Meet Our Therapists

Please meet our State of Illinois Licensed therapists.

 
 

Amanda Basham

Amanda graduated from Lincoln College in 2013. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Amanda specializes in Trigger Point Therapy but is also trained in Sweedish, Myofascial, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, and Cupping. She is now working on adding Lymphatic drainage and plans to continue on-going education in this modality.

 
 

Caswyn "Cas" Oaks

Graduated from Myotherapy Massage college of Utah in 2019. He acquired his licensing for the state of Utah in 2019 and from Illinois in 2020. He has experience in both spa and medical massage. Cas specializes in Myofascial release, deep tissue, injury recovery, cupping, whiplash recovery, internal and external TMJ, migraine, floor Thai, and Swedish massage. He has training in table Shiatsu and hopes to further his knowledge in it as he continues with his career.

 
 

Dekitha Jackson

As a little girl, I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field, so in my young adult years, I became a personal caretaker for the elderly and disabled. I liked helping those who had a difficult time helping themselves. I wanted to go further, so I decided to go to college. I applied and graduated from Everest University in Chicago with the highest honors as a Medical Assistant in 2006. I then went back to Everest University and graduated as Valedictorian with the highest honors and perfect attendance as a Massage Therapist. I specialize in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Geriatric, Sports, Aromatherapy, Pregnancy Massage, Headache or Migraine, and Oncology massages. I am a member of the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) and also a member and alumni of the National Technical Honor Society.

 
 

Don Thorpe

Don Thorpe studied St. John's Neuromuscular Therapy through a 4-year apprenticeship under Tracy Jones. He specializes in Neuromuscular Therapy but also provides Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Kinesio Taping. He is a member of the International Massage Association and a certified personal trainer. Don has continued his education in neuromuscular therapy receiving recognition as a certified Precision Neuromuscular Therapist. If you haven't already and want to read more about Don go to About Us.

 
 

Gayla Lidwell

Has practiced energy and bodywork for over 20 years. Her training took place in the Evanston and Chicagoland areas. She is a licensed therapist with 1500 hours of cranial sacral work and 300 hours of eastern medical work. She also has training for both TMJ and Fibromyalgia. Gayla is also an advocate for nutrition, exercise, and herbalism (AOBTA). In addition, she is an acupressure clinician, has 1200 hours as a Shiatsu, and 800 hours of manual lymph drainage (Dr. Vodders). Gayla can perform many types of massage after so many years of experience and training. She hopes to eventually use her knowledge to be an Acupuncturist as well.

 
 

Johnna Aschenbrenner

Johnna graduated with her certification in massage therapy from Midwest Technical Institute in June of 2022. Johnna specializes in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, and the use of hot towels. She has a passion for helping others with massage by relieving their aches and pains and hopes to help more people as she continues to add more modalities to her skill set while gaining experience and continues her career as a massage therapist.

 
 

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson earned her certificate in Massage Therapy from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield in May 2011. She has since developed her signature therapeutic massage: a blend of deep tissue, trigger point and Swedish modalities, adjusted to the specific needs of the clients. Lynne also specializes in cupping therapy, and always marvels at how effective this can be for chronic pain. Lynne brings a calm, grounded presence to every bodywork session, and is driven by her passion to make a difference in the lives of fatigued and in-pain clients. When not massaging, Lynne enjoys tennis, reading, and deep-diving into self-discovery and shamanic intuitive healing practices.

 
 

Matt Rapp

Matt graduated with his certification in massage therapy from Midwest Technical Institute in March of 2020. Before that he studied exercise science at Lindenwood University-Belleville for 3 years. Matt specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and the use of hot towels. He looks forward to adding modalities to his skill set as he gains experience and continues his career as a massage therapist.

 
 

Matthew "Matt" Brennan

Matt was born and raised in Bloomington. He started down the path of a massage therapist as a Reiki practitioner in 2006. In, 2011, he went to Virginia Beach and graduated from Cayce/Reilly School of Massage after earning his National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork certification. Matt also earned his reflexology certification in 2013. Matt believes including Breathwork helps make the body, mind, and spirit connection with therapeutic massage. When he isn't focusing on his massage passion, Matt spends time with family, gardening, and playing golf.

 
 

Paulina Bright

Paulina graduated from the Denver School of Massage Therapy in 2016. She went on to make quick use of her abilities by helping athletes in the NHL, UFC, NFL, and MLB. This has given her a wealth of knowledge that she enjoys sharing with others. Paulina’s skill set includes but is not limited to Acupressure, Cranial Sacral, Lymph Drainage, Reflexology, TMJ and Sports specialties.

 
 

Tammy Gadberry

Tammy Gadberry graduated with her massage certification from Lincoln College Normal Il in June 2011. She obtained her Illinois state license for massage therapy and received her board certification October 2011. Tammy specializes in swedish/relaxtion and deep tissue work and combines them to get the best outcome for the client. She feels that massage is an art form that needs to be tailored to fit each clients needs. Tammy has lived in Pontiac Il her whole life and loves boating, water skiing and snowmobiling. She is looking forward to putting her massage skills to work for you.

 
 

Tia "TJ" Taliaferro

Tia graduated from Midwest Technical Institute in 2021 for massage therapy, TJ is new to the field but has a rich knowledge in kinesiology, anatomy and pathology. She specializes in swedish relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone massage, and hot towels. TJ has a passion for massage and will be continuing her education so she can provide more life enhancing treatments for her clients!

 
 

Trina Cunningham

Trina Cunningham attended Healthy Connections massage school here in Bloomington and has been doing massage since 2009. She offers Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, and Cupping. “I feel extremely blessed to have found my calling in life. The only thing I love more than massage would be my loving husband and our three crazy kids!” Trina applies naturally firm pressure, but through her experience can personalize each massage to meet every individual client’s needs. “I can promise you all that I will always greet you with a smile and give 110% of myself every massage.”