Therapeutic Deep Tissue/Sports Massage

MassageDeep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesions.”)


Swedish Massage uses variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones. By rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart; Swedish Massage is designed to increase the flow of oxygen in the blood. This also assists with the release of toxins from the muscles and flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. Firm soothing strokes help to keep ligaments and tendons supple and pliable. This style of massage both stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time soothes the nerves themselves. Swedish Massage is excellent for stress reduction, both emotional and physical.


Alexis Karlson

Seattle Clinic

Alexis has always been fascinated by the connection between the mind and body. Her interest led her to pursue training in clinical massage therapy in 2005 at The Soma Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Since then, she has worked with massage clients in a variety of settings, including sports clinics, massage studios, holistic wellness centers, and day spas. At the heart of each of her massages is a thoughtful, measured approach to treating and resolving soft-tissue restrictions to improve movement, reduce pain, and increase quality of life.

Whether you are a weekend warrior, professional athlete, or everyday hero, Alexis will work with you to identify your massage goals. Her massages are a blend of deep tissue and Swedish massage strokes, stretching, trigger point treatment, and myofascial work. She has helped previous clients with athletic performance, physical recovery from injury, stress management, and the ups and downs of infertility treatments, pregnancy, or chronic illness. Her favorite clients are those who believe that massage is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, whether you are an Ironman competitor, marathoner, or just trying to make it to the weekend.

Alexis is nationally certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She also holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePaul University.

When away from massage, Alexis enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest by foot, bike, or kayak with her husband. She keeps balance in her life by mixing in yoga, quilting, and cooking.


Seattle Clinic

Marcus was born and raised in Southern California and spent much of his time at the beach surfing, racing outrigger canoe’s, beach volleyball, biking and sailing. He moved to Seattle in 1991 for work with an Aerospace Co, then decided to get out of the corporate world in 1993. Marcus decided to change careers and enrolled into massage school and graduated from Brian Utting School of Massage in 1995, Marcus’s specialty is Therapeutic Sports Massage and injury prevention. His unique style that incorporates several modalities, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Rolfing, Thai, ART and stretching. His motto is ” You can pay for an expensive nap or get results”
Marcus has helped many armature and professional athletes stay on top of there game. Marcus has worked with the Rat City Roller Girls for the 2011 and 2012 season. Outside of Massage Marcus’s passion is long road trips on his motorcycle, cooking, spending time outdoors.


Hollie Irish

Bellevue Clinic

Hollie grew up in the Seattle/Renton area and graduated form Renton Technical Collage in 2001 with a Certificate in Massage Therapy, specificaly focusing in Deep Tissue and Injury Treatment Massage. She loves reading, spending time with friends and playing with her dog, Raffle. Hollie started working for Elite Sports and Spine in 2010. “I absolutely LOVE E.S.S.! I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”