Dena brings over 13 years of experience in treatment bodywork and therapeutic massage to her studio. Applied Pressure is her second home, and she sees her clients as extended family which is why she offers a uniquely inviting and healing environment for clients. Dena will tell you that she was put on this planet to “Apply Pressure” and has found her passion through healing people. Her philosophy is that massage should not be a 1 hour relaxing experience, rather an experience (sometimes a hurt-so-good type of experience) that relaxes you for weeks to follow. Note: there is no such thing as “too deep” there is only too fast. if you think you don’t like deep tissue, you may want to try a massage with Dena. She uses a very slow and thorough approach to addressing the underlying muscle and fascia issues. Applied Pressure Therapy is not your typical massage. its something substantially more effective.
Before finding her true calling, she attended Iowa State University with intention towards a degree in Zoology. After discovering her true passion for massage, she went on to obtain an education through Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, MN and Sage School of Massage and Healing Arts in Bend OR. Additionally, Dena has extensively studied kinesiology in conjunction with treatment and clinical massage therapy. This was done through case studies that involved working closely with patients enduring chronic pain. She spent several years working alongside chiropractors and MD’s to help injured patients suffering from acute and chronic pain. Dena now owns Applied Pressure in Austin, TX and offers a full practice in deep tissue and treatment massage therapy. If you are athlete, dena will preach to you that you need to be getting regular bodywork and she practices what she preaches (receiving 90 minutes of body work every 2 weeks herself). She is active in cycling, Mtn biking, hiking and rock climbing. In addition to her solid background of athletics, she enjoys the arts and music. It is very possible you will be relaxing to a song that she has produced while enjoying your massage session. With a realistic approach to massage, and emphasizing on educating clients, those who go to Dena will get a more comprehensive understanding of their experience. She uses humor and philosophy to integrate scientific knowledge into thoroughly explaining her practical application. Dena’s sentiment behind being a massage therapist is “I want to give others the knowledge of how and why our bodies function/malfunction because it is simple, but not always obvious.”