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I love this place. As both a runner and a chronic round-shouldered, desk-job huncher, I get painful knots everywhere. My shoulders and legs are a nightmare. Emily is super nice and AMAZING at getting every single one of those knots out. I highly recommend her. I don’t regularly get massages (not that I wouldn’t like to!), usually just when I find a convenient deal or groupon. But this place I have gone back to again without a deal because it is that good. It’s located in the basement of Open Book. Walk in the doors off Washington, head straight back past the stairs to the elevator and go down one floor. It feels a little dark being in a basement at first, and occasionally you can hear footsteps upstairs at Open Book, but I’ve found it’s easy to tune out quickly. I can’t recommend Doorway enough.
Stephanie O. on Yelp

 

At the risk of making it even more difficult to get in to see David or his colleagues at the Doorway (who not surprisingly are already in high demand), after experiencing an awakening massage recently from David, I felt obligated to spread the word. I continue to be simply amazed at the skill with which David nimbly maneuvered my muscles, causing tingling in seemingly random parts of my body, and alleviating pain and uncomfortable pressure at the base of my skull that has bothered me for years. I left feeling awake, confused, and inspired; qualities I hope everyone who visits the Doorway has the joy of experiencing, and no doubt will. I will add that I had seen both David and Brandon a handful of times previously, all with wonderful massages, but I received the most benefit by returning and continuing to communicate my body’s response to previous massages and any recurring concerns. You won’t get the same massage every time, but rather an evolving effort at healing your aches and pains. David puts his energy, knowledge, experience, and mindfulness into delivering relief to his patients. In the humble, yet comfortable and professional space, this is a no frills studio that – thankfully – focuses its energy on the benefits of expert bodywork and healing. Mastery at its best; highly recommend.
By Pamela L on Yelp

 

This high quality, medium frills, dual location place is one that I was introduced with via a groupon. That was about a year ago and I come back monthly now. They do right by the customer, have high quality therapists, and offer aromatherapy to your liking with the massage. Pretty wide variety of styles…I won’t mention my favorite because I want to be able to continue to book her! (PS They are all very good)
Note – I’ve not been to the downtown location, this review is for the North Minneapolis location, which is kitty corner from Victory 44.
By Shawn S

 

This was my first visit to The Doorway. I took a chance booking with Tim giving his experience level. Let’s just I was pleasantly surprised. Tim did a great job!! The $20 for $40 package value deal was worth every penny. I will definitely be a return client.
By Lila L. on Yelp

 

I like to play hard! Some times that comes with physical effects on my body. To relieve myself from physical soreness, stress or just to pamper myself I go straight to “Doorway Massage”. I have never had a more educated, relaxing and fulfilling massage as I have here. Truly, these artists love what they do and it shows. If you need a massage you need to go here!
Elizabeth S. via Yelp.com

 

I saw Emily today! How good is Emily? This is how good…After my massage, I came back home to my bedridden flu family AND a new puppy who pooped in her crate. Didn’t faze me. Emily is so good. 🙂
By Whitney H on Facebook

 

The Doorway is fantastic, I signed up for 5 more sessions! By Nathalie G via Facebook

 

Outstanding!
As an aging athlete and former massage therapist myself, I know the difference between an average massage therapist and a healer.
The massages I received here really helped with my aches and pains. I went in with a minor sprain and felt better immediately! These guys are true professionals!
Thanks
Peter L. via yelp.com

 

I have been going to David at the Doorway for 4 years. I have a lower back problem where I am always in some degree of pain. Davids deep tissue work and his dedication to keeping me healthy has paid off. Not only do I go mostly once a week, but he gave me an at home plan to help with keeping my muscles loose and flexible. I can say, without any hesitation, that David is the best massage therapist I have ever been to. That would include about 7 therapists over 20 year time frame. No one else works on my body but David – EVER!
Roger M. via yelp.com

 

