Recommendation for excellent masseuse

My family recently relocated to the East Bay and I would greatly appreciate suggestions for a masseuse. I am female and am more comfortable working with women. Located in the Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville area would be ideal; someone strong who might use a variety of techniques, but is happy to provide traditional Swedish massage.

Also, are there reputable massage schools that offer reduced rate massage for students logging clinical hours?

Thank you! SM

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Karen Wieland is amazing. I'm pretty picky about massages and it's taken me years to find someone that I really like. She is a real treat. She also has her own studio so she's less expensive than the bigger places that have a constant rotation of massage therapists. She's in El Cerrito but I think she can travel to you as well. I hope you give her a try.

I highly recommend Lori Colombo. While her business name is 'Massage for Mom's', she also sees men. My husband and I are particular about our massage therapists (he's trained in massage), and both love her. She is intuitive and strong, and offers both in home or in her studio massage.  lscolombo [at], 510-393-8233

Beth Baron in Berkeley is very good (