Sandy – Owner/President, Licensed Massage Therapist

Treatment Philosophy – Deep tissue is great when appropriate. It is up to the intuitiveness of the therapist to determine if what the client is asking for is the right thing for them at that time. Sandy uses every opportunity to educate the client on what is going on with their body and how to achieve their health goals. She is their partner in health and believes that it is the clients’ body that does the healing, not her personally – she is just a facilitator.

Specialties & Types of Clients best suited to my style of therapy 

  • Neuromuscular and deep tissue are her favorite techniques to use for clients who are suffering with migraine headaches, back and neck pain, hip and shoulder dysfunction
  • she loves to be a detective in order to figure out what the source of the pain is and then treat the whole person, not just the area of pain
  • she loves to stretch clients out to create length and restore posture
  • educating clients on home self-care is a passion and she will refer out to many sources in order that clients get the care they need.

Preferred Styles of massage therapy used in treatments  

  • deep tissue, combined with Neuromuscular, Orthopedic and broad Swedish strokes make for a deeply relaxing and therapeutic experience
  • works on restoring the muscles back to their original state with stretching and maybe a little Craniosacral work to ensure that the changes will take hold making clients feel new again
  • pressure scale 5-10

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • Chicago School of Massage Therapy 1988
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Chiropractic Assistant – Palmer Chiropractic College
  • AA Business Administration – Scott Community College
  • Pre- & Peri-Natal Massage Certification
  • Upledger Craniosacral Therapy I & II
  • Paul St. John’s Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Orthopedic Massage
  • MLD 2016, Certified Lymphatic Therapist 2019
  • Cupping 2017
  • Rock Tape 2018

Bobbe Bermann – Education & Training Director

The opportunity to serve and help guide the massage therapy profession to become what it is capable of becoming is extraordinary. As the Training and Development Director at Therapeutic Kneads Bobbe’s focus is to help solidify massage therapy standards of excellence and competency. Her dedication, passion, and enthusiasm for massage therapy emanates from wanting to impart interest and reverence for the body whether she is in the role of therapist or educator. The ideas of listening with heart and hands, being patient and slowing down, waiting for the process of unwinding to facilitate the body’s inherent wisdom is transformative in the therapeutic relationship. Bobbe has a B.S. degree in Physical Education and was a former dancer and dance/exercise instructor before deciding to attend massage therapy school. Since graduating from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 1986, she has been a technique and musculoskeletal anatomy instructor, a practitioner as well as an education director with the goal of maintaining standards in the massage therapy profession. She’s been responsible for the development and revision of curriculum, training, orientation, observation and performance evaluation of staff to ensure consistency. She holds certifications in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, Kinesiotape, sports massage, cupping and MLD. Because of this background, she understands the qualities necessary to be a successful practitioner. Bobbe is passionate about helping people realize their potential, about making a difference that ensures all have the opportunity to excel, grow and feel great in their body.

Dr. Mark – Doctor of Chiropractic & Medical

Dr. Mark Severance has been in the field of natural medicine for over 30 years beginning as a Hospital Corpsmen/Physical Therapy technician in the U.S. Navy. He received his doctorate degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1994. He practices a low-force, gentle technique. He spent two years studying Traditional Indian Healing in Northern Wisconsin with the Ojibwa tribe. Having graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in 2001, Dr. Severance is a licensed acupuncturist. He is a nutritionist and author of the book, “Mother Nature’s Healing Touch Therapies. The Remedy for an Ailing Health Care System.” Furthermore, for two years, Dr. Severance was a co-host on the internet radio show, “To Your Health Naturally.”

Tanya

Treatment Philosophy – Tanya believes massage

Specialties & Types of Clients best suited to my style of therapy

  • she enjoys

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments

  • Swedish
  • pressure scale

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy
  • Licensed Massage Therapist since

Keyona

Treatment Philosophy – Keyona believes that it is important to create a trusting, therapeutic relationship by listening and utilizing the client’s goals to plan a massage therapy session tailored to the client’s specific needs.

Specialties & Types of Clients best suited to my style of therapy

  • she enjoys stretch, relaxation and specific work
  • clients who are active and/or athletes
  • she works well with all clients, acclimating quickly to provide the best experience

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments

  • works comfortably doing relaxation massage as well as clinical work
  • pace, stroke and flow depend on the client and the type of massage they are seeking
  • pressure scale 6-8

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • Soma Institute 2007
  • Licensed Massage Therapist 2007, 2019
  • Total Body Stretch Certification 2020
  • Soma Institute Health and Wellness Coaching Certification 2017
  • Grand Valley State University Bachelor Science Health Science 2005

Karen

Treatment Philosophy – Karen believes in treating muscles both anteriorly and posteriorly to correct holding patterns and release tightened areas contracted by life. She is passionate and enjoys working in clinical settings unwinding postural patterns.

