Meet The Team
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, BCTMB, LMT, PNMT
Doug is a Board Certified Massage Therapist and the president and founder of BWA, practicing massage therapy since 1977. Doug’s main focus is Precision Neuromuscular Therapy, which is the heart and soul of the BWA approach to pain. He is the founder of NMT MidWest, teaching Precision Neuromuscular Therapy both in the US and also abroad. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Massage Therapy Association. Doug is the author of three books, Table Lessons: Insights in the Practice of Massage Therapy (Volumes 1 and 2) and The Mystery of Pain. He is also a regular columnist for Massage and Bodywork magazine. Doug is the past president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, which advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research in the field. Although he sees many clients a week, he sees a limited number of new clients and only sees people with very specific problems. His real expertise is in assessing the needs and origins of soft tissue problems. He was awarded the 2013 Educator of the Year and the 2015 Pioneer Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. He was also inducted into the massage therapy Hall of Fame in 2018. Most recently, Doug received the 2020 AMTA National President’s Award for service to the massage therapy profession.
LMT AND PNMT
Abby graduated in 2010 from The SOMA Institute in Chicago. While she is not a full body therapist, she has spent years fine-tuning how to blend PNMT with relaxation; tailoring each session with what you want and what your tissue needs. Working through each layer with moderate pressure, Abby listens to what you verbally and nonverbally say; creating a session that is "just right." See her Friday through Monday at the Windsor office. Her schedule opens up 3 months at a time, check back periodically!
Chloe graduated from Parkland College with an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Massage Therapy in 2018. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Chloe’s dedication and compassionate nature, as well as her therapeutic and caring touch, make her a wonderful choice for those seeking relaxation. She is certified in Swedish massage for stress management and muscular discomfort, prenatal massage. and is currently studying Precision Neuromuscular Therapy to further tailor each session to her client’s individual needs. Chloe is available on Wednesdays at the I Hotel and Thursday through Sunday at the Windsor location.
Tiffany is a graduate of the Academy of Massage Therapy in Jersey City, NJ and studying Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. Since 2012, she has seen an array of clients ranging in ages from 12 to 90, from pregnant women in their first, second or third trimester to athletes that are injured or preparing for sporting events. She is adept at massage therapy for pain management, relaxation, prenatal massage, and stress reduction. Tiffany is working at the Windsor Road office on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
LMT AND PNMT
Eric is a graduate of the massage therapy program at Parkland College in Champaign, IL. He is truly a problem-solver, and works with clients who have muscular pain, neural issues, and whiplash, with a special focus on lower extremity conditions such as plantar fasciitis. In addition to being a licensed massage therapist, Eric is also a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. He is available at the Windsor location on Monday – Friday afternoon and evenings.
LMT AND PNMT
Hannah graduated from Parkland College with a certificate in massage therapy in August 2013 and went back for her associates graduating in May 2017. She completed her PNMT certification in February 2021. Her technique is detail-oriented and focused on problem areas clients struggle with. Hannah works at Bodywork Associates Downtown office. (Fully vaccinated, including boosters. Mask is required)
BCTMB, LMT, PNMT
Jennifer is the clinic manager for BodyWork Associates. She specializes in working with clients who have neck and back pain and enjoys keeping the many musicians in her practice performing at their peak. From providing relief from soft-tissue injury and chronic pain to helping clients manage stress and tension, she is passionate about customizing a session to meet the needs of her clients. Jennifer also does prenatal massage therapy. Her compassionate touch and cheerful nature make her an excellent choice for clients. Jennifer has been with BWA since graduating from the Soma Institute of Clinical Massage in Chicago in 2004.
Gina grew up in Fisher and was active in volleyball, basketball, track and field and FFA. Gina graduated from Parkland College in massage therapy, with honors, in August 2017 and also just completed her nursing degree. She is working a limited schedule at the Windsor Rd office. In addition to general massage therapy for stress relief and common muscular discomfort, Gina will be continuing her education in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy.
LMT AND PNMT
Marcia joined BodyWork Associates in 2003. She is a graduate of Healthy Lifestyle School of Massage Therapy in Muncie, IN. In 2007, Marcia earned certification in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. Marcia likes to work by blending Neuromuscular Therapy and deep-tissue techniques such as myofascial release and trigger point therapy in her sessions. She can also see people for general relaxation and women for prenatal massage. She prides herself on the ability to care and listen to the needs of her clients. Marcia is at Windsor Road Monday-Thursday.
LMT AND PNMT
Peggy has been working with BWA since late 1998 and manages chair massage on location division. In table massage she specializes in back and neck issues and pregnancy massage. A graduate of Healthy Lifestyle School of Massage Therapy, she is a Nationally Certified massage therapist, and certified in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. Peggy sees clients for massage therapy at the Windsor Road location on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She is also available to speak to groups on the benefits of massage and the effects of stress on the body and mind.
