Emanate Balance
Customized therapeutic relaxing and energetic massage
About the Practitioners




Allen Tierney is a conscientious massage therapist who preforms massage with a genuine interest in helping all clients with what they wish.  He has enjoyed working in the bodywork field as a massage therapist since 1999, and hopes to continue aiding those that he can for many years to come.  He also holds a lifetime certification to instruct tai-chi and Chi gong.  Allen enjoys blending modalities and skills into customized massage sessions per client needs and desires.  He has performed thousands of hours of therapy and has been honored to ease, erase and satisfy many client pains, complaints, and needs. 





         Jessica Tierney graduated from Columbia Greene community college 2006 with an associates degree in Massage Therapy, and began practicing her art in upstate NY. She began practicing Tai-Chi and Qigong in 2007 which helped her increase awareness, focus and attention to detail, and visited China to continue study in Tai-Chi and Qigong and expanding into Tuina, Acupressure and Shiatsu. Upon returning she furthered her proficiency of other modalities including: Hot Stone Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Therapeutic Stretching, Advanced Cervical Therapy, Advanced Core Therapy, Postural Assessment, Injury Management and sports Fitness Nutrition.
“I've always had a deep empathy for those around me and always wanted to help those in need. That is why I chose this profession and continue to maintain great passion to this day knowing that I can impact lives in a positive way.”
Massage has not only enriched Jessica in a professional way but personally as well. In 2007 she met her future husband Allen who is also a massage therapist and was married in 2010 on top of Mt. Hua in China. Together they combine their years of experience to help their clients reach a new level in health, wellness, inner peace and balance.





Kirsten Neerings has been cultivating her style of massage therapy and bodywork since 2010, when she graduated from Southeastern Institute as a professional clinical massage therapist. Adding to her unique style, Kirsten incorporates the concepts and techniques of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage and the martial art of Aikido to create a blended dance like experience of relaxation and meditation. She also has experience in the art Qigong as well as Reiki. Both arts have heightened her awareness of energy flow, aiding in the client’s achievement of balance in overall health and wellness.

     “It has always been a passion of mine to help and serve others. I have found massage therapy to be an amazing tool that allows my passion to be expressed and achieved. I find great fulfillment in being a part of another’s journey to wholeness.”

     Kirsten has preformed hundreds of hours of therapy in several different settings, which include chiropractic offices, boutiques, sporting events, and in home/on site locations. From athletes to expecting mothers, she has worked with people of all ages with a wide range of health concerns and goals.

     “I’m very excited to join the Emanate Balance Team and continue sharing my passion with others.”  


Emanate Balanced Is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Britt Thornburg to their healthcare team. Now the massage you love AND the chiropractic care you wanted will be available in one location. Dr. Thornburg is dedicated to empowering his patients through natural healthcare. He is committed to providing care that does not rely on surgery, prescription drugs, or unnecessary injections; but instead
uses specific spinal adjustments in combination with nutrition, manual therapies, and fitness to increase the vitality of each of his patients. Prior to beginning his formal education Britt served 4 year in the United States Marine Corps. After honorably fulfilling the terms of his enlistment he decided to return to college. Britt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in December 2009. He then went on to earn his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Sherman College of Chiropractic in March 2014. Since graduation, he has been practicing chiropractic in Hickory, NC. Dr. Thornburg is married, has 2 boys, and 2 dogs. On the weekends between March and November you can usually find Britt on a ball field umpiring or at home spending time with his family. The Thornburgs attend Sandy Ridge Baptist Church in Hickory, NC. Britt is a member of the American Legion, and a Life
Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


Alex has been a massage therapist since 2014 when she graduated from South Piedmont Community College with a focus in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage and has since been certified in Thai Yoga Massage and is experienced in myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy. Prior to her education in massage, she received a B.A. in Dance, Psychology, and Health and Wellness from Cedar Crest College in 2010.  Alex completed yoga teacher training with Holy Cow Yoga Center and is an RYT 200. Alex currently works as an Occupational Therapy Assistant after graduating with an Associate of Science in 2015 from Trident Technical College and will be graduating with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in August of this year from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. Alex practices integrating these complimentary techniques, modalities, and philosophical approaches to treatment in a holistic and client-centered practice.  



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