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Top 10 massage therapists in San Francisco, CA

Clients agree: these San Francisco massage therapists are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Eddy's Massage & Body Work

Eddy's Massage & Body Work

1 hire on Thervo
11+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Ian S. says, "It is always a great feeling after a massage session with this expert. Eddy has always been a professional when it comes to provide a massage or make me feel at ease. His studio in Concord is very clean and comfortable and provides great amenities. Thank you Eddy." Read more
Angel's Touch SF

Angel's Touch SF

25 hires on Thervo
14+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Barbara D. says, "Very professional, worked on my various problem areas, which brought me relief. I would highly recommend her. She's very kind, and concerned about ones comfort." Read more
Tri My Touch Massage

Tri My Touch Massage

26+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Julian L. says, "Damian is an amazing Amma massage guru and healer. I've had massages from Damian when I'm in an "I can hardly move and everything hurts" state --- particularly after days of tree climbing / tree work, chain-sawing fallen trees, and other physically taxing activities. Damian's training and experience and his amazing communication skills and personal warmth means that you can trust him to apply just the right pressure in just the right places to get you from hurting to healed. I highly recommend Damian -- 100% on trust, 100% on skill, and 100% on results!" Read more
East West Integrative Medicine

East West Integrative Medicine

New on Thervo
21+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
With over 20 years of serving the San Francisco community our massage practitioners offer a variety of therapeutic modalities - deep tissue, neuromuscular reprogramming, lymphatic, prenatal, and sports massage.


New on Thervo
1 hire on Thervo
20+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
I’m a certified massage therapist I’ve been a massage therapist for over 15 years , specializing a deep tissue, sport massage, tuina, shiatsu, pain relieve, a spiritual body massage, also cupping. My customers and patients are coming to see me very often and super appreciative. I like my job very much .

Your Massage Therapy questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thervo.

How much does a massage cost?

Massage therapy costs $50 to $90 per hour on average. A shorter, half-hour session costs $30 to $65, while an extended, 90-minute session ranges from $90 to $175. Prices vary by location, therapist experience, and the type of massage. Prices are typically higher for therapy that requires specialized training, such as prenatal or sports massage, or in-home sessions where the therapist comes to you.

Below are the average rates for common massage types:

  • Swedish massage costs $50 to $90 per hour.
  • Deep tissue massage costs $80 to $120 per hour.
  • Prenatal massage costs $70 to $120 per hour.
  • Sports massage costs $55 to $130 per hour.
  • Couples massage costs $120 to $220 per hour.
  • Hot stone massage costs $85 to $150 per hour.
  • Chair massage costs $1 per minute.
  • In-home massage therapy costs $100 to $130 per hour.

How much do you tip a massage therapist?

Tipping a massage therapist 15% to 20% is common in most areas. Tipping is not expected at medical offices or hospitals where massage is often covered by insurance. If your therapist works for a spa or non-medical office, a significant portion of your fee goes to the facility, not the therapist. While tipping is not necessarily required, it can make a huge difference in a massage therapist's income.

  • Most therapists prefer cash tips since it's immediate and they don't have to wait for it in their paycheck.
  • If you are using a coupon or gift certificate, tip based on the regular price of the service.
  • Consider tipping more during the holidays if you see the same massage therapist regularly.

What are the different types of massage therapy?

A wide array of massage therapy techniques exists today, from slow soothing strokes of traditional Swedish massage to Ashiatsu massage, where a therapist uses their bare feet as the primary massage tool. Common types of massage therapy include:

  • Swedish massage – Long, slow, kneading strokes with light to deep pressure, focused on relaxing muscle tension
  • Deep-tissue massage – Similar to Swedish, but using deeper pressure to reduce pain by releasing built-up muscle tightness, knots, and trigger points
  • Aromatherapy massage – Swedish relaxation massage incorporating essential oils and specific fragrances aimed at helping your mood
  • Hot stone massage – Swedish-like massage using heated stones, instead of just the therapist's hands, to enhance circulation and reduce pain
  • Shiatsu – Japanese massage technique using fingertip pressure on specific points on the body to improve energy flow, or Qi
  • Sports massage – Deep pressure and targeted techniques to reduce muscle pain and improve mobility of a specific area of the body; not just for athletes
  • Prenatal massage – Light-pressure Swedish massage aimed at relaxing muscle tension and stress during pregnancy

What types of massage are safe during pregnancy?

Swedish massage is the most recommended massage technique during pregnancy because it focuses on relaxing muscle tension and improving circulation using gentle pressure applied to the muscles. 

Prenatal massage can help lower stress, decrease leg and back pain, and improve sleep and mood. However, be sure to clear any type of massage with your doctor first, as massage therapy is a contraindication to some medical conditions.

Avoid these types of massage during all stages of pregnancy:

  • Deep-tissue massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep acupressure
  • Percussive tapping techniques
  • Cross-fiber friction
  • Pressure on the abdomen

Does insurance or Medicare cover massage therapy?

Insurance may cover massage therapy costs if you have a prescription or referral from a medical doctor. Coverage and requirement details vary greatly by insurance carrier and plan. Contact your insurance provider to confirm the details of your policy in relation to massage therapy coverage.

Medicare does not typically cover the cost of massage therapy unless it is determined to be medically necessary to alleviate symptoms—like swelling or impaired joint function—from a medical procedure performed on the same day.

How do I choose the best massage therapy service near me?

When searching for a massage therapy service near you, be sure to:

  • Choose a therapist or company that is licensed, insured, and has been in business 5+ years.
  • Check their credentials and licensure information. Most states have an online database where you can search for a therapist's license and status.
  • If your state does not require a massage therapy license, look for a therapist who has at least 500 hours of training from a reputable massage therapy program.
  • Look for members of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) or the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
  • Check out their profile and reviews on Thervo and Google.
  • Ask for references.

What questions should I ask when hiring a massage therapist?

Asking the right questions can help you choose the massage therapy service that best fits your needs:

  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How long have you been a massage therapist?
  • What training and certifications do you have?
  • Where else have you worked?
  • What types of massage do you specialize in?
  • Do you have experience with my specific problem?
  • Do you offer any add-on services?
  • Do you require a health questionnaire?
  • Do you offer package deals?

Reviews for San Francisco massage therapists

Recent success stories from people in the San Francisco area.
Ekke P.
Eddy is a gifted professional massage therapist. I’ve been seeing Eddy every month for over 6 years at his Studio and come to my house sometimes. He skillfully combines deep tissue and Thai massage. His massage technique is both relaxing and therapeutic. He Is friendly and professional and cares deeply about providing the best experience for his clients. One of the best massages I have ever had. I highly recommend. Can't wait to go back for longer session!
Eddy's Massage & Body Work
Beatriz A.
Angel did a fabulous job of pinpointing my problem areas. After my session, I felt so relaxed. I'm looking forward to my next appointment with Angel and so happy that I found her. Now I can make massage a part of my self care routine.
Angel's Touch SF
Penelope Jane S.
I’ve been working with Damian for years, and I appreciate his depth of experience and understanding. He is a master of his craft and shares his enthusiasm for vibrant health and vitality. I’m so grateful that he offers the option of traveling to me since it’s very hard for me to get away between work and kids. I’ll totally hire him again. Highly recommend.
Tri My Touch Massage
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