Chuck’s Story

 My introduction to the world of massage therapy came through my own back pain, which started when I was 18. All my vertebrae have concave surfaces at their disc interfaces, as opposed to surfaces more or less parallel, making the spine ‘a bit wobbly’ and prone to spraining vertebral ligaments.

In 1983 I was referred to an older gent who did massage therapy, napropathy, and a polarity/point therapy approach. I got terrific results which made the corrective exercises I was doing work much better.

I became interested in bodywork and the broad scope of conditions, situations, pathologies which it could affect and looked into massage schools. I hooked up with the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, and graduated spring of ’87. I got interested in sports massage and Ortho-Bionomy in school and followed those paths early on.

I combined the aggressive thoroughness of sports massage and the gentle following of reflexes in Ortho-Bionomy. The work that evolved I might describe as gently through to aggressively manipulating the body where the reflexes suggest. LMD’s concepts and techniques began there.

My teaching career started in the fall of ’89 at the Wellness and Massage Training Institute, and I taught there through 2008.

I was fortunate enough to teach a physiology class based on the book Job’s Body by Deane Juhan, which led me into the operations of proprioception. This led to an exploration of the implications of how the proprioceptors operate. The concepts and techniques we offer at LMD are centered around the dynamics of proprioception.

I’ve maintained a private practice throughout my career, naturally. I also headed up the massage team for the Chicago Bears for 7 seasons, ran the massage department at the Heartland Health & Fitness Retreat in Gilman IL, and wrote an article, “Scar Tissue Massage” published in Massage Magazine, May/June 2001 issue.

I would like to add a thanks to all the students through the years.  Your input and essays ‘fleshed out’ my understanding of physiology and proprioception in particular. You are most appreciated.

Chuck LaFrano