Stress Relief & Cure for that Pain in the Neck…

Sometimes I roll my head trying to get the kinks out. When that doesn’t work, I rub at my neck. Most of the time, I’m too busy to notice. I rub or roll while thinking about the project I’m working on, while talking on the phone or contemplating all the parts of life I’m trying to juggle. It’s stress that manifests itself as stiffness and soreness in my neck, the back of my head and my shoulders.

Fortunately, I came across a solution to that pain in the neck. I’m not the only person who has stress, or a pain in the neck. The good news is that this solution will almost certainly work for others, as well. The solution is massage, but not just any massage. This is a professionally administered massage by a massage therapist who really, really knows what she’s doing.

I belong to MC3, a business networking group that is part of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. Recently, Donna Chase joined the group. She represents Watley MedSpa located at 3923 Mercy Drive in McHenry. They offer all sorts of therapeutic products and procedures, such as hydrafacials, chemical peels, Botox and Xeomin injections, dermal fillers, i-lipo, aesthetic procedures and wellness programs. They offer that and more, including therapeutic massage.

Therapeutic is an excellent word to describe what Kendra did for me the other day. I walked in with a neck as stiff as a board. In a scented candlelit room, with soft music, I laid on a cushioned table and she worked on my neck and my shoulders. She massaged the muscles in the back of my head. She even massaged the muscles in my face.

Under her expert fingers, the stress didn’t stand a chance. Her touch kneaded away the tension as though by magic. She told me how the coffee I drink can contribute to the stress in my muscles. I’m not sure what I can do about that – coffee, for me, is a little like plasma for others.

My massage was free. Well, the first 30 minutes were free – a trial offer. Frankly, they had to have known that I wouldn’t get up off the table and walk away after only 30 minutes. When Kendra was done, I worked up my courage and asked her, “What would another 30 minutes cost?”

The answer, as far as I’m concerned, is “Not much” and “Well worth it.”

I know the tension – the pain in the neck – will come back. Life can be stressful. I try to keep the stress at bay but, over time, it always breaks through to catch me in its grip. That grip isn’t as tight anymore. I have a solution a short drive away at Watley MedSpa.

To setup an appointment for your own therapeutic massage, or any of their other products or services, call 815-322-2530. You can learn more about Watley MedSpa at

By Rich Rostron