After working as a massage therapist for Minnesota Vikings players, Minnesota Twins players and local NHL players, Stephanie Tennessen is coming back to work with Edina locals.
Tennessen’s history with massage therapy goes back to when she was 18 and diagnosed with stage four thyroid cancer with lymph node involvement. During radiation treatment, she was confined to her own room without human contact. “It was during that time I realized how important touch was, especially when you’re not feeling well.” Tennessen says.
This inspired her to become a massage therapist. She started out in Edina before moving to San Francisco, and then came back here to start a private practice. Through word of mouth, Tennessen made her way to working with professional athletes.
Tennessen is always looking to improve her abilities and returned to school to study nutrition. Now, she works with Chris Bargmann at Edina Family Chiropractic at 50th and France in Edina.
“Allowing people the opportunity to live more happy, healthy, productive lives makes my heart so happy,” she says.
When not working, Tennessen often runs with her three pugs at Centennial Lakes Park, takes her 2-year-old son Trigger to modeling photo shoots, or attends hot yoga classes.