J Birks LMT

Bachelor of Massage

J Birks entered the world of medicine through a series of immersive global experiences. While living in Europe and Asia, J saw the heavy appreciation and cultural dominance massage and cupping had in aiding the people with health needs and medical support. Curious about the nature of these long practiced systems, J studied and made a goal of spreading these gifts in the United States. 

 Upon returning to the United States, J sought massage training with a global emphasis. After earning his mas...

J Birks entered the world of medicine through a series of immersive global experiences. While living in Europe and Asia, J saw the heavy appreciation and cultural dominance massage and cupping had in aiding the people with health needs and medical support. Curious about the nature of these long practiced systems, J studied and made a goal of spreading these gifts in the United States. 

 Upon returning to the United States, J sought massage training with a global emphasis. After earning his massage license, J attended college and became the first person in the United States to earn a Bachelor of Science degree specifically in Massage Therapy. 

 During this time J also trained in the discipline of cupping. The exploration of this often over simplified approach to treatment brought additional insight and inspiration to clients and skeptics alike. 

 J is grateful to offer these lasting traditions to help clients as therapist, educator, coach and mentor throughout Chicago. Having experience with people from 4 months of age to 104 years, individuals and groups,  J welcomes all to this humble practice.

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Licenses
Massage

IL # 227011057

Education
2009

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine: IL

Massage Therapy Certificate

2011

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine: IL

Bachelor of Science : Asian Holistic Health and Massage Therapy

2013

University of Illinois

Master of Education

Experience
Bodywork

Chicago Outfit Roller Derby

Served as massage therapist for women's roller derby league, the Chicago Outfit. Comprised of three teams and a number of support staff. At practices and competitive events, provided functionally specific treatment for 100+ athletes at varying levels of performance for the purposes of enhancement, maintenance and rehabilitation. From 2010-2016.

Certified Flexibility Coach

Trained in the implementation of function specific mobility to augment massage work for clients of all activity levels. Certified by Fitness and Health Professionals 2014.

Massage Cupping Certification

Educated in the use of " Massage Cupping" for muscle relaxation and detoxification via the lymphatic system. Certified by Advanced Continuing Education in 2011.

East West Master Cupping Certification

Intensive cupping study with one of the world's top cupping researchers. Trained in the applications of 8 European and Asian countries' medical approaches. Certified by Health Traditions in 2013.

Tui Na Certification

300+ hours of education in the traditions and applications of Chinese Physiotherapy. This training is usually only offered to those who work in Chinese hospital settings. Certification awarded by Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2009.

Certified Cupping Therapist

Expanded offerings of cupping using more modern equipment and proficiency in Contemporary Cupping Methods. Certified by the International Cupping Therapy Association in 2014.

Coaching

Assistant Clinic Supervisor -Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Direct supervision of the application of learned techniques during the transition from student to practitioner for 35 individuals from 2010-2011.

Instructor- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Served as primary instructor for the Chinese Physiotherapy discipline Tui Na. Educating 123 future practitioners in basic and advanced applications for multiple populations from 2012-2014. Focuses included. *General Body mechanics. *Chinese culture. *General application. *Structural Application. *Application for Geriatrics. *Application for Sports activity.

Instructor- Northwestern Colleges

Served as a Massage Therapy Department liaison with school management. Taught 58 students in the following courses from 2014-2015 -Shiatsu -NCBTMB/MBLEX review -Pathology -Ethics -Clinical Massage -Introduction to Massage -Business of Massage

Classes for the Masses

Introduced the public to massage for the home via several single run seminars. Ongoing

ABMP - Instructors on the Front Lines

Attended and participated in annual conferences for the betterment of massage education. Topics included pedagogy, curriculum structure, student communication tools and industry advancement.

Teaching Assistant- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Supported and mentored the development and advancement of approximately 100 students of massage and acupuncture in the following disciplines from 2009-2011 *Oriental Medicine Theory and Point location *Nuad Boran (Traditional and "Table Thai") *Circulatory Relaxation *Anatomy *Kinesiolgy *Tui Na

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by A on Nov 26
Experienced two things on my visit to Chicago. My first snow and amazing bodywork. I didn't know massage could do "that". My fiance thinks I got surgery because I'm much better than when I left. When I get that promotion, I'll be knocking on your door J. Thanks so much!!!
by A on Nov 26
Experienced two things on my visit to Chicago. My first snow and amazing bodywork. I didn't know massage could do "that". My fiance thinks I got surgery because I'm much better than when I left. When I get that promotion, I'll be knocking on your door J. Thanks so much!!!
by Anonymous on Sep 21
I love getting work done with J. He’s helpful and knowledgeable and always keeps a positive attitude about my well being
by Anonymous on Sep 18
I love getting work done with J. He’s helpful and knowledgeable and always keeps a positive attitude about my well being
by Anonymous on Jun 13
I think the J is for Jesus. He welcomed me and with two questions, gently placed his hands and helped me with something that was years old. He is the only therapist my husband hasn't questioned the value of. I just went home with results. J respected my body that I thought was broken and taught me about my own strength. J does more than work on you, J works with you. I hope all the right people come your way as long as you still have an opening for me.
by Anonymous on Jun 12
I think the J is for Jesus. He welcomed me and with two questions, gently placed his hands and helped me with something that was years old. He is the only therapist my husband hasn't questioned the value of. I just went home with results. J respected my body that I thought was broken and taught me about my own strength. J does more than work on you, J works with you. I hope all the right people come your way as long as you still have an opening for me.
by Karen on Jun 11
J is always professional and always listens to the problems and issues I am having so he can focus his work when on the table. I always leave feeling so much better than when I came in and the work he does always sticks around for awhile rather than just feeling relaxed right after and then having the soreness or pain return the next day.
by Nora on May 23
J Birks is the best kept secret in massage therapy. His knowledge and skill levels are truly amazing, and he is genuinely invested in his clients' wellness. I explain it this way: if you want cucumber water and whale sounds, go anywhere else. If you want someone who can zero in on that one tiny muscle you didn't know existed but has been making your life brutal, go see J. I'm from a family of chronic back problems and I played a full contact sport; there has never been an injury or discomfort issue he couldn't fix. Highly, highly recommend, despite the fact that his current space feels like a hippie massage speakeasy. (Hey, a little wood paneling never hurt anybody.)
by Anonymous on May 20
I did not care for the G5. The space has an odor of those air freshioner things in taxis and is very shabby and depressing. Jay is very knowledgeable and skilled. I hope that he relocates to a better space
by Karen on May 21
Always a great experience with J. He listens and provides service and feedback based on what's needed.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • cupping
  • Bodywork
  • Cupping
  • mechanical
  • Global Methods

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