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***** Feeling Better is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars, based on 87 reviews!

  • *****

    After many years of searching Matt has provided me with the treatment I'm looking for. As an active weightlifter who likes to push limits, I want a massage therapist that will help my workouts whether that's improving range of motion or decreasing pain. Matt identified that immediately, and tailors his sessions to getting results that improve my performance. I consider him an integral part of my athletic regimen, but also know that he adapts to the needs of each individual clients whatever their circumstances.

  • *****

    Matthew is a fantastic healer. I only rarely go in to see him because his body work has actually gone a long way toward solving some of my issues (as long as I maintain the fixes).

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    My shoulder, hip and foot pain were all greatly reduced and I learned some techniques to lessen the discomfort in the future.

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    I've known Matt for two years now, and I must say that he is getting better and better! Every time I see him he has a new neat trick for this and that. He is a great massage therapist and an even better person. I can't recommend him enough!

  • *****

    I broke my foot 4 years ago on a backpacking trip. The bone healed just fine but ever since I've had circulation problems in the foot and leg. After letting it heal for some time I tried various forms of acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, PT and stretching, but nothing really helped. I figured there was some scar tissue in there that just needed to be worked out so I looked up a massage therapist on yelp and was lucky enough to stumble upon Matthew.

    Matthew worked very hard on my foot and leg while explaining what he was doing and why it would help. I was amazed at the improvement in circulation after just one visit. He also worked magic on my wrist which I had injured in a mountain bike crash...and that was just the first 30 minutes! I am so happy I found Matthew and would highly recommend him, especially to people who have tried massage therapy before without success. Matthew's technique clearly comes from many years of experience but also seems unique to anything I've experienced before.

  • *****

    Just finished an hour session with Matt and I'm super satisfied with the service. I came in with a hip and shoulder issue. My hips have been tight due to heavy weight lifting and my shoulders have had a history of dislocations, feeling tight, and limited range of motion.

    Matt really knows where the pressure points are and he's really good at releasing any tightness or discomfort in the joint. During the session he was very communicative and very aware of pains and discomforts. It almost like he was reading my body and could tell where the pains/discomforts were. After the session my hip was no longer tight and my shoulder now has a full range of motion.

    I was hesitant at first to come get a massage since I'm on a college budget and massages are generally very expensive. Matt's $40 first appointment really encouraged me to finally get a massage.
    He's very knowledgeable about the human body and I'm kinda impress by how much this guy knows (coming from a human biology student at Berkeley).

    I would definitely recommend Matt to anyone who needs an experienced therapist to work on them. The guy really knows his stuff. Looking forward to getting more sessions in the future.

  • *****

    Highly recommend. I've been a massage therapist for 7 years, and have worked with some of the best bodyworkers across the country. I have a small number of really excellent people who work on my body.

    I found Matthew because I needed some work last-minute when my usual people weren't available. His work is fantastic. In a couple hours he opened up the joints in my feet, ankles, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and neck. My balance improved significantly, and I've been feeling deeply relaxed since. It's much easier to move without feeling anything stuck or pinching.

    I'll be back for more!

  • *****

    Matthew is among the best massage therapists I've ever come across. His business is aptly named.

  • *****

    Matthew is an incredible massage therapist. I've been seeing a chiropractor and acupuncturist for a very long time and he was able to give me more pain relief in one hour-long session than I've had in years. I highly recommend him!

  • *****

    Mattew is an incredible therapist. I had a strained back from coughing and I could not even wear my own socks this morning. He pointed out my issue without a lot of explanations and fixed it in 15 min. I am so grateful that I found him in the right moment and still in shock at his skill. He is also very sweet and charming. I will definitely recommend to my friends. Thank you Mattew! You are the best.

