Body Renewal by Stephen

Based in Palm Springs, CA

In-studio services

Starting at $110

Deep Tissue, Swedish, Esalen & 2 other techniques

10 testimonials


25 years and thousands of hours of bodywork training and experience, California State Certified Massage Therapist, CMT serving all demographic communities, including the Gay/LGBT community, in Palm Springs.

Both doses (2) of the Monkey Pox vaccine received.

I am fully Covid vaccinated and boosted as well.

I blend very long Swedish massage strokes in with my deeply therapeutic work.

I also like to move the body on the table, incorporating gentle stretching.

Additional training from the San Francisco School... of Massage:
Deep Tissue-Common Injuries, Shiatsu on the Table, Ortho-Bionomy the Spine and Pelvis, Working with the Cervical Spine, Dynamic Stretching and Mobilization, Subtle Modalities-an introduction to Cranial Sacral and Trigger Point Release

Continuing Education through ABMP:
Active Isolated Stretching, Myofascial Techniques for Sciatica, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Stretching the Neck, and Foot Reflexology

Please ask for a complete list of my massage training and experience!


Based in Palm Springs, CA 92264


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Tu: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

W: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Th: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

F: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sa: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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At Stephen's studio

Stephen's Signature Massage

Spa-quality bodywork, tailored to you, blending a range of techniques, from Deep Tissue to Trigger Point

60 min.
90 min.

Payments & Discounts
  • Cash accepted
Additional Info

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

Experience: 31 years

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

Affiliations: Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals


March 1993 - March 1994

Massage Therapist

Calistoga School of Massage, Rohnert Park, CA

Feb. 2005 - Feb. 2006

Advanced Massage Therapist

Sebastopol School of Massage, Sebastopol, CA

Oct. 2008 - April 2009

DeepTissue & Myofascial Release Level 1 and 2

San Francisco School of Massage, San Francisco, CA


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

Aug. 26, 2022 in Palm Springs, CA (in-studio)


When planning our recent Palm Springs vacation, we wanted to include massage as part of that vacation. We researched various Websites, therapists, massage profiles and the reviews. We both agreed on Stephen, a great choice we made!

We both have some orthopedic issues. My husband has neck issues and I have extensive lower back issues. Stephen asked questions to understand our situation, determined the proper massage approach, and the level of pressure.

We each scheduled a 90 minute massage with an hour in between. Stephen explained the process, made certain that we were comfortable, and asked many times how the massage pressure and our comfort level was.

Stephen utilized various massage and stretching techniques to address our problem areas, focusing much attention on needed areas! And at the same time, assured that we received a full body massage of pain relief and relaxation.

My husband and I compared massage comments afterward, both agreeing what a phenomenal massage we received. Stephen is absolutely talented and made sure that he customized his massage technique to us as individual massage clients. Outstanding!

From the time of our initial contact, to the day of the massage, Stephen was prompt, friendly, and detailed. We will definitely seek out Stephen on future trips the Palm Springs, as well as, to recommend his massage to others!

Stephen, thank you again so very much!
David and Glenn August 2022

May 14, 2022 in Palm Springs, CA (in-studio)

Every couple of years, the tension I carry in my neck and shoulders tips over into chronic pain. This time around, I had developed a crick that was limiting my range of motion and affecting my sleep. Usually it takes a couple trips to the chiropractor to clean up the mess. A friend suggested I try Stephen, and get a full body massage in the bargain! He spent a good half hour of the massage methodically working out the kinks in my shoulders, neck and upper back (apparently one of his specialties). That night I slept very well, and by the next morning the pain was gone. Stephen is unusually skilled, coming at the muscles from various angles with complex and detailed manipulations, unlike any other massage I've had. Not to mention he's the nicest guy you'll ever meet. I'm looking forward to becoming one of his regulars.

March 06, 2022 in Palm Springs, CA (in-studio)

Simply put, Stephen gave me the best massage I’ve ever received. My search is over! He has a friendly and open presence that lifted my spirits and put me at ease right away. He was attentive to the temperature in the room, the pressure I wanted (deep … but not too deep), and areas I asked him to focus on (lower back, neck and feet), using techniques that were new to me and felt amazing. He worked muscles I didn’t even know I had. I always tell massage therapists that I love to be stretched out as if I’m on a rack, and Stephen answered this request far better than any other therapist I’ve been to, requiring considerable effort. After the massage, I felt a wonderful warm tingle in my entire body for hours, and my body was notably more relaxed and limber for days. Stephen is particularly intuitive, with a deep understanding of the mind/body connection - I left feeling much calmer than when I walked in. I feel lucky to have found such an exceptionally talented masseur in Palm Springs.

