Masterful Massage by Giovanni

Based in San Francisco; soon to West Hollywood, CA

In-studio services

Starting at $130

10 a.m. - 11 p.m. every day

Deep Tissue, Swedish, Reiki & 4 other techniques

26 testimonials


I’ve been offering quality bodywork in San Francisco for 30 years.

I offer a unique massage that incorporates a combination of deep-tissue, acupressure, swedish, stretching and reiki.

My bodywork is born out of a deep sense of spirituality, artistry, and a desire to bring healing.

I have helped many clients with issues such as stress management/reduction and healing chronic or acute pain.

My studies have taken on an unorthodox route. I have a highly developed intuition that I... allow to guide me in my work to bring you the best possible session.

I have a dedicated massage room that is warm, clean, and inviting, with candlelight and a vast repertoire of music. I have a comfortable, wide, heated table. I pride myself on the beautiful setup I have for my practice.

I live in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood convenient to the Castro/Noe Valley/ areas. Street parking is usually easily available and have a garage space if necessary.

I am a kind, compassionate and non-judgmental gay male massage therapist. All ages, body types, orientations, and genders are welcome on my table. It brings me a lot of joy to do the work I do.

I look forward to bringing you an exceptional massage session from an exceptional gay masseur.


Based near: Corwin Street & Douglass Street San Francisco, CA 94114

Travel schedule
June 14 - 17: West Hollywood, CA
At Giovanni's studio

Giovanni's Signature Massage

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

60 min.
75 min.
90 min.
120 min.

Payments & Discounts
  • American Express, Apple Pay, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Samsung Pay, Square Cash, Venmo, Visa, Zelle accepted
  • 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 Wednesdays
Additional Info

Techniques: Acupressure, Conscious Breathwork, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Swedish, Trigger Point

Experience: 31 years

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


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

Feb. 21, 2024 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

Giovanni is an expert masseur whom I’ve seen for years. In the past, I’ve had too many massage therapists that go through the motions without paying attention to what my body actually needs in that moment. Giovanni is the clear exception. He pays attention to what he’s feeling during a massage to know when to push deeper, spend more time, or work on one area that is contributing to the tightness in another. I’ve come to rely on Giovanni’s care not only when I’m having the most acute pain but also to prevent recurring issues particularly when I shift workout routines; and just as often when I need to relax into my body. Its his expertise and friendly, calm approach that has made him my number one go to for years.

Sept. 12, 2023 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

On June 21, 2009, my friend surprised me with a massage for a Father’s Day gift. I told him, I’m not into massages. I hear all these stories of how a masseuse bends and digs elbows etc … Never really having a legit massage, I agreed.

We arrived at the home of the masseur, Giovanni. I proceeded to share my thoughts with him and he assured me, if it hurts, let me know. My work over the last forty years is very physical. My arms, shoulders and neck are continuously in pain. I also was hit head-on by a large SUV and have lower back issues. The best way to describe my experience is, I walked out of his house feeling like a teenager! I hadn’t had that mobility in years! Even though I live in So Cal and Giovanni in located in SF, I have managed to visit him four to six times a year. I highly recommend his services!

July 26, 2023 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

Giovanni is a strong and intuitive massage therapist. His skilled hands effortlessly find every knot, stiff tendon, and tense muscle. He melts them away with expert precision. He adapts every session to my needs, whether I have an injury, PMS, DOMS, or am doing well. His cozy massage room, and his calm and attentive nature, create a tranquil atmosphere where I feel truly cared for. I highly recommended Gio for an exceptional massage!

May 19, 2023 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I have been an IHSS and private live in caregiver since 2019. Caregivers are first responders to the most vulnerable. We are often injured in the course of work with clients. I first met Giovanni in January 2021 after I injured my left shoulder/neck transporting a patient in his wheelchair. I was able to continue to care for the patient. My injury resolved due to Giovanni’s work with massage/body work. In April 2023, caring for a different client, I again injured my left shoulder/neck moving her belongings after the 2023 Bay Area phenomenal rains. I have had four sessions so far, which has allowed me to continue working with my client. Otherwise the patient would likely otherwise have been institutionalized for a lack of care. My patient and I can only thank Gio for his work. Highly recommend.

Jan. 29, 2023 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

Giovanni is a very professional and genuine guy. He delivers an excellent massage. I loved all the techniques he included, acupressure, breathing, stretching, and deep tissue. Every part of my body felt completely relaxed after the massage. My sessions have influenced me to do stretches periodically. I don’t think I could find anyone as good as him in SF.

Oct. 11, 2022 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I have visited Giovanni for bodywork multiple times over the past few years. He is good at his craft.
He always finds all the knots and problem areas and provides the right amount of pressure and relief.
His space is a perfect relaxing setting. Giovanni is attentive and checks in often.
A true professional and does amazing work. I always feel better after my sessions.

July 02, 2022 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated 2 wonderful massage appointments with Giovanni. He's thoughtful, calming and responsive. I appreciate his attention to trouble spots and his willingness to adjust to my requests. I highly recommend him.

April 08, 2022 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

“ I am delighted to write a review for my second session with Giovanni.
It was a purely healing, therapeutic experience.
Giovanni demonstrates a highly skilled technique that comes with experience. His studio is charming with awesome music and temperature.
I am so grateful for the entire massage which provided me with a deep satisfaction. I have the highest respect and warm appreciation of his amazing service “

Jan. 03, 2022 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

“Giovanni is a magician! I have flare ups from a few injuries which really impact my comfort level and posture. Giovanni always finds a way to help reduce the inflammation and make me feel great again. He is professional, attentive, caring and really knows which massage techniques are best for my ailments. Highly recommend his work!-Nic”

Oct. 06, 2021 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I had a most amazing massage by Giovanni! He was very accomodating despite his very busy schedule. His technique is very intuitive and overall the massage was very satisfying. Exactly what I needed at the end of a tiring day. I recommend Giovanni without reservations.

