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.

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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. In the garage with Gary are two highly-trained and certified body mechanics, each of whom can emphasize one particular technique, or a combination of modalities that will keep your engine running smoothly. large-1

Kaori Azakami-Gillman, CMT, specializes in spa massage, Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone.

Carrie Menefee, ANMT, CMT, is Gary’s own go-to massage therapist when he feels the need for a body tune-up.

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.