The Somavida Team
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.”
Yu Suzuki graduated from The Soma Institute in October 2016 at top of her class. She is an IL licensed massage therapist specializing in treatment of the jaw, hip, leg, knee and foot. Most recently at the beginning of 2019, Yu completed her apprenticeship and certification to become 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.”
Michelle is a 2015 graduate of The Soma Institute. She has been an IL 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 is in apprenticeship for Precision Neuromuscular Therapy.
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.
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)