About Us

Dedric is the owner and operator of Empirical Knead. Evidence based therapeutic massage. Where traditional orthopedic massage meets the modern world of science.  Dedric is an orthopedic massage specialist, clinical researcher, massage instructor and published author. Since 2008 he has been a pioneer in the massage industry with 3 scientific publications on the efficacy of massage therapy. He specializes in orthopedic massage, solving musculoskeletal issues and reducing systemic inflammation     

As a clinical researcher with Emory University, he has an understanding about the benefits of massage that is rare in the industry.  

Learn about our research here https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=faW57xzY6H4

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Empirical Knead

659 Auburn Avenue

Suite G22

Atlanta , GA 30312 map it

(404) 317-4392

License: #MT005549

Hours of Operation

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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • Dedric is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful!

    Dedric is the ultimate professional. His soothing voice and clear explanations as he worked thru your body makes it very clear to understand the areas where one needs work the most. He takes his business seriously. Thank you

  • Dedric is the best massage therapist I've ever been with. Every time he delivers deep care that heals and comforts too. The essential oils he uses are the best. I leave wanting to return soon for more of his calming touch and manner.

    Dedric is super intuitive! He has excellent skill to follow a muscle and release the spasms and trigger points. He really listens, assesses the body, and makes a difference.

  • Very intuitive - hitting all the right spots. Gentle, but firm.

    Dedric is an incredibly skilled, wholistic massage therapist. He’s brought about a marked improvement in my well being.

  • Dedrick has a superior knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and the skill and technique to match. Outstanding practitioner and teacher.

    Dedric really helps alleviate pain from my TMJ as well muscle tightness from a herniated disc in my neck. I am so grateful to him for giving me relief from muscle spasms also! Thank you Dedric for your continual help and expertise!

  • I have a messed up back (2 surgeries in) and have been seeing Dedric since 2012. Not only is he a skilled professional, he is a great human who truly cares about his patients and takes the time to listen, understand, and provide advice/solutions. I am thankful that he is in my life and my circle of care. It’s very hard for me to get a “massage” when I go away on vacation, because nothing has compared to his skill and understanding of my body and what it needs. He is incredible!

    More than a massage, expertised bodywork. I will be back, it’s really worth it.

Autoimmune Massage Protocol

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Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage

$105
60min
$131.50
75min
$157
90min

Stress Buster

$105
60min
$131
75min
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Neuromuscular Therapy

$105
60min
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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

$125
75min
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Thai Massage

$105
60min
$131
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Reiki

$95
45min
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Orthopedic Series (60)

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Orthopedic Series(90)

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Orthopedic Series (75)

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License: GA #MT005549

49 Verified Reviews

Autoimmune Massage Protocol

$105
60min
Select

Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage

$105
60min
$131.50
75min
$157
90min

Stress Buster

$105
60min
$131
75min
Select

Neuromuscular Therapy

$105
60min
Select

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

$125
75min
Select

Thai Massage

$105
60min
$131
75min
Select

Reiki

$95
45min
$105
60min
Select

Special Offers

Orthopedic Series (60)

$420
60min.
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Orthopedic Series(90)

$628
90min.
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Orthopedic Series (75)

$526
75min.
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by Samantha on Sep 13
Dedric is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful!
by Enrique on Jul 29
Dedric is the ultimate professional. His soothing voice and clear explanations as he worked thru your body makes it very clear to understand the areas where one needs work the most. He takes his business seriously. Thank you
by Mally on Jun 08
Dedric is the best massage therapist I've ever been with. Every time he delivers deep care that heals and comforts too. The essential oils he uses are the best. I leave wanting to return soon for more of his calming touch and manner.
by Anonymous on May 29
Dedric is super intuitive! He has excellent skill to follow a muscle and release the spasms and trigger points. He really listens, assesses the body, and makes a difference.
by Anonymous on Apr 06
Very intuitive - hitting all the right spots. Gentle, but firm.
by Caleb on Mar 22
Dedric is an incredibly skilled, wholistic massage therapist. He’s brought about a marked improvement in my well being.
by Anonymous on Mar 09
Dedrick has a superior knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and the skill and technique to match. Outstanding practitioner and teacher.
by Kristy on Feb 03
Dedric really helps alleviate pain from my TMJ as well muscle tightness from a herniated disc in my neck. I am so grateful to him for giving me relief from muscle spasms also! Thank you Dedric for your continual help and expertise!
by Jennifer on Jan 06
I have a messed up back (2 surgeries in) and have been seeing Dedric since 2012. Not only is he a skilled professional, he is a great human who truly cares about his patients and takes the time to listen, understand, and provide advice/solutions. I am thankful that he is in my life and my circle of care. It’s very hard for me to get a “massage” when I go away on vacation, because nothing has compared to his skill and understanding of my body and what it needs. He is incredible!
by Jordan on Dec 29
More than a massage, expertised bodywork. I will be back, it’s really worth it.

