About Applied Pressure


The Anti-Spa Massage Studio

Welcome to the “Anti-Spa” massage studio. This is advanced treatment bodywork offered by highly skilled and intuitive therapists. Combining Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release to create the most effective massage you will ever experience!

For those of you who seek out “The Best”. Those of you who have had good massages, but want something even more effective.  Look no further, you’ve found your massage studio. 

“I created Applied Pressure (treatment) because I wanted to give clients the deep tissue experience I always dreamed of receiving.” -Dena (owner + therapist + lady in blue) 



A client recently posted this review and it might just be the best description of Applied Pressure to date. So here ya go!  thanks Mr.G!

“Applied Pressure is not a spa. You will not be given a 600-count Egyptian cotton bathrobe and a pair of organic hemp flip-flops to slip on your blistered feet or a glass of champagne served in Riedel stemware while you wait in an opulently decorated lounge for your massage to begin. A “massage therapist” will not infuse your skin with essential oils, or cover your face with Dead Sea mud. No hot rocks sourced from Mt. Etna will be applied to your back.

Applied Pressure is a real – sparsely, but tastefully decorated – massage studio, run by a BAD ASS massage therapist named Dena, with a bit of attitude, an infectious personality, and Minnesotan work ethic. Dena will use her hands, elbows, and feet (while suspended from custom-made oak monkey bars secured to the ceiling) to mend your broken body, so you can abuse yourself once again in your chosen field of sport.

My first massage therapist relationship lasted nine years, my second massage therapist relationship lasted 23 years. Some people die, others retire. It’s unlikely that I will be looking for a new massage therapist anytime soon.

Be punctual, because Dena always is, and if you lose your place on her regular’s list, you may be waiting a while for another spot to open up.”

Mr. G, ATX
Complacency = Mediocrity = Extinction

Dena Kinate    (Owner + Creator of Applied Pressure)

Meet “The Surgeon”   Dena brings over 16 years Clinical Treatment Bodywork, Sports & Deep Tissue Massage experience to her studio.  Her sessions are so effective, meticulous and precise it’s like having surgery without the surgery.   She now teaches her own style of massage (applied pressure treatment) around the country to licensed massage therapists looking to further their deep tissue and myofascial release skills.  It’s no surprise that she takes great pride in her work and her studio space in Austin TX > St Paul MN & Cannon Falls MN:  Applied Pressure is her second home, and she sees her clients as extended family.   Dena will tell you that she was put on this planet to “Apply Pressure” and “its hard to explain, but connecting to clients and finding my way to the source of their pains is second nature for me”.  She believes that a great massage should not be just a 1 hour relaxing experience, rather an experience (sometimes a hurt-so-good type of experience) that relaxes you for weeks to follow.  Intentional and connected bodywork is the secret ingredient.  A great massage should actually fix the problem and that is the massage she offers.  She has been quoted saying, “There is no such thing as ‘too deep’  there is only ‘too fast”.  If you think you don’t like deep tissue, try a massage with Dena.  She uses a very slow and thorough approach to sink in deeper and address the underlying muscle and fascia issues: Applied Pressure Therapy is not your typical massage.  It’s something substantially more effective.