Abigail first became fascinated by the body’s structure and movement at an early age. As a young adult, she immersed herself in the world of performance art and was a member of multiple youth circus troops throughout the Midwest. By her late teens, she was performing with some of Chicago's veteran aerialists and acrobats.
Spurred by her passion for understanding how the body moves, and a desire to help people deal with long-standing injuries, Abigail studied at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. She graduated in 2005 and spent years assisting Robert King, founder of the school and a pioneer in the field of sports massage. Abigail also attended the National Personal Training Institute and is a NASM-certified Personal Trainer as well as a PICP level 1 and 2 certified strength Coach.
Throughout her career, Abigail has continued to deepen her knowledge of the body’s functionality and the mental and physical effects of movement. She’s worked with a range of clients from those seeking stress relief and relaxation in five-star spas to those combatting sports injuries and chronic pain in chiropractic offices. For more than a decade, she’s treated these clients in her own private practice.
Abigail has advanced training in Ashiastu, Myofascial Release, sports massage and Fascial Stretch Therapy. She’s studied Thai massage and Ashi-Thai, and is well-versed in prenatal and postnatal treatments. Her clinical training and stress-relieving techniques create a potent blend of relaxation and pain-relieving therapy. She brings an encouraging and collaborative attitude to each of her sessions, and she takes joy in facilitating change in her clients’ health and well-being.
Christine has always been a passionately creative, scientific and nurturing person. She initially began her career as an Interior Designer, though the calling to make more of a positive physical impact on people’s lives was stronger. In 2005 she graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Coincidentally, she found many similarities within each by using the concepts of designing a space and applying them wholistically to create and hold space for clients to heal. Honoring that our bodies’ unique architecture is rooted in the balance of form and function. Upon graduating, she started working in a collaborative wellness center with a physical therapist, chiropractors and wholistic physician. In 2007, she then began teaching massage at Cortiva Institute, where she instructed for 5 years, while simultaneously growing her private practice and working in their professional clinic. Over the past 16 years she has had extensive experience working in athletic facilities, chiropractic clinics and luxury spas. The diversity of environments and clientele has greatly enhanced her repertoire of techniques and skills, making her approach to the body more client specific and adaptable. Her style can be described as integrative, intuitive, rehabilitative and restorative. Christine draws upon her training in myofascial, clinical and neuromuscular techniques to provide relief from pain, sports injuries and everyday life. She seeks to discover the sources of discomfort by listening to the structural and kinetic lines of energy to create relief and balance in the body. She also believes that educating and empowering the client is a potent method for healing. Christine lives and active lifestyle, cycling, cross-country skiing and holds the philosophy that movement is the key to life.
In a world that keeps on spinning, where too many of us feel mentally drained and physically exhausted, Abby Behrend’s gift is to give her clients a sense of sublime relaxation.A graduate of the New School of Massage and Bodywork, Abby has been practicing massage for more than ten years. She's perfect for the client who needs to escape, rejuvenate, and recharge. Abby combines the benefits of clinical massage with the soothing effects of healing touch, and is well versed in deep tissue techniques, reflexology, hot stone therapy, and prenatal massage.
From 2010-2014, Abby had the opportunity to study with one of the leading oncology massage therapists, Isabel Adkins. Learning from this skilled mentor, Abby uses gentle massage, reflexology, relaxation techniques, and breathing skills to work with clients in all stages of their cancer journey.