Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy in Rochester, MN

At Optimal Movement, we believe that massage therapy is an essential component of maintaining optimal physical health. Our licensed massage therapists are trained to provide a variety of massage techniques that cater to your unique needs. Whether you’re seeking to alleviate stress and tension, ease muscle soreness and stiffness, or improve your overall well-being, our individually tailored massage services are designed to help alleviate pain, tension, and stress allowing your body to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on all of life’s demands without limits.

Our Massage Therapy Staff

Meet the massage therapy and cupping staff at Optimal Movement in Rochester, Minnesota. With years of experience, we’re proud to tell you a bit about ourselves. Click each staff member to learn more about them.

Marisa Bite
Licensed Massage Therapist

Marisa Bite

Licensed Massage Therapist

Marisa Bite

Marisa is a licensed massage therapist specializing in deep tissue and focused therapeutic massage. She creates individualized treatments and expertly assesses how tension in the muscles and surrounding tissue are impacting the health of the rest of the body. Marisa’s sessions include gentle to firm-pressure therapeutic massage, deep tissue and trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and a variety of stretching & mobility techniques. Marisa also incorporates tool-based techniques such as cupping and gua sha with her clients’ permission. Marisa enjoys working and teaching from the heart, creating a safe, judgement and expectation-free zone in which clients can heal, achieve their personal health/wellness goals, and deepen their relationship with themselves. Marisa obtained an Associate in Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy in 2014, which consisted of 1200+ training hours. She also holds a 230-hour Yoga Instructor Certification and Advanced Reiki Certification. She has obtained continuing education in a variety of modalities including Reflexology, Mayan Abdominal Therapy, Thai massage, and (her personal favorite) Dermal Traction Method. Although massage is Marisa’s “big girl” job, she is also a certified yoga instructor and former pole fitness instructor/competitor. Bodywork, yoga, and dance have been a huge part of her personal journey and growth, and she is ecstatic to have the opportunity to share her passions and help create a community of health-conscious individuals.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

La’Mika Davis
Licensed Massage Therapist

La’Mika Davis

Licensed Massage Therapist

La’Mika Davis

La’Mika has a vast knowledge on anatomy stemming from her experience in the health & fitness industry. La’Mika approaches her massages with the focus of treating the root cause of pain and not just the symptoms. She masterfully blends her skills of Deep tissue, trigger point therapy, cupping, and myofascial release to ensure the best outcomes for your mind and body. La’Mika’s work can help those suffering from chronic pain, athletes looking to improve performance, or anyone seeking to improve overall relaxation and wellness. La’Mika has a passion for sports and loves to help with youth activities. She has a creative and entrepreneurial drive, working in massage therapy, sports, and clothing. She enjoys spending time with her son and loves to travel in her time off. She is passionate about helping others grow, find balance within their bodies, and mentally being their best selves.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

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Pan Yang
Licensed Massage Therapist

Pan Yang

Licensed Massage Therapist

Pan Yang

Pan comes from the original family of Thai Traditional Massage Healing Hands. Pan offers Deep Tissue and Medical massage. Her passion is helping people get out of pain through massage. Pan got into healing hands massage when she was 8 years old as a result of an injury that her mother suffered. Her mother taught her how to palpate and massage her injured hip and it worked like magic. Her mom was able to walk a short time after teaching her these traditional techniques. As pan was young, she ignored her calling and gift of healing through massage until she was injured in a car accident herself. Through chiropractic and massage therapy she was able to heal and felt that massage was her true calling. Pan has over 800 hours of training and has obtained her associates degree in Massage Therapy. She also went to the Thai Healing Therapy Massage School and is a level 2 practitioner in Thai Yoga Massage. Pan is very passionate about helping people to relieve their stress and pain. She has 15 years of experience as a licensed practitioner in the state of Minnesota. Pan is very skilled in trigger point therapy, pressure point therapy, deep tissue massage and in the treatment of chronic pain. Pan enjoys treating rotator cuff injuries, tingling and numbness in arms and hands, migraine headaches, sciatica, muscle strains, and low back pain.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

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Natalie Barry
Licensed Massage Therapist

Natalie Barry

Licensed Massage Therapist

Natalie Barry

Natalie is from Rochester, MN and embarked on her journey into the world of massage through the inspiration of her mother, who was a trained massage therapist herself. Her passion and dedication for massage therapy grew and eventually led her to the Massage and Spa Professional Academy, where she completed her hours in 2008. Her expertise lies in the realms of neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. Natalie emphasizes that stress, especially repetitive motions in the mind as well as the body are the cause for strain and injury, and by relaxing the mind, your body will follow. Having a wide variety of life experience was important to Natalie, so she made the exciting decision of moving to a warmer climate in her previous years. Here, she embraced a laid back lifestyle, basking in the sunshine while working on a snorkel boat and at a boutique hotel. Natalie enjoys expressing herself creatively. In her free time you'll find her exploring new recipes, skillfully baking both traditional and vegan meals, and taking on ambitious remodeling projects. She loves to think of herself as a Jane of all trades! Natalie's journey in the field of massage has been marked by both consistency and variety. She has practiced massage on and off over the years, and now, she is excited to be offering her services regularly.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

