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Massage Therapy


Crossfit Nucleus Massage Therapists
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Christina Fasano, LMT, NMT

Lead Massage Therapist
Associates Degree Applied Science- Massage Therapy (SWIC 2011)
Body Therapy Center & School of Massage (2010)
Certified Neuromuscular Therapist (BTC 2011)


With over twelve years of customer service, Christina Fasano took her work ethic and skills to pursue her passion in the healing power of touch through massage therapy.  Christina Fasano attended the Body Therapy Center and School of Massage in Swansea, IL, completing more than 160 hours of hands on training, prior to graduating in 2010.  She continued her massage therapy education and became certified in Neuromuscular therapy the following year.  Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a specialized approach of manual therapy applied to soft tissues to alleviate the source of pain, while trying to balance the central nervous system.  In 2012, she received an Associates in Massage Therapy from Southwestern Illinois College.  Christina has been actively working as a massage therapist since she graduated. She officially joined the CrossFit Nucleus family in January 2014, where she then quickly took the role and responsibilities as lead massage therapist.  

Christina incorporates her neuromuscular training with Swedish, sports, deep tissue massage, myofascial techniques, and trigger point therapy. Understands that each individual is different, she makes a point to track and address her client’s needs and goals during each visit. Mindfully, she strives to improve clients’ quality of life, and customizes her massage routine to the individual. Christina specializes in deep tissue and trigger point therapy, and has spent the past few years working close with athletes of all types to boost their performance, speed up recovery, and improve strength. ¬†Her future goals are to¬†continue helping those in chronic pain and injury rehabilitation, while working towards her yoga instructor certification.

Meredith Brunner, LMT, NMT, BCVT

FullSizeRenderNationally Board Certified Massage Therapist (2016)
Certified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BTC 2016)
Associates Degree Applied Science – Massage Therapy (SWIC 2012)
Associates Degree Liberal Art РPsychology (SWIC 2012)
Certified Neuromuscular Therapist (BTC 2011)


Meredith graduated The Body Therapy Center in July 2011 and has been working for the past 5 years as a therapist.¬† She’s nationally certified through the NCBTMB, certified in neuromuscular therapy, and¬†Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. In addition, she has¬†taken numerous continuing education courses in Thai yoga massage, tuina, chakra clearing, sports facilitation, and is Reiki level 1 attuned. She likes to incorporate all techniques learned to make a customized massage that will benefit each client based on their needs.

Meredith has a quest for knowledge and a continual desire to learn more about whole body wellness.¬† She’s currently working on a triple major at SIUE in psychology, exercise science, and nutrition, and plans to peruse a graduate degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine and possibly a doctorates degree in chiropractic care. She is also in house certified to teach group fitness classes on campus at SIUE and is ¬†yoga fit level 1 certified.


CrossFit Nucleus Massage has their own personal lobby and 3 large treatment rooms located immediately to the right of the gym entrance.  Clients and members have FREE access to the infrared sauna and showers.  (Robes and slippers provided upon request.)  All appointments are booked by appointment only, and please email us at: with any questions or concerns.



Massage Menu

Treatments offered:

-30min Р$40                 CFN member Р$30

-60 min Р$65                CFN member Р$55

-90 min Р$90                CFN member Р$80

-120 min Р$115             CFN member Р$105

*$10 extra for full body hour deep tissue

-Hot Stone Massage (90 min): $115

-Reflexology (30 min): $35
—Add with sugar foot scrub: $45

-Reiki (30 min): $35

-Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (30min): $35

-Thai Yoga Massage – (90 min): $100

Add Ons 

-Aromatherapy: $5

-Sugar foot or hand scrub (10 extra min): $15

-Sugar scrub (both feet and hands – 20 extra min): $25

-Reflexology added to any massage treatment (additional 30 min): $25
–With sugar foot scrub:$40

-Reiki added to any massage treatment (additional 15-30 min): $15 Р$30

-Craniosacral added to any treatment (additional 15-30 min): $15 – $30

-15 min extra stretching: $15

-15 min extra specific work (trigger point work, scalp, feet..): $15


**Ask about discount specials for: Military, Teachers/Students, Trainers…

***Please inquire about booking massage chair events at your next party! 


Types of Massages offered:

What is Trigger Point Therapy?
Trigger point therapy
is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. It may also be called myofascial (myo meaning muscle, fascial meaning connective tissue) trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy is sometimes regarded as one of a group of treatment aproaches called neuromuscular therapy or NMT (see below).

