Masterful Massage by Michael

Based in Los Angeles

In-studio & mobile services

Deep Tissue, Sports, Swedish & 2 other techniques

5 testimonials


Happy Pride Month

Hello, I'm Michael, a massage therapist with over 25 years of experience in massage and sports medicine.

I specialize in a blend of massage modalities and assisted stretching techniques, tailored to your specific needs. Whether you live a sedentary to moderately active lifestyle needing relaxation or an athlete seeking quick muscle recovery, I've got you covered.

Your comfort and privacy are my top priorities. My studio is a safe space for all, and I accept... NDAs to ensure your confidentiality.

As a gay male, I take pride in serving the LGBTQ+ male community (gay, bi, FTM), as well as straight males.

My studio is conveniently located in the Silver Lake/West Lake area of LA with guaranteed parking. I also offer mobile services, traveling to your home, hotel, or office. Parking for an SUV is required (dedicated spot or paid parking, with mileage charged round trip at $2/mile).

For your safety and optimal experience, please disclose any medical history, injuries, or recent respiratory infections.

Hygiene is essential, so please ensure you're showered and prepared prior to your massage. I reserve the right to refuse service if hygiene standards are not met.

Discounts available to military, front-line healthcare workers, police, first responders, and massage therapists.

I am fully vaccinated COVID x5, MPOX x2, Hep, Meningitis.


Based near: N Hoover Street & Council Street Los Angeles, CA 90004 Mobile services within 25 miles

In-studio Mobile
M: 5 - 10 p.m. 5 - 10 p.m.
Tu: 5 - 10 p.m. 5 - 10 p.m.
W: 5 - 10 p.m. 5 - 10 p.m.
Th: 5 - 10 p.m. 5 - 10 p.m.
F: 5 - 10 p.m. 5 - 10 p.m.
Sa: 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. 9:30 - 10 p.m.
Su: 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. 9:30 - 10 p.m.
At Michael's studio
At your home, office or hotel

Payments & Discounts
  • Cash, Venmo, Zelle 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.
  • Discounts available for entertainment industry, airline crews, students, dancers, active military, law enforcement, emergency workers, massage therapists, military veterans, AIDS ride participants, birthdays
Additional Info

Techniques: Conscious Breathwork, Deep Tissue, Sports, Swedish, Thai

Experience: 24 years

In-studio amenities: Aromatherapy Enhanced, Bottled Water, Free Parking, Heated Massage Table, Hot Towels, Music, Private Restroom, Shower

Mobile extras: Aromatherapy Enhanced, Heated Massage Table, Hot Towels, Music

Affiliations: American Massage Therapy Association, American College of Sports Medicine, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals


Dec. 2008 - Dec. 2010

Masters #1

AIU, Chicago, IL

May 1993 - Dec. 1996


Minot State University, Minot, ND

July 1993 - Jan. 1994

Massage Therapist

Spectrum School of Massage, Minot, ND


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

April 02, 2024 in Los Angeles, CA (in-studio)

As a professional athlete, I can confidently say that my experience with Michael was unparalleled. From our initial text exchange, his professionalism was evident. Upon arrival, it became clear that his sports medicine background was well-matched to his exceptional skills. The massage itself, a combination of stretching and deep tissue work, provided much-needed relief after days of intense training and competition. Michael's understanding of muscle groups and his ability to explain the root of my issues further showcased his expertise. The addition of warm oils and hot towels enhanced the experience, while his private and comfortable studio added to the overall relaxation. I highly recommend Michael to fellow athletes in need of specialized care, and I certainly plan on returning for future sessions.

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.