About Ami


Ami graduated from Chicago School of Massage Therapy ( now Cortiva Institute) in 1986.

She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, ranging from Doctor and Chiropractor offices through traditional massage clinic, health club, and now in private practice.She also treats Equine clients, and most other animals.

This variety of settings contributes to her ability to treat a wide range of clientele in a way that best suits their needs. Ami is comfortable working with all ages, having treated infants through seniors, including physically handicapped clients.

Ami is an expert level therapist in the specialty of John Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR). She began this training over 15 years ago.  

She also teaches an introductory course in MFR at Elgin Community College's Therapeutic Massage Program. Along with this, she teaches a Case Report class for the student's final paper. This consists of mentoring students on how to research a condition of a chosen client, design a treatment plan, supervise them as they run a clinic, perform the treatments, and finally write a case report.

Ami has extensive training in other manual therapy techniques and uses this and her years of clinical experience in many different settings to create a comprehensive treatment philosophy, which addresses the body as a whole and uses the most relevant techniques for each client. 

    Ami Wilson Kalisek, Coursework and Specialization:

  • Myofascial Release courses through John Barnes, PT
    • Myofascial Release I
    • Myofascial Release II
    • Myofascial Release III
    • Myofascial Unwinding
    • Advanced Unwinding
    • Fascial Pelvis Osseous Techniques
    • Cervical / Thoracic Osseous Techniques
    • Rebounding
    • Skill Enhancement Seminar (a one week internship at one of the two Myofascial Release treatment centers)
    • Therapy for the Therapist (one week of intensive treatment)
    • Myofascial Freedom- Self treatment technique ( Mark Barnes DPT)
    • Quantum Leap
    • Myofascial Healing Seminar- MFR for patients and therapists
    • Most of these courses have been repeated to deepen understanding and skill

  • Visceral Manipulation I (Barral Institute)
  • Reiki I
  • Reiki II
  • Reiki Master/Teacher
  • Subtle Energy (Dr. Peggy Fuhs DNSc RN CS)
  • MFR Equine ( Mark Barnes DPT)
  • MFR Equine I (Tamara Thomas)
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Chickly Lymphatic Dranage Therapy Level I
  • Chickly Lymphatic Drainage Therapy Level II
  • Coming soon Chickly Lymphatic Drainage Level III