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.

Somatic Experiencing and Organic Intelligence are naturalistic approaches to trauma resolution which support 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 (Spirit Rock 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

Limited in-person sessions available in Occidental, CA.

60-minute sessions, $145.

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


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.