Trigger point therapy was developed by Dr. Janet Travell in the United States in the 1940s; she is credited with having first used the phrase “trigger point” in print in 1942. Through her work and events in her personal life, Travell advanced the theory that pain experienced in one part of the body is actually caused by an injury or dysfunction in another part of the body. Ultimately, she mapped what she termed the body’s trigger points and the manner in which pain radiates to the rest of the body. Travell’s work came to national attention when she treated President John F. Kennedy for his back pain.

Trigger point therapy is said to interrupt the neural signals that cause both the trigger point and the pain. The object is to eliminate pain and to reeducate the muscles into pain-free habits. In this manner, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, and flexibility and coordination are improved. The therapy can also relieve tension and improve circulation.

The list of conditions that benefit from trigger point therapy include arthritis; carpal tunnel syndrome ; chronic pain in the back, knees, and shoulders; headaches; menstrual cramps; multiple sclerosis ; muscle spasms, tension, and weakness; postoperative pain; sciatica ; temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ); tendinitis ; and whiplash injuries.

What is Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)?
Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a precise, thorough examination and treatment of the body’s soft tissues using regionally oriented protocols that are taught in a step-by-step process. These time-tested, hands-on techniques are built upon a science-based foundation and guided by clinical evidence. NMT can integrate well into any practice setting and is frequently included in mainstream medicine, integrative medicine, chiropractic care, and multidisciplinary clinics worldwide.

NMT assessments and examinations primarily address:

  • ischemia (tight tissue with reduced blood flow)
  • myofascial trigger points (hypersensitive points within muscles that give rise to referred phenomena, including pain)
  • neural entrapment (pressure on nerves by muscles and other soft tissues), and nerve compression (pressure on
  • nerves by osseous and other bonelike tissues, such as cartilage or discs).
  • postural assessment (assessment of the position of the body as a whole)
  • and dysfunctional gait patterns (manner of movement when walking)
  • with constant consideration for many other perpetuating factors, such as hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns, and psychologic stress.

NMT is highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain and is often successful in reducing or eliminating even longstanding painful conditions. Some of the techniques can also be applied to acute injuries and for post-surgical care; many help to improve performance in sport or dance and to prevent injuries due to these activities. (, 2015)

What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key), is a non-invasive gentle yet powerful Japanese form of energy therapy that balances the body, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, enabling the body to do what it does best ‚ÄĒ heal itself. The word Reiki is derived from the Japanese words, Rei ‚Äúuniversal‚ÄĚ and Ki ‚Äúlife force or life energy.‚ÄĚ Based on the idea that an unseen ‚Äúuniversal life force‚ÄĚ flows through each of us, Reiki healing is used as therapy for an array of emotional, spiritual and physical remedies. Popular for thousands of years across Asia because of the belief that physical pain stems from emotional, mental and spiritual states. If one‚Äôs ‚Äúlife force energy‚ÄĚ is low, then one is more prone to being sick or to feel stress. If it is high, one is more capable of being healthy with a positive sense of well being. Therefore, Reiki goes beyond the symptoms to the root cause of the problem.

