Team

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Lydia Emery

Lydia graduated from Rend Lake College and has over a decade of experience in massage therapy. In 2007, she opened Stress Knot Massage in her hometown of Mt. Vernon, IL. She gives an intuitive massage, both relaxing and specific, specializing in Pillossage and self described as the “Queen of Comfort.” For Lydia, client care and comfort are of the utmost importance. Her personal attentiveness keeps her clients returning. She is also a member of the Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals.

Robert Tiberend

Robert's reputation precedes him! If you are looking for deep pressure and intense stretching, this is the guy for you. He is a 2007 Rend Lake College graduate. After personally suffering an injury and going through the recovery process, Robert discovered his passion for helping others restore and return to their normal lives again. He has a diverse background that includes working within a chiropractic setting, working with college athletes, assisting with the Rend Lake College massage program, and working at Massage Envy.   Robert has been with us since 2014. Clients typically see him for Sports Massage, Orthopedic Bodywork, basic Thai, basic Cupping, and Hot Stone Massage. Many times you can find him at local gyms working on cyclists, cross fitters and weekend warriors.

Angie Combs

Angie is a 2010 John A Logan graduate and has been a part of the Stress Knot Massage team since 2014.  Her positive energy and variety modalities keep Angie’s clients returning. She is skilled in Swedish massage and relaxation, basic Pillossage, Trigger Point, Sports, Vacu-therapy, and Prenatal Massage. Angie is a smart cookie and has other degrees, but chooses to make her career in helping others feel awesome. She is also a member of American Massage Therapy Association.

Ryan Ijames

Ryan is a Mt. Vernon native, a 2008 graduate of Rend Lake College. He joined the Stress Knot team in 2016 after working in the chiropractic setting for eight years. Ryan is known for his relaxed vibe and people-loving personality. His clientele includes people recovering from injuries (common and unusual), athletes, people suffering from migraines, or other headaches, and fibromyalgia, as well as some clients who simply seek relaxation and stress relief. No matter what you bring to the table, you can trust Ryan to be caring, professional, and to put you at ease. Ryan specializes in neck, back and hip issues, but has much experience treating arm, hand, leg and foot conditions as well.