MASSAGE THERAPISTS

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.

Emily Wire

Emily Wire

Education:
SOMA Institute of Clinical Massage Therapy

Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 2,000 +

Philosophy:

I received my massage therapy training at the Soma Institute of Clinical Massage Therapy in 2009.  I specialize in deep muscle/energy work.  I enjoy working with clients to relieve muscle pain and tension due to stress, injury, and emotional trauma.  My background in social work and current graduate studies in family therapy can be intrinsic to the work done during a massage session.  My motto is that the body dictates the massage, so each session is different according to the needs of the client and the body.  Mostly I like to be purposeful in my work, take things head on, and get them done right.

 


Shirley Montoya

Shirley Montoya

Education:
SOMA Institute of Clinical Massage Therapy

Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 1,500 +

Philosophy:

I'm a proud and dedicated graduate from the Soma Institute of Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago. In my practices and studies, I have learned the techniques required to give Swedish massage, sports massage, and deep tissue massage. I am also skilled in myofascial release techniques, as well as trigger point therapies. I have gained many of my techniques through working with professional chiropractors, as well as other professionally licensed and skilled massage therapists. In the future, I wish to continue my education in massage therapy, as well as further my experience by taking more classes related to the physical body, mind, and soul.

My ultimate goal is to help every one of my patients reach the core of their problem, and to teach people how to listen to their bodies and how to alleviate physical and spiritual pain caused from our day-to-day lives. I want my patients to be able to relax into themselves, to be able to focus on where their pain stems from, and how to heal it accordingly. When I'm not practicing massage therapy, I like to focus on finding balance within my own life. I actively lead a healthy physical lifestyle. I enjoy writing, yoga, acroyoga, and meditation. I also like to give plenty of my free time to nourishing the relationships between me and the people I love in my life. I am a passionate person who likes to think of themselves as a traveler, a free spirit, and a healer.  


Juan Oloarte

Juan Oloarte

Education:
SOMA Institute of Clinical Massage

Hours of Training & Professional
Experience:
2,000 +

Philosophy:

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.


Ariel Jones

Ariel Jones

Education: .  SOMA

Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 1,000 + hours

Philosophy:

 

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.


Tara Filthaut

Tara Filthaut

Education:  National School of Massage

Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 2,000 + hours

 

 

Philosophy:

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!

 
Ella Weiss

Ella Weiss

Education:
Cortiva Institute Of Massage Therapy

Hours of Training & Professional
Experience:
2,000 +

Philosophy:

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.


Benny Garcia

Benny Garcia

Education:
SOMA Institute of Clinical Massage Therapy

Hours of Training & Professional
Experience:
750 + 800

Philosophy:

I graduated from The Soma Institute as valedictorian of my class in 2014. After more than a decade of working in the fitness industry, I decided to expand my knowledge of the body by pursuing massage therapy. I hold a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Through my education and experiences I believe I have an intricate working knowledge of the body and health. My massages can be your typical “feel good” massages with good deep pressure, or they can be very specialized and clinical, depending on your needs. I believe in educating the client so I typically give stretches or exercises to help.

Personally, I live a very active lifestyle. I am a former Division One college soccer player so I understand what takes to reach a high level of physical performance. I have a passion for endurance sports. I have completed six marathons, several ultra-marathons (mostly 50 milers) and a half-ironman. I am currently a Running coach with a running group based out of the South side of Chicago. I love working with runners, triathletes or anybody looking to push their boundaries.  I enjoy helping people understand how their body works, why certain pains may be present and how massage therapy can help them reach their goals.


Maria T.

Maria T.

Education:
Cortiva Institute Of Massage Therapy

Hours of Training & Professional
Experience:
1,200 +

Philosophy:
I graduated from Tsun-Uan-Tsugun Massage Health Improvement Centre in Chernivtsi City, Ukraine in 2010. I have extensive experience working in chiropractic offices in the Ukraine, and I studied in a medical university. I specialize in sports massage, deep tissue massage, and reflexology. During my spare time I enjoy gardening, hiking, taking dance and yoga classes, and training in endurance sports.


Mirna Deleos

Mirna Deleos

Education: .  SOMA Institute of Clinical Massage

Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 2,000 +

Philosophy:Coming Soon...


Fabrizio Sonny LeNoir

Fabrizio Sonny LeNoir

Education: Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston

Hours of Training & Professional Experience: 2,000 + hours

Philosophy:

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.