Our Services

American Therapeutic Massage and Recovery offers premier deep tissue and massage treatment service in Palos Heights, IL. Whether you need deep tissue massage on a specific area or just escape from the trials of a long day, American Therapeutic Massage and Recovery offers a retreat tailored to your specific needs.

Step into a relaxing environment with a soothing ambiance and let us pamper you. The tranquil sounds of silence or soft peaceful music will help you connect with your inner nirvana. At American Therapeutic Massage and Recovery serenity and repose are sedatives for happiness.

Our Philosophy

At American Therapeutic Massage and Recovery, we believe in having the most highly skilled professional massage therapists we can find. Our friendly and informative approach to massage therapy is the hallmark of our service.

Contact us to find out how we can bring serenity to your every day life.

As a leading provider of massage therapy, we take pride in offering the best in deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, full body Swedish massage as well as chair massage. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our customers each and every day.

Dave Debelak LMT, owner, is licensed and insured. After receiving his certificate from Everest College, Dave has been in the industry for 5 years. Female massage therapist available upon request.

We Are One of the Top Massage Therapists in Your Area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is massage?

The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain. It is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body. Generally, massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, affecting the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing. These effects provide a number of health benefits.

Who is an ideal candidate for massage therapy?

Anyone can benefit from massage therapy. Especially clients that have pain or issues with the following:

• upper & lower back
• neck and shoulder
• stress
• tension headache and migraine
• arthritis & tendinitis
• standing/sitting all day
• sciatica
• repetitive strain injury
• circulatory issues
• post pregnancy
• sleep issues
• Restricted range of motion
• carpal tunnel
• play sports / rigorous exercise
• post surgical rehabilitation

Be sure to let us know if you have any special needs at the time of your appointment.

What is a trigger point?

A trigger point, also known as “muscle knots” are described as hyperirritable spots in muscles that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of the muscle fibers.

But a trigger point is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes “referred pain” in tissues supplied by nerves.


Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscles and connective tissue. Deep Tissue is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, involved in physical activity or work, or for patients who have sustained physical injury. The sessions are specific to problem areas. Trigger Point work is consistent with Deep Tissue therapy, this involves deactivating “knots” which can form when fluids passing through the muscle and connective tissues get trapped in the fibers due to a build up of lactic acid, forming little “sacks” of metabolical waste , which when get activated due to overuse or injury, start to push on nerve endings resulting in pain or limited range of motion.

What is your Arrival Policy ?

Please do not arrive any earlier than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

What are your draping procedures?

The nature of most massage therapies requires direct skin contact in order to accurately view involved body parts/areas and apply oils, lotions, or other applications as needed. During traditional massage, you will be asked to undress to your comfort level. Throughout the massage session clients are covered and draped with sheets and blankets, only uncovering the body part to be worked on. The goal is to allow you to feel safe and as comfortable as possible.

What are the benefits of massage?

• Greater flexibility and range of motion
• Increase the ease and efficiency of movement
• Relief of stress and aide of relaxation
• Promotion of deeper and easier breathing
• Improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
• Relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain
• Promotion of faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments, and reduction in pain and swelling related to such injuries
• Enhancement in the health and nourishment of skin
• Improvement in posture through changing tension patterns that affect posture
• Reduction in stress and an excellent stress management tool
• Creation of a feeling of well-being
• Reduction in levels of anxiety
• Increase in awareness of the mind-body connection
• Promotion of a relaxed state of mental awareness

What are the five basic techniques for Deep Tissue/Trigger Point therapy?

Using deeper pressure allows the therapist to reach deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. The long slow strokes are usually performed primarily with forearms and elbows. This helps loosen the tension and toxicity located beneath the surface.

Skin lifting is an example of basic fascial release technique used to free restrictions in the connective tissue. The skin is gently picked up with the fingers and slowly pulled away from the underlying tissues. This technique releases adhering tissues and makes them more pliable.

Myofascial mobilization techniques uses the fingertips to engage and elongate superficial fascial tissues. First, sensitive fingers feel for adhesions in the fascia. When a restriction is located, the tissues are then pushed horizontally to the point of resistance, until the release is felt.

FASCIAL MOBILIZATION USING FOREARM / ELBOW The forearm / elbow may be used in a similar way to release restrictions in myofascial tissues in broad areas. The forearm is used to apply enough pressure to engage deeper fascia and then slowly stretch the tissues horizontally.

In this technique, the hands engage the skin side-by-side and then pull apart, spreading the tissues until resistance is felt


Stretching counteracts tension by lengthening contracted muscle tissue, and mechanically “pumps” lactic acid and other waste products out of the muscles, once the contraction has been relaxed, normal circulation is restored, and the muscles can rest. If there has been micro-tearing due to overuse or injury, stretching will help realign developing scar tissue to prevent Adhesions from forming. Stretching allows the muscle to regain its full range of motion by lengthening muscle fibers that have become shortened by work or exercise.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Appointment cancellations are accepted by phone only. If you are a “no show” for your scheduled appointment, you will be charged for the full session.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduces tension in muscle and tissue.

It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.

Trigger Point Therapy

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.

Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.

The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.

Full Body Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.

Chair Massage

A chair massage focuses on the areas of your back, shoulders, neck, arms, and hands with the most tension. You are massaged over your clothes without any use of massage oil. When getting a chair massage, you sit in a special chair that has a downward angled cradle for your face to rest on, and supports for resting your arms.

The massage therapist relieves the tension in the muscles with kneading and acupressure, without using oils. This treatment is as effective as some of the other massage techniques. Contrary to what some think, chair massage is not simply a shoulder rub: therapists use massage techniques borrowed from other modalities they were trained in.

Schedule an Appointment Today!
7808 W College Drive
Suite LL3
Palos Heights, IL 60463

(708) 818-7791



Open Hours

Mon – Fri — 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday — 9:00am – 3:30pm
Sunday — Please Call Us for Inquiries