Helen Whatley is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. She is a Certified Zero Balancer, and a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher. Helen is also pursuing certification in CranioSacral Therapy. She has training in Reflexology, OrthoBionomy and Deep Tissue therapies. Helen recognizes that we cannot fully separate our minds, bodies, and hearts, and that stress in our lives often results in stress in our bodies, just as pain in our bodies leads to emotional stress. She enjoys working with clients to alleviate short term pain, and to alleviate long term postural and lifestyle practices that lead to discomfort, pain and stress. Helen also loves to design and knit shawls, socks, and sweaters, and enjoys helping knitters and others who use their hands a lot.
James became interested in fitness after adapting a sedentary lifestyle after high school which led to becoming out of shape. After trying to get in shape on his own, he became eager to learn how to share his newfound knowledge of the body. A graduate from Parkland College with associate’s degree in Kinesiology, James completed the personal fitness training program as well as becoming a certified personal trainer accredited through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) all while making the Dean’s List. During his time at Parkland, James worked with many high level athletes from basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, and even boxers that would make the Golden Glove finals!
Since working at Personal Performance, James has worked with many young athletes who play basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, golf, track, and even division one football. Some highlights of working at Personal Performance have included increasing the vertical jumps of two female high school volleyball players by 3 inches in a month and a half! James also helped a couple of young men become stronger and faster which helped them win their football league’s championship that was played at memorial stadium, and helped a group of young men get to their peak potential strength to make a run at a state wrestling championship with one winning 1st!
James' passion is helping people see and achieve their goals whether it be to lose a few pounds or become the best at their sport.