Staff Bios

Massage Therapists

Amanda
Thorough, Soothing, Effective
Amanda believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and utilizes her expertise to assist in this process. Through listening to the body and thoughtful communication, she has a collaborative approach of reaching the specific goals of her clients. She combines that notion with her clinical education in order to provide a thorough, soothing, and effective massage. She enjoys focusing in the head and neck area, including sinus treatments, headaches, TMJ disorder, and specializes in craniosacral therapy. She also offers manual lymphatic drainage and enjoys providing Allyu’s Scalp Treatment.

Amber
Grounding, Hypnotic, Tranquil
Amber has been a full-time licensed massage therapist since 2011 after graduating from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is also a practicing Reiki Master/Teacher, having received her Third Degree Reiki attunement on the Atlantic Ocean shore in Spring 2017. Her approach to bodywork is rather unique, integrating Swedish, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point style massage, myofascial and connective tissue release, Craniosacral Therapy and Reiki, as well as weaving in her knowledge of Shiatsu, Shamanic healing and Medical Intuition. She believes we all contain the innate ability to heal and uses an intuitive approach to create the ideal environment for your body to unwind. Through compassionate and careful listening, she addresses both physical and energetic issues, gently ushering your body toward peace, balance, relaxation and the potential for deep releasing of all kinds. Allyu’s 90-minute Chakra Balancing service highlights all of Amber’s skills, allowing her to cultivate a thorough healing session for you.

Antonia
Unique, Specific, Relaxing
Antonia uses in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology to inform her bodywork. She uses a gentle, intentional approach that incorporates assisted stretches, clinical massage, and bodywork techniques to help facilitate balance in the body and mind. She specializes in decompression of joints in hips, shoulder, and spine to assist with chronic postural issues and rehabilitation in creating increased stability and mobility. She is a graduate from CSMT and continues to seek training and knowledge to inform her practice.

Chris
Clinical, Therapeutic, Firm
Chris is a graduate of The Soma Institute of clinical massage therapy. He specializes in therapeutic massage with the intention of correcting postural deviations, as well as educating his clients to provide self care to progressively reach a point of living without pain. This can be accomplished through deep tissue massage, trigger point work, sports massage, stretching, myofascial work, and joint manipulation. While firm pressure is his strength, relaxation and comfort are still the ideal goal. Chris enjoys working with clients to resolve chronic pain, headaches, and plantar fasciitis, among other issues. By adjusting each massage to the individual client, he will provide a very specific massage for your needs.

Christina Rose
Grounding, Thorough, Flowing
Christina Rose was introduced to massage therapy through a recovery regimen after a car accident. Amazed at the newfound strength bodywork gave to her healing, she decided to go into the field. It has been seven years since entering the practice, and she is still as passionate about her profession and the healing power it can offer to others.  Christina Rose embodies compassion and a soothing touch with a blended approach heavily influenced by the flow style of Lomi Lomi forearm massage – a Hawaiian bodywork modality – that harmonizes beautifully with her naturally rhythmic, yet therapeutic style. She also loves working with hot stones, appreciating their grounding, warm undertones in a treatment. She tries to accommodate to each individual she works with, understanding pressure preferences and pain tolerance is subjective, and does her best to match each client’s desired needs by being mindful and transparent not only during intake, but during table time as well.

Christine
Therapeutic, Intuitive, Holistic
Christine has been a massage therapy practitioner since 2005. Her background as a Massage Therapy instructor and years of collaborating with both chiropractors and physical therapists has given her a uniquely rounded and compassionate approach to clients’ needs. She values holding space, educating the client about their body and carefully listening to achieve the needs of each individual. Her style combines clinically based deep tissue, myofascial techniques, and stretching to calm, reset, and relax the body. Flowing movement and specific work is also incorporated to aid in the body’s natural healing process and reconnect the client as a whole. Her work can benefit prenatal clients, athletes, chronic pain and migraine sufferers, and anyone seeking overall wellness of being.