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by Samantha on Sep 2019
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful!
by Enrique on Jul 2019
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric is the ultimate professional. His soothing voice and clear explanations as he worked thru your body makes it very clear to understand the areas where one needs work the most. He takes his business seriously. Thank you

Business response:

Thank you for your kind words! It's always a pleasure to work with you! See you again soon!

by Mally on Jun 2019
Verified
Service Received: Neuromuscular Therapy with Dedric C.
Dedric is the best massage therapist I've ever been with. Every time he delivers deep care that heals and comforts too. The essential oils he uses are the best. I leave wanting to return soon for more of his calming touch and manner.

Business response:

Thank you Mally!! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

by Anonymous on May 2019
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric is super intuitive! He has excellent skill to follow a muscle and release the spasms and trigger points. He really listens, assesses the body, and makes a difference.
by Anonymous on Apr 2019
Verified
Service Received: Stress Buster with Dedric C.
Very intuitive - hitting all the right spots. Gentle, but firm.
by Caleb on Mar 2019
Verified
Service Received: Stress Buster with Dedric C.
Dedric is an incredibly skilled, wholistic massage therapist. He’s brought about a marked improvement in my well being.
by Anonymous on Mar 2019
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
Dedrick has a superior knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and the skill and technique to match. Outstanding practitioner and teacher.

Business response:

Thank you for the kind review! Smiles

by Kristy on Feb 2019
Verified
Service Received: Ortho-Maintenance Series(90) with Dedric C.
Dedric really helps alleviate pain from my TMJ as well muscle tightness from a herniated disc in my neck. I am so grateful to him for giving me relief from muscle spasms also! Thank you Dedric for your continual help and expertise!
by Jennifer on Jan 2019
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
I have a messed up back (2 surgeries in) and have been seeing Dedric since 2012. Not only is he a skilled professional, he is a great human who truly cares about his patients and takes the time to listen, understand, and provide advice/solutions. I am thankful that he is in my life and my circle of care. It’s very hard for me to get a “massage” when I go away on vacation, because nothing has compared to his skill and understanding of my body and what it needs. He is incredible!

Business response:

Thank you Jennifer!! It's a pleasure to work with you. Smiles

by Jordan on Dec 2018
Verified
Service Received: Neuromuscular Therapy with Dedric C.
More than a massage, expertised bodywork. I will be back, it’s really worth it.

Business response:

Thank you Desiree!! See you again soon

by Anonymous on Nov 2018
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
In my opinion, Dedric is as good of a massage therapist as one can have. He's professional and very knowledgeable about the muscles and workings of a man's body... and very experienced. He's heard me say this a number of times, I was so lucky to find him. Yes, he's that good!
by Anonymous on Oct 2018
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric is amazing!
by Tony and Peter on Sep 2018
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Dedric C.
Dedric knows every muscle in the body and has a magical way of knowing which muscle needs special attention.
by Letrissa on Jun 2018
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
When I Tell You My Body is Crying For More!! Dedric is Just AMAZING! He took the time to talk with me an access my areas of need and that created an Amazing Experience! My Next Appointment is Booked and I’m Wishing That Was Today!! Thank You DEDRIC!!
by Cesar on Mar 2018
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
It was really good and I feel very good as well
by Alicia on Mar 2018
Verified
Service Received: Neuromuscular Therapy with Dedric C.
Dedric was amazing. He listened intently to really understand my needs. I have seen tons of other massage therapists, but Dedric was the most intune with the body.
by Chip on Feb 2018
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric is highly skilled and has been instrumental in my continued healing and recovery from pinched nerve and inflammation issues.
by Anonymous on Feb 2018
Verified
Service Received: Lymph Drainage with Dedric C.
The overall experience was great.
by alison on Feb 2018
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric is wonderful! His massages are a wonderful combinaton of resolving muscle tension and soothing stress relief.
by Carl on Jan 2018
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Dedric C.
Best massage experience I have ever had. Why? Well, Dedric not only asked why I was coming in for a massage, but also talked to why I may be having the problems I have and how we should approach the massage because of this.
by Edward on Dec 2017
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Dedric C.
I’ve had a lot of massages before from several massage therapists and I can definitely say that this is the best massage I’ve ever had to date. Dedric is very professional, and he makes sure that you feel comfortable during the entire service. And it seemed to me that he knew how much pressure I want (or probaby needed) for my lower back and neck and shoulder area.

