Angie Backley

License #: 3852-1-46

After 15 years in the spa industry, Angie combined her skills at pampering with her knowledge of Aromatherapy, her love of fitness and her interest in natural healing and went back to school for Massage Therapy. She received her degree from Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and is Nationally Certified and Wisconsin Licensed. Angie's signature massage is a fusion of different massage modalities, including Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Lomi Lomi, Hot Stones, Swedish, Tui Na, Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Therapy (Trigger Point Therapy). She customizes each session to the individual's needs. Angie enjoys the challenges of treating sports injuries and chronic pain, but also gives a great relaxation massage. She feels she has found her calling as a Massage Therapist and loves working at Prairie Athletic Club.



Julia Thyberg

License #: 10551-146

Julia has been practicing massage therapy for the last 12 years. Her training started at East-West Healing Arts Institute, a Massage Therapy school learning about traditional Chinese medicine. Julia studied for year and a half after massage school with Dr. XiPing Zhou, MDOM, CMT in his acupuncture clinic where she learned how he stimulated acupressure points in combination with massage and herbal medicine to help with pain management and mind-body integration. She has worked with a large variety of clients from nursing homes to expectant moms, athletes, clients pre/post surgery, even her own children. She has specific training in TuiNa (Chinese medical massage) massage for treating migraines and headaches, pre/post natal massage, acupressure and Young Living essential oils. Julia sees herself as a healthcare provider and she would love to share her knowledge.

Kelly Petersen

License #: 14157-146

Kelly completed her training in Massage therapy at Madison College.  Kelly brings experience in working with many different modalities of massage including joint range of motion, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, deep tissue, pre natal, reflexology and Feldenkrais Method.  Kelly would love to help promote a well balanced tailored session for her clients needs.  She is excited to work with our clients and help promote health and relaxation for everyone she meets with.  


Acupressure uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure can be effective in helping relieve headaches, eyestrain, sinus problems, neck pain, backaches, arthritis, muscle aches, tension due to stress, balancing the body and maintaining good health. The healing touch of acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.
Acustone is similar to acupressure except it utilizes hot stones to release energy points and balance the body. Heat is also useful in directing energy and stimulating pressure points.
Aromatherapy is a multifaceted healing art which uses the essential oils of aromatic plants and trees to promote health of the body and serenity of the mind. It is a holistic way to heal the mind, body and spirit. We use Young Living Essential Oils that are a medical and therapeutic grade.
Cranio-Sacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that works by enhancing the functions of the cranio-sacral system (the brain and skull, spinal cord and nervous system). The practitioner uses very light touch to find any imbalances or restrictions in the system, then uses holds to help relieve these issues. Cranio-Sacral therapy encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve function of the central nervous system, which can help relieve stress and enhance health and resistance to disease. This technique is especially helpful for chronic pain, nervous system disorders, traumatic events or for clients who do not enjoy manual manipulations of the body.
Cupping is a method that uses glass cups to create a suction (or partial vacuum) on the skin. Cupping can also be used as a way to open up Meridians of the body. Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks, and improve varicose veins.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
Don’t know what type of massage you would like? Let our staff help find that perfect massage just for you.
In using the technique of Gua-Sha, short strokes with medium pressure are used with a round-edged instrument to extravagate blood and metabolic waste congesting the surface tissues and muscle. This technique is useful in treating infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, along with musculoskeletal discomfort.
Hot stone massage incorporates hot basalt rocks that are rubbed on the body. The stones themselves have healing properties and the heat works to release muscle tensions.
Lymphatic massage is a very light, gentle modality designed to stimulate the lymphatic system. It "kick starts" the immune system and helps rid the body of toxins. We recommend a lymphatic treatment several times a year to hlep detoxify the body and to keep your immune system running smoothly.
Myofacial release is therapeutic style of massage that focuses on connective tissue. Through the use of stretches, long holds, and other gentle techniques, the therapist applies pressure over time to create heat, which melts the restrictions in the connective tissue. It's a relaxing, gentle, and very effective way to unwind chronic stress and muscle tightness, for example in the neck, shoulders, and back.
Massage for pregnant ladies can be very beneficial for mom and the baby. We use strict guidelines for what is safe and appropriate for the mom and child. First trimester massage is not recommended.
Reiki is an energy healing technique working both on and off of the body. The practitioner begins above the body, clearing the client’s energy field of any blockages or stagnation (from trauma, injury, stress, etc.) Next, the practitioner uses passive touch to hold positions along the body for about 3-5 minutes. As energy healing occurs, the client is able to achieve a balanced state physically, mentally and emotionally.
Relaxation massage is general systematic massage of the soft tissues of the body to induce a state of deep relaxation. It works mainly on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and increases the body's blood and lymphatic circulation.
Sports massage can be used to benefit athletes who want to recover from a strenuous workout or competition, to speed the recovery of an injury, or rehabilitation.
Trigger Point Therapy (or TPT) applies concentrated finger pressure to trigger points, which are painful, irritated areas in muscles, to break the cycle of spasm and pain. Working just the trigger points can release the entire area.
Tui-Na is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy. Physically it is a series of pressing, tapping, and kneading that removes blockages along the meridians of the body and stimulates the flow of Qi and blood to promote healing, similar to principles of acupuncture. Tui-Na seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the meridians, allowing the body to naturally heal itself. The simplicity of Tui-Na and focus on specific problems, rather than a more generalized treatment, make it both an excellent alternative and extension of Swedish-style massage.