About Me

Balance, peace and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them. -Thomas Kinkade


About Me

Rachel Malecha, Massage Essentials Northfield MN

Rachel Malecha, Massage Essentials Northfield MN
Photo credit: Ellie Kuennen Photography

Rachel Malecha, RN BCTMB
Owner of Massage Essentials

I am a licensed Registered Nurse and a Board Certified massage therapist with the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). I received my massage training from Northern Lights College of Massage in Minneapolis, Minnesota and worked in a variety of settings including a massage clinic and a chiropractic office.  I continued my journey in complementary and alternative medicine by opening my own business, Massage Essentials, in 2001. In 2010 I returned to school at St. Olaf College to obtain my nursing degree. I now share my time between giving massage and working at M Health Fairview Ridges as an NICU nurse. 

In my free time, I like to travel and spend time outdoors walking, kayaking and hiking with my two boys.  I also love to cook and enjoy spending time with my friends doing just about anything crafty.



Bachelor of Science, Pre-Medicine, University of North Dakota, Grand Fork, ND

Massage Therapy, Northern Lights School of Massage, Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor of Arts, Nursing, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN


Basic Western Swedish style massage

Neuromuscular Therapy from Judith Walker-Delaney

Cross Fiber Friction Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy (based on the teachings of Janet Travelle, MD)

Connective Tissue Massage and Reiki from John Latz

Positional Release

Heated Stone Massage

Anatomy & Physiology

Ethics & Professionalism


The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)

Minnesota Nurses Association

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing


Current Board Certification with NCBTMB

Current Minnesota Board of Nursing license 

BLS, NRP, ACLS, S.T.A.B.L.E. and CPI certified