Get to Know Me
Legally blind. Over a decade of practice. Certified amazing!
Having low-vision I was drawn to massage therapy as a career path, knowing that my more developed sense of touch would be a great strength. I have practiced massage therapy since August 2007 when I received my professional training from Heartwood Institute in Garberville, CA. My practice extends from high-end day spas to a private practice focusing on in-home massage. Continuing education positively benefits my clients so I regularly attend courses on additional massage modalities. For a bit more, check out my post In the Beginning
My Style / Specialty
Striking a perfect balance between deep tissue and relaxation.
I specialize in a deep tissue / sports massage style that strikes a balance between deep focused work and a relaxing flow. I work with a wide variety of clients including athletes, weekend warriors and professionals. My massages are designed to promote both healing and relaxation to leave you feeling better in your body, and more clear headed.
- Deep Tissue / Sports Massage
- Active Myofascial Release Therapy (AMT)
- Thai Massage
- Precision Neuromuscular Therapy
- Hot Stone Therapy
Feeling better in your body through regular massage.
I believe we are all in need of more positive touch in our lives. As our lives become ever more rushed and pressured, we find fewer and fewer opportunities for self-care, not to mention actual physical contact with other people. On the clinical side, massage has been shown to increase circulation, improve respiration, ease digestion, and facilitate recovery from muscular injury and soreness. On the energetic side, it relaxes the body and mind, and calms the spirit. My massage eases you into a slower way of life, where you can lie on a warm table, with gentle music in the background, as calming hands work out life’s stresses and relieve Symptoms of Modern Life.
Heartwood Massage Institute Holistic Health Practitioner: 1,025 hours
San Francisco State University: Dedicated class schedule to Holistic Health including: Introduction to Chinese Medicine, Psychophysiology of Healing, Holistic Health Eastern Perspective, Holistic Health and Human Nature, Tai Chi, and Yoga.
My Self Care
Balancing play with rest is the key to keeping a smile on my face.
In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, yoga, movies, cooking, and a good book. Doing things that keep me feeling connected to everything around me is very healing. Getting out into nature and out of the city helps me feel the connection to everything and better recognize my place in the Universe. Helping my clients feel better in their bodies, so they can keep doing the things they love, gives me great satisfaction, and is one of the many reasons why I love my work.
“His massage style really is a perfect balance of deep tissue and relaxation. He starts off with a light/medium pressure and builds into the deep tissue sports massage stuff. Since I travel multiple times a month, his deep pressure in the neck, shoulders and back is exactly what I require. His prices are also great, and the $60 Reward-Session is a fantastic deal! If he’s still offering the New Client Special, take advantage of that! I can’t recommend his work enough. I’ve had a lot of massage and he’s one of the best!”
– Karen B., Cole Valley, San Francisco
“His care begins with initial contact — Michael was super flexible with scheduling the massage and made it very easy for me to have an in-home massage. He was prompt for the appointment and very comfortable with setting up in my house and preparing me for treatment.”
– Janet T., Downtown, Oakland
“Years later and I’m still a regular with Michael. If anything, the years have only made each session better, as he is familiar with where my stress typically resides and he can easily find the deep knots and work them out.”
– Michael S., Glen Park, San Francisco
“I truly believe that massage has kept me from having a second neck surgery. Michael is kind and attentive to my needs, always accommodating any current issues. I prefer a pretty deep tissue massage and Michael provides the appropriate pressure for me.”
– David S., Dubose Triangle, San Francisco
“Michael is super intuitive! I gave him a quick rundown of some past injuries and let him know I’m on my feet all day for my job. … He focused on the dense muscles that we’re giving me trouble and gave me more flow and relaxing on spaces that didn’t need a ton of attention.”
– Sarah D., Union Square, San Francisco
“My roommates and boyfriend first started going to him and kept raving like he was the best thing since double cheeseburgers were invented. I was skeptical because I’ve had really painful back knots since high school and absolutely nothing has worked to make me feel better. Just the first 10 minutes alone into our first session made me a believer. He has some sort of sixth sense superpower that guides him to the exact spots that are causing me pain, even if I’m kind of vague about where exactly it’s hurting. He even gave me tips on home remedies for my issues.”
– Marice R., Downtown, Oakland
“I work out 5-6/week, and I put my body through a lot of stress. I’ve had bicep tendonitis, tennis elbow, tight hip flexors, sciatica, runners knee (just to name a few). I always leave our sessions refreshed, and feeling like I have my old body back.”
– Ben B., Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco