About Us

We are all in a constant state of change, our mind, body are always adapting. My goal is to help you adapt and balance your energy, bringing you closer to yourself. I blend different techniques such as: Swedish, Shiatsu and Holy Fire Reiki. I offer firm pressure, utilizing sports massage and deep tissue techniques. However, I can also provide lighter touch for relaxation massage and energy healing. 
Each session is customized, depending on the type of massage you will remain clothed or be draped with sheets and blanket when necessary. 
I generally use pure coconut oil for Swedish massage. I also have grapeseed oil available. 
I tend to remain quiet during massage, although, I will occasionally cue you to breathe by breathing deeply myself. I always encourage communication and feedback. 
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AJ Rodriguez Bodywork

20 South Van Buren

Iowa City , IA 52245 map it

(319) 359-6088

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Hours of Operation

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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • AJ focused on my issues with a customized body work session. His attitude and skills along with his professionalism were appreciated.

    a very good experience. Super nice and professional setting. I will return

  • Very enjoyable & relaxing. I'll be purchasing one of the packages for additional sessions.

    Highly reccomend AJ! I have always had severe back pain and a pinched sciatic nerve that I started seeing a chiro for and it helped but my muscles were so tight not much progress was made. After my visit with AJ, which was his 2 hour deal for $100, I have noticed a difference in my posture and how tense I feel. I hold alot of tension in my shoulders and lower back and it was pretty tender when we started but by the end i didnt even feel my nerve pinching. The conversation was fun and open along with his high regard for my own comfort and respect, I would love to become a regular cleint soon for his great work and prices!

  • The shiatsu massage provided by AJ was very relaxing and helpful if you are an active person to help relieve muscle soreness associated with working out/activities.

    AJ was fantastic. He took time to listen to my concerns and 'listen' to my body with his hands. I woke up the next morning feeling better than I have in a long time. He cares for people and even gives advice at the end of the session on stretches to do based on where he located problem areas to help continue healing between sessions. I highly recommend AJ's services!

  • AJ always makes you feel comfortable and he is professional. He knows where to find your tight and sore spots. I always feel like I'm on a cloud afterwards.

    AJ always makes you feel comfortable and he is professional. He knows where to find your tight and sore spots. I always feel like I'm on a cloud afterwards.

  • Very professional and I would recommenced this place to anyone that is looking for a massage!

    Went in with a back full of knots, left completely relaxed. Highly recommend.

Sports Massage & Deep Tissue

$40
30min
$50
45min
$70
60min
$80
75min
$95
90min
$125
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Custom Massage

$70
60min
$95
90min
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Shiatsu massage

$40
30min
$50
45min
$70
60min
$80
75min
$95
90min
$125
120min
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6 - 60 minute custom massages

$350
60min
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Swedish massage

$40
30min
$50
45min
$70
60min
$80
75min
$95
90min
$125
120min
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Reiki healing

$40
30min
$50
45min
$70
60min
$80
75min
$95
90min
$125
120min
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Gift Certificate

$40
30min
$50
45min
$70
60min
$79
75min
$95
90min
$125
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Abelardo R.

License: IA #091736

25 Verified Reviews

Sports Massage & Deep Tissue

$40
30min
$50
45min
$70
60min
$80
75min
$95
90min
$125
120min
Select

Custom Massage

$70
60min
$95
90min
Select

Shiatsu massage

$40
30min
$50
45min
$70
60min
$80
75min
$95
90min
$125
120min
Select

6 - 60 minute custom massages

$350
60min
Select

Swedish massage

$40
30min
$50
45min
$70
60min
$80
75min
$95
90min
$125
120min
Select

Reiki healing

$40
30min
$50
45min
$70
60min
$80
75min
$95
90min
$125
120min
Select

Gift Certificate

$40
30min
$50
45min
$70
60min
$79
75min
$95
90min
$125
120min
Select
by Cynthia on Apr 05
AJ focused on my issues with a customized body work session. His attitude and skills along with his professionalism were appreciated.
by Anonymous on Feb 05
a very good experience. Super nice and professional setting. I will return
by Kris on Jan 23
Very enjoyable & relaxing. I'll be purchasing one of the packages for additional sessions.
by Aeris on Jan 11
Highly reccomend AJ! I have always had severe back pain and a pinched sciatic nerve that I started seeing a chiro for and it helped but my muscles were so tight not much progress was made. After my visit with AJ, which was his 2 hour deal for $100, I have noticed a difference in my posture and how tense I feel. I hold alot of tension in my shoulders and lower back and it was pretty tender when we started but by the end i didnt even feel my nerve pinching. The conversation was fun and open along with his high regard for my own comfort and respect, I would love to become a regular cleint soon for his great work and prices!
by Kyle on Dec 17
The shiatsu massage provided by AJ was very relaxing and helpful if you are an active person to help relieve muscle soreness associated with working out/activities.
by Betsy on Dec 14
AJ was fantastic. He took time to listen to my concerns and 'listen' to my body with his hands. I woke up the next morning feeling better than I have in a long time. He cares for people and even gives advice at the end of the session on stretches to do based on where he located problem areas to help continue healing between sessions. I highly recommend AJ's services!
by Shannon on Nov 23
AJ always makes you feel comfortable and he is professional. He knows where to find your tight and sore spots. I always feel like I'm on a cloud afterwards.
by Shannon on Nov 23
AJ always makes you feel comfortable and he is professional. He knows where to find your tight and sore spots. I always feel like I'm on a cloud afterwards.
by Octavious on Mar 12
Very professional and I would recommenced this place to anyone that is looking for a massage!
by Adam on Mar 04
Went in with a back full of knots, left completely relaxed. Highly recommend.

Average Rating:

4.92 (Based on 25 Reviews)

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Professionalism
by Cynthia on Apr 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Massage with Abelardo R.
AJ focused on my issues with a customized body work session. His attitude and skills along with his professionalism were appreciated.
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
a very good experience. Super nice and professional setting. I will return
by Kris on Jan 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Massage with Abelardo R.
Very enjoyable & relaxing. I'll be purchasing one of the packages for additional sessions.
by Aeris on Jan 2021
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
Highly reccomend AJ! I have always had severe back pain and a pinched sciatic nerve that I started seeing a chiro for and it helped but my muscles were so tight not much progress was made. After my visit with AJ, which was his 2 hour deal for $100, I have noticed a difference in my posture and how tense I feel. I hold alot of tension in my shoulders and lower back and it was pretty tender when we started but by the end i didnt even feel my nerve pinching. The conversation was fun and open along with his high regard for my own comfort and respect, I would love to become a regular cleint soon for his great work and prices!
by Kyle on Dec 2020
Verified
Service Received: Shiatsu massage with Abelardo R.
The shiatsu massage provided by AJ was very relaxing and helpful if you are an active person to help relieve muscle soreness associated with working out/activities.
by Betsy on Dec 2020
Verified
Service Received: Custom Massage with Abelardo R.
AJ was fantastic. He took time to listen to my concerns and 'listen' to my body with his hands. I woke up the next morning feeling better than I have in a long time. He cares for people and even gives advice at the end of the session on stretches to do based on where he located problem areas to help continue healing between sessions. I highly recommend AJ's services!
by Shannon on Nov 2020
Verified
Service Received: Custom Massage with Abelardo R.
AJ always makes you feel comfortable and he is professional. He knows where to find your tight and sore spots. I always feel like I'm on a cloud afterwards.
by Shannon on Nov 2020
Verified
Service Received: Gift Certificate with Abelardo R.
AJ always makes you feel comfortable and he is professional. He knows where to find your tight and sore spots. I always feel like I'm on a cloud afterwards.
by Octavious on Mar 2019
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage (Pay it forward) with Abelardo R.
Very professional and I would recommenced this place to anyone that is looking for a massage!
by Adam on Mar 2019
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
Went in with a back full of knots, left completely relaxed. Highly recommend.
by Ronnie on Jan 2019
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Abelardo R.
The massage studio is in a wide-open floor plan of his apartment. It is positioned near the bathroom so, if needed, the patron can easily excuse themself to use the toilet and/or sink and return to the massage experience. Gentle and harmonious music is playing in the background. I smelled a scent of sage(?) when I entered to receive my massage.
by Anonymous on Sep 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage (Pay it forward) with Abelardo R.
I’ve had several massages over the years, but I really appreciated the techniques used.
by Anonymous on Jul 2018
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Abelardo R.
The hot stone massage I received from AJ was deeply relaxing and therapeutic. I haven't prioritized massage therapy until recently because I viewed it as a luxury I couldn't afford. It feels good choose preventative health care. It feels good to have found a sincere, knowledgable and professional massage therapist. And the atmosphere is peaceful. Thanks AJ.
by Heidi on Jul 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
Nice person, good skill, good location other than steps. Would have liked an option that wasn't upstairs.
by Anonymous on Jul 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
Thank you, AJ. I will set up a time for next month!
by peggy on Jun 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
I love the space! It was very welcoming, relaxing and comfortable. He was quite intuitively spot on with how much pressure to use in different problem areas of the body. He is warm, personable, and professional and truly encourages communication so that you get what you need from the massage.
by Amylia on Jun 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
Loved his spirit and touch and the kindness with which he adressed tender issues. I do wish there were a opaque curtain on the window for undressing/dressing and that the front porch had rubber mats on the wooden steps to avoid falling when slick. Otherwise, it was a wonderful massage by a talented masseuse.

