We caught up with local Tylerite, Stacy Mitchell, owner of The Zen Den, for a behind the scenes look at the art of massage and learn about the restorative benefits of natural healing. A few of Stacy's natural healing practices are incorporated in her sought after massages and includes therapeutic stones, essential oils, and, of course, her healing hands. 

BSCENE: You began your massage journey in Austin back in 2000. What made you want to return home to Tyler?

“With the opening of The Zen Den in Tyler, I have been able to come back home to be close to my family and to raise my son.”

BSCENE: What type of training do you have?

“Upon graduating from Texas Healing Arts, I received my license and started a small practice in my home. In 2002, I was hired as a part time therapist at Mecca gym and spa. I would eventually work my way up to spa trainer and lead therapist. It was a wonderful experience. I left Mecca in August 2013 to open The Zen Den.”

BSCENE: Can you describe the variety of massages clients can expect to receive at The Zen Den?

“My massages are a combination of deep tissue, sports and relaxation. I also practice intuitive energy work. I take my time with each client in order to make sure they are relaxed and pain free when they leave my studio. Aromatherapy and hot packs are incorporated in most massages.”

BSCENE: The public has raved about your “healing hands”! What is it, do you believe, that connects you to your clients?

“I like to help people from the inside out. My goal is to keep my clients calm and balanced. Taking care of people and creating a safe spot while working one on one with each client creates a nurturing environment. 

BSCENE: The Zen Den is more than massages! What other services do you offer?

“I do wellness coaching, Reiki healing, and lymphatic drainage. I felt called to natural healing at a young age. I love being a healer and helping my clients feel better, calmer, and stronger.”


“I have been seeing Stacy for massages for years. I cannot say enough good things about her! I’ve had massages at the top spas around the country, and Stacy remains my favorite. She is truly gifted at what she does, and it shows by the care she puts into each and every massage. Her massage technique has such a positive and healing energy about it, which leaves me feeling incredibly relaxed and rejuvenated. Whether I go into an appointment stressed out, sore from a workout, or even if I’m having a great day, I feel like I’m floating on a cloud when I leave. Having a massage with Stacy has quickly become the highlight of my week! She is also an incredibly kind and delightful person. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants or needs a massage.”            — Nora Eddings

“The Zen Den is magical place. When you step in, the relaxing atmosphere immediately puts you at ease. Stacy is a very gifted massage therapist. Her hands have a unique healing energy, and her commitment to her craft is evident in every massage. Her massage technique is very thorough and slow, which translates to a very nurturing and relaxing experience. I have been to many spas, some of which are rated the best in the country and Stacy is hands down my favorite massage therapist.” — Anne Dempsey, M.D.

“This was the most relaxing and therapeutic massage experience I have ever had! The space is beautiful! So warm and inviting. I felt myself relaxing as soon as I walked in the door. Stacy has a rare intuitive touch. There wis no doubt there is healing in those hands! I can’t remember the last time I have ever felt so pampered and relaxed and I can’t wait to do it again.” — Sarah Whadford


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