The difference between wellness and illness is a matter of “we” versus “I.”

At The Massage Space we believe that just as we are multifaceted beings, wellness requires a multifaceted approach, one in which massage plays a vital role. True health is achieved when one is of sound mind, body, and spirit. We believe that mindfully applied massage is capable of addressing all three aspects, however the greatest results are seen when applied in combination with multiple wellness therapies.  

Who is The Massage Space?

Maddi Burdge

Maddi Burdge (Grette), CNMT, BCTMB, received her Associate’s in Applied Sciences in Massage Therapy from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Her education focused on evidence-based, anatomy-specific soft tissue rehab.

After receiving her A.A.S in clinical and therapeutic massage, Maddi went on to receive her Certification in Neuromuscular Therapy (CNMT) and became nationally certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (BCTMB).

Maddi’s passion lies in addressing specific pain and injury, tailoring each treatment to work all soft tissue structures that could contribute to the given complaints.  Overall, the aim of each session is to reduce pain, increase range-of-motion, and focuses on soft tissues that could give rise to the given symptoms. Ultimately, with the goal of getting clients moving comfortably and returning to work, fun, and every day activities.

Outside of her massage career, she loves cooking, hosting dinner parties, advancing her knowledge about nutrition, and spending time with her husband completing home projects or playing cribbage at the local Brew Pub. 

Emily Skluzacek

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Emily Skluzacek began her massage career after 10+ years in the medical field, 7 of those as a practicing phlebotomist. Her passion for the medical industry and a desire to help others lead her to enroll at Northwestern Health Sciences University and study clinical massage therapy.  Emily has trained in reflexology, geriatric care, and massage for the medically complex. Her focus with each treatment is to reduce stress, relieve chronic musculoskeletal pain, and help clients achieve their goals and live their best lives.

Outside of her massage career, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and swimming and boating on the Minnesota lakes.



Kristen Wertenberger


Kristen is an NCBTMB licensed massage therapist.  She attended the Soma Institute for clinical massage therapy in Chicago, Illinois and has worked in a variety of settings.  She began in rehab clinics, chiropractic offices, sporting events, and wellness centers.  

In November 2016, Kristen opened The Massage Space.  With a focus on postural restoration and pain relief, her goal with each treatment is to provide a comfortable environment with clear communication, an educated assessment, and soft tissue therapy tailored to the individual.

In her free time, Kristen loves spending time outdoors hiking, camping, biking and generally anything active.  She also enjoys playing the piano and guitar, watching movies, and spending time with her family.