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Deb Strand
Licensed Massage Therapist

Deb Strand

Licensed Massage Therapist

Deb Strand

Deb was first introduced to massage therapy while working at a jewelry company. While there, she developed chronic pain patterns from working long hours, performing detailed work with a bad posture. After getting a massage, she was amazed by the relief she felt from her chronic muscle tension. Ever since, Deb has been fascinated by holistic and natural approaches to facilitating wellness and balancing the mind-body-spirit connection. Deb combines Deep Tissue, Orthopedic, and Trigger Point Therapy as needed to treat each client’s specific needs while also incorporating relaxation techniques into her massages. Deb received her certification in massage therapy from the Minnesota Riverland Technical College in Rochester, MN and has been practicing massage therapy for the past seven years. In her free time, Deb likes to stay active. She has a passion for working out, spending time with her family, hiking with her dogs, collecting crystals and gems, and absorbing as much knowledge as she can.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

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Marissa Fitzsimmons
Licensed Massage Therapist

Marissa Fitzsimmons

Licensed Massage Therapist

Marissa Fitzsimmons

Living along the water of the Mississippi River, Marissa has always called Minnesota her home & the ones who live in southern MN her community. An advocate for self-development & body positivity, she aspires to optimize her overall well-being while helping others do the same. Marissa completed a 700-hour program at Minnesota School of Cosmetology & believes the learning has just begun for her! Having graduated in September of 2022, Marissa is interested in myofascial release, advanced therapeutic techniques, & cupping therapy. She also loves the style of Swedish massage & the benefits it has to offer for her clients. Marissa values the power of solitude & surrounding herself with her loved ones (especially her dog Koda)— You can spot her cheering at sporting events, soaking up the sun or rereading the Harry Potter series. She is looking forward to working with everyone at Optimal Movement & is excited to learn more about the world of massage therapy from them. “relaxation is a practice, so whenever I give someone that space to truly relax it brings a lot of opportunity for healing… that means more than anything to me.”

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

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Ryan Hoyme
Licensed Massage Therapist

Ryan Hoyme

Licensed Massage Therapist

Ryan Hoyme

Neuromuscular Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Geriatric Massage, Swedish Massage, Massage Cupping, Active Isolated Stretching, Myofascial Release, Active Release Technique, Lomi Lomi Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Oncology Massage, Reflexology, Hospice Massage, Hospital Based Massage, Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), and many others. Ryan embarked on his journey as a massage therapist back in 1997 when he graduated from the Sister Rosalind School of Professional Massage. Since then, Ryan has consistently expanded his knowledge and qualifications, earning an associate of applied science in massage from Minnesota School of Business and a bachelor's degree in Health Studies from Siena Heights University. Ryan's contributions to the field of massage therapy extend beyond his practice. He has authored two books on massage, served as an instructor for over a decade, and taught massage not only in the United States but abroad through online platforms, too. His expertise has earned him the distinction of being a judge at the World Championship in Massage held in Denmark, a role he has held since 2017. Ryan has garnered numerous awards throughout his career and has been inducted into the American and International Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. In addition to his hands-on work and instructional activities, Ryan is the owner of the largest massage-related website, www.massagenerd.com. He also has the largest YouTube channel dedicated to massage, featuring a vast collection of instructional videos. Ryan's written works have graced the pages of many distinguished massage publications. His influence extends into the entertainment industry, as one of his massage videos featured in the Emoji Movie. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Ryan cherishes spending quality time with his wife and two daughters. He also has a passion for traveling the world to learn from therapists and practitioners from diverse cultural backgrounds, further enriching his expertise and dedication to the field of massage therapy.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

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Gunter Mussell
Licensed Massage Therapist

Gunter Mussell

Licensed Massage Therapist

Gunter Mussell

Gunter grew up in Southeast Minnesota and graduated from Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School. He served for 5 years in the Navy before moving back here to Rochester where he pursued a career in the medical field as an EMT for the past 5 years. He has witnessed the positive influence of physical touch in the healing and rehabilitation process which piqued his interest in massage therapy. Gunter graduated from Riverland Community Technical College with his certificate in massage therapy where he learned Swedish massage, Trigger-point therapy, Deep tissue, sports massage, and cupping therapy. In his free time Gunter enjoys spending time in nature and loves camping, hunting, fishing, or tinkering on any number of woodworking projects for his friends and family.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