Business response:

Thank you Edward! Remain well

by Toni on Dec 2017
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Dedric C.
Loved it. Feel great. I feel like my gait has improved! Thank you!
by Anonymous on Nov 2017
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Dedric C.
Dedric listened to my needs, fully explained his thoughts, processes, and techniques, all of which showed in the amazing massage. He was very impressive as a therapist and a person. Very pleased with this experience.
by Anonymous on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: Orthopedic Bodywork & Massage with Dedric C.
In touch with the body's need, well trained!
by Dave on Sep 2017
Verified
Service Received: Focus(60) with Dedric C.
Dedric is a caring and professional master at the craft of fulfilling your "knead" for a targeted therapeutic massage. Dave Wayne GBA <><

Business response:

Your kind words are very much appreciated Dave!

by Kristy on Sep 2017
Verified
Service Received: Ortho-Maintenance Series(90) with Dedric C.
Dedric does an excellent job of pinpointing trigger points and providing relief from painful muscle spasms. He is always very professional, calming, and positive. He is incredibly knowledgeable, and it is clearly evident that he is passionate about helping his clients. Dedric truly is the best massage therapist I've ever seen!

Business response:

Thanks for making me smile Kristy!!

by Anonymous on Aug 2017
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Dedric C.
Best Swedish massage ever! Dedric's expert training is evident. He is able to give a massage that is both relaxing and therapeutic. I have autoimmune arthritis and my body always aches, so this is just what I need!
by sendhil on Jul 2017
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric is very knowledgeable about anatomy and good about working on needed areas
by Anonymous on May 2017
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric cares about your overall health and helps you on your goal towards achieving that through massage therapy. I always learn something new when I see him!
by Chris on Apr 2017
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
I am a consistent client at Stillpoint. I currently work in the corpoate IT field which involves constant sitting and if not mindful (which most people aren't including myself) bad sitting posture. I was referred to Dedric by a fellow colleague who suffered from the same issue which is upper back shoulder pain and tightened muscles. Once treated by Dedric I was impressed as to his knowledge of knowing how to locate muscle tension and muscles knots without adding much input (essentially testing his skill). I would say he is more of a surgeon when he does his treatments showing care and dedication to relieve the muscle ailments that I have incurred over the years. I would recommend him to anyone who is suffering the same especially those in the corporate field who sit for long periods of time.
by Tasha on Apr 2017
Verified
Service Received: Jonesboro Office. Monday and Friday's only with Dedric C.
Everything was great!
by Jennifer on Jan 2017
Verified
Service Received: Atlanta Location: 5 for 4 Atlanta with Dedric C.
Dedric is amazing! I have been seeing him for ~3 years for chronic back pain. Now that I am healing post-surgery and exercising again, I have different needs and aches/pains that come up. Every massage he knows what to do to take care of any issues I may be having - and I walk out of the massage more relaxed, stretched and pain free. He is a master at his craft and makes sure you are comfortable during your session.
by Debra on Jan 2017
Verified
Service Received: Jonesboro Office. Monday and Friday's only with Dedric C.
Amazing!
by Anonymous on Nov 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric is the best massage therapist I had in my fairly long life.... and I'm in my sixties. As I've told him, I'm very thankful that somehow I found him. He is very professional and equally skilled at using the appropriate technique, especially in dealing with a problem area. Very highly recommended.
by Anonymous on Oct 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric always provides an awesome and professional experience. Customizes every session to what is happening with your body.
by Jacob on Sep 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
I have been extremely pleased with the exceptional services received from Mr. Cedric Carroll over the multiple years. He is an exemplary therapist whereas I always leave feeling better than I had arrived! He is and continues to be informative as he shares his experience and knowledge which enhance the exceptional therapeutic service delivery! I am well please with my therapeutic services! (J. Watts)
by Tony and Peter on Sep 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Love his skill and knowledge.
by Tony and Peter on Sep 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Love his skill and knowledge.
by Anonymous on Aug 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Everything was great
by Megan on Aug 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric is so amazingly talented, has a wonderful energy and enthusiasm for his profession.
by Michael on Aug 2016
Verified
Service Received: with Dedric C.
Very skilled at his craft. Always leave feeling better and with relief from nagging aches.
by Sandy on Aug 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric spends the time with each client at the beginning of the appointment to determine what areas of concern you would like addressed during the session. It's also interesting that Dedric's suite is at the end of a hallway. You may think he's greeting you as you enter (and he is), but he's also watching how you're walking. Your posture and stance are quite telling to Dedric. I work a rather physically demanding job. Dedric helps me face the challenges of my job. Kudos for keeping me moving!
by John Peter on Aug 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
wonderful all the way around.
by michael on Aug 2016
Verified
Service Received: with Dedric C.
Always love when the time with Dedric. He goes above and beyond every time.
by Kristy on Aug 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Dedric saves the day once again!!! It's so nice to be able to turn my head to the side without a lot of pain!!
by Benard on Aug 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
no comment
by Amanda on Aug 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Best massage I've ever had!!!
by Debbie on Jul 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
Amazing experience every visit. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the human body and it's incredible mechanics. I feel your dedication to the art of healing in every massage I receive from you. Namaste.
by Dave on Jul 2016
Verified
Service Received: Integrated Bodywork Massage with Dedric C.
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Empirical Knead

659 Auburn Avenue

Suite G22

Atlanta , GA 30312 map it

Phone: (404) 317-4392

License: #MT005549