I am an MD with chronic back pain from standing/doing procedures all day and seen many specialists from rehab doctors to spine specialists to chiropractors to many massage therapists. I’m only in my 20s but have back problems of those decades older. After many x-rays and prescriptions I still was riddled with the same upper back pain that would wake me up in the middle of the night, resolved only by jamming my shoulders and rhomboids into hard objects for relief.
I’ve been to many massage therapists and find they help but usually the soft strokes they use just annoy me, reminding my muscles how sore they are without reaching the deep tissue.
Holli (LMT) here was fantastic. She got deep in my shoulders and worked out the kinks. I never fall asleep during massages but this was one time when I was woozy from being so relaxed! Over an hour session (which she did not chince on – an hr is an hr, not 45-50min like most places), she nearly resolved all the pain in my shoulders and managed to work on my rhomboids and calves a bit too. For such a tiny lady she has incredible grip strength to massage each tendon and muscle striation individually. She doesn’t rely on strength, but on technique.
If you want a soothing session of petting and soft strokes, I am sure you could request that here, but Holli is special in actually being able to deliver a medically therapeutic massage.
Pros: amazing technique, reasonably priced (I had a Groupon but they have deals too that make it similarly priced), good scheduling (i booked in less than 48hrs), very flexible with time ( i called asking if I could come earlier and her response was come now!)
Cons: street parking but there is a $4 lot across the street, no frills decor (which I like but some may not), questionaire says $25 extra for hard pressure but I think it’s more technique than strength and Holli did one of the deepest tissue massage I’ve ever had without charging me this surcharge. Note tip is cash only (i unfortunately did not have as much cash as I had wished on me!)
They’ve likely earned a long term customer with Holli and I will be back and recommending them to anyone with deep muscle pain!
Amy H. Chicago, IL
As a birthday gift I took my daughter here to get a massage. Laura was her massage therapist . She was just great! Such a sweet lady that makes you feel at home . My daughter got the therapeutic massage . According to my daughter it was great ! At her young age of 17 she suffers from alot of upper back pain and so during this first visit we learned that she needed her back adjusted and physio therapy . So that same day she was seen by Dr Melvin . He was great as well. Professional ,explained the whole process and allowed me to stay in the room so i could see the process.My daughter came out feeling relieved and relaxed. She loved it!!! She has since been attending physio therapy and i have not heard her complain about back pains anymore! Thank you Laura and Dr Melvin for helping my daughter!!!!sam”
Yary C. Chicago, IL
Miracle hands. Amazing. Helpful. Professional. I have been experiencing constant lower back pain for over 2 weeks since blacking out in a chair & falling after too much/too strong, chamomile tea. (Weird I know.) Anyways I went to a Michigan Ave chiropractor who did absolutely nothing to the alleviate the pain. I was very displeased.
I never had a professional massage but sensed I needed one. I scoured Yelp & Groupon for days & decided to take a chance on Healing Hands. I had limited availability but luckily they had an appt the day I needed. I saw Laura. She was SO amazing. She listened to what I wanted, offered complementary services at no extra charge, and genuinely cared about getting to the root of the problem. She found it too!
She concentrated on the problem area which was a bit painful, but much needed. She felt heat radiating from the exact point. (Which I thought was all in my head.) But she mentioned it without even a word from me. She gave me follow up care instructions (ice packs) and sent her husband in for a brief exam to confirm her diagnosis & rule out a disc problem.
I felt absolutely no pain walking home for the first time in over 2 weeks. Even if this treatment fixes my issue, which I hope it will, but I still plan on going back for another massage either way.
Edit-3 days of pain followed, but afterwards my SI joint pain was completely gone!
Kristine D. Chicago, IL