Massage Techniques

Art of Massage Chicago offers a wide array massage techniques to fit your every need. Whether you seek a relaxing Swedish Massage, or the more specific work of a Myofascial Treatment, or you’re an expectant mother in who needs the TLC of a Prenatal Massage, we’ve got you covered. Art of Massage Chicago now offers seven distinct bodywork distinct techniques, seven days a week. Book online or call today at 773-791-5882.

Swedish Massage Therapy

Most Western Massage Therapy training is based on a series of techniques developed in Sweden early in the 19th century. Swedish Massage employs five main techniques: petrissage (kneading), effleurage (stroking), friction, tapotement (tapping), and vibration. It is used for general relaxation, stress relief, and general wellness. A typical Swedish session includes work on back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, and head (by request), but sessions can be tailored to fit clients’ specific needs. Available in 30-, 45-, 60-, or 90-minute sessions.

Deep Tissue Massage

A form of Swedish Massage that gets to the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia. It can release tension in the tissues and loosen adhered layers of connective tissues. Everyone seems to have a different definition of what “deep tissue” means. An open line of communication is critical during a Deep Tissue session to determine what the appropriate pressure level is for you. Available in 30-, 45-, 60-, or 90-minute sessions.

Specialty Massage

Prenatal Massage 

This style of bodywork is for expectant or new mothers. Prenatal Massage can be performed safely throughout all trimesters of pregnancy. The intention is to relax mothers-to-be as they adapt to the various stages and bodily changes during pregnancy. This is available as a 60-minute or 90-minute session.

Myofascial Therapy 

This is anatomically specific work, intending to free up the connective tissue (fascia) surrounding muscle fibers. Postural analyses, along with range of motion analyses, are performed before and after the session with the intention to provide the client with a comparison of how the body holds itself and performs before and after receiving the work. This work is done without oil or lotion and is a form of deep tissue bodywork. This is a 60-minute session.


This style of bodywork originated from Japan and has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shiatsu translates to “finger pressure”. Incorporated into the work are softening, point work, stretches, vibration, and percussion to help both relax and revitalize the body. This is a clothes-on modality and performed on a massage table. Clients should wear loose, comfortable clothing when coming in for this type of work. This is a 60-minute session.

Thai Massage 

Originating from Thailand, where bodywork is part of the culture’s medicine, Thai Massage works with the energy lines of the body (known as sen lines). Its been called “lazy man’s yoga”, as the client is brought into various forms of gentle stretching to increase flexibility and improve well being. This is a clothes-on form of bodywork and is performed on the table (although traditionally done on the floor on a mat). Clients should wear loose, comfortable clothing, where you are able to be stretched when selecting this form of bodywork. This is a 90-minute session.

Foot Reflexology 

This form of bodywork includes the application of pressure to specific points and areas on the feet. It’s believed that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems. Thus, applying pressure to them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health and well being. This is a 30-minute session and can be done on its own or added onto any other services.