Massage by John

Based in Emeryville, CA

In-studio & mobile services

Starting at $95

Deep Tissue, Swedish & 3 other techniques

7 testimonials


Offering professional massage and bodywork to gay men and men of all types, including all members of the LGBT community. Women also welcome.

SCENT FREE - please, no cologne or perfumes.

I work with a focus on pain reduction and increased range of motion.
The work tends to be very slow, utilizing deep tissue techniques, gentle stretching and joint mobilization to open fascial lines and bring movement to an area. Knowledge of anatomy, working with the breath... and using PNFs facilitate the work. I also offer general relaxation massage.

Trained in the following techniques; Swedish, clinical massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, stretching and mobilization, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point release.

Certified in 1987, re-certified in 2015 at the San Francisco School of Massage, I have over 700 hours of professional training.


Based near: 40th st & San Pablo Ave Emeryville, CA 94608 Mobile services within 10 miles


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Tu: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

W: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Th: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

F: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sa: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Su: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Massage Pricing
In-studio 60 min. $95
  75 min. $120
  90 min. $135

Mobile 60 min. $115
  75 min. $140
  90 min. $155

  • Cash, Check, Venmo accepted
  • Gift certificates available.
  • 10% off on Wednesdays
  • Discounts available for repeat clients, senior citizens
Additional Info

Techniques: Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular, Swedish, Trigger Point

Experience: 5 years

In-studio amenities: Massage Table, Private Restroom, Drinking Water, Free Parking, Music, Candles

Mobile extras: Music, Massage Table

Affiliations: Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals


July - Dec. 2014

500 hour CMT

San Francisco School of Massage, San Francisco, CA

June - Aug. 1987

250 CMT

Body Electric, Oakland, CA


Gathered by John from admiring massage clients to share with you.

March 07, 2018 in Emeryville, CA (in-studio)

I called John for a massage because I had been having lower back pain for the first time in years. I explained the issue and he was able to incorporate some stretches that really alleviated the discomfort. He lives on a quiet street with plenty of parking, which is such a relief in the bay area. He was cheerful and pleasant and put me at ease immediately. The massage was so relaxing that I felt that I was in a trance at one point. I will definitely be back soon.

Nov. 26, 2017 in Emeryville, CA (mobile)

John provides an exceptionally sensitive and replenishing massage. He is caring and committed to making the experience comfortable; he creates an environment that is relaxing and inviting. I've never had a massage as good as the one John offers, and that is why I keep coming back. He focuses on points of tension as requested, and does so with immense care, but he also provides attention to other muscles groups where undiscovered tension might lie. I leave his massages feeling deliciously tired, relaxed, refreshed.

Nov. 04, 2017 in Emeryville, CA (in-studio)

I've had a great deal of bodywork over the decades, enjoying various styles of massage. Having gone through 2 full series of Rolfing work, I tend to like deep tissue bodywork. That said, I like to have relaxing components mixed in with the experience. John is one of the few massuers that perfectly blends deep tissue work with a strong, firm, yet gentle hand. His energy is very grounded and he transmits deep relaxation through his hands. He understands the degree to which communication needs to occur during the session, yet is comfortable with silence. I knew I was in capable hands, immediately, which allowed me a full 90 minutes of relaxation. I travel a lot for work and get massaged on the road. That said, John is now my 'go to' guy for massage here in the Bay Area.

Oct. 22, 2017 in Oakland, CA (in-studio)

John's space is very relaxing and he really knows how to get in there and dig out those knotted up muscles I wanted a really deep-tissue massage for a chronic problem with my upper back, neck and shoulders due to years of working at a computer. John's bodywork is amazing! Thanks!

Oct. 20, 2017 in Emeryville, CA (in-studio)

John is very polite and welcomed me at his front door. He gave me the comfortable massage and help me fall into light sleep during massage.

Dec. 10, 2015 in Mill Valley, CA (mobile)

Absolutely unbelievably amazing. Actually used deep tissue and he knew what he was doing. Completely professional. I would recommend him to ANYONE who wants a fantastic massage!!

June 05, 2015 in Oakland, CA (in-studio)

After a very tiring day, I was in need for a relaxing massage. I decided to call John. He immediately responded to my text and scheduled a session in less than 2 hours. I was so glad that he was able to accommodate me in such short notice. As soon as I arrived at his place, he greeted me with a nice smile and warm welcome. During our initial chat, I already felt very comfortable and sensed that I was in good hands. Then he guided me to his massage studio which was very clean, warm and cozy. He left me alone for a minute or so to get ready for the massage. During the massage, his deep understanding and knowledge of anatomy presented itself right from the beginning. Every touch felt just right. I can genuinely say that this was one of the best professional massage that I have ever had. After the massage we had a very pleasant conversation. John is simply the best masseur in the bay area. I will definitely see him again and I highly recommend him to anyone who are in search for just the perfect massage.

Testimonials from before May 23, 2018 were submitted directly by clients.