Specialties & Types of Clients best suited to my style of therapy  

  • headache relief, neck and shoulders, low back/lumbar issues, frozen shoulder, scar tissue & rehabilitative massage

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments  

  • deep tissue, Cranio-Sacral techniques, therapeutic stretch, body mobilization, pin and stretch, myofascial release, slow deep effleurage, sports massage, injury rehab
  • a treatment with me focuses on how the body is used and what muscles are affected by the movement; next, addressing areas affected by your repetitive motions
  • my treatment is elongating as to create space in the joints and “intersections”
  • pressure scale up to 9

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • Chicago School of Massage Therapy August 1993
  • Licensed Massage Therapist since 1993
  • Myofascial Release Certification
  • Visceral Manipulation & Craniosacral Therapy – Upledger
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Anatomy Trains
  • Reflexology 2016
  • Cupping 2017, 2018
  • Essential Oils 2018

Jessie

Treatment Philosophy – Jessie believes massage can help clients physically as well as mentally which will have an impact on their overall well-being. In our fast-paced life, massage is one of the best ways to relax, decrease stress levels and reflect in the moment.

Specialties & Types of Clients best suited to my style of therapy

  • she enjoys working with athletes
  • likes learning/working with different body types, shapes, sizes and ages

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments

  • Swedish/relaxation, chair massage
  • pace of massage relaxing
  • pressure scale 1-10

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • European Massage Therapy School 2017
  • Licensed Massage Therapist since 2017
  • Bachelors in Kinesiology/Psychology, University of Illinois, 2015
  • Cupping 2017

Jennifer

Treatment Philosophy – Jennifer talks to you at the beginning of the treatment to find out what specific areas you would like to focus on during the massage, as well as your health and fitness goals. If you have any questions during the massage, she is happy to answer any questions about any technique as well as what you could work on at home to improve your long-term health. Every massage is a custom treatment. Everybody deserves a massage. A little self-care goes a long way to improve performance.

Specialties & Types of Clients best suited to my style of therapy  

  • women who have cramps, full abdomen, head and neck, lower back and hips
  • athletes and anyone who wants to strengthen their core, children (sports, bed-wetting issues), weekend warriors

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments  

  • sports massage and any combination of the certified techniques I am versed in
  • Mayan abdominal massage, Essential oil blend massage, relaxation Swedish massage, deep tissue, cross fiber friction, trigger point pressure scale – any range comfortable for you

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • General Associates in Health Sciences at Harper College
  • The New School for Massage in Chicago 2009
  • Licensed Massage Therapist since 2009
  • Pregnancy Massage Certified
  • Craniosacral Therapy I & II
  • ABA technician for Autism
  • Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdomen Massage Certified (in New Hampshire)
  • Kinesio-Tape Certification
  • Hot Stone
  • Essential Oil Treatment
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Cupping 2017

Gayle

Treatment Philosophy – Our bodies have great healing abilities and massage can assist in the process. By starting with gentle compressions and working from the superficial muscles to the deeper tissue as needed, muscles can return to their optimum state of function. Better function enables us to continue doing the activities we love to do with the ones we love.

Specialties & Types of Clients best suited to my style of therapy

  • successfully works with clients whose jobs require long periods of computer/desk work, which often brings about a forward head posture affecting the neck, upper back, and shoulder muscles
  • enjoys providing Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage  
  • clients with fibromyalgia, athletes & musicians – young and old, clients new to massage therapy and those looking for a more, gentle approach (light to moderate pressure)

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments

  • Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, stretching and chair massage
  • pressure scale 3-7

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • Cortiva Institute Crystal Lake March 2010
  • Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010
  • Pregnancy Certification 2015
  • Reiki 2017
  • Cupping 2017

Ashley

Treatment Philosophy – Ashley believes massage therapy should be viewed as a necessity rather than a luxury to improve one’s quality of life.   Massage will help alleviate signs and symptoms that affect the body, mind and spirit.

Specialties & Types of Clients best suited to my style of therapy

  • clients who like pressure and need specificity
  • enjoy incorporating relaxation techniques into a massage

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments

  • myofascial release and trigger point therapy incorporated into a deep Swedish massage
  • pressure scale 7-8

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • College of Lake County, Massage Therapy Certification 2011
  • Licensed Massage Therapist since 2011
  • Hot Stone Therapy
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Cupping 2017
  • MLD 2019

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