About Amy Brines


Welcome to Bonsai Massage & Bodywork!

Hi! My name is Amy Brines and I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Cupping Therapist with 8 years experience in massage. My specialties include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cupping, Myofascial, Acupressure, Trigger Point, Lymphatic Drainage and Shiatsu massage techniques. I graduated from the New School of Massage, Bodywork and Healing in downtown Chicago in 2011. I received my certification in Cupping Therapy in March 2018.

A little about myself: I love what I do. Through massage and cupping, I get to assist clients in feeling better, moving better and living better. Whether it be helping a client manage chronic pain, recover from injury or relax from a stressful day. I thrive on helping people. 

Massage also is a second career for me. I graduated from Ball State University in 1993 with a degree in journalism. I spent 15 years working in the media field in TV and newspapers as a reporter, graphic designer and web producer. And while massage and journalism may not seem to have many commonalities; they both depend very much on good communication and listening. 

What are your goals in a session? What are you looking to improve through massage? How can I help you achieve the outcome you are looking for? In my sessions, clients are listened to and heard. And they are also safe and their boundaries are respected. 

There is no cookie cutter massage for my clients either. I pride myself on gearing every session to each client based on their needs. I always focus on what a client's priorities are, not mine. 

I am married and live with my husband in the SW suburbs of Chicago. I am originally from the Lincoln Square neighborhood on the north side of Chicago.I love to travel, read, golf, paint and draw, walking in nature and photography.

Bonsai Bodywork is named after our cat Bonsai (our other cat Willow might be a bit jealous). And while I love the name, I also love what the traditional art of Bonsai represents in holding and creating space for clients to heal and improve. By incorporating my massage training of Western massage techniques with Eastern practices such as cupping therapy and acupressure, I strive to heal on a physical and energetic level.