About Us

Often I've been asked why I choose to get into massage therapy. Just a little background on me I have worked in the construction industry for 45 years. Built a lot of buildings, touted a lot of heavy materials. Over time it began to brake down my body to where I wasn't able to lift anything much any more. Over a 2 year period of going to different doctors for my bad back condition I became a doctor frailer. Faced with the reality of possible being on disability for the rest of my life o by the way at this time I was only in my early 50's. It was about this time I discovered Trigger Point Therapy, some call it Myofacial release or Nero muscular therapy. So as I learned more about how to treat and release muscle tissue I was getting better control of my pain issues. Lets fast forwa... more

Essential Kneads Therapeutic Massage

1002 East Pryor St

Athens , AL 36511 map it

(256) 262-5299

License: #2504

Hours of Operation

M 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
T 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
W 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Th 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
F 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Sa 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • It was my first massage and it was amazing. I left feeling so much better than I did goin in and I definitely see myself making another appointment soon.

    very theraputic massage. I am sore today but feel much better.

  • Paul was very knowledgeable and very professional. He has a lot of experience and able to find trouble areas. He explained everything he was doing and what to expect. I was very happy with my session.

    After my first visit with Paul, I received significant pain relief, so much so that a lot of my lost energy returned within 24 hours. I had a sinus infection and vertigo for 2 months and was getting no help from the antibiotics or the sinus medicine and I was desperate for relief. I also had head, neck and shoulder pain. I am 71 years old and pretty much thought pain was what life was all about. Paul has proven me wrong. His expertise in massage therapy is like none I have ever experienced with other massage therapists. He has made a believer out of me. I am singing his praises to everyone I know.

  • If my plantar fasciitis, arthritis or back is hurting, two or three visits to Essential Kneads takes care of it! Paul knows what he’s doing!

    Mr. Dobbs was great!!! I went in for lower back pain and immediately felt relief after the first session!! Definitely worth checking out for any of your needs!!

  • Amazing massage...will be going back.

    He did a great job and was very knowledgeable.

  • Very knowledgeable man In a calm and relaxing setting. This is not the chain stores that look like a 5 star resort but, give terrible service..

    You can hear the people talking through the walls but Paul was exceptionally knowledgeable about muscles and understanding about pain

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$105
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Swedish Relaxation Massage

$55
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Trigger Point Therapy

$85
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Express Massage

$30
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Reflexology

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Massage Trio

3 one hour massages
$150
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2- 90 minute deep tissue massage
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Paul D.

License: AL #3999

39 Verified Reviews

Chair massage

$15
15min
$30
30min
Select

Deep tissue Massage

$30
30min
$45
45min
$60
60min
$85
90min
$105
120min

Swedish Relaxation Massage

$55
60min
Select

Trigger Point Therapy

$85
90min
$115
120min
Select

Express Massage

$30
30min
Select

Reflexology

$25
30min
Select

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Massage Trio

$150
60min.
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Massage trio

$150
90min.
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Swedish massage

$80
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Deep tissue

$85
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by Roberta on Apr 05
It was my first massage and it was amazing. I left feeling so much better than I did goin in and I definitely see myself making another appointment soon.
by Anonymous on Mar 04
very theraputic massage. I am sore today but feel much better.
by Kenneth on Feb 23
Paul was very knowledgeable and very professional. He has a lot of experience and able to find trouble areas. He explained everything he was doing and what to expect. I was very happy with my session.
by Sonja on Jan 11
After my first visit with Paul, I received significant pain relief, so much so that a lot of my lost energy returned within 24 hours. I had a sinus infection and vertigo for 2 months and was getting no help from the antibiotics or the sinus medicine and I was desperate for relief. I also had head, neck and shoulder pain. I am 71 years old and pretty much thought pain was what life was all about. Paul has proven me wrong. His expertise in massage therapy is like none I have ever experienced with other massage therapists. He has made a believer out of me. I am singing his praises to everyone I know.
by Chris on Jan 08
If my plantar fasciitis, arthritis or back is hurting, two or three visits to Essential Kneads takes care of it! Paul knows what he’s doing!
by Alex on Dec 23
Mr. Dobbs was great!!! I went in for lower back pain and immediately felt relief after the first session!! Definitely worth checking out for any of your needs!!
by Mindy on Dec 22
Amazing massage...will be going back.
by Rebekah on Dec 18
He did a great job and was very knowledgeable.
by Anonymous on Nov 30
Very knowledgeable man In a calm and relaxing setting. This is not the chain stores that look like a 5 star resort but, give terrible service..
by Anonymous on Nov 26
You can hear the people talking through the walls but Paul was exceptionally knowledgeable about muscles and understanding about pain