  • *****

    This is the first yelp review I have ever written and to me that says it all.
    Matthew is one of the best massage therapists I've ever had, and I've had quite a few.
    He is also quite different than many other therapists. He's not just a massage therapist, he's a general problem solver.
    He genuinely wants to help people feel better in any way that he can.
    I was seeing him for a very complicated shoulder and back issue but when I got into a car accident one day and was experiencing concussion symptoms that were affecting my computer work, he did his magic on my head and neck and I was able to go back to work within a couple days.

    He is truly results oriented. He wants you to feel better as soon as possible and would rather not drag you along for more sessions than you need (I find a lot of chiropractors out there are trained to do this)

    He is also very patient. My issues have been due to years and years of injury and overuse of my shoulder as a volleyball coach. Matthew continues to see me and helps me get better no matter what it takes. This past visit, he finally was able to get my lower scapula to release and I can now reach over my head without catching and pain. Other practitioners: chiropractors, doctors, neurologists, acupuncturists have not been able to offer me any sort of treatment plan that has been this effective. My doctor was even amazed when I went in to see her and that so much of my mobility was back after just a massage.

    Before I met Matthew I had lost all hope that I would ever get better and back to my old self. Now I have more than hope, I have confidence that with him in my corner giving his best, I'll be back in action in a matter of months, maybe even weeks if I'm lucky.

    Thank you Matthew. We need more good ones like you in the world.

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    For the first time in years I am standing up straight. I would've never thought that the problem was tension in the front of my neck and throat. And I never would've thought that it could be treated so effectively. Matthew is a genius.

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    I was desperate when I phoned Matthew this morning. I'm an RN and my back health is critical for my ability to work in my field. Somehow I'd jacked my back at work last night. It had gotten progressively worse during the night until I found even taking deep breaths, painful. He came right over to my house and went to work on me. I'm still in shock at how fantastic my back feels now. His hands were strong and found all my painful spots effortlessly. Thank you Matthew!

  • *****

    Matthew is a wonderful massage therapist. Through his excellent massage techniques, he has helped to improve my posture and release years of trauma and stress from my body, I think we do the myofascial release massage. His caring and friendly demeanor puts me at ease and makes me feel comfortable and safe. He is truly a healer, and has helped me enormously.

  • *****

    Yep--Matthew is outstanding. I've seen other massage therapists whose work was mostly oriented towards relaxation, which is nice, but didn't do much for my neck and shoulder pain. Matthew can do the relaxation stuff too, but he's also a skilled technician of the human body in a way I've rarely experienced before. He zeros in on the knots and areas of tension and works on them until they really release.

    He's also a nice guy, great to work with, friendly and caring. Highly recommended.

  • *****

    After one session I feel like new. Had severe neck pain after a car accident ( as well as other stress factors), and Matthew knew exactly what to do. By applying pressure and incorporating certain breathing techniques we were able to release a lot of damage that had built up over a course of 4 months. Thank you Matthew! Very caring and knows what he is doing. I highly recommend.

  • *****

    I was desperate when I phoned Matthew this morning. I'm an RN and my back health is critical for my ability to work in my field. Somehow I'd jacked my back at work last night. It had gotten progressively worse during the night until I found even taking deep breaths, painful. He came right over to my house and went to work on me. I'm still in shock at how fantastic my back feels now. His hands were strong and found all my painful spots effortlessly. I'm never going to anyone else! He's phenomenal! I couldn't recommend him more. Thank you Matthew!

  • *****

    I went in (on a same-day appointment) with 10% use of my left arm, and came out with 90% use. It was incredible. For me, it was an hour of therapy on my shoulder, not simply a feel-good massage. The release of tension was nearly instantaneous...a result that I have never experienced at any chiropractor or physical therapist. I am looking forward to my follow-up!

    Two thumbs up! Matt is one of the best.

  • *****

    Whoa..I just came back from my very first session and I can't wait to again!

    I've regularly seen chiropractors (my twin bro is one) and other massage therapists for 15+ years. Whereas the chiro and traditional massage had some benefit for my issues, Matthew's method was by far the most effective. This totally makes sense!

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    Emergency Service Temecula
    it's better.

