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Massage Services and Techniques

Anoka Massage & Pain Therapy has massage therapists who specialize in many types of different massage services and techniques.
Checkout the massage modalities that we offer and then
call to book your treatment today! 763.421.2807

Massage Services and Techniques:



When you book your massage with us, an hour massage is 60 minutes on the table.  Essential oils, bamboo, hot towels, and many other tools may be incorporated into your massage with no additional charge.  We strive to give you the best massage that is specific to your needs.  We book 30 minutes in between clients so that you never feel rushed to get off of the table and out the door.  Take your time, enjoy the calm, relaxed state of your body following your massage.

Each treatment is tailored differently for each client, every session. No two treatments are the same. Each therapist listens to your body that day and will use whichever modality(ies) that are appropriate for your needs. 




Ashiatsu Massage

Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage:  “Ashi” means “foot,” and “atsu” means “pressure.”  Oils and massage creams are applied to the Client, and soft, clean, bare feet of the therapist give a rhythmic and deep Swedish massage to the back of the Client’s body as well as to the arms, neck and shoulders. Parallel bars overhead are used for the therapist’s balance and control.

This technique allows for the treating Massage Therapist to use deeper pressure throughout the massage.

Book your Ashiatsu Massage with Alison or Brenna.

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Baby and Adolescent Massage

Pediatric Massage promotes health and well-being for infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric massage therapy takes into consideration each child’s individual physical development, cognitive development and health care needs. Benefits of pediatric massage may include:

  • Reduced anxiety and tension
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved long-range emotional and cognitive development
  • Improved healing/immune function
  • Relaxation for the baby/child
  • Improved gastrointestinal functioning/relief of gas and constipation
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Improved focus and attention span

Book your Pediatric Massage appointment with

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Cancer Patient Massage

Patients currently undergoing treatment and survivors who have had treatment for cancer have differing needs when it comes to massage and bodywork. Because your immune system, organ systems, and tissues have been affected by chemotherapy medications, surgery, or radiation, your therapist will utilize more gentle and specialized techniques of massage therapy for cancer patients to help you feel peace and to re-connect with you body.

Brenna and Sammie are our Cancer Patient Massage Therapists.

CBD Massage

CBD Massage is recommended for: musculoskeletal, joint, and soft tissue pain – including: arthritis, muscle pain/soreness/spasms, and nerve pain. $10 for one ounce of oil applied during your massage. CBD Massage can be: anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-anxiety, analgesic (pain relieving).

Specify “CBD Massage” with AlisonBernadette, Brenna, Bridget, Brook, Dave, Eli, Jodi, Katie, La Anna, Marcie, Sammie, or Toni when booking your appointment.

Chair Massage

Using an ergonomic chair, the client is placed face-forward in a seated chair. We provide this service offsite: Can be used in an office setting, or for larger groups as a quick pick-me-up on workers’ break times or during office meetings. Call to get group pricing.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a bodywork method that focuses on gently stimulating your CranioSacral system (membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord) to heal the body by improving the functioning of the central nervous system.  CST effectively complements your body’s natural healing process, and has been known to help alleviate a wide variety of problems including:

    • Central Nervous System Disorders
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • TMJ
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Migraines

Brenna, Bridget and Dave  incorporate CranioSacral Therapy into their sessions when appropriate.

Cross Fiber Friction Therapy

Cross-fiber friction is administered with a braced finger or thumb moving across the grain of a muscle, tendon or ligament. This treatment effectively reduces fibrosis and encourages the formation of strong, pliable scar tissue at the site of healing injuries. This technique reduces the roughness that forms between tendons and their sheaths that can result in painful tendonitis. It can also prevent or soften myofascial adhesions.

Ask to schedule your Cross Fiber Friction Therapy with Bernadette, or Brenna, Brook, Jeff, Marcie or Sammie.

Cupping Therapy


Cupping massage therapy is a process by which a vacuum is created with a silicone cup that is attached to the skin via suction.  It is most often used on the back or other areas where large muscles are present.

During a cupping massage, the cups are pleasantly glided across the muscles on oiled skin, while maintaining suction.  The process is therapeutic, relaxing, and feels wonderful!

In medical terms, cupping brings healthy blood flow into the muscles and encourages waste products to be more effectively eliminated via the lymph system and other routes.  This process nourishes the body’s tissues which reduces the build-up of cellular wastes, promotes tissue healing, assists the body’s natural detoxification processes, reduces inflammation, and helps to dissolve areas of knots and adhesions. The suction action on the skin and soft tissues encourages circulation and thus, the body’s ability to heal itself.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine terms, cupping moves “qi and blood” and can help alleviate pain and areas of stagnation.  (You can think of stagnation as areas where tissues and body fluids have become stuck). Using Chinese medical theory, the cups are also used over specific acupuncture points, selected based upon your unique body.

