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I'm Dan. My hands are giant, and I'm good at what I do.
Massage sessions with me are not boring. Modalities included are ALL of these: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Trigger Point Release, Shiatsu, Reiki, aromatherapy and Thai/Yoga-inspired stretches. We can customize to your preference, or you can just come in and go with the flow.
I play an excellent selection of personally curated music during sessions. Feel free to see this list, which does not include Enya, by clicking RIGHT HERE.
I've got an awesome studio on 18th Street @ Treat Street in San Francisco's Mission District.
60 minutes — $100
90 minutes — $120
120 minutes — $180
Outcalls — expensive. Ask.
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About MeHi. I'm Dan, a Bay Area native who loves people, nature, music, and great food — especially peanut butter.
My philosophy is that a good massage delivers a certain amount of what I call saturation, leaving a body feeling satisfactorily addressed with ample weight and no missed areas or filler. Deep tissue & detail work are ironed-out with walloping strokes from my big palms.
My thousands of hours of massage experience include working with:
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
The Center SF
The O+ Festival
The Sustainable Living Roadshow
High Sierra Music Festival
Phase One of my massage training was at age six, deftly working on family members.
Phase Two was around 2007, when I synchronized massage sessions with the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon for thrilled friends.
Phase Three got technical, with hundreds of hours of training at the San Francisco School of Massage under such wizards as Dr. Eric Rubin and Reverend Zoe Inman.
If you see me at a party, my hands might be drawn to your shoulders.
Home & Office Outcalls
Can't move? I'll come over. Along with me come the table, sheets, oils, and music. Just make sure your place is warm enough. $180/up for 90 minute minimum session.
I've done chair and table massage at offices all over San Francisco, usually doing continuous 20- to 30-minute sessions. Employees walk away feeling relaxed and content. With larger offices, I can arrive with a team of 6-10 experienced therapists. Let's talk.
Add your event to this list of outfits I've worked with: Celebrity Cruise Lines, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the Wanderlust Festival, The Sustainable Living Roadshow, High Sierra Music Festival.
CyclistsErnest Michaux invented the modern bicycle pedal and cranks in 1861. The human body is similar, with joint systems like Ball & Socket (hips & shoulders), Saddle (carpometacarpal joint at base of thumb) , Ellipsoid (knees & wrists) and others.Bikes and bodies both need maintenance.Swedish, Sports & Deep Tissue massage are indispensably good for cyclists. Increased joint range of motion, increased flexibility and increased elimination of exercise waste products like lactic acid are but three benefits. These are in addition to well-known benefits like relaxation, optimal blood flow and release of happiness-creating endorphins.Big Hand Massage for Cyclists. Available in sessions of 60 minutes ($100) and 90 minutes ($120). A hybrid of several massage modalities, eminently enjoyable, and set to the sound of killer music.Members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition! Show your membership card for $20 OFF any 90 minute session, or $10 off any 60 minute session.Location: 3 minutes from 16th Street BART if you pedal fast.
What Is Reiki?Let's introduce Reiki with a seemingly unrelated topic: The water crystal studies of Masaru Emoto.
Masaru set out glasses of water, each glass labeled with a different word or phrase. Then he had people pick up each glass, read its label, and then put the glass down.
His amazing discovery was that people's emotions — their impressions from each label they read — altered the water molecules as seen later under a microscope. Here are examples:
Now bearing in mind Masuro's claim that human emotion is more tangible than people tend to think, you can look at Reiki through the same lens.
Reiki is a healing art in which the practitioner becomes a conduit for universal energy, transferring that energy from the infinite to the client's body. Universal energy is naturally in perfect balance, and these waves are drawn to areas of imbalance. Like in Masuro's water study, Reiki energy influences a client's needs — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual — by bringing them from imbalance to balance.
Whereas massage relies of muscular force, during a Reiki session the only force is the weight of the practitioner's hands resting on the client's body via gravity. The hands stay still for minutes at a time, and the experience can be soothing and sometimes trippy. The sensations coming from the hands can range from heat to a subtle electrical current.
My Reiki sessions are mixed with plenty of relaxing massage, giving you a well-rounded experience. Check it out on the Massage Menu.
Reviews"AMAZING — from start to finish — I was a massage therapist for years and am critical — Daniel creates an environment that bliss’s you out and uses his very strong, large hands to do what i consider AMAZING. He is also a very nice person."
"It’s a miracle. Dan has crazy good massage skills. I was totally impressed, and I came away both times times feeling great."
"If I were stranded on a desert isle with one other person, I would choose this dude. Seriously. He’s that good. He’s got big hands and and an even bigger heart."
"I get a weekly conventional massage, and I have tried 25 therapists, and Dan is the best I have found. He is open and friendly, and made me feel comfortable and refreshed. He uses his size and strength to deliver long, measured moves that truly impress."
"Dan is one in a million. The studio is private and warm. A single candle sets a nice mood, and Dan’s presence fills the room with an easy glow."
"Dan is wonderfully skilled at finding tense spots and helping me move through them with just the right amount of pressure and stretching. I’ve been seeing him for about two years and this last massage was his best to date. He literally unwound something in my lower back that had been bothering me for weeks."
"Freaking amazing. I got up and felt like a new person. I can’t express how awesome it was and Dan is so nice and calming"
"One word, IDEAL. I’ve had many, many massages from too many masseurs. Dan’s is magic. I was actually fully prepared to fall asleep because of my fatigue, but instead I found myself entering more of a trance. This may be too touchy-feely for some, but I really think it was because of the energy of Dan’s touch. My search is over."
"Best massage I have ever had. Dan has an amazing nature and strong touch that brought me to another level of relaxation. A little distracting because you just want to watch him do his work but he is awesome. The place is a great location and very clean and comfortable. He is very welcoming and open. Once he put his hands on me my whole body calmed down. I can’t wait until my next appointment. Such a great experience."
"Dan has a warm personality that instantly put me at ease. His pressure was deep, and he was able to identify where I had some tension in my lower back."
"He was able to consistently surprise me with techniques that worked. Dan is very polite, has a well executed plan, and provides an experience that is totally rejuvenating. If you want the best professional massage in San Francisco you’ll find it here!"
"Dan is the best massage therapist in the city. He’s very friendly, professional and intuitive with his massage technique. Located above the Haight District, his candle-lit sessions are made more relaxing by a series of music combinations which play during the session. Not your typical massage music, rather compilations of Pink Floyd, Bjork, etc. etc which you wouldn’t expect to make the massage more amazing but do!"
Alan Parsons Project
The Allman Brothers Band
Belle & Sebastian
Big Bill Broonzy
Blind Willie McTell
Booker T & the MGs
Camper Van Beethoven
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crosby Stills Nash & Young
Deadboy & the Elephantmen
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians
Gang of Four
Guns 'n' Roses
The Highway QCs
Israel IZ Kamakawiwo'ole
It's a Beautiful Day
John Lee Hooker
Mamas & Papas
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Simon & Garfunkel
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Rock And Roll Massage
Air, Bowie, Cure & 100s more artists, as your quadratus laborum gets ironed out
I’m a Giant!
I'm 6'3 and can probably fit a dozen mandarin oranges in a single hand. I was born to give alarmingly-good massages
What is this magical thing called Reiki?