  • *****

    Matthew works so hard to make you feel better he is exhausted and drenched with sweat by the time he is finished with a treatment. I am always much better when he is done. Without reservation I can whole heartedly recommend Matthew to anyone needing massage therapy.

  • *****

    It was my lucky day. I called Matthew and he had an opening today. Everything I want in a massage and nothing I don't want. He is strong, observant, attentive and genuine in his dedication to his calling and his clients. After one hour, I believe that I do not have to live with chronic hunched-up-ness in my neck and shoulders and hand. Thank you to everyone who recommended Matthew. Thank you to Matthew for taking such good care of me.

  • *****

    Matthew is amazing! I 100% recommend him to anyone and everyone.

    I have been going to him for almost a year. He is accommodating and thoughtful. Matthew makes sure to cater my appointments to whatever ails me.

    He has taught me how some of my physical pain actually results from emotional pain. Matthew gives me tips on what to do between sessions as Well as how to live my best life.

    Matthew-- thank you!!!!

  • *****

    Matt's technique is amazing. The positive effects of the massage I had lasted longer than almost any massage I can remember.

  • *****

    Matthew did an excellent job on my shoulder which was irritated from weight-lifting. He was kind and made me me feel very comfortable as a first time client. He also took the time to really understand my pain. I left his office feeling like a new woman after just one visit. He even massaged my mom free of charge for a few minutes after my session was over. The complimentary Roche chocolates he provides are an added bonus too!

  • *****

    Matt does an excellent and unique massage to help address injuries. He customizes treatment and has a polite and professional approach.

  • *****

    I have been going to Feeling Better massage therapy for several weeks now. I suffered a concussion 7 months ago, and went to various different specialists who could only marginally help with the lingering symptoms that I had. I would describe my symptoms, and they would either say there was nothing they could do for me, or would prescribe a certain treatment option that had little effect. Keep in mind that these are specialists that are supposed to be knowledgeable with my specific condition.

    When I went to Matthew, all I had to do was describe my symptoms, and he used his unique skill, sense of touch, and robust knowledge of the human body and its interplay between each other to immediately relieve me of my discomfort. Within a week or two, my condition was significantly better, and I was able to begin exercising in a way that I had not been able to for 7 months. He did for me in a few weeks what many other specialists could not do over several months. He is truly competent and knows what he's doing.

  • *****

    TLDR Matthew is skilled and intelligent, and by far my best East Bay masseuse experience.

    I had significant shoulder and neck stiffness from months of mounting life and work stress. Additionally I moved recently and the physical strain of doing so while working caught up to me. I'm leery of massage studios since most of my encounters involve outdated countercultural pseudoscience. Being treated by Matthew was a refreshing change from that tiresome experience. He has been able to learn and deploy the best knowledge from the historical science of massage without being swept up in the contemporary culture surrounding it.

    I have studied physiology and biomechanics in grad school, and I was very impressed with Matthew's understanding of the body. With just a simple description from me, he was extremely quick in identifying and isolating the right points, and he followed the tension to the right locations. Everything in this 60 minute session felt like case studies cobbled together from things I had learned, and Matthew has mastered. I am happy with his focus - he was not satisfied until the pressure points on left and right shoulder sockets, upper shoulders, neck, and skull base were relieved.

    Matthew politely suggested a follow-up - if he does this for you, you need it. 60 minutes was just enough time for in-depth work on my shoulders and neck. I suspect I'll need at least 30 minutes in a week, then hopefully I can switch to maintenance mode afterwards.

  • *****

    Matthew was amazing. Purchased a Groupon and booked an appointment for my partner & me. He is super skilled, knowledgable, and found my points of tension without me having to say much! I definitely need to go back soon! I felt like an hour wasn't enough for me.

  • *****

    I had 30mins concentrated for my tight shoulder & neck at Matthew's  place and I am happy and surprised that I "felt much better" after his skillful massage Within 30mins, he did a great job on my stressed muscles,so he deserves 5 or even more stars and I will get a whole hour one next time!

