OUR THERAPISTS

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Benjamin Shelby

My name is Benjamin Shelby. Some things I love in life are advocating and practicing good health and wellness, yoga, making art, nature, and most of all my family; my significant other Bayleigh and my son Jasper. My first experience with massage therapy occurred during my battle with cancer years ago as I was recovering from major surgeries. I found that massage was key to my rehabilitation and pain relief and have since been inspired to spread this healing practice with any who seek it. I am trained in Sports, Chair, Swedish, Therapeutic and Deep Tissue Massage. I hope to see you soon and until then, blessings!


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Darren Smith

My interest in massage began as a client. I experienced the benefits massage provided while recovering from knee surgery and dealing with the stress of a corporate career. In 2011 I graduated from Illinois Central College and since then have been a licensed massage therapist and American Massage Therapy Association member. My passion is to help people to feel well and to maintain their muscular health so that they are able to do the activities they love. This is what led me to develop my specialty, a Runners Therapy. With over 880 hours of classroom and clinical training I'm skilled at Sport, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Chair Massage, Runner's therapy, Myofascial Release and Kinesio Taping. I'm professional, respectful and ready to apply my knowledge and experience to every clients need.


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Sarah Mathewson

The human body is truly fascinating to me and helping people has always been a passion of mine. Putting these two together is why I chose to become a massage therapist. I love that massage not only benefits people physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. With a history of anxiety & depression, I have found that massage allows me to sleep better, think more optimistically, and truly experience peace and relaxation. Since graduating from the Illinois Central College's Massage Therapy program in 2017, I haven't stopped trying to help those around me discover the benefits of massage. I am trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Chair, Sports Massage and Therapeutic massage.


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Michelle Elam

In my fifteen year massage career, I have served in various roles. I continually seek to keep abreast of the latest techniques and modalities to bring to my table. My curious personality ignites a passion to get to the root of each of my client's pain. Over the years, to meet the needs of clients, I have incorporated a wide variety of techniques including Swedish, Therapeutic, Prenatal, Oncology, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Sports Massage. I have a penchant for listening to the body and working together with my client to work through each layer of tissue, which is one reason I enjoy deep tissue. I prefer to utilize a variety of techniques in my sessions, so therapeutic massage comes naturally to me. The change of pace that results from on-site massage and sports events keeps me engaged. I am delighted to continue my path with such a wonderful team at ReNew. I am grateful for this opportunity to expand upon my knowledge and share my expertise to benefit others on the team.


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Dana DeFord

I have lived in the Peoria area for many years. I am one of the 1st to graduate from the Midwest Technical Institute, in 2010. Massage therapy is my passion because I enjoy helping to improve my clients overall health. I tailor my massages to each individual client's needs. Massage therapy is constantly evolving so I enjoy learning various techniques. I can apply everything I have learned to better meet my clients needs and issues. I'm trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Sports, Prenatal, Neural Muscular, Hot Stone and Cranial Sacral massages. It's truly amazing for me to see all the different things massage can help with, such as sinuses, sciatic pain, headaches, and arthritis, just to name a few. My goal is to help each client continue to feel better. To encourage their progress. I demonstrate stretches for them to improve their flexibility, balance, mobility and stress relief. I really care about all my client’s well being.


John Boland

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My first experience receiving Massage Therapy was while attending an intro to massage course. From that moment on, I knew that I was on the right path and if I could provide that service to others, I would be living a purpose worthwhile. I like to describe the profession as a bodywork detective of sorts. Through analyzing clues the body is expressing and combining the knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology, and Massage Therapy, I am determined to apply a personalized plan of action for each of my clients. With over 700 hours of classroom and hands on training, I received my certification from Illinois Central College in the spring of 2019. I am trained in a variety of massage modalities such as: Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Chair and Hot Stone Massage to name a few. Schedule your appointment with me today, and let’s do our best to achieve your wellness goals together.