Blaise graduated from Parkland College with a certificate in massage therapy in 2021. He also earned a B.S. in animal science from the University of Illinois. Blaise is currently studying Precision Neuromuscular Therapy and enjoys working with people holistically to find and solve the root cause of their discomfort. He is available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at the I Hotel.
Shara is a 2015 graduate of Parkland’s massage therapy program and found her home at BodyWork Associates in 2016. She enjoys incorporating trigger point work and myofascial release into sessions, prenatal massage, and loves helping people with headache, scar tissue, and sinus relief. Shara studies Precision Neuromuscular Therapy to enrich her knowledge and to achieve the most efficient methods of supporting clients and their concerns. Each massage session meets the client where they are, which allows for the exploration of multiple avenues of treatment. Shara brings with her an education in women’s and gender studies from New Mexico State University and is trained as an advocate for survivors of interpersonal violence through the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which has created in her an ability to hold safe space and to impart massage treatments that are sensitive to the specific needs of survivors. Find her at the Windsor Road location Sunday-Wednesday during the afternoons and late evenings.
LMT AND SEATED MASSAGE SPECIALIST
Jennifer brings with her the enthusiasm and love of her work as a seated massage specialist. She travels to many different companies and enjoys the ability to really brighten someone’s day with seated massage in the workplace. She is available to be seen at the Windsor Road office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, doing work for general relaxation and prenatal massage.
LMT AND PNMT
A graduate of DePaul University and the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, Kim maintained a successful private practice in south suburban Chicago for fifteen years before relocating to Champaign and joining the BWA staff in late 2010. Specializing in clinical and injury-specific work, Kim is Precision Neuromuscular Therapy Certified an is also trained in a number of modalities including Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, prenatal, and Ortho-Bionomy. Kim sees the cases of TMJ pain that come to BodyWork Associates. Kim is available Tuesday through Friday at our Windsor Road location.
Jen graduated from Parkland College's Massage Therapy Program in August of 2005. She became a licensed massage therapist and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association early in 2006. After working in the community for several years she finally found a home at BodyWork Associates in 2014. Jen is currently studying Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. Her detailed, meditative massage work will help you find relaxation and relief from pain; she also has training in prenatal massage therapy. Jennifer is available on a limited schedule at present.
LMT AND PNMT
Mike graduated from Healthy Lifestyle School of Massage in August of 2004. He has since worked at the St. Louis Institute for Rehabilitative and Sports massage in Creve Coeur, MO specializing in myofascial integration. During that time Mike worked with the Washington University Athletic Department for the Fall 2004 / Spring 2005 seasons. He's also worked with athletic trainers on a variety of acute and chronic conditions involving multiple men's and women's sports. Mike has also been an American Council on Exercise personal trainer since 2001.
Alma graduated from Everest College in Chicago, IL in 2009. She is a licensed and Board Certified massage therapist studying Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. She is very proficient with relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, and deep tissue as well as prenatal work. Alma personalizes each massage to fit the clients’ needs, therefore providing pain relief. She is bilingual (English/Spanish). She is available to be seen Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Windsor location.
Sara is a licensed massage therapist and a graduate of Parkland College, class of 2008. She is actively pursuing certification in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy.
She draws from her years of experience to cater massage to each client and their individual needs. She addresses general pain due to day to day use of our bodies, injuries, pregnancy, postpartum, chronic pain/fatigue, as well as general relaxation. Sara will address your concerns with care, compassion and confidence.
When she’s not at the clinic you’ll find her chasing her thee kids around town, spoiling her two dogs, crocheting, or baking for her family. You can see Sara at the Downtown location on Main Street in Champaign on Wednesday and Friday.
ALY SWENGEL, BA, LMT,
E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Aly has been a Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor since 2009.She graduated from Blue Sky School of Massage & Bodywork in Grafton, WI on the Medical Massage Track and also holds a BA in small business and entrepreneurship. Aly specializes in head, neck and upper extremity issues. She is currently seeking her certification in PNMT.
PNMT= Precision Neuromuscular Therapist: Highly targeted massage therapy that zeroes in on problem areas using skilled assessment and highly educated hands. PNMT is a higher level of massage and demands more training and anatomical understanding. Instead of just masking the pain, we try to fix the source of the problem.
All of our therapists are either fully certified or are currently training in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT). No matter who you see, they all bring this deeper understanding of massage therapy to the table.
Seeing more than one therapist:
We strongly suggest that you see more than one therapist at the office for two reasons.
Each therapist has areas of expertise.
You have more than one scheduling option. If your primary therapist is booked, you can see someone else in the office and know that your session will meet or exceed your expectations. That is the advantage of a large office and we enjoy seeing each other's clients.
We have 3 Champaign Locations!
407 Windsor Rd.
Champaign, IL 61820
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BWA (Inside Living Legacy Pilates)
44 East Main Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
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BWA at the I Hotel
1900 South First Ave
Champaign, IL 61820
Call or text 217.351.1011
Hotel #- 217.819.5000
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