  • *****

    I went in to see Matthew with neck, shoulder, and head tension. Just like others have stated, he immediately found my pressure points and went to work. I woke up the next morning for the first time in weeks without tightness and am planning on going to back to him next week!

  • *****

    Matthew has helped me with sore, stiff, or just out; back shoulder and leg issues. Each time I go to him for a 60 min session, I come out with several problems fixed. Highly recommended.

  • *****

    I recommend Matthew's massage to everyone, for pain or just for relax!

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    Emergency Service Temecula
    it's better.

  • *****

    Great massage yesterday with Matthew - he is amazing at finding the pain points and immediately alleviating the pain.  He is very good at asking the right questions to get at why you need a massage, and focusing on those areas.  I had tennis elbow pain - which I forgot to tell him - and he found it anyway - and now it's completely gone!  Highly recommended in the Berkeley area.

  • *****

    Came in with shoulder problems that kept me from being able to sleep last night. Matthew was able to target those area's and really open up my range of motion. The only problem I had was not having his healing hands sooner, don't let the pain or body aches get you down, he is here to help you.

    Now time for an Epsom salt bath, lots of water and a good nights rest, finally! Thank you so much!

  • *****

    I have never had a masseuse so knowledgeable about every little muscle, who easily figures out the root of your muscle:skeletal problems, and, better yet, knows what to do about it.  AND he tells you what you can do about it later when you're home.  He really "straightened me out" after only one session.

  • *****

    Matthew is awesome.  This was like no massage I've ever experienced. I'm a hairstylist and have constant upper back/shoulder pain from the overuse of my arms at work combined with bad posture.  I've been to so many massage therapists in pain and it has always felt great and helped to some degree. The massage I received from Mathew though was exceptional.  It not only felt great but I could actually straighten my back and move my arms around with NO pain.  His technique is quite unusual and he really has a gift to sense where you're sore spots are and heal you.  I was completely impressed, wish I could afford to go to him every day!!!!

  • *****

    I'm so glad to have found Feeling Better.  Matthew is an insightful practitioner with a wonderful, caring manner.  My massage turned my whole day around..... I am relaxed and invigorated and ready to heal.  Highly recommended !

  • *****

    I had the 60 minute massage, which after a discussion over the phone we decided to split into 30 minutes of Swedish followed by 30 minutes of work in areas of tension. Here's the bottom line: Matthew gives excellent quality massages, and you can tell that he really knows his stuff. He made sure that the pressure was just right by asking a few times throughout the massage whether it was too much pressure or not. I felt very relaxed afterwards, and the areas he focused on (in my case lower back and shoulders) felt a lot less tense. Thanks Matthew, I'll definitely be making another appointment soon.

  • *****

    Matthew was amazing. Purchased a Groupon and booked an appointment for my partner & me. He ex super skilled, knowledgable, and found my points of tension without me having to say much! I definitely need to go back soon! I felt like an hour wasn't enough for me.

  • *****

    Matt was great.  Not only did he work on me so that I felt much better immediately after I went, he also showed me exercises, stretches, and other things I could do on my own to alleviate my shoulder problems.  It's been less than a week, each day has yielded a significant improvement and the pain is almost entirely gone.  I can't recommend Matt enough, his bedside manner was good, he was very attentive to my needs, and he answered all of my questions without any complaint.  I will definitely go back to him if any new problems arise.

  • *****

    I have had massages all over the world. To me the most important aspect of a massages is its lasting healing affects on the body. I can honestly say that Matthew massage abilities are intuitive and run deep. He has an ability to work with the body to target problem areas and provide releases that support the bodies natural healing are extraordinary. The massages  he has given me rank with the best I have ever had left me feeling better.

  • *****

    I went for a deep tissue massage. He listened to what type of massage I wanted and the areas I wanted a massage. He seems knowledgeable and very genuine to help you feel better.  Afterward, he spoke with me and gave me tips on what I can do to stay healthy.

