Recovery is an area that most athletes seem to sweep under the rug. Not only does Jose understand the importance of recovery and repair, his techniques are far superior to anything i've encountered in my 13 years in multisport. His keen ability to find the issues within his clients quickly and then having the awareness to solve them, will keep me coming back for years to come. His sessions have ultimatley become a springboard to greater fitness gains for myself and has been a crucial part to my success as an athlete

Todd Smith
Ironman World

Championship Finisher

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Jeffrey Otaka, LMT

Jeffrey has been a massage therapist since 2014. He has a constant growing passion for massage and bodywork, and enjoys providing therapeutic massage for relaxation and stress management. Throughout Jeffrey's treatments, you will experience a blend of trigger point, myofascial, stretching, and reflexology techniques. He is excellent with accommodating clients with desired pressure for the perfect massage. Jeffrey is extremely dedicated to learning more about the human body, sharpening his skills, and  providing an amazing experience for all of his clients.

I have worked with Jose for just over a year now to help eliminate work related body stress and muscle injury.  Most recently I had a case of frozen shoulder which limited the range of motion in my neck and left arm.  Dressing was painful.  I had to limit shoulder exercises in the gym, and I was unable to participate in activities that required the use of upper body strength.  After consulting with an orthopedic specialist who confirm there was no damage to my rotator cuff that would require surgery I began physical therapy and incorporated therapeutic massages with Jose.  With every visit he did a brief consultation to asses how I felt physically and what areas I wanted to focus on.  Once on the table he evaluates the areas thoroughly and begins a plan of action.  He has a great way of seeking out the knotted muscle tissue and focuses on that area with a combination of techniques until the knot is completely eliminated.  He would ask questions about my physical therapy and make recommendations on ways to improve my personal workouts and eliminate undue stress on my recovering shoulder.  I have recovered 100% with a full range of motion in my neck and arm.  I can exercise and participate in physical activities with no pain.  I still visit Jose regularly to eliminate the work stress I carry in my back.  What every pain I have when I walk into his office is long gone and forgotten when I leave.  

Richard W.  

I highly recommend the work of Body Peace! I started participating in sprint triathlons in 2006. Along the way, I have had the occasional injuries and ailments that have kept me from performing at my best. In those moments, I turned to Jose Aguilar and Body Peace. Whether I needed immediate pain relief and or just needed to prepare my body for the next event. Jose’s work was amazing; he paid attention to my needs and used his knowledge and skills to get me to my peak performance. I know that I am in good hands with Jose Aguilar and Body Peace – and you will be too!

Peggy Burke
Chicago Triathlon Finisher

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I initially decided to start getting massages to see if it would help to reduce my tension headaches. The first few weeks Jose was very concerned with the scar tissue and muscle tightness in my neck. After continuing to receive massages my headaches decreased and I was experiencing higher quality of life on a day to day basis due to the relaxation in my neck and back. I'm so pleased with the progress that Jose and I have made and I love returning each week. The massages are truly a highlight in my schedule- they are relaxing and a pleasant conversation time. I feel appreciated and cared for with Body Peace. Jose will check up on me throughout the week to make sure I am feeling okay and he is very understanding when I have scheduling difficulties; he is always willing and able to fit me in!

Kathleen Scheppe
DePaul Student

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Arwa Salhiya,  LMT

Arwa has been a licensed massage therapist since 2015. She is  accomplished a variety of massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, craniosacral, acupuncture, and chair massage. She has the ability to smoothly transition from one type of massage to another during her work.  She started working in Kalamazoo, MI and decided to come to Chicago to see what’s out here for her. Arwa is bilingual in  Arabic and English. Many clients have said Arwa has a “Magic Touch”. Come experience for yourself, your body and mind will thank you for it.

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2235 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614


Learn a little about

Body Peace Massage Therapy.

