Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Therapy

What kind of patients do you see?

Massage Therapy of Oak Park helps all sort of different people. Young and old, male and female, those with specific medical conditions and those who just want a massage to help relieve stress. You can read what current and past clients have to say here.

We’ll often work with Chicagoland physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, geriatric care managers, midwives and doulas, orthodontists, dentists, family physicians and osteopaths to help treat individuals seeking relief from:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Chronic and acute pain (e.g., fibromyalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy)
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Dyspraxia
  • Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Headaches, migraines, temporal mandibular joint syndrome
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myofascial pain patterns
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS)
  • Pregnancy-related discomfort
  • Repetitive stress injuries, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sensory Dysregulation/Modulation
  • Sensory processing disorder (SPD) or sensory integration dysfunction (SID)
  • Sports injuries
  • Strabismus
  • Tension, stress and anxiety
Do you do everything or do you specialize in a particular kind of massage?

Our licensed massage therapists are trained to reduce chronic pain, alleviate stress and help clients connect with their own healing potential. As such, we use many different techniques:

All that said, we do consider our core areas of expertise to be in Swedish massage, sports massage, pediatric massage, geriatric massage, visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy, chronic pain relief and just good, old fashioned stress relief. You can learn more about our treatment options here.

Where are you located? Is there public transportation nearby?

Massage Therapy of Oak Park is located at 1043 Wenonah in Oak Park, Illinois. Wenonah is two blocks south of the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and three blocks east of Harlem Avenue.

Both the Blue Line (Oak Park stop)  and the Green Line (Oak Park stop)  connect to Oak Park, but only the Blue Line is within walking distance to Massage Therapy of Oak Park.

The Harlem Avenue bus is also close, but we don’t really take the bus much, so you should check here for more information.

Our location is pretty convenient to all of Chicagoland, especially Chicago’s Western Suburbs like River Forest, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Berwyn, Brookfield and Riverside.

You can view a map and see our hours here.

How should I prepare for a massage?

Always a good question! A couple of thoughts about preparing for a massage:

  • Plan ahead so you are able to arrive and leave on time without feeling stressed.
  • Bring a water bottle for pre- and post-massage hydration.
  • If there’s a particularly relaxing piece of music you prefer, you can bring an iPod. We also have a wide selection of music from which to choose.
  • Think about any problem areas you’d like us to work on; write them down if you think you might forget.
What do I wear during my massage?

In Illinois, there is a law that ensures that you will always be covered with a sheet during treatment. When you enter the treatment room, your therapist will show you available hooks and hangers. You are encouraged to disrobe as far as you feel comfortable once the licensed massage therapist has temporarily stepped out of the room. Many people wear only their underwear for the massage, or bring shorts and a sports bra. It is also an option to receive a massage fully clothed.

Can I talk during my massage?

It’s OK to talk, but this is your time and we give you permission to be silent. Feedback on the warmth of the room, pressure of massage and massage technique is always welcome.

What should I do during my massage to make the best of it?

Feedback. Let your massage therapist know if the pressure is too light or too much. Are you too cold or hot? Is the music too loud? Is the massage oil too cold? If something makes you uncomfortable or, better yet, if something your massage therapist is doing is working well for you, please say something. And when you’re not saying something, take regular deep breathes (don’t hold your breath).

What should I do after a massage?

Drink a lot of water. Massage, especially a deep tissue massage, will release toxins trapped in the muscles. Drinking and voiding water will help to remove the toxins from your body and maintain that dreamy feeling of refreshedness. Oh, and make another appointment to see us again!

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At Massage Therapy of Oak Park, we listen to individual needs and provide a quiet, relaxing space where each client’s natural healing process can occur.

Rick Halle-Podell, LMT

Founder and Owner, Massage Therapy of Oak Park