DAKOTA DARKSTAR
Massage Therapist

Choose from Swedish Massage, Orthopedic Massage, Sports Massage, or Chair Massage.

As a barefoot/minimalist runner of over 10 years and experienced running coach, Dakota brings a unique perspective to his clients. He understands the balance of fitness and recovery and strives to support the body’s innate ability to adapt and heal. He specializes in clinical massage but seeks to customize treatment for each client with the use of varying modalities and techniques such as Swedish (relaxation) massage, sports massage, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, orthopedic assessment and active isolated stretching.

Dakota is the 2nd generation of two massage therapists and brings lifelong knowledge to his practice. He has a B.A. Degree in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College and as a competitive runner, began his massage practice there working on his Cross Country and Track & Field teammates. In 2018, he earned his A.A.S. Degree in Massage Therapy from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a focus on clinical/medical massage. He also earned his Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork though the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworkers.

He is currently working towards a Personal Training Certification to further expand his goals of teaching bodily awareness, presence and wellness.

Choose from Swedish Massage, Orthopedic Massage, Sports Massage, or Chair Massage.

 

“Dakota has been my massage therapist for the past six years. As a collegiate athlete (gymnastics and track), I heavily relied on Dakota for his expertise to help with my recoveries and to maximize my performance. Since, I have continued to work with him. Dakota’s presence is very calming, making for a trusting massage. He is highly in tune with each person’s body and their needs and is able to adapt accordingly. He is diligent and thorough and I always feel refreshed and relaxed for days after my massages with Dakota. He is versatile with athletes and non-athletes and has greatly assisted with my transition from college athlete to working adult. I continue to return to him for the positive experience and refer friends to him without hesitation!” – Bo LaFountaine