Karie Tieszen, LMT
Karie Tieszen is a 2001 graduate of The Touch of Life School of Massage in Eden Prairie, MN. She’s been in practice for 20 years, 17 of which have been here in Alaska. She has worked extensively with chiropractors in both MN and AK and enjoys treating post surgical patients in conjunction with Occupational and Physical Therapists. Through the years she found her calling in working with shoulder issues and specializes in the rehabilitation associated with shoulder injuries and surgical recovery. But of course that’s not all she does as she has expertise in working with knees, hips, and of course, backs. She also has oncology training so she can assist those undergoing or recovering from cancer treatments.
Karie has the knowledge and experience to provide you with the therapy you need. From injury recovery to chronic pain, deep tissue to gentle relaxation, she can accomodate your needs and will have you feeling great in no time!
Modalities include: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Oncology/Lymph Drainage, and Prenatal Massage
Enkhbat (En-Khay) Purevsuren, LMT
En-Khay graduated in 2013 from the Harbin School of Healing Arts in California and has been actively practicing massage therapy for over nine years. He spent his early years as a massage therapist in Dutch Harbor Alaska working on laborers and fishermen.
En-Khay’s passion for massage therapy stems from growing up around his grandfather, a healing monk in Mongolia. From an early age, he was able to observe herbal medicine from his grandfather and the interconnectedness of the mental, emotional, and physical being.
He specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point massage. En-Khay is intuitive and mindful of the individual needs and desires from each of his clients. Throughout his years of experience, he has learned that a relaxed mind will in turn relax the muscles for a more effective massage. With a clear understanding of the vulnerable nature of massage therapy, En-Khay creates an environment of safety and trust with each individual he works with.
En-Khay is available Thursdays from 9am-6pm and Saturdays from 9am – 12:30pm
His private massage rates at 60 min = $90 and 90 min = $130
Athenia Large, LMT and a Board-Certified Structural Integrator
Athenia is an advanced bodyworker who specializes in myofascial release and structural integration. She is passionate about continually improving her skills and knowledge through continued education. Her goal is to work with clients to address their goals and inspire greater ease of movement and improved wellness through a wholistic approach. Athenia graduated in 2010 from the East-West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR, as one of the last graduates of their 1005-hour intensive massage programs. After becoming licensed, she chose to begin her practice in Kodiak, AK. She returned to the College in 2013 for an additional 500-hour advanced training in Anatomy Trains Structural Integration and has maintained her board certification since 2014. In 2015, she attended the 4th International Fascia Research conference. She then completed the core curriculum of Functional Methods for Structural Integrators, the Integral Anatomy series, Advanced Trainings classes focusing on the neck, shoulder, arm, and ribs, and studied neurovascular and neuromuscular release. May 2022, Athenia achieved her bachelor’s degree in Natural Science, with a pre-health professionals focus and a double minor in philosophy and neuroscience. Most recently, she attended a 6-day dissection workshop and early next year, she will be attending a workshop focused on pregnancy massage.
Athenia specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Joint Mobilization, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Scar Mobilization, Structural Integration, and Trigger Point Therapy. Her hope is that through her extensive education she has developed skills and strategies to efficiently and effectively address her client’s individual and unique needs.
Athenia joyfully welcomes new and returning clients on Fridays from 9am – 2pm
Melissa Mills, NCLMT
Melissa’s massage journey began in 2006 when she was in an auto accident that totaled her car and left her in recovery for eleven and a half months. While working with a chiropractor and massage therapist, she discovered how daily pain truly challenges a person. During her recovery, Melissa was continually amazed by the positive effects massage had on her healing process. The fact that her body could hurt in one place and the therapist would poke and massage another part of the body to reduce and/or remove the pain amazed her. Melissa was accepted to massage school four months later with a new understanding of pain patterns. She is able to bring her personal understanding of body pain and discomfort to empathize more effectively with each patient and how they feel while on the massage table. Sixteen years later, Melissa’s enthusiasm is stronger than ever when it comes to helping her clients improve their daily lives through massage therapy and body education.
Melissa specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Prenatal, and Pediatric Massage. She uses her years of experience in massage and her own first-hand recovery experience to ensure each massage treatment is designed for you to receive the most significant benefit during and after your massage.
Melissa warmly welcomes new and returning clients on Tuesdays from 1-5pm, Wednesdays from 9am-12:30pm, and Thursdays from 4-6pm for 60 or 90 minute massages.