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Mama Earth Massage
Mama Earth Massage
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Offers remote services
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Forest Park, IL
This is not your average massage studio! I approach your overall well-being through a holistic, science-based approach. The vibe blends 70s crochet books, crystals, tapestries, anatomy books, vintage patterns, a medical skeleton, and art. Smart lighting and multiple Sonos speakers help with setting the perfect ambience. I pay special attention to the products used. Fresh ZeroWater with seasonal fruit and herbs is chilled and available. I create my own playlists with a focus on 1970s ambient (Bowie / Eno / Tangerine Dream ) and modern composers / film scores. Services Provided: My hope is to inspire you with a lifelong habit of fitness and physical activity. The studio is currently offering both Massage Therapy and Personal Fitness Training. Massage: My preferred massage style is sports deep-tissue with therapeutic stretching performed in the context of a full-body Swedish relaxation massage. Other available modalities: kinesio taping, hot stones, aromatherapy. My focus brings holistic healing with a clinical foundation of knowledge. My background in fitness training and physical therapy add an extra level of understanding to the treatments I offer. Fitness Training: I bring together the mind and body to improve body awareness and efficiency in everyday functional movement. I offer on-the-go fitness solutions using therabands, body weight exercises, and functional movements to keep your workouts portable. I'll introduce exercises and the techniques to perform them that make for efficient and productive workouts. I help develop realistic, attainable goals, monitor your progress, and make adjustments as necessary to reach or revise those goals. When exercises are taught, cues are given to improve your form and execution of the moves. Assistance is given for anything from time management to the best running shoes for your needs. I'm happy to explain the science behind why things are working or why they aren't. I'm ACE certified, which includes both cardio and Stability/Mobility: Resistance Training. Both are necessary for health and contribute to long-term weight-loss. I'm currently completing an ACE special certification for Fuctional Exercise, as well as TRX certification (suspension system body weight exercise). The Studio Itself: The home studio is in a rented residential property with lots of windows and sunshine. The vibe is curated 1970s style. I assemble massage therapists at festivals and outdoor pop up events: The vibe in my home reflects that. It's airy and feels like the outdoors during the summer but with comforts. This summer has felt exactly like what the Riot Fest massage tent feels like. Getting Here: Mama Earth Massage and Wellness is a Boutique Massage / Personal Fitness Training studio in the Humboldt / Wicker Park / Logan Square neighborhood. Street parking is easily available in this pedestrian / bicycle friendly neighborhood. The studio is half a block off an entrance to the 606 bike trail and 2 blocks away from Humboldt Park itself. Divvy stations are everywhere. Either the North Avenue or Armitage bus lines can get you here, along with Logan Square / California / Western stops on the blue line all being nearby. A note to those with balance or mobility issues: To enter, there are four 6-inch concrete steps to descend. This makes it not accessible for clients needing ramps or who have extreme balance issues. Otherwise, all nationalities, races, genders, religions, and other identities are welcome.See more


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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a massage therapist during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Ask your massage therapist if they offer consultations over a video chat or phone call. If they do, ask them any questions you have about the upcoming appointment. For example, ask what precautions they're taking to keep both parties safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You might also want to ask if they offer gift cards that can be used at a later time, remote services or even virtual lessons for you or members in your household.

Also, ask how they plan to handle payments, and whether you can pay through an online or digital method instead of with physical cash or credit cards. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a massage therapist when social distancing?

Because massage therapy requires person-to-person contact, social distancing is not possible. However, you can ask massage therapists near you if they can offer remote services instead, such as lessons for you and your partner.

If you don’t want to book an appointment with a massage therapist right now, but you will in the future when the pandemic subsides, consider paying your massage therapist in advance or tipping them anyway. You can also ask about buying a gift card for future work. 

Do massage therapists offer remote or virtual services?

Ask massage therapists near you about the possibility of remote services. You might come across profiles that state the therapist is offering remote services such as lessons and techniques you can do on your own, with a friend or with a partner.

Does a massage therapist need to enter my home?

Many massage therapists operate their businesses out of their own homes, though some offer mobile massages and come to your home. You should ask the massage therapist where they typically operate and if they are making any special accommodations to better observe the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing

If you must cancel or delay your massage therapy appointment due to COVID-19, consider asking the therapist if they can offer massage techniques or lessons via video chat, email or some other digital format. You can also ask if it's possible to buy gift cards that can be used at a later time.

Can I use digital payments to pay for a massage?

Many massage therapists accept digital payments through Venmo, Apple Pay, PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle and other online platforms. Even businesses that do not typically accept digital payments may be changing their methods to practice social distancing. Just check with your massage therapist before the appointment to see how they handle payments.  

