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. I use every opportunity to educate the client on what is going on with their body and how to achieve their health goals. I am their partner in health and believe that it is the clients’ body that does the healing, not me personally – I am just a facilitator.

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

  • Neuromuscular and deep tissue are my favorite techniques to use for clients who are suffering with migraine headaches, back and neck pain, hip and shoulder dysfunction
  • I love to be a detective and figure out what the source of pain is and then treat the whole person, not just the area of pain.
  • I love to stretch clients out to create length and restore posture. Educating clients on home self-care is a passion and I 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.
  • I like to work 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 and make 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
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Pre- &Peri-Natal Massage Certification
  • Upledger Craniosacral Therapy I & II
  • Paul St. John’s Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Orthopedic Massage
  • Certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Vodder) January 2016

Bobbe Bermann – Education & Training Director

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 and sports massage.

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.

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 and grow. Bobbe is also certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Vodder), January 2016.

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.

Dr Severance 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.”

For 2 years, Dr. Severance was a co-host on the internet radio show, “To Your Health Naturally”.

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

  • I have successfully worked with clients whose jobs require long periods of computer/desk work. This often brings about a forward head posture affecting the neck, upper back, and shoulder muscles.
  • I also enjoy 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 March 2010
  • Licensed Massage Therapist 2010
  • Pregnancy Certification 2015

Jennifer

Treatment Philosophy

I talk 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 I am 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

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

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • General Associates in Health Sciences at Harper College
  • The New School for Massage in Chicago 2009
  • Licensed Massage Therapist 2009
  • Pregnancy Massage Certified
  • Craniosacral Therapy I-IV
  • 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

Karen

Treatment Philosophy

I believe in treating muscles both anterior and posterior by correcting holding patterns and releasing tightened areas contracted by life. I am passionate and enjoy 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 1993
  • Myofascial Release Certification
  • Visceral Manipulation & Craniosacral Therapy – Upledger
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Anatomy Trains

Hannah

Treatment Philosophy – Hannah believes massage should play a big role in everyone’s life.  She believes it is important to pay attention and listen to what our body needs for optimal health.  In our fast paced life, massage is one of the best ways to relax, decrease stress levels and reflect on the moment.

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

  • she enjoys providing a combination of Swedish and deep tissue techniques during a session
  • young adult to elderly

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments

  • Swedish/relaxation, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger/tender point, chair massage
  • slow to moderate pace
  • pressure scale 3-8

Education Licenses & Certifications

Cortiva Institute Crystal Lake 2016

Licensed Massage Therapist 2016

Miriam

Treatment Philosophy

My love is Hanna Somatic Education, which reconnects mind and body by rebuilding neural pathways. Deep tissue massage is my forte. It may not be the most comforting in the immediate sense, but one of the positives is that it brings lasting results in the long run. I find peace in giving relaxation massages for its meditative qualities and effects of gentle, soothing touch. I try to make sure that the receiver’s expectations are met and that they are comfortable.

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

  • neck, back, and pelvis; Scoliosis; cancer patients/survivors; injuries (including falls from horseback); repetitive strain; elderly; sports massage; animal/pet massage; or anyone that just wants to de-stress and relax
  • neck, back and legs/feet are my specialty

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments

  • skills include myofascial release, trigger point therapy, contemporary western, and Swedish relaxation massage
  • pressure scale 4-7

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • Cortiva Institute – School of Massage Therapy 2006
  • Licensed Massage Therapist 2006
  • Hanna Somatics
  • Pregnancy Massage

Sam

Treatment Philosophy

Massage is an important prehab/rehab/maintenance tool that facilitates us to perform better in all walks of life!

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

  • working with athletes; performing sports massage
  • people who are physically active

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments

  • 5-10 pressure scale
  • slow to moderate massage pace
  • use of forearm for broad pressure to elbow and reinforced fingers

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • Soma Institute, Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma, President’s Honors List 2015
  • Licensed Massage Therapist 2015

Sherry

Treatment Philosophy –

Massage is a relationship built on trust between the client and the therapist which will evolve over time. To reach true relaxation we need to remove the “kinks” the body is not telling you that truly hurt. Sherry believes therapeutic massage is the best remedy for that and every day stress relief.

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

  • anyone looking for a unique massage experience feeling relaxed and rejuvenated

Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments

  • deep clinical therapeutic work to release toxins bringing about a more relaxed state
  • open to adapt and tailor the massage experience to each client
  • 3-10 pressure scale

Education Licenses & Certifications

  • European Massage Therapy School 2002
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • NCBTMB 2005

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