  • *****

    This is the best massage I ever had!!! Seriously, I'm very picky about my massages, but this guy impress me on all levels!!! I strongly recommend him!!! He is worth every penny!!!

  • *****

    I was pleasantly surprised by my visit - both the environment and interaction were professional but comfortable and relaxing.  Not only was the massage a very good one, but he seemed highly knowledgable and focused on accommodating your particular needs.  
    I definitely recommend him!

  • *****

    I decided to try massage 6 months after a car accident had caused severe shoulder pain. My chiropractor did a great job of helping me to heal, but I was still experiencing tingling in my upper arm. I thought a massage might help. And it did!
    Matt is a very good listener, asking questions about my needs and working with me toward wholeness. I highly recommend him.

  • *****

    I ordered a massage for my best friend/sister for her birthday off of groupon. It was nice talking to the owner straight up and he even scheduled an extra appointment that day just for her despite normally only taking three clients a day.

    It was hard to find and we passed by the building probably a good three or so times before we had to call him up and he had to step out in order for us to even find him. The building seemed really sketchy, but the studio he has was very clean and professional. I can't speak for my sister on how well the massage was or not, but she seemed to highly enjoy it and felt great afterwards.

    He was funny and relaxed and I knew my sister was in good hands. Just giving this place a 4 star rating based on how difficult the location of the place is, but overall I'd recommend anyone in Berkley to stop by at some point. You won't regret it!

  • *****

    I've had several massages, but this was by far the best. Matthew was very professional and knowledgeable, and gave me some tips on what I could do at home to help some of the problem areas in my back. I've never left a massage feeling so great, and the feeling has lasted throughout the week.  I went in with a groupon, but I will certainly be returning with or without the groupon deal.

  • *****

    Matthew was very attentive to my individual needs, problem areas, and sensitivities. He seems knowledgeable about the body and skilled at noticing what's going on with mine. He checks in to make sure he's giving you what you need and that the pressure is right. I was very pleased with my massage and will be back once I have used some other massage Groupons I already purchased.

  • *****

    Super happy with the massage I got from Matthew yesterday. He loosened up some muscles that have been knotted up for a long time and he did it in a firm but gentle way. He applied the perfect amount of pressure and was completely in tune with what my body needed. Matthew was completely engaged, putting all his energy into his work. Definitely will go back.

  • *****

    I'm not one to get massages very often so I'm no expert, but this guy worked his *** off making sure I had a great experience. He was 100% into making sure my knots and tweaked areas were successfully untied and untweaked. I have had shoulder problems and he really focused on that, working himself into a sweat to get that shoulder back to normal. It was still quite tender for a few hours after and I was a little worried, then later in the evening I realized, "Hey, my shoulder feels great!". So clearly, no pain no gain and he knew exactly what needed to be done. I liked the darkness of the room, the music, the calmness with which he maintained throughout, even when he was working so hard on me. Two thumbs up for Feeling Better!

  • *****

    I did not expect to see just one room because of my past massage experiences but that did not change the excellent quality or experience I received.  
    I absolutely enjoyed my massage. He was very personable and exceptionally experienced in his craft. I would refer anybody to him.

  • *****

    Matthew is amazing with his style and his massage. He is the first person to know how to work my problem area and do it well. He talks to you and wants to know how things are going when he is doing his magic. I have been so busy I haven't had time to write this review until now. I will be back as a repeat customer. He knows what he is doing and my back thanks him for me..

  • *****

    Another 5-star review for Matthew! The cramp in my right arm isn't barking at me as it was when I walked in the door and now I'm...FEELING BETTER.  Easy to get to, convenient parking, relaxing Berkeley-zen atmosphere, professional demeanor, knowledgeable in his craft, educational for the user and for sure I'm coming back.  PLUS Acme Cafe is right there for avocado toast afterward.  Treat yourself to a session with Matthew  - -  you deserve it!

