Each therapist determines how best to perform your therapeutic session. Our therapists do their best to meet each client’s needs and are willing to take directives regarding massage pressure and areas that you would like to have worked on.
Cortiva Institute Of Massage Therapy
Hours of Training & Professional
Experience: 5,000 + Hours
I graduated as valedictorian from the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy in 2012 and I’ve been happy to call The Bodylux my home since then. Highlights of my education include Swedish relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, prenatal massage, and trigger point therapy. I have since taken 16 more hours of prenatal massage class so that my pregnant clients can feel extra comfortable and safe in my care.
I’ve been dancing almost non-stop since the age of five, so my massage sessions are informed by my knowledge of stretches, natural body movements, and postures, as well as a passion to cultivate a healthy body awareness in each of my clients. I enjoy working on other dancers, actors, musicians, athletes, or performers of any sort because they tend to have a keen sense of body awareness from the get-go and can be a fun challenge to work with. I also love working on people who have back, neck, and shoulder tightness—this might be people with desk jobs, students, or people who do some sort of physical labor. I really get into those areas with some good, deep pressure (although I will always ask about pressure preferences!) I’m a big supporter of massage work to the hip and glute areas, which can help runners, athletes of any kind, or anyone experiencing low back pain or a feeling of imbalance. Every client and session will be different, but my goals generally include getting in some seriously awesome clinical work while sending my client into a blissful relaxed happy place.
In my free time, I might be rehearsing or performing with rhythmic performance ensemble Be the Groove, volunteer class assisting with IMPACT Chicago self-defense, or at home watching cartoons with my cat, Tanuki.
Education: National School of Massage
Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 4,000 + hours
Tara has been a full time professional licensed Massage Therapist since 2007. She has recently made her move to Chicago from Texas and is happy to call Bodylux her new home. While living in Texas, Tara has worked extensively with all sorts of clients at her past spa and was the main face in hospitals and universities for chair massages to help doctors, nurses and professors relax. Tara has a keen sense of the body and caters to each client’s needs. She has the ability to remain focused on the individual and treats each massage the way she would like to be worked on. She has worked several thousand hours performing and perfecting her Deep Tissue work. Along with Swedish, Prenatal, Reflexology and Stretching Techniques. Tara believes in the simple art and ways of massage. She regularly uses essential oils, soft music, and her goal is making sure the client is comfortable. Tara enjoys interacting with her clients. As well as, keeping silent to let her clients rest or sleep.
In her spare time, Tara enjoys traveling and has found a love for the gym. Having a history of being overweight, she has a true understanding of becoming healthy, and is always willing to share her story and uplift others to feel great about themselves. Book with Tara today!
SOMA Institute of Clinical Massage
Hours of Training & Professional
Experience: 4,000 +
Since 2010 I've been working in a variety of bodywork settings, from spas to wellness centers. My clients have told me that I give a fantastic deep tissue massage. In my work I find it best to try to adjust to what the body needs, so I often combine modalities such as myofascial, trigger point, Swedish, sports, and so on to provide an all-over feeling of relief and wellness.
I've been living in the Chicagoland area for over seven years, and I’m loving it lately (I don't even mind the cold)! I love art, music, and enjoying a great day out. I am a big soccer fan and I play recreational soccer occasionally. Recently, I've been been pretty involved in playing disc golf, and I'm pretty crazy about it.
Education: . SOMA
Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 3,000 + hours
I studied and graduated from The Soma Institute located in Downtown Chicago. During my time at Soma, I mastered the technique for Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports massage. As well as trigger point therapy and myofascial release. Before completing my studies at Soma, I decided to enter into the spa and wellness industry as a spa receptionist at Fitness Formula Club. During my time as a spa receptionist, I learned how to anticipate the clients needs and gained the experience to give great customer service. Soon after graduating the program, I delved into being a massage therapist full time.
I have worked in both spa and chiropractic settings. I understand how to address the client's aches and pains while leaving them feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. My goal in each session is to listen to my clients need, devise an effective treatment plan and give advice for at home upkeep. I want each client to learn to listen to their bodies, understand their pain and how to make small changes in their day to day activities.
In my downtime, I enjoy reading a good book, taking a yoga class and spending time with loved ones. My personal goal is to be centered, stay in balance and pass on good vibes.
Hours of Training and Professional Experience: 1,500 + hours
Jessica Heffernan is Board Certified with NCBTMB, she is a massage therapist and Shiatsu Bodyworker. Her educational background begins in 2005 with graduation from CSMT, and in 2007 she attended The Acupressure Institute in Berkeley Ca., and she completed a 150 hour program in Acupressure. In 2010 she returned to school and attended The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and graduated with an AAS degree in Holistic Healing Sciences. She grew up learning Issihn-Ryu Okinawan Karate, and has worked with Martial Artists training for events, and competitions. Her style is a fusion of Western massage, Shiatsu bodywork, and Acupressure points for balancing and well being for her clients.