How can I find out if a massage therapist is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

The definition of an essential COVID-19 service provider varies from state to state and city to city. To see which businesses are considered essential in your area, visit the official government website of your state or city.

You can also read CISA’s publication on identifying critical workers to find out more information on a national level. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do deep tissue massages work?

Deep tissue massage not only feels fabulous, it can provide results. The massage technique targets deeper layers of muscle and your connective tissue. For its ability to stimulate those deeper muscles, deep tissue massage is commonly used during recuperation from sports-related and other injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Deep tissue massage has been proved to reduce high blood pressure and a range of other ailments. Deep tissue and other types of massage are frequently used for relieving stress, managing pain, breaking down scar tissue, relieving muscle tension and improving health. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health cites the following as health conditions for which that deep tissue massage can provide relief:

  • Chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, and osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Labor pains
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia pain and fatigue
  • Headaches

The proper deep tissue massage may also benefit preterm infant health. Cancer patients may experience reduced pain, increased relaxation, and improved mood.

What is a traditional Thai massage?

Traditional Thai massage is a different experience if you’ve only ever had a Swedish or deep tissue massage. In Thai massage, you wear loose-fitting clothing (often provided by the massage therapist) and start by lying on a mat. Throughout the massage, the therapist moves your body into various seated and prone positions, which stretch and release your muscles and soft tissue. Although your body is moving, the therapist is doing all the work, making it feel similar to supported yoga. The massage therapist will bend, stretch, and compress and lengthen your body using their hands, forearms, elbows and even feet. Don’t be alarmed by the feet! Many studios have overhead supports that allow the practitioners to safely walk on your back, releasing tight adhesions and promoting ease. Thai massage can be both invigorating and relaxing. It is an excellent option for keeping your muscles in good health if you regularly work out, or if you want to overcome a lack of flexibility. Studies show that Thai massage can increase blood circulation, improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension and enhance mental well-being.

What are the different Swedish massage techniques?

There are five main techniques in Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Within each category there are various movements, all intended to ease muscle tension and pain. Each movement has a specific purpose for loosening, warming, soothing or stimulating your muscles during your massage. Here is a breakdown of each of the five Swedish massage techniques:

  • Effleurage: Sweeping, gliding, smooth long strokes done with the hands or forearms. These strokes can loosen and warm the body and are said to help stimulate blood flow.
  • Friction: These circular or transverse rubbing strokes are also warming and can get deeper into the muscle tissue. They should be avoided on injured or inflamed areas or areas.
  • Petrissage: Lifting, kneading, skin rolling, muscle rolling and wringing. These movements help with circulation, which stimulates cell regeneration, and aid in loosening tense muscles.
  • Tapotement: Tapping, plucking, cupping and pounding. Tapotement movements can help improve blood circulation and cell rejuvenation, and also relax and release tight muscles.  
  • Vibration: Rocking, shaking and trembling movements. These motions can help muscles release.

How much are pregnancy massages?

Prenatal massages can be a safe and therapeutic way to alleviate the aches and pains of pregnancy. A prenatal massage can promote a sense of relaxation and well-being for expectant mothers. The national average cost for a pregnancy massage ranges between $70 and $90. The cost of a pregnancy massage will vary depending on where you live, the length of the massage, and the massage therapist. Typically, the longer a massage, the higher the cost. Some massage therapists charge the same rate per minute, regardless of massage length, while others charge less per minute for longer appointments. Here are two examples of average prenatal massage costs:

  • Therapist A: Offers a 30-minute massage for $45, 45 minutes for $60, 60 minutes for $75, 75 minutes for $90 and 90 minutes for $105.
  • Therapist B: offers a 30-minute massage for $45, a 60-minute massage for $85, a 90-minute massage for $115 and a 120-minute massage for $145.
Reviews for Forest Park massage therapists
Ivan M.
I was very happy with my massage. Caleb did an excellent job. I needed it since I have been experiencing so much back pain. The massage made me feel so much better. Thanks Caleb for the relief you provided! I would without hesitation recommend him to anyone needing a great massage! Ivan
Massage by CalebMassage by Caleb
Anthony m.
Mary was amazing. Very kind and caters to any of you needs. Don’t wait and contact her for your next massage.
The Anointed TouchThe Anointed Touch
James F.
True did a great job! It was my first in home massage. Extremely patient explained the process and I’m feeling good. Thanks
Revital Peremen, LAc.Revital Peremen, LAc.
Joy G.
Rev was very nice and gave me a great prenatal massage. I felt safe, despite the strange times we are in with the pandemic. She was lovely and I look forward to hiring her again!
Revital Peremen, LAc.Revital Peremen, LAc.
Julie F.
I have had many massages from many professionals. Maria is one of the best. Her techniques are varied and highly effective. I highly recommend Maria for anyone who is experiencing pain or stiffness.
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