Cindy
Integrating, Unconventional, Intuituve
Cindy is a tri-skilled technician in massage, energy work, and esthetics from the island of Bali, Indonesia. Developing her signature style of therapeutic treatment, she utilizes Reiki and her natural gift of energy healing through our Chakra Balancing service, and extending that to her enjoyment of our body treatments, especially the Neem and Volcanic Clay Wrap. She combines Eastern and Western techniques with stretching and acupressure points, moving energy through the meridians. Cindy loves the challenge of working with those who experience chronic pain, specifically in the shoulders and neck, hips, and those who suffer from headaches and sciatica. Her philosophy for all her work is to let the art of healing in you and finding body, mind, and spirit in balance.

Erin
Personalized, Slow, Firm
Erin has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002. She understands that every person has unique challenges and preferences, and prides herself in being able to hone into the needs of each individual. Over the years, she has specialized in helping many people find relief from head, neck, and shoulder tension and TMJ-related pain. Erin is also a mother, and empathizes with the physical and emotional tension women deal with during pregnancy. She also provides reflexology treatments. Regardless of a client’s needs, she enjoys creating a warm, relaxing environment in which to wind down into deep relaxation mode.

Gerri
Slow, Flowing, Results-Driven
Gerri is a graduate from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and has been working full time since 2005. She is a lead massage therapist at Allyu Spa and is skilled in deep tissue, Swedish, prenatal, reflexology, and chakra balancing. Gerri’s style is a blend of therapeutic touch and relaxing bodywork customized for each client. In particular, she enjoys working on the neck, hands, and feet. Her chakra balancing treatment offers a combination of Reiki and Core Synchronism.  Core Sync is similar to Cranial Sacral work and can be beneficial for relaxation and headache relief or prevention.  Reiki can create balance and deep relaxation.  Clients may expect to feel calm and refreshed after her chakra balancing session.

Jessica
Nurturing, Flowing, Firm
Jessica graduated from Cortiva institute in 2013. She believes massage and energy work can help unify and aid in healing the whole self. Using a combination of fluid motion, nurturing touch and symmetry, she creates a relaxed state in the body and mind while tending to each client’s individual needs. She applies a mixture deep tissue, myofascial techniques and trigger point therapy to release muscle tension. One of her favorite modalities is prenatal massage and particularly loves applying body treatments like the Infrared Detox Wrap. She also uses the intuitive art of Reiki to move energy and balance the chakras, using a combination of sounds, scents, and stones.

Joseph
Flexible, Accommodating, Knowledgeable
Joseph initially studied massage and pre-natal therapy in Chicago and continued to enhance his practice through studying bodywork abroad. He has spent the last decade sharing his practice in medical clinics and spas throughout Chicago and Asia, and continues to share that through a variety combined massage and body treatment services. Whether it’s through strong compression, a comforting soft glide, or the release from a sustained stretch, Joseph employs a fusion of Western kinesiology and Eastern mindfulness practices. It’s this fusion of mind, body, movement and breath that he utilizes in addressing the needs of clients suffering from chronic pain, those experiencing the stresses of a demanding life, and of expecting mothers seeking relief from the physical strain of pregnancy.

Lana attended Harper College’s Medical Massage Therapy program and is Nationally Certified therapist. Although Lana has a wide ranging knowledge of bodywork modalities, she specializes in Lomi Lomi and Trigger Point Therapy.

Leah
Balanced, Restorative, Revitalizing
Leah is a graduate of The Chicago School of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Leah has experience working in medical, chiropractic and spa settings. She has studied Trigger Point Therapy extensively. She’s also studied Zero Balancing, a hands-on modality that helps energy circulate more effectively through the body. Most recently, Leah has trained in reflexology, and knows that a broad range of issues can be quickly addressed with targeted pressure to the feet. Leah’s study and practice of qigong and yoga inform her work. She enjoys drawing from these various modalities to create an individualized experience that will help each client to feel his or her best.

Linda
Fluid, Present, Patient
Linda has been licensed in the state of Illinois for almost 10 years, having trained at The Soma Institute for Clinical Massage, and evolved her style to encompass fluid, energetic, patient, and present movement. With each and every massage, she aims to move with your breath, to create connection and muscle memory in your body. Linda specializes in working with clients who struggle with postural imbalances, headaches, and soft tissue pains, employing techniques such as Myofascial release, stretching, and trigger point therapy.  She believes that the root of healing lies in each of our individual bodies, and the role of the massage therapist is to facilitate that space.

