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Our Therapists

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With over 100 years combined experience, the Release Massage Therapy staff will make you feel at home and will listen and understand what your wellness goals are. The more information you share about your goals, and every question you ask, provides a valuable way for you and your therapist to assure your massage experience is the best it can be. Read our client reviews

“I have received massages from three different therapists at Release Massage Therapy. There have never been better therapists who are able to attend to my needs.Whether it is relaxation or a remedy from a serious injury, I know they will have the experience to bring in many modalities/approaches at the necessary pressure for the best result.” Connie H.

Ellen Winick

Licensed Massage Therapist • Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist • MA Ed

Ellen is the owner of Release Massage Therapy. She has practiced massage for over 20 years with advanced training and experience in sports, manual lymphatic drainage (Vodder Technique), prenatal/postpartum and deep tissue (neuromuscular & myofascial release). Ellen is on the faculty of the Massage Therapy department at the College of Lake County. She enjoys an active lifestyle of running, biking and swimming in addition to yoga and meditative practices. Ellen teaches infant massage classes and childbirth classes with couples, drawing on her experience and education as a labor doula and certified childbirth educator.

Kim Klein-Haas

Licensed Massage Therapist • Certified Personal Trainer • Wellness Coach • Yoga Instructor

kimKim has practiced therapeutic massage since 1999 and is skilled in assisting with injury recovery, athletic goals or overall wellness. Her experience also includes therapeutic relief and recovery to patients in a chiropractic setting. She is a personal trainer, wellness coach, yoga instructor and is an avid cyclist and runner. Kim can offer suggestions on stretching, personal training and yoga practices. She believes that each massage session should result in a therapeutic shift for her clients. When Kim suffered a shoulder injury from a bike fall, she recovered quickly because of her skills with rehabilitation. If you have an issue with your arms or shoulders, or are in rehab of any kind, she would be a great therapist to see!

Mary Slight

Licensed Massage Therapist • Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (NCBTMB)

Mary has practiced therapeutic massage since 1994 and can call upon her many years of experience to design a session that will meet your needs. She has extensive training in: Swedish Massage for relaxation and stress reduction and Deep Tissue Massage (Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Therapy). Mary is very experienced in helping treat chronic pain and its associated discomforts. You will find her very empathetic and committed to making a difference for you! Mary is also our go-to therapist when clients need to know how and when to best use essential oils for everyday healing. Mary has taught at The Chicago School of Massage Therapy, is the mother of two, and maintains a very active lifestyle including yoga, running and healthy eating.

Ann Torp

Licensed Massage Therapist & Herbal Apprentice • Certified in Reflexology, Reiki, Orthopedic Massage


As a holistic, integrative bodyworker, Ann believes that true healing happens when we nourish not only our bodies, but also our minds, hearts and souls. To that end, she encourages clients to find a lifestyle that supports the vitality of the body, healthy expression of thoughts and emotions and connection to nature, spirit and community. Her intention is to help you find the right blend of bodywork and herbal therapies that enhance your personal self-care efforts, so you can leave pain and fatigue behind and enjoy your life. Ann specializes in integrative massage, with the goal of supporting the vital forces in the body. Her therapies are designed to release restrictions and clear stagnation that interfere with your body’s capacity for self-repair. Ann has experience working with clients who have ongoing health conditions, concussions, headaches and other chronic pain conditions.

Meg Runyan

Licensed Massage Therapist • Reiki Practitioner

meg-runyanMeg did her massage therapy training at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy, an international school in Sámara, Costa Rica! She is trained in Swedish massage, deep tissue (myofascial release and trigger point therapy), Reiki, Lomi Lomi (traditional Hawaiian massage that features gentle rocking like ocean waves), and Thai massage (a modality from Thailand that helps improve flexibility and relieve muscle tension). Meg is excited to help people find relief from physical and emotional stress, a better sense of well being and reconnection with their bodies. She enjoys traveling, writing, being outside, laughing and dancing.

Lizzie Davis Hope

Licensed Massage Therapist

Hailing from England, Lizzie Hope is a dancer, dance instructor, mom and client-focused therapist. Her awareness of the body and the athlete makes her a perfect fit for those who are active- young and old. She can partner with you for on-going therapeutic support including suggestions for self-care. She has experience working with clients with neurological and autoimmune conditions such as Parkinson’s and Lyme’s disease.

Heide Bain

Licensed Massage Therapist

Heide’s specialty is sports massage. She offers pre & post event, recovery & on-going maintenance massage to athletes, in addition to injury prevention or injury recovery. Her massage therapy training, at The Soma Institute, was clinically-based to prepare her to work with athletes as well as address specific muscular concerns in any client. In addition to overall unwinding, Heide can incorporate stretching and trigger point work into your session. She is also practiced in addressing TMJ. Heide is an avid long distance walker, swimmer, paddle boarder and gardener.

Michaela McGill

Certified Reiki Therapist • Wellness Coach • MS Computer Science

michaela-mcgillMichaela is a skilled, compassionate and certified Reiki Therapist, working with clients and patients on reducing stress, relieving pain, and managing the effects of acute, chronic or terminal illness through the healing touch of Reiki Therapy. Michaela has been a practicing Reiki Therapist since 2012 and is also a trained Wellness Coach.

As a long-term IT professional, Michaela personally experienced the physical and emotional effects of work-related stress which led her to becoming a Reiki Therapist and Wellness Coach to help improve her own life as well as the lives of others. You are in healing hands with Michaela!

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