Aug. 12, 2021 in Palm Springs, CA (in-studio)

Stephen has given me the best massage I have ever received in Palm Springs.
I went to turn my head after the massage and it was the first time that I could look over my shoulder in years.
He is truly a miracle worker!
I will be going back!

March 31, 2021 in Palm Springs, CA (in-studio)

As an active and working senior, I tend to keep stress in my back, shoulders and neck.
Unlike many masseurs I have tried, Stephen is not hesitant to truly work problem areas; I am aware that this takes considerable effort on his part and I greatly appreciate his professional bodywork.
He is one of few masseurs that I have met who is able to give me more than temporary relief in my problem areas. He keys into tight and tense places and applies sufficient pressure to alleviate the aches and pains.
Stephen is courteous, professional, and knowledgeable. His home studio is immaculate, complete with professional table and warming mattress. Often I find studios to be too cool, his is warm and inviting.
I am a highly satisfied customer who returns to Steve as often as my budget permits.

Feb. 17, 2021 in Palm Springs, CA (in-studio)

I have been going to Stephen for several years on a regular weekly basis. He is the best Masseur in the Desert and he has over 20 years of experience, along with professional diplomas and wonderful references.

I carry a lot of tension in my neck and back and Stephen has done miraculous bodywork for me. He is so strong and knows exactly how to put me back in alignment. I have sent several friends to him and they have become regular clients for Stephen.

What can I say more? Trusting, caring, honest, delightful, and the most powerful Masseur I have ever experienced.


Sept. 15, 2018 in Palm Springs, CA (in-studio)

There are only two reasons that I write a review or recommendation for any business or service entity. Either the service is extremely bad or the service is above and beyond my expectations going in.
I have to start by saying that Desert Renewal falls into the latter category.
After having thirteen spinal cord surgeries over a 10 year period, I have been more than challenged with extreme edema of my calves, ankles and feet.
When I found Desert Renewal, my expectations were as they have always been in the past with massage therapy that I would get a good massage and that would be the end of it.
First and foremost, unlike any other massage therapist that I have worked with in the past 20 years you took the time to actually discuss with me the issues that I have and what areas I would like addressed as well as what I expected from the massage therapy session. Upon arriving for my first session a short discussion occurred to confirm the problem areas we had discussed that I have and then my 90 minute session began.
The atmosphere and surroundings are inviting, quiet and calming.
Your technique of therapeutic massage is beyond any that I have experienced and in my opinion the best that I have ever received.
Now this is the part that is truly amazing to me as well as my doctor, and has kept me coming back for your services ever since. Within a matter of hours after my massage, both of my legs, feet and ankles actually resembled the extremities of my healthy normal self from before all of my extensive surgeries. I had no signs of edema and was able to wear a normal pair of shoes without discomfort. These results actually remained for a full three weeks. After coming to Desert Renewal for regular massage appointments I am extremely happy to say that I have not suffered the debilitating swelling recurrence, my physician is as amazed and as happy as I am.
I am a loyal client and will remain so, as I no longer have the uncomfortable swelling of my legs, ankles and feet and the only change in my activities to account for the change has been receiving your massage therapy.
I cannot thank you enough for your professionalism and dedication to your craft; it has changed my life for the better.

Sept. 13, 2018 in Palm Springs, CA (in-studio)

Stephen is a wonderful massage therapist. He is friendly and professional and his massage space is clean, welcoming and relaxing. I have a bad IT band, and often show up for my massage limping.

Stephen is able to work the muscles and ligaments of my leg so when it is done, I feel as good as new. Do yourself a favor and book a massage by Stephen, you won't be sorry.

Aug. 14, 2018 in Palm Springs, CA (in-studio)

I love massage and the best out here is Stephen.
I have become a regular because of his expertise. 20 years dedication with all his study and certifications surely makes a difference.
I can use words like trusting, healing, and a real connection with the client. Totally professional and special.

May 21, 2017 in Palm Springs, CA (in-studio)

This was the third time I went to Stephen. I find that often I get a good massage the first time I go to a masseur, but the experience diminishes on return visits. Not so here. Stephen listened to what my particular issues are and then addressed them effectively. On subsequent visits, he not only remembered my problems, but had additional techniques to help me out. I will definitely be a regular client. The pressure was deep but not too deep and Stephen always asked if the temperature was right, the pressure ok, etc. I felt totally relaxed and comfortable knowing I was in good hands.

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