Jose, LMT

Jose is a natural healer with a strong passion for a healthy lifestyle of wellness and fitness. His knowledge of the body stems from a combination of personal and professional experiences. Jose has worked in massage therapy since 2005 and has done personal training since 2002.
Jose is an avid racer, having run numerous triathlons of various distances (including multiple Ironman finishes) and having also competed in marathons, including the elite Boston Marathon.

Additionally, Jose has raced in a variety of obstacle course venues and has studied various forms of the martial arts since 1990.

Jose is a certified Stone Walker, certified by LaStone Therapy, the original hot and cold stone massage. He prides himself on combining his “book” smarts with his “race” smarts to identify, heal and prevent injuries. Further, given his extensive background in personal training, Jose can provide his clients with the proper strength training regimen to prevent recurrence of injuries.

Jose's background and experience come together to make a unique massage therapy experience for his clients. He truly brings a combination of professional and personal experience to the table.

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I have a long term shoulder injury that I have rehabbed a couple of times. However, it is still stiff and sore for extended periods of time. I went to go see Jose for a clinical massage once a week for a month and a half. Pairing that with my at-home physical therapy program definitely made a difference over only doing the exercises and stretches. I had less pain and stiffness and better movement. Jose has a healing aura about him. You instantly feel comfortable and taken care of. Plus, he gave me great tips on hydration and stretching. He also really knows the technical details about anatomy and physiology as they pertain to massage.

Sam Shenassa

Meet Our Staff

At Body Peace Massage Therapy we believe being a message therapist is not just another job, it is an art form of healing wrapped in scientific technique, quality education and spiritual energy.  

After my first marathon in 2012, I found myself with tight muscles, intense pain in my right leg and was unable to run. Despite convincing myself I had a torn muscle or ligament, Jose assured me it was simply twisted muscle fibers that could be worked out through intense massage therapy. I saw him on a regularly basis and his techniques allowed me full recovery from my injury. Through his therapy, Jose got me back in running condition and gave me exercises to do on my own to keep me healthy. I saw him each week while training for my next marathon and am happy to say remained injury free throughout the entire process. Jose pushes and encourages me mentally and physically to be a better, faster and healthier athlete.

Dayna Raju
Chicago Marathoner

Jose's massage therapy has helped me achieve my goals in triathlon. He keeps me healthy physically so I can train and race harder. In addition, because Jose is an accomplished athlete himself he understands what it means to me to be able to train and race effectively. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a big part of my success in triathlon.

Emily Cocks
Professional Triathlete

Client Testimonials

Hey José,
I wanted to thank you for your excellent service. Prior to our first sports massage I was not a big fan of massages and would rather just use a foam roller. After trying it out I have found that it really interests me and is also extremely beneficial. I plan to get massages monthly now to keep my body feeling healthy and avoiding injuries. You provide phenomenal service and I greatly appreciate and admire your hard work. 
Thank you,
Carsen Casica

A Snippet Of Us

The therapists of Body Peace Massage Therapy are state certified and licensed professionals in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and are members of professional massage therapy associations. Additionally, some therapists have significant experience as certified fitness professionals. Combining these backgrounds is what separates us from other therapists. So whether you spend countless hours training or copious hours at the office, our therapists have intimate knowledge and real-life experience to assist you with achieving functional health. 

Six months into training for my first Ironman (Wisconsin 2009), I was diagnosed with tendonitis in my hip. Taking time off to rest at that point was not an option. Fortunately I found Jose. In addition to physical therapy, I saw Jose regularly. His massage work contributed significantly to my ability to train through the injury and ultimately have a successful race day. He took time to explain the anatomy involved and suggested stretching and strengthening exercises.  He also addressed other overuse injuries that arose during the course of my training and prevented them from becoming big problems. In addition to his great massage work, he could relate to what I was going through, both physically and emotionally, and his positive attitude helped me stay positive when times were rough.
Jose's first hand experience as an Ironman, marathoner, martial artist and personal trainer is invaluable and a unique find in a massage therapist. I would highly recommend Jose for injured athletes or anyone looking to keep aches and pains away.

Erin Mendoza
Ironman Wisconsin