Northside Pain Therapy
Your session will never feel rushed, and I will take the time to listen to you, make sure your problem areas are addressed, customize your session to your goals, and answer any questions you may have. If you find you’re having a difficult time achieving long-lasting results from high-turnover franchises and group-couponing sites, investing in independent practitioners who typically have several years of industry experience is the way to go.
We are conveniently located in the Lakeview neighborhood: A trip to cloud 9 or preparation for your your next marathon awaits you within the Fuga Salon and Spa on the 2nd floor, which is where my practice is located. It is a block south down Southport Avenue from the Irving Park bus stop, or a 12-minute walk north from the Southport CTA stop. We are basically across the street from Blaine school.
If you are looking for unpretentious, soothing (yet practical), safe & ethical, clinical and medically-based, results-oriented massage therapy/bodywork by a compassionate practitioner who uses a holistic and anatomy-centered approach to pain relief, you're in the right place: Knowing what it takes to achieve that balance between working out the knots and getting you into the ‘zone' is my #1 priority. "Every body is unique", and naturally my aim is to tailor your treatment to reflect that.
As a sole practitioner, I possess an authentic interest in your wellbeing and have created a simple urban sanctuary amid the hubbub of Chicago. By engaging sound kinesiological principles with a holistic health frame of mind, I offer what I believe to be essential components of total wellness: helping you relax into a parasympathetic nervous system state to allow your body to maximize any healing that needs to take place. This is achieved through a bodywork known as NMR, or Neuromuscular Reprogramming, clinical and relaxing massage therapy, and a newer offering available: polychromatic LED light therapy, which engineers the delivery of the beneficial wavelengths (colors) of the sun’s light into low-level light therapy (LLLT) technology (photobiomodulation) using LED diodes applied directly to the skin.
Jaye Wingstrom, LMT
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Light Therapy Specialist based in the Chicago area who has been continually refining the art and science of human movement for over 13 years. I have provided many massage therapy clients with excellent, effective, safe, and intuitive sessions since 2006. Before discovering the extraordinary world of bodywork, I taught Physical Education and Health at the elementary and middle school levels, and I have always maintained an uncompromising passion for learning about more holistic and alternative ways to keep the human body healthy. I believe in a multi-faceted approach to client discomfort, pain, and posture concerns. This allows me to work individually with each client in identifying the root causes of pain or other symptoms he or she may be experiencing. During my tenure at a leading medical fitness facility in Chicago, I have assisted many clients through massage-including obsessed distance runners, athletes training for triathlons, seniors, high school athletes, overworked desk job employees, weekend warriors, people who just want an hour vacation, and patients suffering from medical issues such as nerve disorders, orthopedic challenges, circulatory problems, chronic pain, stroke survivors, and those undergoing physical therapy.
In my massage therapy sessions, I skillfully apply a wide variety of therapeutic massage techniques for removing soft tissue adhesions, reducing aches and pains, improving athletic performance, and promoting stress relief through general relaxation. Getting your body and brain to simmer down in a better nervous system state facilitates healing.
For clients seeking to maintain an essential level of total body wellness, I also assess how you are using different muscles and muscle groups either together or separately, along with how efficient that process is in order to address any visible compensations and structural deviations in order to restore balance and correct alignment as it relates to aches, pains, and limitations. The ultimate goal is to restore the body’s full range of motion, prevent injuries, enhance body awareness, prevent pain, and improve performance by dialing in your nervous system. This type of neuromuscular massage is based on a bodywork known as Neuromuscular Reprogramming (NMR). And of course, a client simply needing a total body relaxation massage is a cornerstone treatment that is always available.
I am a nationally certified (NCBTMB) and licensed massage therapist in the State of Illinois. I studied my craft at the COMTA-accredited Chicago School of Massage Therapy using the outstanding clinical massage curriculum developed by industry pioneer Bob King. I am an insured and registered member in good standing with Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
I am also certified and insured as a Light Therapy Specialist through BANHS, the Board of Advanced Natural Health Sciences.
I hold a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, a B.S. in Kinesiology and K-12 teacher certification in Physical Education and Health from Elmhurst College, and personal trainer and weight training certifications through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). I have additionally completed the PAS-II training in posture alignment therapy through The Egoscue Method ®, and I received a diploma from the Chicago School of Thai Massage's six-month program.
In 2008, I began work as an adjunct instructor at a local college and helped to revise the massage therapy curriculum with the intention of helping future massage therapists apply the skills needed as a therapist in today’s alternative healing climate.