  • *****

    Feeling better indeed!  Thank you Matthew for your dedication in helping your clients unlike others.

    I highly recommend him!

  • *****

    I met Matthew today, who spent an hour working with me to alleviate major "knots and kinks" that I have been tolerating for a few weeks.  Not only was his technique totally effective but the instruction and education he imparted was very much appreciated !  

    Thank you to my son for a lovely gift of appreciation!

  • *****

    I had my first massage with Matthew today. He is a very dedicated healer. He checked in with me often and gave me very informed answers when I had questions about the sources of my aches and pains. He seemed genuinely committed to achieving significant pain relief by the end of the massage. I definitely plan on going back for more massages with Matthew in the future.

  • *****

    I went in for a 90 minutes massage, and Matthew was wonderful. I had a very stiff neck, and was in rough shape when I arrived. One of the first things I noticed was that the lights were brighter than I would've liked, however, once I closed my eyes, I was in another world. Matthew took his time, and focused on my problem areas. I felt very comfortable during the massage, and left there feeling amazingly relaxed. Afterwards, he gave me tips on how to take care of myself to prevent such issues from occurring again in the future. Highly recommend.

  • *****

    I purchased a Groupon for a 60 minute massage, and although I was late, Matthew still accommodated for me with the remaining time I had, trying his best to make it worth while. He offered helpful tips that I could do on my own too! The location was also in a serene setting, which added to to the relaxing atmosphere of the massage.

  • *****

    I had a wonderful 90 minute massage with Matthew this past weekend. It was great. Matthew customized my massage to what I wanted and was very concerned I was having a good experience through out the entire time. He's very accommodating and professional. He also gave me tips on things I could do at home to relax tight muscles. I would definitely recommend him.

  • *****

    This was like no massage I've ever received, it felt more like physical therapy in that Matthew focused on key areas that were bothering me and I left feeling some serious relief, especially in places I didn't realize were hurting. He shares as much or as little as you want, very accommodating, just tell him what's going on and he knows what to do. Unconventional, but in a good way.He also shared some stretches and techniques I can do on my own to feel better which is also very generous and a testament to his commitment that you, um, feel well, better.

    I am feeling better, and I plan to continue seeing Matthew as much as I can, his rates are really accessible so common folk like me can afford to get the body work I need. The building is a bit obscure, but the actual massage suite is nicely tucked away in the back, clean and comfortable. I am really happy I took a chance with groupon and found a great massage therapist.

  • *****

    Matthew literally changed my life in one hour. Plagued by chronic pain in my lower back, I was gifted a groupon for a 60-minute massage. Before starting, we talked a little about sleeping habits, activity levels, and areas of discomfort. Was this a medical consultation too? Amazing. I felt very much attended to. Matt is exceedingly calm and collected. The massage began and he continued to ask questions and provide information. Matt pointed out areas of tension, stretching these parts out. It was neat to see how my range of motion before stretching compared to how far I was able to reach following being stretched. Being that this was a full body massage, he attended to all areas - including a head and neck massage! I've been incorporating his tips to alleviate tension and my pain has subsided. Highly recommended. I will definitely be back soon. Thanks Matthew.

  • *****

    I give Matthew Madden-Smith a top rating for the massages I have received so far.  His massage center has easy access; it is well-designed.  Most importantly, he gives you an excellent massage with careful enquiries about the state of your body, how the massage is proceeding and how you feel at the end.  One other nice touch is that he offers you a bottle of water at the end, before you leave in a much improved state of body and relaxation.  That is, feeling better.

  • *****

    I have had many massages and this one is up there with the best. The massage is very therapeutic, but also relaxing.  Mathew knows his craft and cares very much about his clients.  I have a chronic stiff neck and have been to many therapists.  Matthew was able, in one visit, to relieve my discomfort. He provides a clean and calm environment which is always appreciated.  I will certainly return and highly recommend him to anyone in need of an excellent massage.

