Masterful Massage by Michael

Based in San Diego

In-studio & mobile services

Starting at $120

Deep Tissue, Sports, Swedish & 1 other technique

4 testimonials


Hi, my name is Michael. I am a massage therapist with over 25 years' of experience. I am available in the Hillcrest area at my studio or to travel out to your home, hotel or office.

I provide a blend of multiple modalities such as Deep Tissue, Sports, and Swedish massage along with assisted stretching to create a well-rounded approach to your session.

I customize each massage to my client. I am proud to serve the gay, bi, and straight... male community with men of all ages/body types. I specialize in athletes, body builders, and triathletes but welcome those who have a more sedentary schedule. Couples are welcome - will receive a discount off $15.00 each if appointments are schedule and completed at the same time.

My goal is to ensure that my massage techniques relieve any knots or pains, but also achieve a state of complete relaxation. I adjust to your desired pressure throughout the massage.

Please be sure that you are open with your medical history, any injuries, and any recent infections.

Please make sure that you are showered for the massage prior to my arrival. I have the right to refuse service if hygiene is not practiced.

I am fully vaccinated COVID x4, MPOX x2, and Flu.


Based near: Indiana Street & Cypress Ave San Diego, CA 92103 Mobile services within 50 miles

At Michael's studio
At your home, office or hotel

Michael's Signature Massage

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

60 min.
90 min.
120 min.

Payments & Discounts
  • Cash and Venmo accepted
  • Longer sessions available.
  • Amounts listed are base rates only. Actual rates vary based on distance travelled, services provided, etc.
  • Ask about discounts for prepaid bodywork packages.
  • 10% off on Sundays
  • Discounts available for military veterans, students, active military, law enforcement, dancers, entertainment industry, massage therapists, AIDS ride participants, birthdays, emergency workers, airline crews

Week of Dec. 10: Holiday Special - evening massage 10% from 5-9:30 pm

Additional Info

Techniques: Deep Tissue, Sports, Swedish, Thai

Experience: 23 years

Mobile extras: Heated Massage Table, Massage Table, Music


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

Sept. 18, 2023 in San Diego, CA (in-studio)

Michael's massage was excellent. I had mostly recovered from a lower back strain, but my muscles were still tight. He quickly found the spots needing help and worked the knots (and there was stretching). It was making a difference, so I asked if we could extend the session to 120 minutes. He was already booked, but next time. Finding a massage therapist with his skill level -- plus a medical background with rehab experience -- is rare. Feeling warm coconut oil drizzled on my body and hot towels at the end made me feel like I was melting. I quickly felt the effect of Michael's relaxing vibe, and I still feel the calming effect of his massage a week later. Put him on your list for a top-notch therapeutic session, and book extra time before you go.

May 18, 2023 in San Diego, CA (in-studio)

Meeting someone for the first time can me a little nervous, but from the initial meeting, he made me feel comfortable and at ease. he was prepared an professional. I had tweaked my back and had a knot and some pain on my left hip area and it hurt to get in and out of bed, and to walk... he worked on all areas of my body, but the focus he provided where I was having issues, was intense but provided relief over the next few days. I can get in and out of bed with ease now and have been taking 2 walks a day. GREAT MASSAGE. He can work out your pain issues and make you feel better and very relaxed. I will be making another appointment where I can just have a pain free massage :-)

April 03, 2023 in San Diego, CA (mobile)

Michael was incredible! He was able to get rid of my migraine and back pain in one session! He was so cordial and professional, made me feel at ease and checked in with me throughout my massage to make sure the pressure was correct. 100% recommended! Will be scheduling another massage in the near future.

Feb. 04, 2023 in San Diego, CA (mobile)

I have been getting massages for about twenty years, and tend to stick with someone once I connect, often for years. Because my former therapist is no longer in practice, I had to seek out someone new which can always be harrowing. After one session with Michael, I know I have found my new guy. I had a therapeutic deep tissue massage for two hours, and it was on par with some of the best I have had over the years! I booked about a week in advance, and Michael was a great communicator on the front end regarding the scheduling, logistics and details, as well as setting expectations and providing clarity. The morning of the massage I got a final confirmation, too. That afternoon Michael was on time, ready to go, and really listened once we were in person. I have had some really good deep tissue work over the years, which really helps my stress and addresses tension, and Michael was able to truly tune in, follow the energy, and then also check in verbally to ensure his read was right. He also did a significant amount of stretching throughout, which always helps. He finished on my back, neck and shoulders, as this is where I hold so much of the tension in my body. It was great, and I can't wait to see him again. I have already booked my next appointment!

Shaun in San Diego

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