My name is Madelynn Knoespel and I am thrilled to be joining The Refinery Esthetics Bar and Wellness Center in early June to offer therapeutic massage services as Repose Massage. The journey was an unpredictable road that led in many different directions, but worth the turns and twists to arrive here. Service to others is an innate part of who I am and what makes me feel complete, so this profession is a perfect fit.
About 15 years ago while I was working with special needs children with very severe behaviors, an autism specialist came to the school district to help me achieve more “workability” with these students. She introduced me to cranial massage explaining how connected the central nervous system was to the children’s behavior resulting from uncomfortable outside stimuli for them. She showed me massage techniques that would calm outbursts and increase productivity allowing further inclusion into general education classrooms. Honestly, it was miraculous! Applying her techniques helped achieve better socialization skills and scholastic achievement without behavioral problems that segregated them from the regular ed population.
Fast forward 14 years later, life changed drastically. A divorce after many years of marriage, the loss of my son in a car accident and both my parents passing left me pretty empty…….but, with a new life slate that permitted me to finally take a chance on a dream that all but withered.
I decided it was finally time to attempt to make my dream a reality! And I did……. I am graduating May 19th from Fox Valley Technical College with a degree in Therapeutic Massage. Not only will I be doing a job that helps promote wellness in others, it will be employment I’m totally passionate about!
To start, I will offer Swedish, Hot Stone, and Customized massage therapies as well as hot towel foot scrubs.