Rick Halle-Podell

Licensed Massage Therapist, Founder of Massage Therapy of Oak Park

rickhallepodellRick began his study of massage therapy in 1995, following six years in the mental health field. He has served on the board of the American Massage Therapy Association’s Illinois Chapter and is a recipient of its highest honor—the Meritorious Service Award. He is currently a National Media Spokesperson and has served as a Strategic Planning Chair and Sports Massage Team Leader.

Rick earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and Massage Therapy Certification from the nationally recognized Chicago School of Massage Therapy. His advanced studies include myofascial release, structural therapy, craniosacral therapy, somato emotional release, pregnancy massage, visceral manipulation and Thai massage. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), with a concentration on physical and health education.

Rick specializes in migraine headache treatments, relieving temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) and providing novel treatments for chronic pain. His focus is on providing overall balance in order to improve the functioning of the central nervous system so the body’s natural healing process can occur. He has worked with fibromyalgia and reflex sympathetic dystrophy within a medically directed chronic pain clinic.

Most recently, he was honored by the National Institutes of Health for his role as Lead Massage Therapist for a research project studying chronic pelvic pain in conjunction with Loyola University Medical Center, Northwestern University Medical Center, the Rehab Institute of Chicago, Stanford University Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania, Cleveland Clinic and William Beaumont Hospital.

Rick has also volunteered as a therapist and crew manager for the Twin Cities Chicago AIDS Ride and the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk.

Rick’s unique understanding of stress and the effects of family dynamics enhance his abilities to support clients’ healing process. His practice of Chi Gong, an ancient Chinese form of healing arts, enables him to help clients’ achieve their own balance.

Rick has been featured in Men’s Health, Better Homes and Gardens and, during National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, he demonstrated the benefits of massage therapy on television stations across the nation.

Rick, his wife and his son enjoy life in Oak Park, Illinois, where he is a founding member of the Near West Business Association. He has also served on the Oak Park Environmental & Energy Advisory Commission, which addresses environmental and energy conservation concerns, and works for a pollution-free environment in Oak Park.


  • National Institutes of Health Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding effort in the Urologic Pelvic Pain Clinical Research Network, 2008
  • American Massage Therapy Association IL Chapter:
    • 1999 Meritorious Service Award
    • 1998 Sports Massage Team Leadership Award

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Rick’s grasp of the nature of intention and witness consciousness allows him to simply facilitate and support the inherent drive of the mind/body system to right itself.

Pat Allen PhD

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