Mahdi
Creative, Fluid, Nurturing

Mahdi graduated from the Soma Institute. She is passionate about self-care and believes massage therapy is a powerful way to connect with one of the many love languages, physical touch. She enjoys listening to the body’s ever changing needs, often times creating new techniques on the spot. Mahdi’s touch ranges from slow and gentle to deep and vigorous, releasing tension and energy using deep tissue massage and sports techniques, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and stretching. She prides herself in providing great therapy to assess problems in the abdominal, neck, feet, and for TMJ-related issues. She hopes every guest leaves with a smile and feeling renewed.

Mel
Firm, Flowing, Relaxing
Mel is a graduate of Hired Hands University and has spent the last several years working at spas in Chicago, its surrounding suburbs, and even ventured to Florida. She is able to provide her clients with a therapeutic touch, getting deeper into their muscles, as needed, but also giving them a strong sense of relaxation. She spends a lot of time working with people who suffer from chronic pain in the neck and shoulders, or headaches and migraines. Many of these people sit at computers and desks all day long. Everyone’s bodies are unique, and therefore, she crafts a treatment plan specific to their exact needs. At Allyu, she provides her clients with Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and Pre- and Post-Natal massage, and a variety of body treatments.

Moriah

Moriah grew up in Uptown Chicago and is a graduate of Cortiva Institute of Massage. Her goal is to thoughtfully tailor each massage session in accordance with the guest’s needs and requests, personalizing the experience for every individual. She integrates a variety of modalities in the session, such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Swedish, deep tissue massage, and stretching to promote pain- and tension-relief and deep relaxation. She is also skilled in reflexology and prenatal massage, and enjoys hot stone massages and infrared body wraps.

Regina
Specific, Mindful, Flowing
Regina has been a licensed massage therapist for almost two decades. All of this experience taught her that every client is unique and should be approached with a fresh set of eyes and ears. Regina graduated from the Florida School of Massage, one of the oldest schools in the country, where she learned a variety of techniques. She specializes in giving relief to chronically tight shoulders and neck without incurring pain, as well as clients who experience fatigue. Her techniques include deep tissue, relaxation, Thai, and trigger point therapies. Her favorite Allyu specialty is the Scalp Treatment Add-On.  She is also an active performing artist and especially loves working with other creative individuals.

Roger
Clinical, Therapeutic, Intentional
Roger is a graduate of the Cortiva Chicago School of Massage Therapy. He specializes in therapeutic deep tissue and trigger point massage with the intention of relieving muscular pain and dysfunction. He enjoys working with clients who want to overcome on-going muscular pain and soreness in order to live happier, healthier lives. Roger has had great success helping clients who are dealing with chronic pain, headaches, and postural dysfunction associated with office work and regular computer use.  Roger also practices foot reflexology and body treatments, as well as having had advanced training in treating TMJ disorder, including intra-oral massage.

Stephanie
Focused, Nurturing, Intuitive
Stephanie graduated from the Center for Massage & Natural Health in Asheville, NC in 2004. She has had extensive training in her field and uses a variety of techniques in her treatments including acupressure, esalen, craniosacral, reflexology, and positional release. Stephanie has a passion for understanding stress (and trauma) and its impact on the physical body and has worked in a variety of settings including spas, a luxury resort, and a mental health recovery retreat.  Stephanie often offers guided meditation during chakra balancing to add a personal empowerment and mindfulness to the treatment, and also enjoys providing a variety of body treatments, reflexology, and longer massage sessions.

Tina
Mindful, Cohesive, Intuitive
Tina attended the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2006. She possesses a highly intuitive, mindful, and thorough approach to her work, and carefully listens to the body in order to effectively communicate with it. She is proficient in deep tissue, sports, and Swedish massage, specifically favoring a variety of compression, myofascial, and vibration / oscillation techniques in her sessions to best facilitate a melt and release effect in soft tissue, and support gentle structural shifts to the body’s alignment. Tina also respects the energetic element to body treatments, and believes total health is achieved through balance and wellness in mind, body, and spirit. She believes massage can be a harmonious dance with the body and spirit, and encourages 90- and 120- minute sessions to allow more time and space to explore these concepts and techniques.

Virginia
Deep, Tension Releasing, Relaxing
Virginia has been a massage therapist for over 6 years. Her massage style blends muscle-specific trigger point techniques with deep flowing, relaxing Swedish, as well as Thai techniques. She loves working with clients to alleviate pain and bring relief to issues of chronic discomfort, specializing in neck and shoulder work, plantar fasciitis, and sciatica. Aside from being a massage therapist, Virginia is also a veteran. She worked as a fitness instructor at the East Bank Club for 10 years, and is currently in nursing school.

Vivian
Intuitive, Empowering, Flowing
Vivian’s goal is to create a positive impact on her clients’ health and support them in their journey of wellness.  By utilizing 8+ years of experience in massage therapy, she strives to assist each guest in reaching their goals of pain management, increased range of motion, and relaxation.   She is skilled in Myofascial Release, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, and Sports Massage Therapy, and particularly fond of providing many of our body treatments.  She also specializes in oncology massage, and feels that massage is key in supporting the treatment process.  Vivian believes that massage doesn’t have to hurt to be effective.  By focusing on each guest’s sense of comfort and relaxation, she can help to achieve deep tissue results without pain or discomfort.

Estheticians

Cindy is a tri-skilled technician in massage, energy work and esthetics, from the island of Bali, Indonesia. Since 2005 she has been bringing her authentic Balinese treatment to the United States, practicing in San Francisco and Chicago. Developing her signature style of healing therapeutic treatment, she intuitively utilizes her natural gift of energy healing. Since 2010, Cindy has been practicing esthetics. Each treatment is customized towards the client in order to achieve better confidence and an understanding on a better daily skin regimen. Her philosophy for all her work is to let the art of healing in you and finding body, mind, and spirit in balance.

Elizabeth K. has 10 years of experience as an esthetician and massage therapist. She is the lead esthetician at Allyu and has been with the spa since its opening in 2007. She takes a holistic approach to her work, customizing each massage and facial she gives to the client’s needs. Her calming presence radiates her love of natural beauty and wellness. Elizabeth is also known for her quick and proficient waxing treatments!

Holly has been an esthetician for 8 years and loves seeing results on her clients’ skin. She specializes in treating acne for clients of all ages, and enjoys working with her guests towards long term solutions for their skincare concerns.  As a former acne sufferer, she understands the challenges this skin type can face, and has an interactive approach to her treatment plans. She is also an actress, a musician, and practices transcendental meditation daily.

Jenny has been practicing Esthetics since 2009, and has been part of the Allyu team since 2013. She strives to offer relaxing services that are also results-driven. She is known for her thorough extractions and exceptional waxing services as well.  Education and knowledge are highly important to her as she evolves her craft, and she has pursued diverse studies including  Reflexology and Chakra Balancing. Both of these services can be added to facial treatments to enhance the experience, or enjoyed on their own.

Kara graduated from Excel Beauty Academy in 2004. Since then, she has developed a talent for quick waxing, and specializes in relaxing nervous waxing clients. She is currently working on earning a Biology degree and loves learning about how the ingredients in skincare products react with skin on a molecular level.  Her background in customer service gives her an in-depth understanding of all aspects of spa culture, from booking to services.

Page is a graduate of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture.  She is known for her gentle touch and positive outlook.  Her facial massage is heavily influenced by Ayurvedic and Lymphatic drainage techniques.  Through each treatment she strives to give her client the results they are seeking, while promoting deep relaxation.  She enjoys educating her guests about their skin, and how to maintain healthy skin holistically.  Outside of Allyu, she expresses her creativity through makeup artistry and painting. She is a yoga enthusiast and enjoys adventure through hiking, camping and biking.