Cupping has a long history of therapeutic use in most cultures throughout the world and is frequently used based on both Asian and European traditions.

After a session there may be a harmless area of reddened or purplish skin present which will dissipate over time.  This redness is actually a positive sign that the therapy is working as it’s supposed to.

Ask to schedule your Cupping Session with Alison, Brenna, Katie, La Anna, Marcie, Sammie,or Toni.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.

AlisonBrenna, Bridget, Brook, Jeff,  Jodi, Katie, La Anna, Marcie, Sammie, Samantha, and Toni provide deep tissue massage.

Ear Candling

Ear Candling

Historically used by people who may suffer from itchy inner ears, hearing loss, or ear infections, Ear Candling may also provide relief from sinus infections, nasal congestion, or migraine headaches. It’s a simple and safe way of removing ear wax and toxins that have collected in the ear. Ear coning may also help to improve your hearing, smell, taste, vision and color perception, and it will help to detoxify your sinus and lymph system. It helps to decrease headaches and open your sinus cavities. Most people enjoy the process and find it to be very relaxing — some to the point of drifting off to sleep. Sounds similar to ocean waves or a crackling campfire have been described. We use ear cones that resemble hollow candles. The larger end is lit and the smaller end is placed comfortably into your ear. Ear coning uses a vacuum process to remove the old wax and bacteria build up from your ear that can cause ear aches, loss of hearing, sinus pressure, ringing, and fluid in ears.

Alison, Bernadette, Katie, and Toni are our ear candling therapists. Please call 763.421.2807 to schedule ear candling.

East-West Massage

A combination of Eastern (ancient stretching) and Western (massage with oil) techniques – creating a personalized unique treatment.

Herbal Balls


Thai Herbal compress may be incorporated into your East-West massage:

Schedule your appointment with LaAnna for East-West Massage.


Essential Oils / Aromatherapy

Our massage therapists use Essential Oils which will enhance your personalized massage treatment. The therapeutic-grade essential oils are a great addition to your health and well-being.Essential Oils are freshly cultivated and steam distilled, are life-enhancing gifts from the plant kingdom, revered for centuries for their restorative properties to body, mind, and spirit. Pure essential oils now re-emerge as a key solution to the challenges facing modern lifestyles. Therapeutic-grade essential oils deliver positive benefits to the body through smell, direct absorption into the skin, and by normal digestive processes. Cleansing, calming, stimulating, and soothing, essential oils bring balance to all systems of the body.

We stock all of the essential oils that our therapists use. Check out our display to get some information about the oils that your therapists used during your massage. Purchase and take home your favorite oil.

Call to schedule your Aromatherapy Massage with Alison, Bernadette, Brenna, Brook, Katie, Samantha, Sammie, or Toni.

Fibromyalgia Massage

Our specially trained Fibromyalgia Massage Therapists will use techniques specific to Fibromyalgia and customized to your personal needs. Because your sensitivity levels and tender points vary from day to day (or hour to hour!), your therapist will utilize various techniques of massage for Fibromyalgia to help you relax and find relief.

Brenna, Bridget ,Brook,  Jeff, Marcie, Sammie are our Fibromyalgia Massage Therapists.

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Geriatric Massage

Geriatric massage therapists specialize in providing relaxing massages to elderly clients to promote flexibility and relieve joint pain. Due to the fragile nature of many elderly clients, the geriatric massage therapist must treat his patients gingerly to avoid bone fractures, muscle irritation or bruising.
See Alison, Bernadette, Brenna, Bridget,Brook, Eli, Jeff, Jodi, Katie, Marcie, Samantha, Sammie, or Toni for your personalized Geriatric Massage.

Headache Relief Massage

Massage has the ability to help ease, or even possibly eliminate the frequency and duration of your headache discomfort. This specialized Massage Technique focuses on the head and neck in order to relieve your headache and pain associated with it.

AlisonBrenna, Bridget, Brook, Jeff, La Anna Marcie, and Sammie are our headache relief specialists.

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Hot Stone Massage

Your therapist places warmed stones on key points of the body. The stones may be used as massage tools or be temporarily left in place. Used along with or alternating cold from specialized stones, other massage techniques, hot stones can be quite soothing and relaxing as they transmit heat deep into the body.

Stone Therapy delivers a profound expansion and contraction inside your circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing your body’s self-healing mechanisms. This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body, balancing your nervous system, melting away tension, easing muscle stiffness and increasing circulation and metabolism.

*A full body hot stone massage has an up-charge as noted. If stones are incorporated into your massage, there is no extra charge.

Alison,  Brook, Katie, La Anna, and Toni provide 60 and 90 minute Hot Stone Massage.

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Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, MLD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.

Make your appointment today with Marcie or Bernadette for Lymphatic Drainage.