No more bargain-hopping for me, going from CMT to CMT depending on where I have a coupon. After two visits, The Doorway is the place!
I’d like to specifically give accolades to Emily. Her technique was strong and smart. I felt very connected with her hands during my massage; it was clear that she was learning about my body and adjusting her treatment accordingly. I look forward to seeing her again.
By Michael A on Yelp

 

Had a great deep tissue massage from one of the therapists here. Nice comfortable little massage studio.
Don N. via yelp.com

 

I had a massage at The Doorway for Bodywork last Friday and I must say it was THE BEST! My therapist not only got my problem areas worked out but she listened to me complain without interrupting. She had great pressure and showed me some stretches that I didn’t know. And even though she was working my knots out she had a way of making me relax the entire time. She gave me great at-home tips and was very knowledgeable in what areas needed work. By Kate H via Yelp

 

I am a long time customer of The Doorway and have been very satisfied over the years with the quality of the massage they provide. I have mainly had David, the owner provide bodywork for me and more recently a new hire for The Doorway provided bodywork for me and they are both fantastic! They are receptive to one’s individual needs and go one step beyond by providing customized essential oil blends and many massage options, such as hot rock massage, etc. What is even better is that they are a neighborhood business, so, it enables me to support the local economy which is very important to me. I highly recommend The Doorway!
Kim G. via yelp.com

 

I’ve been going to David for 7 years. I’d been to at least 20 masseurs and masseuses before I finally found him. Thank God. Not only is he incredibly good at and knowledgable about what he does, but he has a true healer’s vocation. His space may not have the corporate snazz that some do, but wonderful, transformative things happen there. I have to say, even if you offered me a free massage with someone else, I wouldn’t waste my time. He’s that good and that worth paying for. And his rates are very reasonable.
Kate R. via yelp.com

 

Big fan of The Doorway — it’s upstairs from CorePower Yoga, so if I’m not going to relax in one way I’ve got the other to rely on!
Have not had a bad massage yet, and the atmosphere is relaxed and personal.
Peggy V. via Yelp.com (We are no longer at this location, but the rest is still true, in our opinion.)

 

Best massage ever!
Colleen G. via Facebook

 

I decided at the last minute I needed and deserved a massage and was able to get in. Lucky, lucky me! I’ve had neck and back pain for the last few months and after just this one session, I feel better than I have in a LONG time! My therapist really listened to what my needs were and my massage was exactly what I needed.
Ellen S. via Yelp.com

 

David’s fingers aren’t just nimble or ridiculously strong. They are SMART. They can unearth the power of muscles that you barely remember exist, and with a single stroke or movement, he pinpoints exactly where the bottleneck is. He is by far the most nuanced and detail-oriented massage therapist I’ve had. He’s also very attentive and committed to refining his techniques on you with every session. I don’t think you could find a more multi-talented set of fingers on a more personable guy anywhere. David is cathartic!!
Greg R. via Facebook

 

Dudes don’t get massages. Right?
I was VERY reluctant to go see a massage therapist when recommended to do so after I had some serious problems with my IT band while training for a marathon, because… well… dudes don’t get massages (especially from another dude) unless they’re, you know, on vacation in Puerto Vallarta or something.I still ask David Wicklund not to tell anyone that I am now a regular customer making covert referrals to him left and right, but the truth is that he is excellent. The Doorway is a relaxing and comfortable place, the service is very professional and reasonably priced, and David has done a ton to get me back in running form through deep tissue massage and at-home therapy “homework” (much more than I can say for the physical “therapist” I’ve seen).
Highly, highly recommended!
Brian M. via yelp.com

 

Had a massage yesterday with at the downtown location. My therapist made me feel comfortable from the outset and was able to apply a great amount of pressure. My favorite part was afterward when he told me problem areas where I was carrying tension and suggested certain stretches tailored to me! Since I went on a Saturday there was parking right out front, and I was in and out easily. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for some relaxation by a non-wimp therapist. By Keri S via Yelp

 

I always come away feeling refreshed and energized after a session with David. I’d go every day if I could!
Brandon T. via Facebook

 