  • *****

    I went for a deep tissue massage. He listened to what type of massage I wanted and the areas I wanted a massage. He seems knowledgeable and very genuine to help you feel better. Afterward, he spoke with me and gave me tips on what I can do to stay healthy.

  • *****

    Super happy with the massage I got from Matthew yesterday. He loosened up some muscles that have been knotted up for a long time and he did it in a firm but gentle way. He applied the perfect amount of pressure and was completely in tune with what my body needed. Matthew was completely engaged, putting all his energy into his work. Definitely will go back.

  • *****

    I'm not one to get massages very often so I'm no expert, but this guy worked his *** off making sure I had a great experience. He was 100% into making sure my knots and tweaked areas were successfully untied and untweaked. I have had shoulder problems and he really focused on that, working himself into a sweat to get that shoulder back to normal. It was still quite tender for a few hours after and I was a little worried, then later in the evening I realized, "Hey, my shoulder feels great!". So clearly, no pain no gain and he knew exactly what needed to be done. I liked the darkness of the room, the music, the calmness with which he maintained throughout, even when he was working so hard on me. Two thumbs up for Feeling Better!

  • *****

    I decided to try massage 6 months after a car accident had caused severe shoulder pain. My chiropractor did a great job of helping me to heal, but I was still experiencing tingling in my upper arm. I thought a massage might help. And it did!
    Matt is a very good listener, asking questions about my needs and working with me toward wholeness. I highly recommend him.

  • *****

    This is the best massage I ever had!!! Seriously, I'm very picky about my massages, but this guy impress me on all levels!!! I strongly recommend him!!! He is worth every penny!!!

  • *****

    Matthew was very attentive to my individual needs, problem areas, and sensitivities. He seems knowledgeable about the body and skilled at noticing what's going on with mine. He checks in to make sure he's giving you what you need and that the pressure is right. I was very pleased with my massage and will be back once I have used some other massage Groupons I already purchased.

  • *****

    I've had several massages, but this was by far the best. Matthew was very professional and knowledgeable, and gave me some tips on what I could do at home to help some of the problem areas in my back. I've never left a massage feeling so great, and the feeling has lasted throughout the week. I went in with a groupon, but I will certainly be returning with or without the groupon deal.

  • *****

    I did not expect to see just one room because of my past massage experiences but that did not change the excellent quality or experience I received.
    I absolutely enjoyed my massage. He was very personable and exceptionally experienced in his craft. I would refer anybody to him.

  • *****

    Matthew is amazing with his style and his massage. He is the first person to know how to work my problem area and do it well. He talks to you and wants to know how things are going when he is doing his magic. I have been so busy I haven't had time to write this review until now. I will be back as a repeat customer. He knows what he is doing and my back thanks him for me..

  • *****

    I met Matthew today, who spent an hour working with me to alleviate major "knots and kinks" that I have been tolerating for a few weeks. Not only was his technique totally effective but the instruction and education he imparted was very much appreciated !

  • *****

    I had my first massage with Matthew today. He is a very dedicated healer. He checked in with me often and gave me very informed answers when I had questions about the sources of my aches and pains. He seemed genuinely committed to achieving significant pain relief by the end of the massage. I definitely plan on going back for more massages with Matthew in the future.

  • *****

    I had a wonderful 90 minute massage with Matthew this past weekend. It was great. Matthew customized my massage to what I wanted and was very concerned I was having a good experience through out the entire time. He's very accommodating and professional. He also gave me tips on things I could do at home to relax tight muscles. I would definitely recommend him.

  • *****

    Another 5-star review for Matthew! The cramp in my right arm isn't barking at me as it was when I walked in the door and now I'm...FEELING BETTER. Easy to get to, convenient parking, relaxing Berkeley-zen atmosphere, professional demeanor, knowledgeable in his craft, educational for the user and for sure I'm coming back. PLUS Acme Cafe is right there for avocado toast afterward. Treat yourself to a session with Matthew - - you deserve it!