Average Rating:

4.9 (Based on 39 Reviews)

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by Roberta on Apr 2018
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
It was my first massage and it was amazing. I left feeling so much better than I did goin in and I definitely see myself making another appointment soon.
by Anonymous on Mar 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
very theraputic massage. I am sore today but feel much better.
by Kenneth on Feb 2018
Verified
Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
Paul was very knowledgeable and very professional. He has a lot of experience and able to find trouble areas. He explained everything he was doing and what to expect. I was very happy with my session.
by Sonja on Jan 2018
Verified
Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
After my first visit with Paul, I received significant pain relief, so much so that a lot of my lost energy returned within 24 hours. I had a sinus infection and vertigo for 2 months and was getting no help from the antibiotics or the sinus medicine and I was desperate for relief. I also had head, neck and shoulder pain. I am 71 years old and pretty much thought pain was what life was all about. Paul has proven me wrong. His expertise in massage therapy is like none I have ever experienced with other massage therapists. He has made a believer out of me. I am singing his praises to everyone I know.
by Chris on Jan 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
If my plantar fasciitis, arthritis or back is hurting, two or three visits to Essential Kneads takes care of it! Paul knows what he’s doing!
by Alex on Dec 2017
Verified
Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
Mr. Dobbs was great!!! I went in for lower back pain and immediately felt relief after the first session!! Definitely worth checking out for any of your needs!!
by Mindy on Dec 2017
Verified
Service Received: Swedish Relaxation Massage with Paul D.
Amazing massage...will be going back.
by Rebekah on Dec 2017
Verified
Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
He did a great job and was very knowledgeable.
by Anonymous on Nov 2017
Verified
Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
Very knowledgeable man In a calm and relaxing setting. This is not the chain stores that look like a 5 star resort but, give terrible service..
by Anonymous on Nov 2017
Verified
Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
You can hear the people talking through the walls but Paul was exceptionally knowledgeable about muscles and understanding about pain
by Anonymous on Nov 2017
Verified
Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
I'm not 100% yet, but better than I was upon arriving. Paul did an amazing job yesterday working out some of my kinks. Can't wait to see how I feel after my next appointment.
by Susan on Nov 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
Paul relieved my back and hip pain first appointment. Each appointment I can feel my old self emerging. Pain is debilitating. If your looking for a massage therapist, give Paul a chance to see if he can help you. Ive been going to physical therapy off and on for over two years. My physical therapist is amazing. She told me “I have done all I can do for you” she recommended that a massage therapist should be my next step. I wish I had listened to my Physical therapist last year when see told me massage therapy might help me. I would of had massages along with Physical therapy.
by Tom on Nov 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
Just a really good massage! Paul's trigger point method is very effective without too much pressure. Highly recommended!
by Anonymous on Sep 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
The massage was really great. Paul was good at adjusting his pressure per my feedback. It was a very good experience!
by Anonymous on Sep 2017
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Service Received: Swedish Relaxation Massage with Paul D.
Paul is a very good massage therapist.He is knowledgeable .
by Barbara on Sep 2017
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Service Received: Swedish Relaxation Massage with Paul D.
I felt a lot better about the right knee that had pain. There is hope that the tension will relax with therapy. Thank you for the help.
by Summer on Aug 2017
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
I always love my massage they are the only thing that helps my back.
by Anonymous on Aug 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
This man can reduce your pain, even if you have lived with it for years. Let him help you feel better.
by Anonymous on Aug 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
This man can reduce your pain, even if you have lived with it for years. Let him help you feel better.
by Jeff on Aug 2017
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
Comfortable surroundings. Paul's utilization of the trigger point massage will ease your pains for sure!
by Tesha on Aug 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
Paul does AMAZING WORK! He is very knowledgeable about the human body and really works with you to help get you comfortable and relief from your pain. He also gives you information on how to help your problem areas at home.
by Anonymous on Jul 2017
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Service Received: Express Massage with Paul D.
Paul was amazing ! I've referred almost everyone I know to him!
by Christine on Jul 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
I found Paul to be extremely knowledgeable, professional, listens to all my concerns and respects my privacy. Through the years I have been to many massage therapist to treat my carpal tunnel syndrome, herniated disc C5/C6 area with many other back issues. Doctors told me surgery is the only option and still couldn't guarantee me much success. Paul's technique called "Trigger Point Therapy" is amazing and has improved the quality of my life without surgery. I've sent my husband, daughter and highly recommend referring everyone I know to Essential Kneads Therapeutic Massage. Christine