Massage for Special Needs Clients

Anoka massage has therapists trained in providing treatments for disabled and special needs patients. Our main level facility meets handicap accessible guidelines including: 36″ doors, no stairs, large restrooms with support rails, and handicap accessible massage and acupuncture tables that lower down to 19″.

Make your appointment today with Alison, Brenna, or Toni for need specific treatments.

Medical Massage

Medical Massage differs from regular massage and bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor.  This massage will focus on functional outcomes and results must be measurable. We may use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but we focus the treatment on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis. This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the needed recovery time from injury. With proper documentation, we will bill your Auto Insurance or Workman’s Comp Insurance. . . . more

Specify “Medical Massage” when booking your appointment with any of our therapists.

Myofascial Release

Fascia is the tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. Myofascial Release consists of gentle application of sustained pressure into the fascial restrictions. Pressure applied slowly, along with stretches, will allow the fascia to elongate.

Specify “Myofascial Release” with Dave when booking your appointment.

NOTE: Dave is trained in the John F. Barnes method of Myofascial Release and he suggests visiting the John Barnes website.

Marcie and Brenna, also incorporate MFR into their massage sessions along with other techniques.

PNF Stretching

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation is a set of stretching techniques commonly used in clinical environments to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation.

See    Brenna, Brenna, Brook, Jeff, Katie, or Samantha to incorporate PNF stretching into your therapy.

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Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage is a form of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time in which a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes. Using various techniques specifically for the new mother, Pregnancy Massage helps alleviate discomforts experienced throughout the pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the reduction of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, improved breathing and relaxation, and relief from uncomfortable digestive issues.

Book your Pre-Natal or Post-Natal massage appointment with Bernadette, Bridget, Jodi, Katie, Samantha, Sammie, or Toni.


Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. Every part of the human body is mapped into the feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.

Bernadette, Brenna, Bridget, Jodi, and La Anna are all trained in Reflexology.


Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing that cleanses and balances the energy patterns in the body. As a result, the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum mental, emotional, and physical health.

During a session, your therapist will work with an energetic connection with you in order to remove blockages, detoxify your energy system, and restore your vital life force energy. The Reiki technique utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between patient and practitioner. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.

Schedule your appointment with  Bernadette for Reiki.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. It can be carried out before, during, or after playing sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimize the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time. Sports massage can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise. It also has other benefits that allow you to train or exercise more efficiently. Some benefits that sports massage has include:
  • draining away fatigue
  • relieving swelling
  • reducing muscle tension
  • promoting flexibility
  • injuries that occur as a result of over-exertion or over-use
  • relieving pain
  • preventing injuries
  • improving heart rate and blood pressure
  • increasing blood circulation and lymph flow
  • treating injuries such as shin splints, tennis elbows, sprains and strains, corked thighs etc

Call to schedule your Sports massage with Alison,  Brenna, Brook, Jeff, Jodi, Samantha, Sammie or La Anna.


If you are feeling stiff or sore, a professional stretching session can help loosen tight muscles. Proper stretching can also increase the range of motion and flexibility your body experiences. A good stretch will help in relieving muscle tension which reduces pain in muscles and joints and can help prevent future injuries. Improve your sports performance with a professional stretching session that will aid in keeping your body limber and flexible. Posture is important, whether you are working on your feet all day or at the computer a good stretching session will assist in improving all over posture. The added benefit of proper stretching is that it is a good stress reliever. Stretching allows blood and oxygen to flow better providing a centered mindful and peaceful state.
Schedule a stretching session with Jodi.

Swedish/Relaxation Massage

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.

Alison,  Bernadette, Brenna, Bridget, Brook, Eli,  Jeff, Jodi,  Katie, Marcie, Samantha, Sammie, and Toni provide Swedish relaxation massage.

Thai Massage

Thai Massage combines passive yoga-like stretching with gentle pressure along your body’s natural energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle tension, enhance your overall well- being, and leave your energy centers (chakras) balanced. The session will leave you with a deeply nourished, relaxed and energized feeling. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing that will allow for a full range of motion during the stretches.
Thai Massage can be done in 60, 90, or 120 minute sessions.
You will come out feeling refreshed , aligned, and balanced.

Be sure to schedule your appointment with La Anna for Thai Massage.

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TMJ Massage (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD/TMJ)

Our TMJ Therapists have special training to reduce pain and increase function. Anoka Massage TMJ Therapists treat the painful muscles and the joint with soft tissue mobilization, manual therapy, and exercises to strengthen muscles in the jaw and neck. Treatment of associated neck and back problems is frequently needed as well.       Read more on TMJ Massage. . .

Please see Alison, Brenna, Bridget,Dave, or Marcie for your Specialized TMJ Massage therapy.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body.  These “knots” are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.

Alison,  Bernadette, Brenna, Jeff, Katie, and Toni and are all trained in Trigger Point Therapy.

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