I am Tom Schaefges, a graduate of the Massage Therapy program at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. With more than 750 hours of training, I am a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) and a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Illinois.
My interest in massage therapy began in the late 1990s. I was suffering from knee pain that forced me to give up running and all other activities that involved rapid movement. The pain was so bad at times that I was contemplating knee surgery. But first I decided to try massage therapy as a more conservative approach.
I am very glad to have tried massage therapy. After a series of regular sessions over a few months, my knee pain subsided and I was back to full activity. I still see a massage therapist once a month for maintenance and those sessions keep me pain-free.
I enjoy using my problem-solving skills as a massage therapist. If a client comes with a problem I have not seen before I research the issue looking for and applying solutions in a systematic manner. The more you know about how and why something works the better you can control it. I continue to take courses relevant to massage therapy to further my knowledge and skills.
I rely on science and proven ideas to get results. I only use evidence-based and reality-based methods in massage. I do not use any techniques that are inconsistent with what we know about anatomy and physiology.
If you are on the fence about massage, I can relate to your hesitation and fears. If you are sold on the benefits and need a good therapist, I can relate to that, too. I know first-hand how beneficial massage therapy can be and I have seen how massage benefits active people. Give me a try. I have the education and training to bring solid technique and knowledge of what’s under the skin to ease your pain and help you relax. I will listen to what your particular issues are and work with you to keep you pain-free and performing at your best level. I will help you work your best, play your best, and feel your best.
My office is near Sidney, IL, and I serve the surrounding area including Homer, Ogden, Philo, St. Joseph, Savoy, Urbana, and Champaign. Everyone is welcome at my practice.