In 2014, I began studying with Jocelyn Olivier, a renowned master bodyworker from Mill Valley, CA, who offers courses in a modality known as NeuroMuscular Reprogramming. This is a completely different type of bodywork that is a great three-dimensional approach to get to the root of dysfunction and pain. NMR is a somewhat detailed and thorough structural approach which uses muscle testing to assess imbalances in coordination, and advanced techniques to correct dysfunctional coordination patterns at their source: the motor control center in the brain. For more information on what this is about, feel free to click here.
When I am not trying to help improve the terrain of the Chicago people trying to heal from pain and the stresses of daily living, I enjoy reading books, catching up on the latest news in wellness, playing with my two over-indulged cats, spending time with my family, taking a continuing education class, attending a convention, roadtripping to a reggae music festival, learning a new language, traveling to faraway places, camping out in the middle of nowhere, meeting new people, trying something new, getting into arguments of a political nature, and establishing an awareness of how massage therapy and other holistic health approaches to pain and dysfunction are legitimate, effective, safe, and professional modalities of healthcare by communicating their benefits with current and potential clients.
When you book an appointment with BodyTrippin’ Massage Chicago, that time is set aside for you, and only you. Your appointment will never be double booked, and I will be ready for your session to begin when you arrive. In return, it is requested that you keep your promise to show up for your appointment on time. Please understand that massage therapists only get paid when they deliver a service... therefore missed appointments are costly and prevent us from catering to other clients. The total amount of the services scheduled or the total value or any promotions will be charged in full for clients who "no-show" or fail to cancel their reservation within a 24-hour time period.
Emergencies Happen, so...
In the event of an authentic emergency, a case-by-case approach may be taken depending on the situation. A same-day change/cancellation fee may apply, especially if your appointment cannot be filled by another client willing to take your slot. If you are a new client no-show, your missed appointment fee may need to be paid in full in order to receive any future services. As a business owner, I have costs of living, too. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
In the event that you unable to keep your scheduled appointment with us, please contact us by phone at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. If you do not reach us, please leave a message on our voicemail system. If we do not hear from you within this time period, and you do not keep your appointment, the above policy will be applied. Note: We recognize that no one is perfect and there are circumstances beyond your control (sudden illness, family emergencies, alien abductions, etc). Your therapist may make an exception to the above policies on those rare occasions.
Forfeiture of the "New Client" Rate/Promotional Rates
If an appointment is booked under a "NEW CLIENT" special rate or any other promotional rate that is not the usual session price and you fail to show up for your appointment without the 24-hour prior notification as outlined above, you cannot book a future appointment under the "new client" rate or promotional rate, and that rate is forfeited. In addition, you will also need to secure a future appointment on the online booker with a valid credit card. Yes, this sounds kind of lame, but to further explain why this is necessary, see "Missed Appointments" above.
Mobile Massage Therapy Bookings
If you are a new client and are requesting a mobile massage therapy appointment, you will need to guarantee your session with a valid credit card. This policy is in place to ensure our safety, and is a requirement for booking a mobile massage therapy session.
Massage Therapist Intitiated Cancellations
No one is perfect all of the time. If your appointment is cancelled or postponed by us within the 24-hour time period, your re-scheduled massage session may be subject to a discounted rate.
WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Personal information includes information that relates to:
an individual’s personal characteristics (e.g., gender, age, income, home address or telephone number, ethnic background, family status);
health (e.g., health history, health conditions, health services received by them);
activities and views (e.g., opinions expressed by an individual, an opinion or evaluation of an individual).
Personal information is different from business information (e.g., an individual’s business address and telephone number). This is not protected by privacy legislation.
WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION: PRIMARY PURPOSES
Like all health and wellness professions, we collect, use and disclose personal information in order to serve our clients. For our clients, the primary purpose for collecting personal information is to provide treatment. For example, we collect information about a client's health history, including their family history, physical condition, function and social situation in order to help us assess what their health needs are, to advise them of their options and then to provide the health care they choose to have. A second primary purpose is to obtain a baseline of health and social information so that in providing on going health services we can identify changes that occur over time.
PROTECTING PERSONAL INFORMATION
I understand the importance of protecting personal information. For that reason, I have taken the following steps:
Paper information is either under supervision or secured in restricted area.
Electronic hardware is either under supervision or secure in a restricted area at all times. Paper information is transmitted through sealed, addressed envelopes or boxes by reputable companies.
Electronic information is transmitted either through a direct line or has identifiers removed or is encrypted.
