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About Us

Ohana Therapeutic Massage in Hibbing, MN was founded in 2012 by Paula VanBaalen with the vision of creating a massage experience that heals both the body and mind. Her goal was to offer a regenerating pause from the pressures of everyday life while taking into consideration your busy lifestyle.

Ohana Therapeutic Massage in Hibbing, MN originated as a one-person operation in the back room of a hair salon. Paula soon realized the Iron Range’s need for therapeutic massage was greater than she could provide on her own. In December of 2014, she expanded her practice to a multi-therapist massage clinic with its own Howard Street location. The rest is -as they say- history.

Today, we have two expert pain and stress relief specialists on staff. Each has a unique style and speciality for helping you get out of pain and back to the life you love. We currently offer the following services: Therapeutic Massage (including deep tissue massage, sports massage and trigger point therapy), Pregnancy MassageMyofascial Release (JBMFR), and AromaTouch technique.

Our Mission

Providing hope and healing to those suffering from chronic pain and stress; by offering a variety of therapeutic massage and bodywork techniques, true healing can occur.

Our Vision

Positively touching lives to help create the healthiest, happiest version of you.

By offering a peaceful and healing atmosphere, true healing can occur.

Ohana Therapeutic Massage in Hibbing, MN is a member of the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce.

Our Location

Our Location

Looking for direction to Ohana Therapeutic Massage in Hibbling, MN?

Ohana Therapeutic Massage in conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Hibbing. We are located at 208 East Howard Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave East. Across the street from US Bank.


From the North:

Take 73 South to East Howard Street. Ohana Therapeutic Massage will be on the left hand side, across from US Bank.

From the West:

Take 169 North to the downtown exit for Hibbing. Take left onto West 42nd street, then a left onto 1st Ave. Take a right onto Howard Street. Ohana Therapeutic Massage is located a block and a half down on the right hand side, across the street from US Bank.

If you need assistance in finding our location beyond these helpful notes, feel free to contact us!

Frequently Asked Questions


If you’ve never had massage therapy or bodywork before, you can be nervous about your first session. At Ohana Therapeutic Massage, we want your experience to be the best possible. Below are a few of our frequently asked questions.

  • I've never had a massage before, what should I expect?"
    Many people are nervous the first time they get a massage. Make sure to arrive to your appointment 10-15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. After you have filled out the paperwork, your massage therapist will bring you into the massage room and discuss your session goals. Your massage therapist will give you instructions on how to get ready for your particular session. Then it is simply your job to relax and let the healing begin! It is usually a good idea to wear comfortable clothes to the massage so you are relaxed before and after your session. After your session is over, make sure to take your time getting up and stay hydrated.
  • Do I have to be completely naked to receive a massage?
    Some people choose to go under the sheets without a stitch of clothing on, some people leave their underwear on, some people prefer to wear a swimsuit, sweats, or even street clothes. Never take off more clothes than you are comfortable taking off. Talk with your therapist and he or she will adjust the session to meet your needs. Be aware that some techniques can be more effective with less clothes, but there’s no reason you cannot enjoy your massage fully clothed.
  • Is it true that my massage has to hurt to be productive?
    While many of us have heard the theory “no pain, no gain,” this is not always true. Massage does not have to hurt to be productive. With some techniques, some discomfort can be expected, such as deep tissue or trigger point work. If you are wincing away from the pain, or it reaches above a 6 or 7 on a pain scale, the pressure may be too much and could possibly cause damage. If the pressure is too much, inform your massage therapist immediately and they can adjust the technique to meet your needs.
  • What can I do to keep the results of the massage for longer?
    The best things you can do to help keep the results of your massage for longer are keep hydrated, stretch/self care, and try to reduce stress. Please ask your massage therapist for stretching and self care recommendations.
  • Can I bring my children to my massage session?
    To help you get the most relaxation and rejuvenation out of your massage session, we do not recommend bringing children to your massage appointment. But we will not decline your appointment because of this. Please keep in mind that there is usually more than one massage session happening at our location at the same time.
  • Do I have to be a certain age to receive a massage?
    We encourage people from 1 to 100 to receive massage! But if you are under 18 years of age, a parent must be present and sign a consent before you can receive your massage.
  • Should I tip my massage therapist?
    Tips are never required or expected. If you believe you have received an excellent massage, a tip is appreciated. Please keep in mind, massage therapists that do not work for themselves often do not receive the full price of the massage. Bottom line, if you feel like tipping, please tip. If you do not feel it’s appropriate, don’t.
  • What if I feel ticklish during my massage?
    Some people feel uncomfortable with certain techniques and may want to giggle. If this happens, your massage therapist may want to firmer pressure or change the technique to make you more comfortable. In the event that an area is too ticklish to be worked on, please inform your massage therapist and he or she can skip that area completely. Informing your massage therapist ahead of time about sensitive areas can make your session more comfortable.
  • Can I get a massage if I am in a wheelchair?
    Of course you can! Although, if you would like to lay on the table, you will need to bring someone who can help transport you onto the table. If this is not possible or comfortable, the massage can be given while you are in your wheelchair.
  • From a male client: What if I get and erection during my massage session?
    It rarely happens, but if it does don’t panic. Sometimes this happens as a reaction of the nervous system going into relaxation mode (sometimes because of certain medications). Massage therapists know that this is a physiological reaction and will treat the situation accordingly. Usually your massage therapist will direct your attention to another area of your body, change the techniques or change the pressure. Your unintended erection, and any embarrassment will soon pass.
  • Can insurance cover the cost of my session?
    Yes! Some insurance companies offer coverage for massage therapy, but it can be a bit intimidating to find out if your provider will cover it. You can learn more about the different types of coverage for massage therapy by clicking here.

Check Out The Mesabi Tribune's Article on Myofascial Release!

Ohana is one of the area’s only providers of the John F. Barnes’ approach to myofascial release! Visit the HDT’s website to read Brian Arola’s amazing article on Paula’s thoughts on this great therapy technique!

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208 E Howard Street, Hibbing, Minnesota 55746

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