July 08, 2021 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I had the pleasure of receiving a massage from Giovanni and I have nothing but positive things to say. Giovanni started by asking if there were any target areas I wanted to focus on, and to be honest I actually just needed general stress relief from the pandemic. I said, “I really am just trying to be more present in my body” and his reply was, “Absolutely, I can help”. It was amazing! There was a great balance of pressure and stretching that released muscles I didn’t even know where tight. I felt so relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire experience. He did exactly what I asked for and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the massage. Will definitely see him again.

March 31, 2021 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

Giovanni is an excellent masseur. I’ve been going to him for nearly a decade and he never fails to tailor his massage to my needs. Whether deep tissue, acupressure or Swedish. Communication with him is excellent and he checks in frequently. He has a room dedicated for massage. His space is warm and inviting with a heated table. Parking is not an issue. If you have an opportunity, treat yourself to a healing blissful experience with Giovanni.

Feb. 27, 2021 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I want to thank you for the wonderful massage! You are very intuitive and were able to work out the knots and relieve my pain. I left feeling much better than I have in a while! I will definitely be back to have more sessions! You’re wonderful!

Oct. 06, 2020 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I have been a client of Giovanni for over 20 years. Giovanni is very focused on providing the best massage experience possible. I am pretty compact and solid. I run and lift weights and require a fair amount of deep pressure. Giovanni is able to provide very strong and well focused pressure to big muscles like glutes, thighs and back while applying the appropriate pressure to more sensitive areas like calves, hamstrings, biceps and forearms. Giovanni is working hard during the entire massage. I always leave feeling my entire body has been worked over very thoroughly. f you have a sore or sensitive spot he will find it and address it. Giovanni uses unscented lotion which I much prefer to oil. His apartment and massage room is very neat, clean and calming. Street parking is generally easy and the neighborhood is very safe. Giovanni has always been an excellent massage therapist and has only improved over time. Experience matters. I highly recommend Giovanni! 5 stars!

July 17, 2020 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

Giovanni is a consummate professional massage therapist. He has an excellent way of putting one at ease. The last session I had with him, he stretched me in such a way that I literally felt my back realigning. He was strong, yet gentle at the same time, which is great for me since I have an incredibly knotty but sensitive back. He is kind and generous and left me feeling relaxed and at ease after a long time of feeling consistently tense. Giovanni is a wonderful masseur.

March 01, 2020 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

'Giovanni is accommodating and gracious. He listened to what was bothering me and tailored the massage to my needs. Giovanni is experienced and professional. He has a soothing and caring touch that immediately put me at ease while working my problem areas. There is some light stretching and breathing work which I appreciated. He made me feel very comfortable even with my large frame. All body types should schedule an appointment with Giovanni.'

Dec. 08, 2019 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I've known Giovanni as a customer for 20 years, then as a friend. But it's Giovanni, the masseur, that keeps me going. The man has mad massage skills and the life experience to identify a painful area and really help. Giovanni was especially helpful after a back injury, and then before and after my surgery.
Giovanni's studio is private, conveniently located and relaxing from the first moment.

I trust Giovanni fully and I recommend him easily.

Aug. 15, 2019 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I have been going to Giovanni for over 2 years now.
He has a great touch and is intuitive and sensitve. Yet he has strong muscular hands that relieve all the aches your body has.
He has a nice, comforting studio with calming sounds and comfort. You will emerge rejuvenated after a massage with Giovanni!! He's one of the best!

April 21, 2019 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I have been going to Giovanni for many years. His home is warm and inviting, especially the massage studio with its rich orange color, candles and incense. His massage table is very comfortable even with my large frame.

He listens to your description of your body's needs for the session and tailors his massage just for you. I love the mix of fascia work, stretching, kneading and long strokes. His technique is excellent. He's always on your muscles and doesn't slip and hurt your bones or joints like some lesser trained therapists can do. He's a pro, the real deal.

And in addition to his massage excellence, he's just a wonderful person and a very friendly guy. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants a quality massage.

Feb. 11, 2019 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

Giovanni's many years of massage experience comes out each time I visit him. He responds to wherever I am at. Sometimes I want a deep tissue massage, other times I want it softer. Not only does he listen to what I say, his intuition is strong. There is no one way - each time is different. I have been going monthly for several years now. It is probably my best habit.

Aug. 08, 2017 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

Giovanni was extremely good at finding many problem areas during the massage. I kept melting into a deep relaxation. Phenomenal technique.

Jan. 12, 2017 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

You can see by the number of reviews that Giovanni is an excellent masseur. This was my first time on his table and it was a wonderful experience. Giovanni is extremely gifted and his massage is magnificent. He takes time to assess your needs then gets right to work. A comfortable table, nicely appointed room and relaxing music set the tone. From there, Giovanni provides one of the best massages I have ever experienced. Massage is an essential part of my self care. Several times monthly, so I can tell you from experience he is an excellent masseur. And, he is a kind spirited gentleman. Book with Giovanni, you'll be glad you did!

Nov. 26, 2016 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

Professional, friendly, relaxed, Giovanni is highly competent and extremely intuitive. He gives an outstanding massage. Both myself and my Partner thoroughly enjoyed our 2 hour massages.

July 03, 2016 in San Francisco, CA (in-studio)

I was visiting from Seattle for a volleyball tournament and was in need of a massage. Giovanni was able to accommodate space for me. He definitely has the magic touch and my sore muscles felt so relaxed after the massage. Definitely coming back to see him the next time I'm in town. He great guy, great skill and made me feel very comfortable.

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