.
by Anonymous on Aug 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando) with Diana M.
I'll be back!
by Mishael on Aug 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Rachel N.
Strategic Bodywork is located in a beautiful building and the setup of the office is very welcoming.
by Michele on Jul 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana and Fernando) with Diana M.
Love the space - so tranquil and inviting!
by Anonymous on Jul 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana) with Diana M.
Easy to book sessions, not an overly pretentious space, welcoming.
by Jordan on Jul 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Yolanda) with Yolanda C.
I received a fantastic 90 minute massage from Yolanda. My neck and shoulders were pretty stiff from typical desk sitting, etc but I felt refreshed and rejuvenated by her work. She targeted several pressure points in my feet, shoulders and back, which resonated everywhere. Fascinating practice! Comfortable and quiet atmosphere, parking was easy. Thanks for being here!
by Lisa on Jul 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Rachel N.
Excellent skilled practitioners. They take Covid precautions seriously and run a solid business.
by Mark on Jul 2022
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Service Received: Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Jessica) with Chiaty S.
I think that through the practitioner choices here at Strategic that everyone can find something that they are looking for in massage therapy.
by Anonymous on Jul 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Arielle A.
It would be nice if the ambiance was set in the room. The room was really bright. Also it would be nice if there was some smell to the oils used to provide some aromatherapy.
by Anonymous on Jul 2022
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Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana) with Diana M.
Great space, very welcoming and clean and soothing.
by Ashley on Jun 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Arielle A.
Convenient and sweet location with thoughtful practitioners
by Clare on Jun 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Rachel N.
Rachel has magical hands!
by Anonymous on Jun 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Arielle A.
Arielle was kind, knowledgeable, and made me feel comfortable. Excellent massage, I felt amazing after, will definitely return!
by Marco on Jun 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana) with Diana M.
Book it now thank me later.
by Anonymous on Jun 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Jessica) with Jessica H.
responsive to guidance and my expressed needs.
by Anonymous on Jun 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Arielle A.
Very skilled and professional
by Mar on May 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Arielle A.
The music wasn't nearly as cheesy as I am used to, you are super kind, and I appreciated the directness of your questions/answers.
by Anonymous on May 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Arielle A.
perfectly tailored to my needs
by Anonymous on May 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle & Rachel) with Rachel N.
It was comfortable and Rachel listened to my needs and concerns carefully and did her best to make me feel at ease.
by Nancy on May 2022
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Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana) with Diana M.
I always feel comfortable in the space.
by Elias on May 2022
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Service Received: Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Jessica) with Chiaty S.
Very nice experience
by endria on May 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel) with Rachel N.
Easy to book, clean and cozy office.
by Angel on May 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle & Rachel) with Rachel N.
Soothing and relaxing. :)
by Anonymous on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana) with Diana M.
Diana is great- listens to what is going on with my body and focuses there. Always a great bodywork session. Also there is sometimes a dog on the premises who is a love!
by Anonymous on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel, Zachariah) with Rachel N.
Absolutely, would recommend to anyone seeking body work
by Bobby on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel, Zachariah) with Arielle A.
A very lovely and relaxing atmosphere
by Dan on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana) with Diana M.
Great place to get body work done.
by Melissa on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 3 Practitioner (Diana) with Diana M.
Gold Standard Massage!
by Carolyn on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Jessica) with Chiaty S.
Lovely & convenient location. The heat on the table doesn't extend to the feet, so it would be great to do something about that on chilly days.
by Anonymous on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel, Zachariah) with Rachel N.
Rachelle was great! I have a meniscus tear on my left knee so been putting a lot of weight in my right side. She worked on my right side decompressing and alleviating tightness on my muscles. It helped me a lot feel good again!
by Russ on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel, Zachariah) with Rachel N.
That I have been coming there for over 10 years
by Carla on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Jessica) with Chiaty S.
Great!
by Anonymous on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel, Zachariah) with Rachel N.
Really easy booking, space was clean, calm, and quiet.
by Peter on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel, Zachariah) with Arielle A.
Strategic Bodywork is a quiet, peaceful transition from the quick pace of life in the bay to a slower, more settled world within. The rooms are simple, tasteful - the process was easy, gracious.
by allen on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Jessica) with Jessica H.
Enjoyed the whole experience. I will be trying all your practitioners just to see how they differ. My next appnt. is in 6 weeks. In summation "it's all good"... :)
by Doug on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel, Zachariah) with Rachel N.
Strategic Body Work staff are awesome! They are highly skilled and both of my experiences with two massage therapists, Haley and Rachel, have been excellent.
by Anonymous on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Bodywork with Diana M.
I recommend Strategic Bodywork! The space is comfortable, clean, and inviting and the ambiance is great.
by Julia on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Bodywork with Chiaty S.
The rooms are comfortable and set the welcoming and relaxed tone.
by Tammy on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel, Zachariah) with Rachel N.
Great ambience!
by Benjamin on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Jessica) with Jessica H.
Great experience overall!
by Anonymous on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 1 Practitioner (Chiaty, Jessica) with Jessica H.
Such a wonderful and relaxing atmosphere
by Anonymous on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel, Zachariah) with Arielle A.
Really quiet, clean, professional place.
by Casey on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Bodywork with Diana M.
I have always had great bodywork done by Haley and those that work from Strategic Bodywork. Their knowledge of anatomy, fitness, and customizing work for your needs is the best I've ever known. And I have gotten massage regularly for over 30 years around the world.
by Anonymous on Apr 2022
Verified
Service Received: Level 2 Practitioners (Arielle, Rachel, Zachariah) with Rachel N.
n/a
by Drew on Apr 2022
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Service Received: Bodywork with Diana M.
so convenient!
by Camille on Mar 2022
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Service Received: Bodywork with Diana M.
A beautiful space. Clean and well lit. Massage table was very comfortable. Lovely plants everywhere.
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Strategic Bodywork

3515 Grand Ave

2nd Fl

Oakland , CA 94601 map it

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