McNeil stands by "The Beast" at Momentum.
Lisa McNeil had
spent much of her professional life keeping the books for several
small businesses, but seven years ago the numbers for her career path
suddenly didn’t add up.
economy in 2008, I lost some of my clients whose businesses couldn’t
make it," McNeil recalls. "I was also going through a
divorce. I needed a change."
suggested massage therapy, which McNeil pursued. She traveled the
country, attending different seminars to become certified as a
medically trained fascial stretch specialist.
space in the body," McNeil says. "Sometimes that’s
decompressing a joint or opening up muscle fibers so they get greater
McNeil opened a
clinic in 2009 that focused on massage but soon thereafter envisioned
a business that would cover multiple aspects of wellness. After three
years of planning and one year of hiring a staff, Momentum Movement
Clinic opened its doors in Brookfield last spring.
various massage therapies, physical therapy, personal training and
wellness coaching in addition to activities like Pilates, tai chi, dry
needling and cold laser therapy, all under one roof.
hoping that people will feel the connectivity between the
clinicians," McNeil says. "We want them to appreciate the
progress they can make when there’s open collaboration among the
fitness and the clinical."
meets once a month to compare notes on specific patients to see if
treatment synergies could be beneficial. "It’s important for
people to have the experience of something different," says Dan
Schumann, a physical therapist at Momentum. "To feel that they’re
being taken care of holistically by multiple practitioners."
McNeil says her
clients range in age from small children to people in their late 80s,
all taking advantage of state-of-the-art equipment — including a
massive exercise apparatus that she calls "The Beast."
designed to further the patterns that we as adults have been
deconditioned. It was built for people to climb and push and pull and
twist and everything we can do as a child. That’s what that jungle
gym was created for."
Jeff Valeri of
Kenosha, who is 54, has had hip problems and a knee replacement and
said his stretching regimen at Momentum has given him newfound
are being stretched in ways that let me play golf, ride a bike, do all
the activities I want to do," Valeri says.
resident Shannon Roum, who has undergone three knee surgeries, gets
regular massage and does stretching exercises at Momentum. "This
helps me feel lighter and looser and gets everything moving again the
way it should be," Roum says.
response has been very positive," McNeil says about the first few
months of Momentum. "We’re really excited at what the future