Sara Oakes, SEP, CST

Craniosacral & Somatic Healing

Sessions can include somatic inquiry, dialogue, and Craniosacral touch. The holistic nature of this process can facilitate and restore nervous system resilience and our sense of connection and alertness, as well as addressing chronic pain and injury.

Sessions are informed by Organic Intelligence, a naturalistic approach to trauma resolution which supports increased resiliency and vitality in everyday life.

Pediatric and perinatal sessions available.

In addition to healing work, I offer guidance to teens and adults in mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist practice at East Bay Meditation Center and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

About my work

The most deeply healing, exquisitely loving and sensitive touch I've ever experienced.

Training & Teachers

I have had the privilege to study with many wonderful teachers and peers over the last 20 years. I hold certifications in massage and deep tissue therapy (CMT), Somatic Experiencing (SEP), Organic Intelligence (OI Mentor), and Dharma leadership (CDL). I have a long-term practice and study of Authentic Movement, yoga, art, and earth wisdom.


Heartwood Institute (massage & Polarity Therapy)
SF School of Massage (deep tissue therapy)
The Milne Institute (Visionary Craniosacral Work)
Michelle Price Emmanuel (infant CST & Tummy Time)


Somatic Experiencing Training Institute & Peter Levine (SE)
Kathy Kain (Somatic Practice)
Steven Hoskinson (Organic Intelligence)


Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Dedicated Practitioner’s Program, Community Dharma Leader)
Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Shwe Oo Min Meditation Center

Location & Rates


** COVID update:

My East Bay office and practice are closed. I am not taking new clients.



Mary Oliver

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
Sara is a delight to work with!  She is highly skilled, very present and an extremely talented bodyworker.  She is very attuned and grounded, and I feel very lucky to receive bodywork from Sara on a regular basis.
Dr. Terese Gjernes
Chair, Somatic Psychology, CIIS