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Dawson's Stress reduction

oakland, California, Alameda

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We offer Onsite chair massage for Corporate, small business, private parties and sports events. Our in office massage menu consists of a large variety of styles and techniques. With 34 years experience ,your in for an excellent massage.

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13 customer reviews

3 August 2019

I literally told Vanessa that her hands were "blessed by God" and I wasn't lying. That lady is working in her purpose. The deep tissue massage was one of the best I've experienced and I'd consider myself a massage connoisseur since I get them on a regular basis. If your body is hurting in any way I greatly encourage you to give Vanessa a try. More...

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2 June 2018

Success!  My hamstring is so much more loose now after Vanessa's treatment yesterday.  Massage from Vanessa + Oakland First Fridays. ..I think I'll make this a regular thang! More...

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8 October 2016

Hands down, the best massage ever!  She really worked out all my stress, kinks, knots and tightness-while maintaining a relaxing environment. She was kind enough to accommodate me last minute for a two hour massage. It is worth every penny and then some. I highly recommend her for any pain,stress or tension problems. Don't expect a luxury spa experience, expect hand medicine for your muscles in a quant, cute atmosphere. Thank you Vanessa!! More...

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24 September 2016

I have enjoyed your massage therapy services for over 15 years!  Thank you for helping  me to manage my stress as I Deal with the Challenges of business, nonprofit organization work and personal stress. Thanks Vanessa!Doug Blacksher Chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee Oakland Branch of the NAACP More...

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14 October 2014

I love Vanessa! I've been with her for a little over 2 years. She's so amazing I refuse to go anywhere else. My troubled areas are my shoulders and Vanessa has managed to dig into every knot, pull and stretch every sore area. I swear all I wanna do is sleep once I leave her office. I always get the deep tissue 60 minute massage.... I guarantee if you visit her you'll be pleased with her service. Very clean, professional, and quality work. More...

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16 January 2014

Sooooooo relaxing and healing.  I carry a lot of equipment when I travel and my shoulders were total knots.  I feel healed, thank you!

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22 February 2013

Vanessa is the best massage therapist I have ever had! I love deep tissue massage and she is definitely great at breaking down my stiff muscles. The fact that I called her and was willing to see me the same day as her last appointment shows how wonderful of a service she is providing. Her office is beautiful and everything was perfect! I will definitely be back for more, hopefully once a month if not more! She deserves business she has a great personality and her big heart just shines through when you meet her and get a massage. ( You don't come across many business like this) THANK YOU VANESSA! More...

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14 February 2012

Vanessa is the best. I have been a patient of hers for 5 years now, so glad I finally found a massage therapist who has the strong hands to knead away all of the tension in my perpetually sore muscles. She really understand the anatomy of an athlete, of how all the muscles are connected together,  and how to deliver effective pressure to the appropriate areas of soreness/ fatigue. Without her, I would not be able to recover as quickly from all of the running/surfing/dancing that I do. I would be a big ball of knots! My muscles thank Vanessa!!!! More...

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22 June 2011

Vanessa has been my therapist for 6+ years. Her work is awesome! She is very professional and fairly priced.  I highly recommend her to anyone looking to reduce stress.

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21 February 2011

Vanessa Dawson has been my massage therapist for 20 years and, obviously, does a great job.  She does Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology and acupressure.  This is not one of those airy fairy deals with the twinking bells.  This is the real deal and she's great. More...

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15 February 2011

I thoroughly agree with the other reviewers: I began seeing Vanessa in conjunction with acupuncture and PT, following back-to-back, serious traffic accidents. Even after my insurance ran out and I was laid off from my job, I continue to see Vanessa on a weekly basis. I may never be fully recovered from chronic neck pain, but V's skill, healing hands and kind, Taurean spirit enable me to manage my condition without the need for pain meds (been there, tried that, nothing but trouble and - worse - ineffective). Vanessa is highly skilled, knowledgeable and uses a very common-sense approach. I have visited both locations - Oakland and Hayward - and both are oases of relief. She is very flexible and accommodating with scheduling. I have had many types of massage - at spas, high-end resorts, etc. - but Vanessa is by far The Best. Dawson's Stress Reduction is the best-kept secret for massage therapy in the Bay area. I only hesitate to post this, because I'm afraid that she will become too popular! More...

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1 January 2010

I have been getting massages for more than ten years and have always been picky.  Massage therapists have to meet a certain criteria for me to consider going to them ever again. 1. Must be experienced enough to know how to recognize a muscle knot and know how to work it out.2. Use a combination of techniques to work the kinks out and relax you.3. Must be able to do deep tissue 4. Must be able to work around injuries and know how to work on them to speed your recovery.5. Must have a great personalityVanessa meets and exceeds all of these and add in this really cool stretching of the muscles during the massage.   It's wonderful!!! More...

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28 April 2009

Vanessa is great. She is very sweet and gives great massages. I have been to several places to get massages, but hers has been exceptional. She is very talented and knows how to work on problem areas. Her prices are very reasonable. I am a student in college, so good prices for a great massage is very important. Making an appt with her is not a problem at all. She has two locations, one in Oakland and one in Hayward. Give her a call, and make an appt. You will not be disappointed at all! More...

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I enjoy helping clients with muscular issues as well as relaxation needs. It is a wonderful feeling to be of service to someone who is seeking relief.

I was inspired to star my business 34 years ago because the stress level in our society was rising and I saw it coming.

I have 34 years experience doing massage therapy and I love what I do,so choosing my Company is a win-win decision.


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