  • *****

    I was pleasantly surprised by my visit - both the environment and interaction were professional but comfortable and relaxing. Not only was the massage a very good one, but he seemed highly knowledgable and focused on accommodating your particular needs.

  • *****

    I give Matthew Madden-Smith a top rating for the massages I have received so far. His massage center has easy access; it is well-designed. Most importantly, he gives you an excellent massage with careful enquiries about the state of your body, how the massage is proceeding and how you feel at the end. One other nice touch is that he offers you a bottle of water at the end, before you leave in a much improved state of body and relaxation. That is, feeling better.

  • *****

    I purchased a Groupon for a 60 minute massage, and although I was late, Matthew still accommodated for me with the remaining time I had, trying his best to make it worth while. He offered helpful tips that I could do on my own too! The location was also in a serene setting, which added to to the relaxing atmosphere of the massage.

  • *****

    I went in for a 90 minutes massage, and Matthew was wonderful. I had a very stiff neck, and was in rough shape when I arrived. One of the first things I noticed was that the lights were brighter than I would've liked, however, once I closed my eyes, I was in another world. Matthew took his time, and focused on my problem areas. I felt very comfortable during the massage, and left there feeling amazingly relaxed. Afterwards, he gave me tips on how to take care of myself to prevent such issues from occurring again in the future. Highly recommend.

  • *****

    I have had many massages and this one is up there with the best. The massage is very therapeutic, but also relaxing. Mathew knows his craft and cares very much about his clients. I have a chronic stiff neck and have been to many therapists. Matthew was able, in one visit, to relieve my discomfort. He provides a clean and calm environment which is always appreciated. I will certainly return and highly recommend him to anyone in need of an excellent massage.

  • *****

    Matthew literally changed my life in one hour. Plagued by chronic pain in my lower back, I was gifted a groupon for a 60-minute massage. Before starting, we talked a little about sleeping habits, activity levels, and areas of discomfort. Was this a medical consultation too? Amazing. I felt very much attended to. Matt is exceedingly calm and collected. The massage began and he continued to ask questions and provide information. Matt pointed out areas of tension, stretching these parts out. It was neat to see how my range of motion before stretching compared to how far I was able to reach following being stretched. Being that this was a full body massage, he attended to all areas - including a head and neck massage! I've been incorporating his tips to alleviate tension and my pain has subsided. Highly recommended. I will definitely be back soon. Thanks Matthew.

  • *****

    I ordered a massage for my best friend/sister for her birthday off of groupon. It was nice talking to the owner straight up and he even scheduled an extra appointment that day just for her despite normally only taking three clients a day.

    It was hard to find and we passed by the building probably a good three or so times before we had to call him up and he had to step out in order for us to even find him. The building seemed really sketchy, but the studio he has was very clean and professional. I can't speak for my sister on how well the massage was or not, but she seemed to highly enjoy it and felt great afterwards.

    He was funny and relaxed and I knew my sister was in good hands. Just giving this place a 4 star rating based on how difficult the location of the place is, but overall I'd recommend anyone in Berkley to stop by at some point. You won't regret it!

  • *****

    Feeling better indeed! Thank you Matthew for your dedication in helping your clients unlike others.

    I highly recommend him!

  • *****

    This was like no massage I've ever received, it felt more like physical therapy in that Matthew focused on key areas that were bothering me and I left feeling some serious relief, especially in places I didn't realize were hurting. He shares as much or as little as you want, very accommodating, just tell him what's going on and he knows what to do. Unconventional, but in a good way.He also shared some stretches and techniques I can do on my own to feel better which is also very generous and a testament to his commitment that you, um, feel well, better.

    I am feeling better, and I plan to continue seeing Matthew as much as I can, his rates are really accessible so common folk like me can afford to get the body work I need. The building is a bit obscure, but the actual massage suite is nicely tucked away in the back, clean and comfortable. I am really happy I took a chance with groupon and found a great massage therapist.