Information collected via this website is limited to what I need to provide you with the best possible service available anywhere. It will not be sold, or rented to any individual, group, corporation or agency. Release of your information occurs only when I have your consent; or when it is required to deliver a requested service to you; or where I am required or permitted to do so by law.
What sets you apart from other massage therapists?I do believe that once you've had a session in our office, you'll feel like a completely new and improved person, and that is our main goal. It's not rocket science, but the research out there shows that measurable biological effects occur and the immune system is positively affected by a relaxation massage session. Massage therapy is a 100% non-toxic way to get a total body buzz and transition your nervous system from an overworked, stressed out sympathetic nervous system state to a more relaxed, peaceful parasympathetic nervous system state where healing, repair, and rejuvenation can occur. If you are seeking a more clinical approach, we encourage you to experience a more problem-solving route, where you as the client act more as a co-pilot versus a passenger. Using NMR techniques, we will address your nervous system and attend to any potential dysfunctions of the motor coordination programs governing movement, postural support and alignment as the biggest source of non-pathological body pain. These mis-coordinations are easily reprogrammed in fundamentally healthy bodies and the relief from pain is usually immediate.
How should I prepare for my massage session?We are located in a busy Lakeview corridor where parking choices could be limited; please arrive a little early for your appointment so you are able to get settled in and fill out an intake form. This is a requirement of new clients, and it takes roughly 5-9 minutes to complete. Account for the time it will take to park and locate the office. Flying in here in a crazed rush probably won't help you smoothly transition into the parasympathetic nervous system mode. In addition, if you just completed a work out session or find yourself a little stinky, feel free to take a shower before coming to the office. We do have shower facilities located at our office, so if you decided to make use of them, advanced notice will be required.
I have absolutely no time management skills. If I am late for my appointment, will I still be able to receive the full session time?"That depends; usually, there are clients scheduled before and after your scheduled time. We may be able to tack on extra minutes at the end, but be forewarned: we cannot cut into another client's session time if there is an appointment right after yours.
What should I expect from my massage experience?Once you have discussed the plan for your massage with your therapist, you will be given the privacy to disrobe completely (or to whatever level you’re comfortable with) you will then get on the massage table, under the sheets as if you were climbing in to take a nap. Once you are settled and ready for your massage, the therapist will re-enter the room to begin. If at any point anything is uncomfortable please feel free to speak up; communication is key and we want you enjoy your experience. When the massage session time is up, we will again give you the privacy to dress. Our clients remain draped during the session, with only the therapeutic work areas exposed.
Does massage hurt?In general, massage should not hurt, either during the session or in the days that follow. When we are challenged with chronic pain or injuries such as tendonitis it is often worth a little temporary discomfort for long-term relief. It is completely up to you if you would just like to relax and chill out. We can adjust the amount of pressure your body needs: A ton of pressure may feel good proprioceptively within your comfort level, but within a skilled massage therapy session, the hardest pressure in all likelihood will not solve underlying problems on a musculoskeletal level. Our philosophy is to work smarter, and not necessarily harder. In the long run, it is completely OK to speak up about requesting a different level of pressure. Although we are fairly adept at recognizing when you're about to shout "Uncle!, there are times when verbal confirmation of excessive pain is warranted. Again, communication is key. During our massage and bodywork sessions, you might feel pain referring to other areas of the body, and this is completely normal.
What do I wear during the massage?Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For relaxation, deep tissue, and clinical work, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on. If you are receiving LED light therapy along with or separate from your massage session, we will communicate with you if you need or wish to adjust your clothing level. Again, please communicate any concerns with your therapist.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. I always suggest spacing out and relaxing the best you can---thinking about what to buy for dinner, who's going to take the dog out, and all the conference calls you have to make at work tomorrow are not usually ideal thoughts to fill your head up with during a massage session. But, it is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. If you fall asleep, all we ask is that you do not drool all over the table or floor. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
How will a massage feel?It usually depends on the techniques used. We typically use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. If you've requested some "deep tissue" work, the session always begins with lighter pressure initially, and gradually the work involves more pressure as the tissue warms. If you had a massage where you ended up bruised and totally sore the next day, that could be an indication of your therapist's lack of technical skill. It IS possible to receive a deep tissue massage without looking like you went 8 rounds with Mike Tyson the next day. Often, lotion is applied to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. On a side note, I only use lotions and oils that are completely organic and paraben-free. Once again, do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
Will the massage oils used make me break-out?We only use the most hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions as possible. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist's attention. We are rubbing these lotions in our own hands all day too, so of course we believe in exposure to least amount of known carcinogens, and therefore use organic and natural products. Please speak up if you prefer your head and/or face to not be massaged. (But you'll definitely be missing out!)
