Nurturing Elbows Massage

Jason Knisley, CMT, BCBTMB, BS Kinesiology


Jason Knisley, CMT, Board Certified MT, BS Kinesiology

546 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117


Swedish Massage • Myofascial Release • Ergonomics
Trigger Point Therapy • Joint Mobilization

Nineteen years of relaxing, therapeutic massage in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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“I tried ~30 massage therapists before discovering Jason.  Since then I stick with him.  Jason has a great understanding of the body, gives wonderful effective massages, has helped me a ton with muscle pain and posture, & is always a pleasure to see.  His visits are a highlight of the week.”

– Vaughan S.

Sessions and Goals

When I begin a session, I ask, “What can I do for you today?” and that is the essence of my bodywork practice. Whether we are addressing complex musculoskeletal issues or the need for deep relaxation, every client deserves a unique, beautiful, mindful session.


Day-to-day stresses and neck kinks all need to be worked out in deeper, firmer massage, but the mind and heart also need to relax. A graceful, flowing, Swedish- and Esalen-inspired oil massage, blending in pockets of focused, therapeutic deep tissue work, I smooth tight muscles throughout your body as I find them, releasing stress and bringing you back to yourself.

Deeper Fascia Work

Athletic injuries and repetitive stress trauma can take a toll on your body. With a heavier emphasis on therapeutic deep tissue modalities, like Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, and Passive Joint Mobilization, the goals are less about relaxation and more about improving pain, joint mobility (range of motion), and alignment. I blend these modalities to find, open, and mend stubborn knots and balance muscle tone, bringing comfortable ease and mobility.

Opening and calming the muscles of a badly damaged shoulder, for instance, is a detailed process that can easily use an entire session. Most clients have several areas of focus, such as hips, shoulders, forearms, and feet. These sessions usually consist of a combination of many massage and stretching modalities to release knots and fascial adhesions.

Relax and Unwind

Take a moment to unwind and breathe with a Swedish- and Esalen-inspired oil massage. A graceful, meditative dance of long, cascading, sinuous massage set to calming, melodic music, to melt away the accumulated anxiety and tension to rejuvenate and unwind.




“I can do nothing but recommend Jason – he is professional and knowledgeable, friendly and caring and most importantly, helped me more with my back pain than any other therapist I have ever been to. I already felt better after our first session and it got better and better every week.”

– Stefanie G.


Philosophy and Modalities

“The body and the mind are soothed together.” I have found this true, time and again, over my nineteen years of practice. My work is a flowing together of Swedish- and Esalen-inspired oil massage, with therapeutic deep tissue methods, like myofascial release and trigger point therapy, to create a wholly relaxing session, unwinding knots and soothing the mind.


I love therapeutic methods, like myofascial release, trigger point therapy, posture analysis, fascial scraping, and joint mobilization. My Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology also provided me with comprehensive biomechanical and physiological views of the body. But I also love the meditation, flow and grace of Swedish massage and Esalen massage, and believe in the profoundly soothing power of shared touch.


My favorite work is a blending of these modalities and more, to address current client goals, be it responding to an injury, opening up deeply-held tension, or letting go of various daily stresses. Or maybe even all of these together.


I offer appointments at my office, 546 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117 on Sunday and Wednesday, with the first session starting at 2pm and the final session starting at 7:30pm. I also offer housecall sessions on Monday and Friday. Because of the distances involved, please call to schedule and for final pricing.

60-min session    •   $165

90-min session    •   $205

120-min session  •   $245

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$25 Discount for New Clients!




Fillmore Street Office

546 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117

My massage studio makes its home in a small holistic health center above The Center Yoga & Tea Shop. On the top floor of the beautifully reimagined Sacred Heart monastery, it is centrally located between San Francisco’s Fillmore District, the Lower Haight, and Alamo Square.

A historically San Francisco monastic facade opens into a charming community healing center. Incense and Palo Santo smoke fill the lobby, an eclectic union of historic San Francisco architecture and soothing vintage warmth. My studio is the last door on the right: an inviting, serene space with windows overlooking the garden path to the tea shop.



About Me

Jason Knisley, CMT, BCBTMB, BS Kinesiology

 I take immense satisfaction in helping my clients achieve relaxation while relieving pain and stress. With eighteen years as a CMT (certified massage therapist), I have developed a deep understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics, as well as a sensitivity to the energy and flow of the body.

In addition to my massage training, completed at National Holistic Institute’s original Emeryville campus in 2004, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University, with independent research in Motor Development.

My goal is to use my expertise and intuition to provide personalized sessions that meet the unique needs of each client, helping them to find balance and relief. Whether you are seeking relief from chronic pain, recovery from an injury, or looking to promote relaxation and self-care, I am here to lend a hand… or an elbow.

California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) #2522
Board Certified Massage Therapist (BCBTMB/NCBTMB)

Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)