Monday, June 1, 2015

Libertyville Massage Therapy Clinic Celebrates 30th Year!


LIBERTYVILLE – It’s been 30 years and often they use four hands now instead of two, but for Jan O’Malley, founder and owner of Libertyville Massage Therapy Clinic, and her dedicated staff of professional massage therapists, the satisfaction is in the relief of physical pain and stress they provide their clients.

Literally thousands of people have come to Libertyville Massage Therapy Clinic in distress and left feeling much better, often with no pain or tension at all.  They embrace their time on the table as a means to feel better while gaining the therapeutic health benefits only an expert, state-licensed massage therapist can provide.

“Our clients’ well-being is utmost on our minds,” said O’Malley.  “We work very hard to educate the public on the emotional and physical gains they can make by putting themselves in the hands of our professional massage therapists.  We provide a science-based muscle therapy for pain relief.”

Lake County’s oldest and most established massage therapy business reaches its 30th anniversary milestone with a community party on June 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. complete with food, music, and chair massage.  Libertyville Massage Therapy Clinic is located in the Newberry Wellness Center, 128 Newberry Avenue, Libertyville.

Libertyville Massage Therapy Clinic provides a tranquil, calm setting which, combined with their dedicated, experienced, and professional staff, ensures clients will receive the highest quality massage therapy and bodywork available.

According to O’Malley, massage therapy can:

  • ·         Change a person’s outlook on life and improve his or her well-being
  • ·         Relieve tension, soothe painfully sore muscles
  • ·         Strengthen your overall ability to cope with life
  • ·         Enhance performance in sporting events and speed recovery from soft tissue injuries

Libertyville Massage Therapy Clinic offers a different kind of massage experience than the big box massage centers, said O’Malley.

“We interview each client before each massage to clearly understand their needs for the session at hand, as well as offer self-care advice after the session.  Each session is a full hour of massage therapy, with the interview, follow up time, and therapeutic hot packs, added at no extra cost.”

O’Malley, a pioneer in the field of massage industry, started her private practice in her Lake Villa home but soon grew through word of mouth and opened her own clinic.  O’Malley is a leading voice promoting the health benefits derived from massage therapy.  Her clients are from every walk of life, famous football players to student athletes, politicians to clergy, grandparents to children, corporate directors to small business owners to stay at home parents.

“There are so many benefits to massage therapy, including increased circulation and flexibility, reduced stress and muscle tension, improvement in posture, digestion, and overall physical and mental well-being.  Massage therapy will relax your body and your mind,” she said. 

Massage therapy was an $11.7 billion industry in the U.S. in 2014, according to the American Massage Therapy Association, with an estimated 300,000 to 350,000 massage therapists and massage school students.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2012, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than average for all occupations. 

With this growth comes increased problems and an ongoing concern of O’Malley’s.  While she
is content knowing she has established and maintained a perfect reputation, she worries about an
industry increasingly inhabited by illicit massage parlors.

“More than 35 local medical doctors refer their patients to our clinic,” she said.  “Our clients come to us for help with stress related problems and anxiety and depression and want to know they are in a professional setting where they can be helped and feel safe.  They most definitely are.”

Yet, although consumers of massage therapy love their time on the table to feel better and gain the health benefits of massage, there is a growing annoyance with the illicit massage parlors popping up in many communities, said O’Malley.

“It is too bad there are unprofessional massage parlors that open, and are not easily shut down, in spite of a strict local massage ordinance,” she said.

As the Libertyville Massage Therapy Clinic gets ready to celebrate its 30 year anniversary, new studies are being released by the American Massage Therapy Association showing that massage therapy is fast becoming a part of the fabric of American’s lifestyles.  Between July 2013 and July 2014, roughly 32.6 million adult Americans (15 percent) had a massage at least once.  Many people get regularly scheduled massage therapy sessions for stress related health issues or muscle pain.

“We have highly skilled therapists who are graduates of state-of-the-art professional massage therapy schools," said Jillian O'Malley, office manager and Jan's daughter.  "They have advanced training in sports massage, prenatal massage, myofascial release, and other muscle therapies. I see first-hand the difference in clients as they come in with pain and leave feeling much better, sometimes with no pain at all.”

Through the years, Libertyville Massage Therapy Clinic has been in the forefront of offering new massage therapy techniques such as 4Hands Massage, Sports Massage, pre and post event, for runners, Cupping Therapy, Geriatric Massage for the elderly, Pregnancy Massage, and Muscle Therapy for soft tissue injuries.

“Our therapists are state-licensed, graduates of professional schools of massage therapy and bring with them a wealth of experience and the highest level of training in the industry,” said Jan O’Malley.  “We are constantly refining our skills and approaches to achieve the best results for our clients,” she said.

Libertyville Massage Therapy Clinic hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday Noon to 6:00 p.m.  For more information please call (847) 680-0077, or visit