Healing Touch of Galena

Massage Therapy by Gerald Moore

270 Thunder Bay Road
Galena Territory
Galena, Illinois 61036


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270 Thunder Bay Road, Galena

5.0 18 reviews

  • Avatar KELLOGG ROCK ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Gerald was such a pleasure! My husband and I had 75 min massages at our airbnb rental in Galena for our anniversary get away. Feeling super relaxed now. Highly recommend booking a massage with Gerald!!! He travels to your location and the … More massage was amazing!! We will be back to Galena again and will definitely book another massage. Thank you Gerald! 😁 Kelly & Dan
  • Avatar paul colella ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    This massage therapist Gerald Moore is one of the best if not the best massage therapist in the Galena territories. There is more to Gerald than just the awesome massages he gives you. Gerald is very personable & will make you feel … More as if you are with a trusted friend. He really enjoys giving massages & interacting with his customers. If you have experienced massages from other massage therapists in the Galena area try the massage from Gerald. You will be glad you did.
  • Avatar Eric Berry ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    One of the best massages I've ever had. My wife and I spontaneously decided a massage sounded like a great addition to our getaway weekend. We messaged Gerald the night before and he was very flexible getting us scheduled last minute. … More To be honest, we were both a bit nervous and anxious about having someone come to our hotel room. Gerald was very personable and made us feel at ease once he got there. He brought everything you'd expect at a full massage studio to our room. I'm so glad we booked with him and will definitely be repeat customers next time we visit Galena!
  • Avatar rita cwalina ★★★★★ a year ago
    Very nice man, my massage made me feel 20 years younger
  • Avatar Laura K ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    while having a girls getaway (dear friend visiting while our husbands were out of town) at my home in Elizabeth i scheduled a massage for both of us with Jerry. I have had a massage by him in the past and it was a wonderful experience … More but i was a bit trepidatious about my friend being that she has been a licensed massage therapist herself for over 20 years and quite discerning when it comes to body work. Needless to say she was over the moon with her experience and told me it was one of the best massages she has ever had! quite a compliment given her credentials. Jerry not only understands massage he listens to each client and has the most amazing ability to find the areas that our lifestyles (sports, exercise regimes) seem to strain. He is a lovely human being to boot!

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A Brief History of Massage Therapy

The practice of applying human touch as a method of healing originates from ancient customs and primitive medical techniques. Early civilizations in both the East and West discovered that massage could help in the healing of injuries, assist with pain relieve, and speed the curing of certain types of illness. Massage therapy as a practice takes those very basic principals and applies them in a scientific method. The word ‘massage’ is thought by medical experts to have it’s roots in an Arabic language meaning to touch, knead or squeeze.
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Massage as a healing therapy is clearly rooted in early medical techniques even though cultural and religious practices were responsible for suppressing it and labeling it a disreputable form of indulgence for extensive periods of time throughout history. Massage as a therapy has endured these ups and downs and is now experiencing a major resurgence as the list of measurable benefits continues to be verified and documented. Massage as a healing therapy currently stands as a universally accepted holistic practiced around the world.

Early massage was probably being performed long before the written word. Here is some of what we do now about the roots of Therapeutic Massage.

* Ayurveda is the first documented technique as a five thousand year old system of natural healing that has its origins in India. Ayurveda is a traditional holistic medical system used throughout India. This system is based on health imbalances. Ayurveda recommends using the five senses to interact with the environment and create a natural balance. Treatments within the Ayurveda practice include aromatherapy, diet, color therapy, touch and sound.
* Egypt is most often credited with developing reflexology sometime about 2500 BC. The practice of reflexology involves applying pressure to specific areas of the body. This is usually on the hands and feet so that the recipient receives the intended benefit on the areas of the body that connect to those particular zones.


Alexander Technique

Aquatic Massage Therapy

Bowen Technique

Deep Connective Tissue Massage

Deep Muscle Therapy

Feldenkrais Method

Integrative Manual Therapy 

Joint Mobilization

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* Chinese documents dating back to approximately 2700 BC detail the numerous medical benefits of massage therapy. In China massage was developed from a combination of traditional Chinese medicine, practitioners of martial arts, Buddhists and Taoists who viewed massage as being important to spiritual training. Chinese massage and holistic healing methods include Tui Na, Amno, acupressure, acupuncture, treatments with herbal remedies, diet and exercise.
* Japanese monks began studying Chinese massage around 1000 BC. They observed the healing action of traditional Chinese medicine in combination with various forms of massage. the Japanese began utilizing and modifying massage techniques learned from the Chinese and developed Anma which eventually transitioned into Shiatsu. The primary intention of Shiatsu is to raise the energy level in the patient while at the same time enhancing the immune system.


La Stone Therapy

Lomi Lomi Massage

Manual Lymph Drainage

Massage Therapy for Babies

Geriatric Massage

Muscle Energy Technique

Neuromuscular Integration

* Athletes in Ancient Greece between 800 and 700 BC started supplementing therapeutic massage into their conditioning process. This was a new way to increase their competitive levels and also improve recovery times. Practioners to the Athletes developed herbal remedies to use in combination with therapeutic massage to gain advantage over competitors. 
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* During the Roman Empire about 200 BC, Emperors and the wealthy began using massage therapy to treat physical injuries and many types of diseases. Massage and other holistic therapy of the time were usually provided in the homes of the wealthy. As the practice of massage grew in popularity, the majority of Romans would receive massage and other medical treatments at the public baths.

* The Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling is credited with developing modern Swedish Massage techniques during the early part of the eighteenth century. The massage techniques he developed are considered the foundation of all current therapeutic massage techniques.

On Site Massage

Myofascial Release

Neuromuscular Therapy

Oriental Massage

Prenatal Massage



Rolfing Structural Integration

* Over the past fifty to sixty years there has been an explosion of quantifiable data validating massage therapy. New medical devices capable of measuring body and organ functions that were until recently unknown, continue to add credence to the benefits of massage therapy. With today’s emphasis on preventive healthcare, massage of many different techniques is being used as part of an overall wellness program in modern medicine.

If you want a massage for relaxation or you need one for physical therapy, you can choose from dozens of therapy styles. Each technique uses a specific set of pressures points or movements to achieve a desired result. All of the methods listed below involve rubbing, pressing or other muscle manipulation with hands, fingers and some even require forearms and elbows be used.

Sports Massage

Strain/Counter Strain

Thai Massage

Tui Na Massage       


Zero Balancing

Many medical experts believe that upwards of ninety percent of modern disease could be stress related. Not surprisingly it is estimated that internal and external stress is the primary factor in premature aging.  Eliminating stress, anxiety and the pressures of modern life altogether isn’t possible for most of us, indulging in a therapeutic massage can help your body manage more effectively.
Decreased Anxiety

Enhanced Sleep Quality

Enhances Rehabilitation

Improved Energy

Improved Concentration

Improves Flexibility

Increased Circulation

Improves Posture

Increased Range of Motion

Lowers Blood Pressure

Less Stress

Promotes Deeper Breathing

Promotes Easier Breathing

Reduced Fatigue

Relaxes Muscles

Relieves Headaches

Shortens Recovery Time

Strengthens the Immune System