Business response:

Thanks Christine. Helping people that live with chronic pain live life with less pain issues naturally without drugs or surgery is my goal.

by Peggy on Jun 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
More than I ever expected. Paul is very knowledgeable and explained each trigger point area. I highly recommend Essential Kneads Therapeutic before considering physical therapy if you are experiencing pain in your back, neck, shoulder and leg pain. After one session I could actually get up from a sitting position without being stiff and walk without a limp on the right side. Looking forward to my next session. Feeling really positive that I finally decided to take care of me with therapeutic massage therapy at Essential Kneads!

Business response:

Thanks Peggy My goal at Essential Kneads Therapeutic Massage is to make difference in a persons overall health and well being.

by Rachell on Jun 2017
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
I would be delighted to see Paul each week, but for now I see him as I can.....He is amazing to aches, stress and tiredness in my body! He has worked on my husband after neck and shoulder surgery. Paul did better than therapy ever did !

Business response:

Thanks Rachell. Our goal is to make a difference in peoples lives one massage at a time.

by Anonymous on May 2017
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
This was an excellent deep tissue massage and I will not only be a regular but will be making my husband an appointment with Paul for a trigger point massage.
by Pam on May 2017
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
Always feel much better than I have with other massages
by Anonymous on May 2017
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Service Received: Swedish Relaxation Massage with Paul D.
Paul was very knowledgeable and explained about how massage therapy works. I felt very relaxed and refreshed after receiving my massage . I definitely plan on returning.
by Karen on Apr 2017
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Service Received: Swedish Relaxation Massage with Paul D.
My sister purchased a gift certificate for an hour massage for me as a birthday gift. Since she lives out of town she did her research via the internet and selected Essential Kneads based on the online reviews. It was my first time to visit and I was pleased with the service. Paul definitely took his time to listen to my desires and goals for the massage, and followed through. I found the accommodations and ambiance very peaceful and relaxing. I wish the rating scale was worded differently. 4 is "good" and 5 is "amazing." I would describe Paul's skill and professionalism as great. He's better than "good", but probably not "amazing." I would give him a 4.5 and I would definitely return.
by Anonymous on Apr 2017
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
I showed up with sharp pains in my hip, back, and neck. I've never had trigger therapy before, it's not a relaxing massage but it worked wonderfully on removing my pain. I was sore the next day but it was so much better than the pain I was in. Thank you Paul.
by Sandra on Apr 2017
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
was amazed of the information that was giving before and after session
by Wanda on Apr 2017
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
I was really hurting when I went in. Paul took away most of the pain.
by Margie on Mar 2017
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Service Received: with Paul D.
music was a little loud

Business response:

I'm sorry for the music being up a little loud. I normally try to set it for each clients preference. Different clients like different types of music and our ears hear differently also and I don't mind adjusting it for each person as long as I know how they want it. Thanks for the review. Paul

by Mary on Mar 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
I have not had such relief in 25 years. Very skilled and gifted hands. Extremely professional and accomplished. I can't wait to go back
by Peter on Mar 2017
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
You know how to zero in pressure points to eliminate them.
by Deidre on Mar 2017
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Service Received: Deep tissue Massage with Paul D.
I loved it and the massage therapist wasexcellent!
by Anonymous on Mar 2017
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Service Received: Swedish Relaxation Massage with Paul D.
The music
by Melanie on Mar 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
Paul is wonderful! I have never been one to really like massages; the few times I tried before, there just wasn't any lasting comfort. Paul works wonders for those tight and sore muscles, making it extremely beneficial. He really helped me get my full range of motion back after knee surgery too!
by Anonymous on Mar 2017
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Service Received: Trigger Point Therapy with Paul D.
The relaxing experience, and it helps my joints.
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Essential Kneads Therapeutic Massage

1002 East Pryor St

Athens , AL 36511 map it

Phone: (256) 262-5299

License: #2504