Grainne McKeown offers Thai
Massage, a type of body work which originated
in Asia over 2500 years ago during the time
of the Buddha. It was given as therapy along
with advice on herbs, diet, and meditation practice
to help heal imbalances in body and mind.
Thai Massage is a floor massage where the fully
dressed client lies on a mat. A well designed
system of movements allows the therapist to
manipulate the client without much effort. Every
movement is created to support the client as
well as the therapist. Silence between the therapist
and the client allows the therapist to understand
the client and to give the client a chance to
focus on breath and sensation in order to learn
about himself without distraction. To give and
to receive Thai Massage is a meditative practice.
At the end of a one or one and a half hour treatment,
both the receiver and the therapist will feel
relaxed and energized.
Each treatment is tailored to the client and
his or her individual constitution and needs.
Grainne uses her knowledge of trigger point
therapy to address pain management, as well
as her experience with herbs, diet, and Ayurveda to recommend
from pain of arthritis, repetitive stress,
or overused muscles
flexibility and range of motion
resistance to injury
of toxins such as lactic acid from the body
nervous system leading to deep relaxation
who experiences stress in their lives
with sore muscles from regular exercise or
repetitive stress ie. musicians, performers,
suffering from chronic pain such as arthritis,
tendonitis, lower back pain, or headaches.
with low energy
teachers and practitioners
Thai Massage is a two-part system
combining both energy work and physical healing
techniques. Gentle pressure is applied to particular
spots along the energy lines of the body known
as the Meridians. This stimulation releases blocked
energy, which is the cause of lethargy, aches,
Thai Massage also uses gentle
stretching movements, similar to light yoga asanas,
which facilitates the flow of energy throughout
the body as well as increases flexibility. This
makes Thai massage a more interactive and engaged
session than the average western massage.
By physically manipulating muscles
and connective tissue, Thai Massage creates a
dynamic, restorative, and healing experience of
body and mind.
Treatments are available in
Chicago, Glenview, Wilmette, or (depending on
in your own space.
Gift Certificates are available.
McKeown was born and raised in Chicago, IL.
After receiving her B.A. from Boston College,
she lived as a volunteer on the Ft. Belknap
Indian Reservation in Hays, Montana. Shortly
after this experience she moved to Asia.
Grainne lived in Chiang
Mai, Thailand for three years, studying
and practicing Thai Massage therapy with
some of the great masters of this art. She
also studied Chinese Medicine with a local
doctor. Early in her stay in Thailand, she
became interested in Buddhism and began
receiving instruction in meditation at a
forest monastery outside Chiang Mai.
She went on to study yoga
and Ayurevedic medicine in India, and most
recently spent a year in Nepal studying
Buddhist philosophy and meditation at a Tibetan Buddhist
She also taught
yoga to local Nepalis.
Grainne is now also an Acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese Medicine, since completing her MA in Oriiental Medicine in 2008. She is Board Certified and Licensed in IL state. Please see her latest website for details on Oriental Medicine grainnemckeown.com
Kate Sheehy is a graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, where she received solid training in muscular therapies, anatomy, physiology and trigger point therapy. At the New Mexico School of Natural Theraputics, she studied CORE Synchronism, a combination of Craniosacral and Polarity bodywork which addresses energetic balance through flow of cerebral spinal fluid through the body. She has traveled to Thailand to pursue intensive training in Traditional Thai Massage, studying with Master Asokananda, author of one of the leading Thai Massage books available to Western practitioners, and receiving advanced training under Master Pichest Boonthume. Prior to her dedication to bodywork, Kate received a Communications degree at University of Illinois in Champaign. She has collaborated with various local artists and theater groups and conducted integrated art residencies in Chicago Public Schools and Community Centers, teaching puppetry, performance and storytelling. She enjoys the practice of meditation while riding her five foot unicycle or working in community gardens.