Business response:

I appreciate the feedback and rating. I am addressing those concerns. Thanks AmyLIA (Love In Action) Sincerely, A.J. Rodriguez - Be Love

by Natalie on Jun 2018
Verified
Service Received: Shiatsu massage with Abelardo R.
Incredibly professional, works with intent, mindful practitioner, sincere and authentic massage therapist. After experience a challenging week the session with A.J. relieved any tangled up energy and left me with an effortless smile for days following. Incredible!
by Anonymous on Jun 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish sessions with Abelardo R.
Excellent work!
by Alyssa on Jun 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
My massage with AJ was one of the best I have had. Although he is fresh out of school it seems like he’s been doing massage for years! He listened to me and focused on my problem areas. He was able to easily find the muscle knots I had in my back and work through them. He also paid extra attention to areas of my body that most massage therapists tend to look over. I felt a release of tension and stress during the massage and I plan to rebook soon!
by Elisa on Jun 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
I highly recommend AJ for your next massage. He is confident in what he is doing, and checks in to make sure the pressure he is applying is comfortable. When I asked for him to adjust the pressure at one point, he thanked me for communicating my needs to him. I was impressed by this, because it shows how much he cares to provide you with a good experience. His use of Shiatsu and Swedish massage techniques were exactly what I needed. He took the time to listen to my concerns and about my problem areas to determine that he could implement both styles of massage so that I could gain the most benefits of the massage. His kind and gentle demeanor put me at ease and allowed me to fully relax. Do not think twice about booking with him, just do it!
by Teresa on May 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
I would highly recommend AJ.
by Jon on May 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
I had a massage yesterday afternoon with AJ. I was really happy with his work. He was very professional and asked me a few times for input to make sure that I was comfortable and receiving the right amount of pressure for me. I was very happy with my massage and plan to re-book with him soon.
by Linda on May 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
I love AJ. Very responsive to my aches and pains. He is wonderful to work with. I recommend him wholeheartedly.
by Linda on May 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish massage with Abelardo R.
I have received massage service from several therapists for my chronic neck and shoulder pain over the years and AJ is one of the best. He pays attention to learn of my needs and tries hard to ensure my comfort throughout the visit. His massage skills are effective in relieving tension in all areas of body and his kind manner helps me relax inside out. He genuinely wishes for his clients' wellbeing of body and mind, and I feel cared for at each session. His studio is equipped with a comfortable massage bed with necessary bolsters. The ambiance light and calming music are set to enhance relaxation. If you are suffering from a sore body or stress, I recommend trying a session from AJ. You will definitely feel better. I've gotten mostly Swedish massage and Shiatsu massage, and some Reiki, and they were all good in different ways. If you are not sure, you can consult with him and decide it then.

AJ Rodriguez Bodywork

20 South Van Buren

Iowa City , IA 52245 map it

Phone: (319) 359-6088

License: #