Bodywork Therapy

Chicago Northshore Kinetics offers several modalities of bodywork therapy. Below are descriptions of each to help you choose the modality best suited to your needs. Our bodywork practitioners are nationally licensed. Please contact the studio to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment.



Connective Tissue Therapy (CTT) is an approach to structural bodywork, which puts an emphasis on the condition and function of the various layers of fascia throughout the body over individual muscles or muscle groupings. The saran-wrap like fascia creates a three-dimensional web, which is involved in the function of every other physiological system. Fascial tissue wraps and connects the bones, muscles, and organs and creates a scaffolding for the nervous and vascular system. Dysfunction in the fascia can quickly translate to issues in other systems and, because of the connective nature of the body, local symptoms eventually become global patterns.

Fundamentally different than classic massage, CTT uses a whole body perspective in postural analysis and techniques, which are engage the fascia fibers more so than the muscle fibers. A CTT specific session may include a period of assessment and a structural analysis as well as the more active involvement of the client during adjustments. Specific approaches to CTT include Rolfing, Structural Integration and Hellerwork. All of these systems utilize similar underlying principles of fascial importance.

CTT can benefit many postural conditions including chronic hypertension, plantar fasciitis, repetitive motion training injuries, tendonitis, whiplash, knee pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. CTT, in its various forms, is beneficial for athletes of all levels.

CTT is provided by Rachel Cook in 60 and 90 minute sessions only. Pricing:




Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork therapy that provides receivers with a deep holistic healing experience. Shiatsu is theoretically based in traditional Chinese medicine, while integrating fluid stretches and compression to address musculoskeletal and energetic imbalances. It is based on the simulations of Qi, the energetic life force, which lies deep within the body in pathways known as meridians. Each meridian is connected to an internal organ and carries the energy of that organ’s functioning.  Shiatsu is a therapy that supports the idea that the body can heal and balance itself. It works not only on a physical level, but also at an emotional, psychological and spiritual level.

At the beginning of the session, the practitioner will ask you questions regarding your medical history and specifics to any issues you may be experiencing and would like addressed in your session. This will help the practitioner get a better picture of your overall health. Shiatsu is performed on the floor on a cotton-filled mat, while the receiver is fully clothed in sweats or yoga clothing. Depending on your specific situation, you will lie on your back, on your stomach, or in some cases on your side.   If it is uncomfortable for you to lie flat, pillows and bolsters may be used to support sensitive areas such as the knees or ankles. Sessions usually begin and end the session with hara (abdominal) assessment.  All of the twelve meridians pass through the abdomen providing an ideal place to assess the energy of the whole body.  Using both hands, the practitioner will gently touch the hara to get a sense of the meridians that are most kyo (deficient) and most jitsu (excessive).  With this information, the practitioner can provide a treatment that is best suited for your needs.

Shiatsu bodywork provided by Jamila Kekulah-Kinney and offered in 45 and 75 minute sessions only. Pricing: