The Somavida Team
Ty graduated from the New School of Massage and Bodywork of Chicago in 2017. As a licensed clinical massage therapist, he has treated people with a variety of soft tissue pain - neck, shoulder, back, hip, TOS and more. He has a background in occupational therapy, a prenatal massage certification and is trained in treating TMJD. Ty is currently an apprentice to become a Precision Neuromuscular Therapist.
Ty says, "For years, I have had a profound fascination with the study of anatomy and how the human body works together to make living possible. In my studies, both locally and abroad, I have learned that the body has the powerful ability to heal itself with correct treatment. I believe that massage has a unique role in this healing, but that it is a modality that is often overlooked. My desire is to give hope to those who believe that they have to live in pain for the rest of their lives. And thanks to the gifts God has given me (a set of strong and precise hands; a keen, analytical brain, and a work environment where I can learn and grow tremendously), I can help guide people on their journey from hope to reality.
People describe me as an energetic and positive individual. I love to laugh and have fun, and I also enjoy being a lifelong learner. In particular, learning about different cultures and languages greatly invigorates me. I have lived for a time in both China and Spain, and I relish any chance I get to experience a culture different than my own, especially when I can do so with my lovely wife, Jacqueline.”
Michelle is a 2015 graduate of The Soma Institute, Chicago. She has been a practicing licensed clinical massage therapist for the past three years, with over 3,000 hours of experience. In 2017, Michelle was the "Regional Massage Therapist of the Year" nominee for Massage Envy. She likes to combine clinical work with a variety of massage techniques. Michelle carries a special empathy for people who live in pain, as she has much personal experience with chronic pain. She has a prenatal certification, is in apprenticeship for Precision Neuromuscular Therapy and facilitates a networking group for area Licensed Massage Therapists.
Michelle states, "My drive comes from compassion for my clients and understanding how pain can inhibit activity and well-being.
I have experienced chronic pain different times during my years starting at the age of 12. From a young age, I also gave massages to my mother after she worked long days on her feet. My love for science and helping others inspired my journey into massage therapy and studying PNMT. Through learning and mentoring I hope to provide a better future for my clients."
Outside of Somavida you will find Michelle traveling and spending time with her family.
Yu Suzuki is the Lead Certified Precision Neuromusuclar Therapist at Somavida. She graduated from The Soma Institute, Chicago in 2016 at top of her class. She is a licensed massage therapist specializing in treatment of the jaw, hip, leg, knee and foot.
Yu describes in her own words her special background for becoming a neuromuscular therapist: “I've worked as a professional dancer for 10 years, and I recently experienced a severe injury for the first time in my career. Unfortunately, I had to learn all accidents aren't preventable, and recovery is never an easy process. However, having the extensive knowledge in soft tissue and body mechanics has helped me greatly in my recovery process. By applying my massage education to my injury recovery, I have gained a better understanding of the human body and soft tissue response to trauma and treatment.
I love sharing my knowledge and experience with others so I can give them the help they need. I'm always learning adding to my education in Neuromuscular therapy to become a greater help to others in pain.
Outside of Massage Therapy, I enjoy performing and teaching dance, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.”
Sarah is the director of Somavida Pain Relief Center. She delights in creating a collaborative team of experts for our clients.
“My passion is for building a team of soft tissue detectives that seek to problem solve the source of your pain. We understand when to refer you out to other medical professionals to assure you are receiving the best care. In addition, our team has a compassionate heart that drives us to help relieve our client's pain.
I have instilled leadership principles in all of my therapists found in the Bible and I have a strong faith in the healing power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. We combine our knowledge of muscles and body function with care, compassion and faith to provide a holistic approach to our work. Our quest is to guide you towards pain-free living. Using thorough assessment, precise treatment and excellent service, we seek to give you a healing, collaborative and delightful treatment experience.
When I am not at the office, I love to travel with my husband, Kirk, spend time with friends and family, eat excellent multicultural cuisines, and serve in our church, Chicago Tabernacle.”
Sarah is Certified Precision Neuromuscular Therapist with a specialty in TMJD treatment. She teaches the TMJ Intensive class for Precision Neuromuscular therapy seminars seeking to expand expert treatment of TMJ muscles across the nation. She is Board Certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She also graduated from Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2008.
What does Somavida mean?
Vida—means “life” in Spanish
“BodyLife” is the true meaning of Somavida. We seek to give life to people's body, as well as give glory to God in all we do. The name was inspired by the following verses in the Bible.
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. (2 Corinthians 4:10-11)