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 Chicago School of Massage Therapy and 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 clients seeking stress relief and relaxation in five-star spas. She’s worked with clients combatting sports injuries and chronic pain in chiropractic offices. And, for the past decade, she’s worked with myriad clients in her 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.
What makes life feel fully lived? How do the injuries and limitations that accumulate through the years hold us back and reshape our experience? And how can we inhabit our fullest selves for as long as possible? The intertwined nature of the physical body and the experienced life has long fascinated Laurel, who immersed herself in the world of healing arts more than a decade ago. After graduating from formal massage school, she sought to deepen and expand her knowledge through a series of apprenticeships and community experiences. She dove into work at luxury spas and clinical settings, soaking up insights and knowledge from therapists, teachers, and clients alike.
Though Laurel’s work is grounded in anatomical expertise, she brings an artistic appreciation to her practice. She believes that intention matters, and that energy awareness can have an exponential effect on bodywork. Laurel completed a year-long study of Trigger Point therapy with Sharon Sauer and Mary Biancalana, to explore the difference between where pain is experience and where it originates. She’s studied Thai massage, working with a combination of stretch and compression, to better understand muscle elongation and release. And she’s learned to layer disparate disciplines and techniques into one seamless experience for clients who crave long-lasting relief.
On a personal level, Laurel has always been captivated by the way energy moves through the body. She’s studied Kundalini yoga, Ayurveda, Reiki, and vibrational therapy through crystals, tuning forks, and aromatherapy. These have become deeply nourishing additions to her bodywork and practical ways to expand the self-care offered to clients.
More recently, Laurel has immersed herself in studying Myofascial Release with John Barnes. Myofascial Release works to free connective tissue from experienced trauma, allowing other body structures to achieve greater anatomical alignment. This type of bodywork is deeply healing, and seeing the effect it can have on clients has underscored Laurel’s deeply held belief: That our bodies carry our life stories, and that how we carry them can bring both freedom and joy.