Thanks David for a wonderful massage. It was truly extraordinary. I am so glad you are still in my neighborhood!
Wayne C. via Facebook

 

David Wicklund is the best there is. His hands are strong and his demeanor is professional. He continues to learn in his profession. I went to resolve issues with repetitive stress that caused pain throughout my back, arms and shoulders. We are working on that still-only because I cannot quit my job or stop playing on the computer. Massage/ David is also my drug of choice. I have too long to work before retirement to take medication for the pain I was having -so I decided that massage was the route to releif. It has helped immensely.
Katie M. via Facebook

 

I am certain that David would score higher than any doctor in an anatomy quiz. In addition to having a think outside the box style of solving aches and pains, David is also exceptional at aromatherapy. I had a massage today and I feel and smell great.
Erin K. via yelp.com

 

David has great hands. Gives an excellent massage. I need to get in to see him more often than I have in the past.
Wayne C via Facebook

 

I had a great massage here from David (and I’m very picky about my massages). I’ll definitely be going back – I’ve already purchased 2 more sessions!
Jen M. via yelp.com

 

A little oasis on the north side, the Doorway opens to tranquility and wholeness I’d expect at a country spa. David continues to find areas of my body that I hadn’t known were stress points and is an encyclopedia of advice on how to improve my health.
John K. via yelp.com

 

In my most recent marathon training program I developed some serious calf strain/soreness/fatigue issues that lingered for about a month. One visit to The Doorway… GONE. Incredible. David Wicklund is a miracle worker. The Doorway remains my marathon training pit crew.
Bryan M. via yelp.com

 

This is definitely my favorite Twin Cities spot for a little pick-me-up: thank you for a fantastic massage, David! By Doriana R via Facebook

 

David is a master of massage. I went to the Doorway as I had a discount that was expiring so I finally made an appointment. I mentioned having chronic headaches for several months without anticipating relief by massage as David asked about any issues, etc. After one session, no more headaches. I was not expecting that as I have had massages for years by pros and usually just had a pleasant experience or temporary relief. David is personable and professional in addition to being an outstanding massage therapist. A session will be worth the time and money you spend.
By Jan P. On Yelp

 

At the risk of making it even more difficult to get in to see David or his colleagues at the Doorway (who not surprisingly are already in high demand), after experiencing an awakening massage recently from David, I felt obligated to spread the word. I continue to be simply amazed at the skill with which David nimbly maneuvered my muscles, causing tingling in seemingly random parts of my body, and alleviating pain and uncomfortable pressure at the base of my skull that has bothered me for years. I left feeling awake, confused, and inspired; qualities I hope everyone who visits the Doorway has the joy of experiencing, and no doubt will. I will add that I had seen both David and Brandon a handful of times previously, all with wonderful massages, but I received the most benefit by returning and continuing to communicate my body’s response to previous massages and any recurring concerns. You won’t get the same massage every time, but rather an evolving effort at healing your aches and pains. David puts his energy, knowledge, experience, and mindfulness into delivering relief to his patients. In the humble, yet comfortable and professional space, this is a no frills studio that – thankfully – focuses its energy on the benefits of expert bodywork and healing. Mastery at its best; highly recommend.
By Kimberley S on Yelp

 

I’m a massage therapist, so I know great massage and I just had a divine head, neck, foot session with David. I want more!
By Stephanie C on Yelp

 

Unfortunately I just found out about this massage location right before I pack and leave MPLS. But as they say, better late than never! David has the magical touch! I’ve been feeling very stiff and tense from long hours in front of the computer so I asked him to focus on the shoulders. Lo and behold, a new me was born when I walked out of the North MPLS location. He even taught me some stretch exercises to do frequently to help prevent such tensed muscles! I HIGHLY recommend the Doorway. You also have the option of sampling and purchasing from a variety of oils to help soothe you into wonderful heaven! Yes I was in la la land during the whole process and wish it could last forever! I hope to sneak one more visit before leaving but if I am not able to, I now know where to go get a relaxing massage when I am back in MPLS.
by Lola A on Yelp