What kind of music do you play?The usual selection of music that is available is a mix of what I believe relaxes clients pretty well. Most of the time, it includes a mixture of known “healing frequencies” via different playlists. If you can't relax to anything but hippie fun music or death metal, go ahead and bring it in on your phone. We have Spotify as well, so just let us know what your preference is. It's your massage, and I want you to be able to relax.
Is a massage always appropriate?No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out a health history form before you begin your session. Every new client is required to complete this form, it is not optional, and refusal to do so may result in the session being cancelled. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. Even if you fell off your bike when your were 5, I still want to know about it. All of this matters when dealing with past trauma. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
I think I am getting a cold or maybe a fever. Getting a massage will help make me feel better, right?"Wrong! In reality, the opposite is true. When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body's natural defenses. In addition, you could also be spreading awful pathogens around your tissues at an increased rate, thereby making you feel even worse. Plus, we'd rather not get sick either.
How long will a massage treatment last?You have a choice for your session length=either 60,75, or 90 minutes. For the most complete whole-body massage to take place that does not feel rushed, I always recommend a 75-minute session. We don't offer half-hour appointment, because they are lame and you won't feel the effects of a complete session in that short amount of time. Many people prefer a 75 to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. If you present several postural dysfunctions and several pain symptoms, a 90-minute would be the best bet. Try not to schedule anything super important after your massage, because you just won't feel like doing anything afterward but laying on the couch.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Hours later, or perhaps even the next day following a session, you may feel some tenderness due to the brief inflammation that was caused during deep-tissue techniques. For most people, this usually subsides within a day or two. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath to calm muscles after a treatment. If you get into a fender-bender after your massage, that's great! (Because it means you were SO relaxed that you just weren't paying attention!) ...OK, just kidding--but we think you'll feel fantastic after a session with us!
What is a “holistic health” approach to health care/massage therapy like?The word holistic implies the condition of the whole. In reality, body, mind and spirit are completely intertwined aspects of the whole. They are not separate entities and cannot be separated. When you affect one level, either positively or negatively, to some extent you affect the whole person. Holistic health is your overall state of wellness on all levels of your being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It encompasses the health of your entire being and extends to everyone and everything that interacts with you in any way. That includes your resources, your environment, and your relationships. As far as massage therapy is concerned in this paradigm, therapeutic touch makes the tools massage therapists use like “flashlights in a darkened room”. The medicine they administer is self-awareness. And for many painful conditions, this is the aid most urgently needed. An addition, whereas an allopathic (convention medicinal) approach may warrant a visit to a podiatrist for foot pain, for example, a holistic approach takes into account the functionality of the hip muscles or restrictions in the neck musculature preventing the correct neuromuscular patterns that should occur in the foot and ankle. However, a relaxing massage to calm the nervous system stuck in the sympathetic (stressed out) state may be all the intervention needed as true healing cannot occur under a stressed mind and body. There is nothing is “piecemeal” about holistic health; ‘everything is truly connected’ in this respect.
What is LED Light Therapy?LED Light Therapy, otherwise known as Polychromatic Light Therapy, or Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) is called “low-level” because it’s noninvasive, painless and cool to the touch. It is a unique therapy that harnesses the healing powers of infrared, red and blue light. InLight Medical Systems, the name of the equipment used in treatments, emit special wavelengths of light energy that dramatically increase circulation to injury sites and areas of chronic pain. Although, gentle, silent, and invisible to the human eye, light therapy is remarkably effective.
How Does light therapy work?In Light Medical Systems use a carefully timed sequence of settings, known as pulses, to create an environment in which change may occur more rapidly. These gentle, pulsing LED light wavelengths, increase circulation therefore relieving pain and rejuvenating the entire body. Because Light Therapy is naturally effective on a cellular level, not only does it relieve pain, but it addresses the underlying condition by stimulating the body’s innate healing ability. Something that painkillers cannot do. LED Light Therapy is effective, non-abrasive, non-invasive, and restorative.
So what does Light Therapy "Do?""Light Therapy emits special wavelengths of light energy that dramatically increase circulation to injury sites and areas of chronic pain. Cells beneath the skin absorb the light energy, similar to the way plants absorb sunlight from the atmosphere. This will activate our body’s natural healing response. The result is a rapid relief of discomfort, improvement in sensation, and a regeneration of damaged tissues. Unlike painkillers, light therapy doesn’t just relieve pain – it significantly improves overall well being.