Under the Hood

Want to drive through life without pain?

“I was in a great deal of pain after a performance. Gary knew exactly how to tackle the wreck that was my body. And I appreciated the educational aspect of his treatment.”  -Jesse B.

Say hello to the Massage Garage's Gary MendelsonGary Mendelson is a massage therapist with a background unlike that of any other massage therapist. He was a professional theater artist for 25 years, as a dancer, singer and actor who performed in many major Broadway productions. During his two years in CATS, his body sustained many injuries, and the production company always provided therapeutic massage to the cast as needed. He was awed and amazed that massage therapy could get him out of pain and back to work the same day. That’s when the seed was planted to heal others through touch. But it would still be a few more years until he rode that dream to reality. He continued his acting career, and between show stints, opened and built a successful chain of candle stores in New York City.

“What really impressed me is his ability to know what my body needs instinctively, how to tackle it effectively using a number of techniques and with the utmost sensitivity and respect.”  -Elisa R.

Certified and Licensed Therapist

Having sold the candle stores, Gary moved to San Francisco and his ultimate dream of healing and helping people through touch came to fruition. Since 2009 he has been a California Certified and Licensed Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist and Health Educator, a “body mechanic”, as he calls himself.


Gary’s therapeutic massage techniques encompass the nervous system and muscular systems together. He isolates where the pain is coming from, and then uses several massage modalities to re-educate and realign the muscle fibers to go back to their normal position. He also retrains the nerve movements of the brain to actually get rid of the pain. Gary’s massage techniques are also a great complement to physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and other healing systems.

Gary serves the entire San Francisco Bay Area. His office is located in the Lower Haight neighborhood, which allows clients easy access from Cole Valley, Duboce Triangle, the Castro, and Twin Peaks to come to him. Give Gary a call or have Gary contact you to set up your initial appointment.

Dear Clients,

Just a quick note to say that we are keeping abreast of the developments with new Health Care directives and orders from the SF Public health department.

At this time- We will remain open, with our safety protocols in place, as part of Routine Health Care Services under the category of Critical Infrastructure. This includes all regular Neuromuscular Therapy in a health care setting, as recommended by a chiropractor or physician. 

We will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. 

We will continue to follow our physical distancing, pre-screening, masking, sanitation and ventilation procedures and ask that you arrive on time, but not early for any appointments.  If you or people in your household have travelled outside of the region, please wait 14 days before coming to any in person appointments.

If you feel uncomfortable with our in-person session you can book one of our Online Structural Assessment with Stretching and Strengthening Session here.

We appreciate all of you, and wishing everybody a safe and healthful December as we buckle down and get through this hard but hopeful successful winter period. I am so grateful that we have been able to be operating and keeping people on a path of wellness and adaptability, even through a very challenging time.

And we truly wish everyone healthy and happy holidays at home, even if we haven't had a chance to see you in person for a while. 

I'm always available for a FREE 15 Minute Consultation online as well, if you need support with home ergonomics or stress management.

Warm regards,
Gary Mendelson