Education: . SOMA Institute of Clinical Massage
Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 5,000 + Hours
Education: . Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston
Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 4,500 + hours
Fabrizio is an Asian Bodywork Therapist that has a firm understanding of caring for those with stress and pain. He utilizes time honored Thai massage techniques together with practical experience in bodywork from his martial arts background to bring consistent relief from acute and chronic pain.
We subject ourselves to constant repetitive motion in demanding environments. The residual tension from both physical and mental over-activity all lead to chronic pain from trigger point muscle knots and decreased range of motion.
Thai Massage has proven to be very effective in the treatment of trigger point muscle knot pain patterns. Resolving problematic areas while increasing range of motion can be possible after a consistent therapy program is instituted and perpetuating factors that cause the problem are considered.
Originally from Chicago, he has enjoyed over 20 collective years of kinetic study in dance and martial art disciplines which has given him a firm grasp of anatomy in motion. Collectively, he has applied these holistic elements and methodology to develop Kinetic Thai Bodywork Therapy.
Thai Massage session with Fabrizio is productive, highly therapeutic and leaves you feeling revived, balanced and relaxed. Many clients report their bodies to have an overall lighter quality after a session.
Fabrizio received Thai Bodywork training and certifications at Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston located right outside of Chicago.
Education: Chicago College of Healing Arts '04
Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 10k hours of training/continuing ed and professional experience.
When I first entered the humble space of massage school and sat with the old masters who would lay the foundation for my work, I knew I was home. They shared the nuances of touch, rooted in the oneness of mind and body, and kindled an ever-evolving approach to bodywork. For over a decade, I've had the honor of touching thousands of people in diverse settings. Each session presents a chance to hone my craft, often in the most subtle of ways. Most importantly, deepening a mindful and holistic relation to bodywork, as unique and complex as each person brought to my table.
Each of us seek bodywork for different reasons. I've strived to remain flexible, cultivating countless clinical and relaxation techniques over the years, blending them into a cohesive session that can be both deeply relieving and relaxing. My approach can include classic circulatory Swedish and deep tissue techniques, such as trigger point and fascial release, gentle stretching and joint mobilization, amongst many other clinical and therapeutic methods. Certified in prenatal massage as well!
Outside of bodywork I am a devoted year-round cyclist, canine enthusiast, lover of the outdoors, music, sociology, and all things artistic, creative, and offbeat.
Education: . Cortiva Ins.
Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 1,500 + hours
Yuri had been working in the spa environment when she was inspired to study massage therapy. She graduated from The Cortiva Institute in 2014, where she earned her professional massage therapy license.
Her massage modalities include swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal massage and trigger point therapy - always with a focus on relaxation of the body and mind.
While working fulltime, she also enjoys receiving the benefits of massages in her free time. Yuri believes in keeping her mind and body in the best condition in order to help others.
She enjoys educating and encouraging her family to enjoy regular massages, and likes to spend time with her pet shih tzu and schnauzer.
Hours of Training and Professional Experience: 1,000 + hours
When I entered massage school in 2015, I immediately knew this was what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve always had the passion to help people and when I learned how I can help people live healthier pain free lives I instantly felt the gratification. Clinical massages that really help clients recover from debilitating pain or injuries are my favorite, but I I also know how to put the client in a relaxed blissful state.
My modalities include Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports massage and myofascial release.
I have also been a ballroom dancer for 5 years. Being a dancer while studying massage therapy has allowed me to have an extensive knowledge on body awareness and how to best determine the types of techniques and stretches to best treat the client. I also work very well with other types of athletes because I can really understand their concerns more first hand allowing to make a treatment plan that makes sense for them.
On my free time I am either practicing at my dance studio or at home chilling with my cats.
Education: New School for Massage, Bodywork, and Healing
Hours of Training and Professional Experience: 2,500 + hours
My passion for understanding the body began with dance. I studied the body through dance for 19 years and attended Oklahoma City University as a Dance Performance major. In 2008, I was in a car accident that changed my relationship to my body and changed my focus to the healing arts. I graduated from The New School For Massage, Bodywork and Healing in 2014 and have worked at The Bodylux since.
My goal is to help others take manageable steps towards health and wholeness. I encourage regular massage therapy and movement of the body to release pain and stagnant energy. In my sessions I use intuitive touch to find and release trigger points and use circulatory strokes to move stagnant energy. My pressure ranges from light to firm, though I never apply brute force. I believe our bodies naturally resist when force is applied as it feels the need to protect itself. My clients have said that I “coax” their muscles into letting go.
After my sessions I often share exercises to engage or stretch muscles that are creating imbalances, as well as breathing exercises to create oxygen flow to the muscles. I believe it’s simple daily changes like these that create the foundation for health, allowing massage therapy to have an even greater impact. When I’m not massaging, I practice other healing arts such as divination (truth telling not “future telling”) and herbal medicine (tinctures and teas).