About Us

Don Thorpe's Massage Approach

After being a personal trainer for a few years, I began to realize that health is a holistic approach. While components like working out and nutrition are huge steps in the right direction - there is a lot more to it! Over the years, I read research from many professionals in the field who all seemed to give accolades to the results that could be had using manual therapy (massage). I was very intrigued and ironically met Tracy Jones who offered me an opportunity to bring the pieces together.

My education in the different types of massage we offer began with a 4-year apprenticeship under Tracy Jones at Bodywork Massage Specialists. Tracy not only owned the Bloomington/Normal based business for 8 years but also taught St. John’s Neuromuscular Therapy seminars around the country. His focus was on treating patients with acute or chronic pain.

When Tracy decided to close his business to pursue teaching massage full time, I had the unique opportunity to open Aches Away Massage Specialists while retaining loyal clientele and a loyal staff! We managed to keep our licensed and experienced therapist so that we could continue our mission of helping people feel good! If you haven’t met our incredible staff yet, please meet our therapists!