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Marisol Torres
Licensed Massage Therapist

Marisol Torres

Licensed Massage Therapist

Marisol Torres

Marisol grew up in Southeast Minnesota, where she completed her high school education at Austin, MN High School. It was during her formative years at age 11 that Marisol's initial encounter with the world of massage therapy took place, as she observed her mother grappling with pain and discomfort. Witnessing the transformative power of physical touch in the realms of healing and recovery ignited a passionate spark within her for the art of massage therapy. In her pursuit of this passion, Marisol diligently pursued her educational goals, ultimately achieving a 600-hour certificate in massage therapy from Riverland Community Technical College in May 2022. Her skillful approach to massage therapy seamlessly weaves together a repertoire of techniques, including Swedish massage, Trigger-point therapy, Reflexology, and tailored upper body stretches, all thoughtfully applied to address the unique needs of each client. Additionally, Marisol's expertise extends to the incorporation of fluid relaxation techniques, enhancing the overall massage experience. Outside of her professional life, Marisol finds solace and inspiration in creative endeavors, indulging her love for drawing and painting. She also dedicates time to her personal well-being by engaging in physical fitness activities at the gym. Her interests extend to the world of fashion and shopping, reflecting a diverse range of interests that contribute to her holistic approach to life.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

Email:Feelbetter@optimal-movement.com

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Brittany Cupery
Licensed Massage Therapist

Brittany Cupery

Licensed Massage Therapist

Brittany Cupery

Brittany first learned of the mind-body connection while working at a mental health clinic. From there, Brittany discovered massage therapy and its positive effects on one's physical and mental health. Brittany graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2023 with an Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy. Through her 1250+ hour education, she has spent time working with various populations, learning techniques in Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, trauma-informed care, acupressure, cupping, and much more. Brittany prioritizes creating a safe space to assist her clients in releasing tension and finding balance. In her free time, Brittany enjoys crafting, hiking, working out at the gym, or simply spending time with her husband and their fur babies.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

Phone:507-993-0830

Email:feelbetter@optimal-movement.com

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Top Rated Massage Therapy Based On Google Reviews

Optimal Movement is the top rated massage therapy and cupping service provider in Rochester, Minnesota with over 400+ Google reviews. Don’t take our word for it, view some of the testimonials that are clients have posted with their experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about our massage therapy and cupping services in Rochester, Minnesota?
Below are some frequently asked questions that we get.

What is massage therapy and what are its benefits?

Massage therapy involves manipulating the body’s soft tissues—muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and skin—using varying degrees of pressure and movement. The benefits of massage therapy at Optimal Movement in Rochester, Minnesota, are numerous. It can help reduce muscle tension, enhance circulation, decrease stress levels, improve sleep, boost the immune system, and promote overall wellness.

What types of massage therapy does Optimal Movement offer?

Optimal Movement offers a variety of massage therapies tailored to meet our clients’ unique needs. These include Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, prenatal massage, and hot stone massage. Our licensed massage therapists are experienced in delivering these services and can guide you on the best choice based on your wellness goals.

How often should I get a massage?

The frequency of massage therapy depends on various factors, such as your overall health, stress levels, pain management needs, and wellness goals. Some clients benefit from a weekly or bi-weekly massage, while others find a monthly session to be effective. Our skilled therapists at Optimal Movement can help determine the best frequency for you.

What should I expect during my first massage therapy session at Optimal Movement?

Your first session will start with a consultation where your massage therapist will ask about your health history and your reasons for seeking massage therapy. The therapist will then develop a personalized treatment plan. During the massage, you’ll lie on a comfortable table, and a sheet or towel will cover your body. Only the part of your body being worked on will be exposed.

What should I wear for a massage therapy session?

You should wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. During the massage, you can undress to your comfort level. Some treatments can be performed fully clothed, while others may require disrobing. Rest assured, your privacy and comfort are our utmost priority at Optimal Movement.

How long does a massage therapy session last at Optimal Movement?

The duration of a massage therapy session at Optimal Movement can vary, but most sessions last between 30 to 120 minutes. This includes time for a consultation and for you to undress and dress. Your actual massage session will last the amount of time you’ve booked.

Is massage therapy covered by health insurance?

Some health insurance plans do cover massage therapy, but it varies widely. Some require a physician’s referral. We advise checking with your insurance provider for specifics. At Optimal Movement, we’re happy to assist in understanding your payment options.

What qualifications do the massage therapists at Optimal Movement have?

All our massage therapists at Optimal Movement are licensed professionals who have undergone extensive training in various massage therapy techniques. They’re registered with the state massage therapy board and adhere to the highest standards of practice and ethics, ensuring you receive top-tier care.

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