McKinnon Graduate Massage Clinic

McKinnon is excited to announce the re-opening of our public massage clinic on February 1st, 2017!

At McKinnon, we strongly believe in a whole person approach to massage and are proud to offer skilled, affordable massage therapy based on this foundation. Your practitioner will be a McKinnon graduate and CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist proficient in a number of modalities.


At your first session, you will fill out a brief intake form that details your health history. You and your practitioner will discuss your current needs and the desired outcome of your massage session. Some medical conditions are contraindicated for massage, therefore you should always inform your practitioner of all medical conditions prior to your session.

Your massage will take place in a comfortable, private, and tranquil room. Many styles of bodywork are performed with the client unclothed, however, you will determine the amount of clothing you prefer to wear based on your comfort. You will be covered at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

Shiatsu sessions are performed on a padded floor mat, while you are fully clothed. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement.

To get the most out of your massage, allow yourself time prior to and after the session to relax. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water afterward.


Sessions are by appointment only. Come in or call 510.465.3488. A $15 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve an appointment. We accept credit card (Visa/MC) or cash.

Cost: $50 per session ($15 non-refundable deposit/$35 balance due on or before the appointment). Cash tips given directly to your therapist are welcome.

Children under 18 require a signed waiver and/or accompaniment by a parent or adult guardian for services.


If you are unable to attend your appointment, we ask that you give at least 24 hours notice to our staff by calling 510.465.3488.

If at least 24 hours notice is given, you will have the option to reschedule and apply your existing payment towards a future date.

All deposits are non-refundable.

McKinnon reserves the right to suspend service to any client after two cancellations, no-shows, or late arrivals. McKinnon prioritizes the safety of our therapists and reserves the right to terminate service with any client at any time.


Janel is a recent graduate from McKinnon, with training in Deep Tissue, Clinical Deep Tissue, Myofascial Cupping, Myofascial Release, Pre-natal and Touch and Trauma. Her journey into the massage world began through learning to deal with her own chronic pain. Massage therapy provided a relief that other techniques did not, inspiring Janel to want to give others the same feeling. Janel believes that seeing each person as an individual is key to creating trust and setting the framework for better results. In her spare time, Janel can be found making crafts, sewing, drawing portraits, or out at karaoke.

Modalities offered: Deep Tissue, Clinical Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Myofascial Cupping, and Pre-Natal

Kern grew up on a ranch in Southern California, and began exploring massage at a young age. He moved to the Bay Area in 2009, and left a career in retail management in 2015 to pursue bodywork at McKinnon. He offers Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, and Swedish massage. When he isn’t working with clients, Kern is active as a performing and recording artist.

Modalities offered: Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Clinical Deep Tissue, Swedish, and Myofascial Cupping


Swedish massage is a classic modality at the foundation of most western forms of bodywork. With the aid of lotions or oils, the massage therapist applies Swedish techniques directly onto a client’s skin, with intent to positively affect the muscles and soft tissues of the body, as well as the client’s overall state of being. Swedish massage is profoundly therapeutic and relaxing, making it one of the most popular forms of massage.

Deep Tissue
Deep Tissue massage is a natural extension of Swedish massage, and together they encompass most of the techniques that we associate with Western massage therapy. Deep Tissue techniques gradually work through the layers of the body to relax and lengthen muscles, release adhesions, and soften holden patterns in the body’s tissues.

Myofascial Release
Fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds all internal structures in the body. When it becomes adhered, pain and dysfunction can develop. Myofascial Release utilizes gentle techniques to reduce restrictions in the body’s fascial layers, which can reduce pain and increase ease in range of movement. This modality is incredibly effective, and can enhance the effects of other massage techniques.

Myofascial Cupping
Cupping works to clear deep muscular tension easily and quickly. Cupping is easily blended into sessions of any modality, and is a great tool for addressing areas of deep muscular tension without having to apply direct physical pressure in sensitive areas.

Prenatal massage is a healthy, safe, and supportive way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness during each trimester of a pregnancy. This massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as swelling of the joints and depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.

Shiatsu is an ancient Japanese healing art, based in the concepts of Chinese medicine, that incorporates stretching, medium to deep pressure techniques, rhythmic movements and the use of various body tools to create a wonderfully relaxing and restorative massage. This modality is performed over clothes on a padded floor mat, or can be adapted to the table. Shiatsu relieves stagnation and promotes the free flow of qi (energy) in the body.