The Somavida Team

Meet Sarah

 Sarah Lashley Certified Precision Neuromuscular Therapist Licensed Massage Therapist

Sarah Lashley
Certified Precision Neuromuscular Therapist
Licensed Massage Therapist

Sarah is a Certified Precision Neuromuscular Therapist with a specialty in TMJD treatment. She teaches the TMJ Intensive class for Precision Neuromuscular therapy seminars and educate area dental offices about TMJD. 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 facilitates a networking group for IL Licensed Massage Therapists, and graduated from Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy in June 2008.

“My passion for being a “soft tissue detective” shines through in my treatments as I seek to problem solve the source of your pain. I know when to refer you out to other medical professionals to assure you are receiving the best care. In addition, I am not just a qualified therapist, but have a compassionate heart that drives me to help relieve my client's pain. I have a strong faith in the healing power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ and combine my knowledge of muscles and body function with care, compassion and faith to provide a holistic approach to my work. My quest is to guide you towards pain-free living. Using thorough assessment, precise treatment and excellent service, I 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.”
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Meet Yu

 Yu Suzuki Licensed Massage Therapist

Yu Suzuki
Licensed Massage Therapist

Yu Suzuki graduated from The Soma Institute in October 2016 at top of her class. She is an IL licensed massage therapist specializing in clinical massage of the knee, lower leg and foot. She is a member of American Massage Therapy Association and on her way to becoming a Certified Precision Neuromuscular Therapist.

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 looking forward to furthering 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.”

Meet Leah, Director of First Impressions 

Leah is passionate about the health and wellness of communities, and has experienced the effective work of Somavida first-hand. In addition, Leah has an extensive administrative and client support background, and loves serving others. Her goal is to aide Somavida in providing compassionate care to every individual client.

“I am inspired when I think about the tremendous impact pain alleviation has on the lives of individuals and those around them. I am honored to spend this season working with the skilled therapists at Somavida who demonstrate kindness and compassion in everything they do.”

What does Somavida mean?

Soma—means “body” in Greek
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)