Mckenzie (Kenzie) Merges

Pura Vida Massage Therapy

About Mckenzie (Kenzie) Merges
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist who has been working in the Twin Cities for over five years. My massage style is unique because I was trained at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. My education there was immersive and intense, but a wonderful experience. At CRSMT I learned many skills and modalities from amazing and qualified professors from around the United States, the most important thing I learned is how to help people feel great in their bodies. When a client communicates their aches and pains to me I personalize their massage to help relieve those problems. I provide clients with skills to get them functioning in a more efficient manner and thereby helping their body to move more freely and openly. Not only do I help relieve their pain through massage therapy, but I also help educate them on ways to prevent the pain from returning as often, and how to possibly avoid that pain all together. With these new skills and this knowledge, my clients are better prepared to meet the stresses of everyday life. My Massage philosophy: Massage is not a luxury. Massage a way to help maintain your physical wellness and keep your body functioning efficiently throughout your life.   Try to think of it this way; we take our motor vehicles in to get general maintenance and an oil change three or four times a year. We do this because we know it's the best way to make a vehicle function correctly and last a long time. Now think about the fact that our bodies are our everyday vehicles in life. Without maintenance and general upkeep the overall condition of that vehicle will deteriorate. A massage is a very healthy and relaxing way to provide that necessary maintenance. Massage helps stimulate the body's many systems and gets them moving again. We can purchase an unlimited amount of motor vehicles throughout our lifetime, but we only get one body. It should be a priority to take special care in maintaining the overall wellness of that body. If you are getting your oil changed more than you are getting massage, consider letting me show you how regular massage therapy can provide the maintenance your body needs. ​ ​ ​

"My wife and I have received massages from McKenzie for about 5 years on a routine schedule. She is professional and friendly. Before we start, she inquiries about areas that specifically bother me. In addition, she is careful for any limitations, such as cervical disc diseases or chronic shoulder issues, the latter which I suffer from. McKenzie adjusts the massage pressure per my request. Since I am active in cycling, martial arts, and mild weightlifting, I tend to have sore muscles, bruises, and trigger points. After our session, I feel totally refreshed. In fact I have fallen asleep during the massage. The heated massage table is a nice touch. I always look forward to our next massage."

Jim M.

"I have been seeing Mckenzie now for 3 years and I can't say enough amazing things about her! Whether you are looking for a relaxing massage that will lull you into sleep or some deep tissue work to get at problem areas, she does it all. She takes the time to get to know your body and your needs and really helps move progress forward. Mckenzie is the best massage I've ever had!"

Andie O.

"Paired with McKenzie's masterful technique, her calming energy allows an excellent space for full body and mind rejuvenation. Whether I am looking for relief from everyday stress or need some more aggressive bodywork done (I highly recommend the Thai :D) she is attentive to the details my body needs. Her flexible schedule and ability to work around my hectic life means I can keep up with myself!"

Merritt R.

"Always exactly what I needed. Kenzie has in-depth training and understanding, and I experience it every time she works on me."

Andrea G.

"Kenzie is the absolute best! Her range of techniques is incredible and she has something for everyone! I tell everyone I know that massage is maintenance, not just an indulgence. Kenzie delivers on that idea, and keeps my pain and tension in check. I don't know what I would do without her monthly sessions!"

Natalie W.

"Mckenzie's massage technique is the absolute best. Whether I need therapeutic massage for an injury or massage for relaxation, she's the only one I'll go to. She goes above and beyond by knowing my exact needs and even my preferred music/and oil scents. She even travels to me!"

Acacia W.

"I have been seeing Kenzie for 6 years now. She has fixed a number of significant issues and I call her "Dr. Kenzie" although she'll be the first to tell you that she is not a doctor! Nonetheless, she has eliminated a number of pain points and restored function and range of movement from injuries. And Kenzie is so sweet too!"

David P.

United States

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