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The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is the only member-run professional organization for massage therapists. For the consumer, their website contains a vast amount of information about massage therapy. To learn more about the AMTA click on http://www.amtamassage.org
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) is the most widely recognized certification for massage therapists nationwide. In fact, NCTMB certification is a requirement for many state-licensing agencies, including Illinois. http://www.nctmb.com
State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation is the agency that oversees the licensing of massage therapists in Illinois. This link will help you to understand what it means to be a licensed massage therapist in Illinois. http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/who/masst.asp
The Chicago School of Massage Therapy is the oldest massage school in this area. Now owned by Cortiva, the school offers an outstanding massage therapy diploma program. http://www.csmt.com
Aaron Mattes is a kinesiotherapist who developed the system of Active Isolated Stretching. AIS is a unique way to isolate and stretch muscles in a safe and effective manner. Iíve had the pleasure of studying directly with Aaron Mattes. His approach is simple while based on solid physiological principles. Iíve personally witnessed and experienced dramatic results from the application of AIS. I often integrate the techniques into my treatment sessions. http://www.stretching usa.com
Douglas Nelson of Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT), quite simply is the finest teacher of any subject I've ever studied. As a massage practitioner since 1977, a renowned lecturer and consultant to the Chicago Bulls the St. Louis Rams and Honda Motors, Doug takes Neuromuscular Therapy to a new level of effectiveness. His teachings have helped form the basis of my treatment philosophies. His influence can be found throughout all aspects of my practice.
The Myoskeletal System of therapy was developed by Erik Dalton and draws from his background in massage, Rolfing, trigger point therapy, and osteopathic medicine. Combining aspects of these disciplines gives the therapist a powerful set of tools to work with. Iím personally drawn to aspects of this work and I like to use it when I can. Not only have I attended Erik's workshops, Erik and I also worked together as table partners in a seminar featuring Dr. Leon Chaitow. http://www.erikdalton.com
Comfort Craft makes one of the finest massage tables on the market today. I can speak from experience because I own two of them. Learn what makes these tables so unique by clicking on http://www.comfortcraft.com/model_800.htm The tables that I use in my office are the top of the line, model 800.
Acuforce International is a manufacturer of high quality massage therapy tools. The companyís founder, John Louis, is a Chicago-based massage therapist and inventor. His recent product, the Massage Star was released in October of 2005 and is quickly catching on as the favorite tool of many therapists. Now available to consumers, the Massage Star as an effective tool for self care. Clients who purchased the Massage Star from my office have reported that they love its fit and feel. Iíve had the pleasure of working with John on the development of his latest professional grade tool. I personally use the Massage Star as well as other Acuforce products in my own practice. http://www.acuforce.com
Andrea Gaines is a highly respected Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach based in Evanston. Her broad knowledge base along with a true passion for her craft combine together in a top-notch trainer. www.andrea-gaines.com
Ann McGinley of Next Level Healing Arts is an exceptional teacher of yoga. She is also a Thai yoga massage practitioner and a martial arts instructor. I like Ann's ability to adapt techniques to her client's special needs. Check out her website at http://www.annmcginley.com