The benefits of Reiki include:

  • Natural and holistic healing
  • Improves and balances the immune system
  • Revitalization of the mind, body, and spirit
  • Loosens blocked energy
  • Cleanses toxins and impurities
  • Promotes the release of emotions and stress
  • Increases awareness and intuitiveness
  • Provides deep relaxation
  • Eases fatigue and frustration
  • Provides new strength
  • A tool for spiritual growth
  • Enhances quality of life for the ill

Who is Reiki for? Like meditation, Reiki is an energetic art that draws in a wide variety of clients. Reiki is not tied to any belief system and can be used by anyone. Common symptoms Reiki has been used to address include:

  • Spiritual: Reiki supports a greater sense of participation, purpose and meaning providing a broader perspective and sense of well-being.
  • Physical: People suffering from migraines, back pain, chronic fatigue, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and thyroid imbalances tout the benefits of Reiki.
  • Emotional conditions: Reiki is used as a remedy for anxiety, lack of concentration, insomnia, ADD and ADHD, depression, coping, stress, crisis and trauma.

What is the Reiki is a Reiki Treatment like? A Reiki healing treatment balances your system as a whole working to restore order to the body. People have different experiences, but most find it extremely relaxing and effortlessly meditative.

One thing to note is that Reiki differs from the traditional massage where therapists knead and rub muscles. In Reiki, the therapist’s hands are used to channel energy from the head to the seven centers (chakras) of the body.

What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. This controlled pressure alleviates the source of the discomfort. In the absence of any particular malady or abnormality, reflexology may be as effective for promoting good health and for preventing illness as it may be for relieving symptoms of stress, injury, and illness.

Reflexologists work from maps of predefined pressure points that are located on the hands and feet. These pressure points are reputed to connect directly through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands. The reflexologist manipulates the pressure points according to specific techniques of reflexology therapy. By means of this touching therapy, any part of the body that is the source of pain, illness, or potential debility can be strengthened through the application of pressure at the respective foot or hand location.

Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only quells the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well.

What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy? 
Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy
is a gentle massage that taps into the cardiovascular and nervous systems by using holds and compressions in¬†specific locations to activate the parasympathetic nervous system to slow down the body and promote cellular¬†rejuvenation and a calm sense of well being. This technique was¬†originally developed by osteopathic doctor William¬†Sutherland¬†in the early 20th century when he noticed the sutured (non-moving)¬†bones of the skull where in fact capable of being adjusted.¬†From there he developed a¬†series of¬†holds to prevent movement of these bones from moving, but in the process¬†discovered¬†that the fluidity of the bones and their surrounding¬†tissues themselves seemed to “breathe” and realized that the movement was actually caused by the cerebrospinal fluid in the nervous system. This movement¬†has since been¬†named the “breath of life” and is considered to be the primary source of respiration that occurs on¬†a cellular level throughout the entire body.

How does Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy work?

  • Physically – BCST influences the central nervous system; brain and spinal column, as well as the fluid that bathes it. This fluid is called the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). From our skeletal system and the bones of the cranium to the ebbing and flowing of our endocrine system, this cranial modality is effective, yet gentle.
  • Emotionally – Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can affect very deep and primary patterns, while providing the client with resource and space to explore their emotional landscape. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy provides a deep sense of resourcing within the client. This resourcing provides a safe container for emotional issues to resolve.
  • Spiritually – Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can open doors to both our hearts and soul, profoundly changing our lives.

What is Thai Yoga Massage? 
Thai Yoga massage is a unique healing system where the practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures, while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.


Massage Benefits

How can sports massage benefit you as an athlete:

  • boosts performance
  • improves soft tissue function
  • helps provide state of alertness
  • prevents injury
  • promotes healing
  • increases circulation
  • increases strength and agility
  • alleviates muscle tension, pain, and swelling
  • reduces muscles stiffness and fatigue
  • reduces muscles spasms
  • improves body awareness
  • increases range of motion and joint mobility
  • restores movement
  • allows hard training days back to back
  • *extends life of your sports career

Other ways massage can benefit you:

  • helps relieve depression and anxiety
  • helps relieve stress
  • calms the nervous system
  • enhances energy level
  • improves posture and body alignment
  • reduces migraines and relieve headaches
  • breaks down scar tissue
  • helps relieve plantar fasciitis pains
  • helps relieve arthritic pains
  • enhance immunity and stimulate lymph flow
    ..and much, much more.  Please talk to you massage therapist if you have any questions at all.