Nail Technicians

Maryna is a graduate of Botanic Nail School.  She loves nail design, and won second place in the 2015 Illinois Association Of Cosmetology School Competition for nails.  She enjoys experimenting with nail art, and sees her career as a creative opportunity.  Her specialty is extended wear manicures, where her eye for detail and design truly shine.

Pei graduated from Roza Nail Technology School in early 2014.  She initially joined the Allyu family as an intern, working with our team to develop and refine her skills as a licensed nail technician.  Her natural talent was clear right away, and she quickly transitioned to a full-fledged member of our team of nail care professionals.  While adept at a wide range of treatments, Pei is known for her amazing pedicures, which focus on perfecting her guests’ feet in the most relaxing way possible.

Rachel has been doing nails since April of 2013. She prides herself on offering clients a relaxing, comfortable experience in a top notch environment. Rachel is known for her attention to detail, making sure that each guest she sees walks away with picture perfect nails and polish. She truly enjoys interacting with her guests, assuring a service experience that is both thorough and enjoyable.  Rachel is certified Level II Reflexology, and enjoys offering this treatment both in the nail room, and in private sessions.

Sam – coming soon!

Coordinators/Management

Alex is Allyu’s Events Coordinator and is passionate about healing benefits that come from a supportive community. Having majored in architecture right here in Chicago, she hopes to draw from the arts, wellness, and culture which our own urban landscape is capable of in order to create spaces that command growth. When she is not at work, she is busy exploring new channels of information through books, culinary endeavors, and local expressive resources.

Dani joined the Allyu coordinator team in February of 2017 and serves now as their Membership Coordinator. She is honored to contribute to a workplace that promotes wellness of body, mind, and spirit. When not greeting guests at Allyu, Dani works as an actress, freelance writer/editor, and sporadic self-care blogger.

Elizabeth is Allyu’s Spa Manager, and has been active in the salon and spa industry for the past twenty years.  She joined the Allyu team in 2009.    Her free time is spent cooking spicy food, eating spicy food (way too much), and attempting to read anything and everything that she can.  She is grateful to have found such a fabulous second family at Allyu, and truly enjoys interacting with our guests.

Kenzie joined the Allyu team after attending Columbia College Chicago for illustration. Allyu has been a place where she can expand on her passion for healing stones as well as overall wellness and spirituality. Her joy is to see clients leave with a big smile. Outside of Allyu, she practices her art around Chicago.

Kristin is the Hospitality Manager for Allyu Spa. She has been a dedicated member of the wellness industry for over ten years. Kristin believes that honesty, compassion, and empowerment create a stronger sense of self and community. She strives to give each guest a positive, welcoming, and lasting experience. Once told that hers was a “life of service,” she views her background in opera as an additional outlet to provide enrichment and joy to others.

Nina is a 16 year old  Jardine’s  Parrot.  She loves children, to play peek-a-boo and to greet you in Allyu’s entrance.  Nina divides her time between work and home and would love to say hello to you the next time you visit!

Regina joined the Allyu Spa team after receiving her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance at Roosevelt University. She enjoys arriving at work and seeing happy, relaxed clients having a wonderful time. She is interested in spreading kindness and warmth and loves how the Allyu environment enriches those around her with those qualities. At home, Regina spends her time watching an excessive amount of standup comedy, petting her best friend Annie the Banana Cat, and aspiring to finally start that punk band.

Shelbie joined the Allyu team shortly after graduation from Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Writing program in May 2014. Allyu has allowed her to combine and expand her love of health and wellness into writing, as well as become a member of a supportive community that shares art and ideas.  Outside of Allyu, she has performed her fiction and non-fiction at various Chicago literary events and can be found in the audience of many others. Her work can be found in Hypertext Magazine.

Tamara is Allyu Spa’s owner.  She worked as a massage therapist and operated The Art of Healing for ten years before expanding in 2007 to the newly created Allyu Spa in River North.  Allyu is the embodiment of Tamara’s dream to provide diverse wellness services in a hand crafted and upscale location.  She prides herself on providing an enriching work environment to her practitioner community in a relaxing and aesthetically unparalled place to receive services for guests.  Often at the desk to greet you, Tamara looks forward to introducing you to her lovingly created spa.