Joan Schraith Cole

IT pro turned LMT and CE Educator

With an orientation towards modern pain science, I offer both gentle styles oriented toward desensitizing ramped-up nervous systems and bodywork that feels deep without being barbaric.  With training in many clinical and orthopedic massage modalities, I use the same system analysis and troubleshooting skills developed writing software and providing technical support in my former IT career to help clients experiencing pain and mobility issues associated with the soft tissues of the musculoskel...

With an orientation towards modern pain science, I offer both gentle styles oriented toward desensitizing ramped-up nervous systems and bodywork that feels deep without being barbaric.  With training in many clinical and orthopedic massage modalities, I use the same system analysis and troubleshooting skills developed writing software and providing technical support in my former IT career to help clients experiencing pain and mobility issues associated with the soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system.  In the last several years, I have been reexamining my earlier training with an eye to whether the stories told about HOW those styles work are really physiologically plausible, and it has changed my implentation of those techniques, as well as how I communicate what is happening during a session. 

In practice since 2006, I have served a select group of clients for many years, helping them sustain good health and mobility, and working through the attendant aches and pains of bodies no longer in their twenties. I have taught continuing education classes to other massage therapists, and am an active volunteer in the massage community, currently serving as Financial Administrator for the Illinois Chapter of the AMTA.

The styles of bodywork I offer are rather unusual for Champaign-Urbana. Fully clothed, without oil or lotion, positioned according to best leverage. Sessions might include practicing a movement or posture that can help with awareness or pain prevention. 
  • Targeted Knotwork for Myoskeletal Pain Debugging - for clients with issues limiting painfree mobility in a particular area, like a hand, or ankle, or shoulder. Considering the issue in the context of kinetic chains of movement, this style may include techniques from many different schools of bodywork, ranging from direct myofascial release to edgework, novel movements and positional release.
  • Gentle Pain Calming - Focusing on the sensory nervous system, reclining face-up on the massage table, gentle touch relaxes and calms pain. DNM (Dermoneuromodulation) and SMRT (Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique) are incorporated.
Seasonally, I have additional availability and access to a home-based office where I can offer
  • Fijian Myofascial Massage, a style of barefoot massage done on a floor mat, that is focused on balancing perceived tension across the myofasciae for maintaining smoother movement. I use my feet as wells as my hands to give a deep-feeling full-body massage. The client must be physically able to get down on the floor and get up off the floor. Currently this is not available June-September or January-April.
I am open to performing housecalls (see my Autumnal Wind listing), and can bring an athletic massage table (65x28). I am also very comfortable doing bodywork using the client's own furniture (e.g. dining chair or recliner).

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Licenses
Massage

IL # 227.006987

Education
2006

Parkland College: Massage Program

Massage Program

Experience
Bodywork

Certified Massage Instructor for Olympic Massage

In March 2013, I was invited by Lolita Knight to join her group of certified instructors for Olympic Massage NCBTMB # 307802-00 For information about classes I have taught, please view this slideshare: https://www.slideshare.net/joanscole/joan-schraith-cole-continuing-education

AMTA Illinois State Conference Presenter

2017 - Taught Indian Head Massage (3 CE) and Centered Awareness for Bodyworkers: Skills from Qigong and Taiji for Body Mechanics and Self Care (3 CE) 2018 - Taught Fijian Massage: Basic Concepts of Barefoot Deep Tissue Massage

Fitness

Qigong and Taiji Instructor

In January 2014, I tested and received the status of EBQ [TM] Certified Instructor and EBT [TM] Certified Instructor from Grandmaster Yang Yang, PhD of the Center for Taiji & Qigong Studies.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Mobile Myofascial Release
  • Other
  • Mobile Chair Massage
  • Chair Massage
  • Mobile Reflexology
  • Mobile Ayurvedic Massage
  • Myofascial Release
  • Deep Tissue

Coaching

  • Mobile Other