our Team
            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.

Dena Kinate

Owner + Creator of Applied Pressure

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.


Jess Lozenski

Bodyworker + Lead Assistant of Applied Pressure

Jess brings a natural talent for connection and healing touch to her growing skills at Applied Pressure.  She is quickly learning to do deep work with her feet in addition to her already amazingly effective treatment bodywork with her hands!   Come give Jess a try.  We bet you'll be rebooking again, again, and again...

This Is Not Your Average Massage



I am WILDLY particular when it comes to bodywork

I understand the body from the inside out and can tell within 10 seconds of someone working on me if they are the real deal.Dena 1000% is. She has a felt sense about the functionality of the body, which makes her work incredibly effective and precise.The work she does on my neck / head / shoulders is what I’ve always wanted someone to do during a massage. It always feels like she has 3-4 hands which is just so crazy and magical to experience!To top it off, she’s an awesome human being. Do your body and yourself a favor🙏🏻✔️

- Samantha C.

There’s is good massage and then there’s Dena.

- Megan K.

Consistently excellent massage...for starters.

When was the last time you had a meal that made you say "that was ALOT better than I expected"? Or, a music concert that left you in awe of how you felt afterwards? Fill in any number of your own personal peak experiences and then imagine yourself getting a massage that breaks open your idea of how good you can have it - that's what awaits for your first session with Dena (I've had approx. 10 of these in the last year - all top quality). 

Dena's winning combination includes highly skilled / intuitive hands AND feet (not "Thai"), and is as unique as it is wonderful. She is both sweet & deep, but never painful. I have had 4 hip operations in the last 2 years, and have worked hard to bring myself back into an active lifestyle, which involves lots of excercise. After I see Dena I feel better for days afterwards, and move with the giddyness of a youngster. 

If you want the best, get on her schedule. Just know its a busy one, so plan ahead...I promise the wait & $ will be well worth it.

- Gus D.

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

I’ve never been more impressed and satisfied with a massage

Dena is exceptionally skilled and very passionate about her work. She is able to relieve tension without inflicting pain or discomfort. I’m very confident there is no one better in the Twin Cities.

- Corey S.

The most effective and deep massage you will ever experience

Truly one of a kind. Dena is the only person you will ever book again. She has essentially ruined all other massages for me. She is AMAZING and worth every penny.

- Olivia B.

Amazing! The BEST 90 minute massage I've had.

Dena is so knowledgeable and so welcoming. She did a wonderful job explaining the benefit of new techniques and reminding me to breathe/relax when she found tension in my body. After the first 15 minutes my back, shoulders, and neck felt better than it has in years. She's so in tune with what the body is going through - she's quick to find the real source of pain. I can't recommend her enough. It was an amazing experience. I'll be a lifetime client - best kept secret in the twin cities!

- Lacey S.

Dena is a tried and true bodyworker.

She's knowledgable, strong and thoughtful during her sessions. It was my first visit to Applied Pressure and I was so happy with my session. I recently moved back to the states from Asia and have tried lots of fun and different massages (Thai, Lao, Chinese TCM) and Dena's are incredible - they're up with the best of em! The massages are methodical and magical! If you're looking for the real deal bodyworker - not just a massage she's the one!

- Kristina C.

5 out of 5

*Based on 77 reviews