Touch is a therapeutic adjunct to professional psychological assistance for individuals suffering from Anorexia or other eating disorders. Massage research indicates lower levels of anxiety in depressed individual and an increase in self-esteem and well being. Teens and adults are able to create healthy touch boundaries in a safe and caring environment.

Wellspring provides therapeutic massage for Evanston and Chicago. Therapeutic Massage (also known as Massage Therapy) consists of manual manipulations of the soft tissues of the body by such movements as rubbing, kneading, pressing and rolling for purposes such as promoting circulation of the blood and lymph, relaxation of muscles, relief from pain, restoration of metabolic balance, and other physical and mental benefits.

Many health-related conditions respond favorably to Massage Therapy. A partial list includes:

• Fibromyalgia • Osteoarthritis • Headaches • Anxiety • High Blood Pressure
• Post-Traumatic Injuries (e.g., whiplash, falls, sports injuries, etc.)
• Post-Surgical Recovery & Rehabilitation • Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprains
•  Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, TMJ/TMD
•  Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy • ADD/ADHD


Shiatsu is a unique form of bodywork that provides the satisfaction of touch along with a profound energy-balancing experience. It is based on thousands of years of eastern philosophy and methods of healing. In Eastern philosophy there are meridians or pathways within the body that channel the Ki energy — our life essence. We experience this energy in the form of movement, communication, respiration, digestion, thoughts, feelings and spirituality. Stagnation of energy within the meridians can result in physical, psychological and emotional disease. Shiatsu removes this stagnation and balances the energy.

Clients receive Shiatsu fully clothed on a futon on the floor. The benefits of a Shiatsu sessions include relief from physical symptoms of stress, deep relaxation, a more complete connection of mind, body and spirit, greater self- and body-awareness, inner peace and an increased mastery of your own health and well-being.

Some common health-related conditions that respond well to shiatsu are:

• Poor Flexibility • Anxiety and Depression • Insomnia • PMS and Menstrual Problems • ADD/ADHD
• Digestive Disturbances • Headaches and Migraines • Sinus Congestion • Muscular Tension • Sports Injuries
• Sprains and Strains • Sciatica Pain • Backache • Joint Pain • Neck and Shoulder tightness • TMJ
• Poor Circulation and Immune Function • Low energy, tiredness • Stress and Tension


Traditional Thai Massage, also called Thai Yoga Therapy, Nuad phaen boran or Nuat Thai, is a therapeutic technique that dates back thousands of years. Its precise origins are unknown, but practitioners traditionally trace their lineage to Jivaka Komalaboat, also known as Shivago, who was a personal physician to the Sangha, a friend and physician to the Buddha and renowned as a healer in Buddhist tradition.

Traditional Thai medicine is a natural, holistic approach to health and well-being, developed over thousands of years, which includes proper nutrition, physical exercise, the use of medicinal herbs and therapeutic massage. Traditional Thai medicine is not only concerned with curing diseases and ailments. Its primary goal is maintaining health and well-being, as ancient Thais believed that "the absence of illness is the best blessing". The medical knowledge developed by Thai people through many generations has come to be known as the ancient wisdom of Thailand.

Thai yoga therapy has many benefits including:

• stress and pain relief • better resistance to injury • improved range of motion
• release of lactic acid and other toxins from areas of accumulation • toning of internal organs • deep relaxation

Massage Practitioners at Wellspring Evanston:

Kristin Andrews, AMBP
Phone: (847) 525-5055

  Melissa Lynum, LMT
Phone: (561) 537-9878

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