Meet Us

The Soderholms

We are owned and operated by the Soderholm Family since 1997. We are proud to offer over 25 of the most amazing treatments and services available. Our family is committed to providing you the most professional, affordable and enjoyable experience possible. Our 5,500 square foot A-frame log cabin rest upon 2.5 acres of beautiful wooded property offing a labyrinth walking path, meditation gardens, waterfall, pond, many treatment rooms, classrooms, yoga studio, salt cave, infared sauna, aquafloat bed and on-campus massage and yoga academy.  Stop in to get a tour!

Misty Soderholm

Misty studied at the Wellness and Massage Training Institute in 1995 and graduated from the School of Healing Arts in San Diego, CA in 1997 after moving there to work at the Deepak Chopra Center for Well – Being. After intense studies in Massage, Ayurveda, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Watsu, Feng Shui, Holistic Health and Yoga – she ventured back to Chicago to bring the knowledge she gained to her home town. She has also studied LaStone Therapy, Reflexology, Thai Massage, Sports Massage, Esalen Massage, Natural Birthing, Esthetics (facials, body wraps), and many energy modalities. Misty is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician, as well as a Certified Yoga Instructor from the Temple of Kriya Yoga and Holistic Health Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the wellness field. Director of the SoderWorld Academy, she focuses now on advanced training and tutoring for massage therapists and offers many continuing education classes in many types of healing modalities. She encourages the spiritual/energetic side of healing with her clients and students and also gives presentations, teaches yoga, and performs on-site massage at corporations and conventions. Yoga alliance certified – ERYT & Member of ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals)

Eric Soderholm

Eric SoderholmFormer MLB player, owner and founder of Soderworld. Playing for the Chicago White Sox has certainly opened many doors of opportunities in the business world for Eric. He enjoys hosting baseball camps and hitting lessons. In addition to his major accomplishments, he had a great run with his company Front Row Tickets but then found that his dharma or true purpose in life is at Soderworld. There is no telling how many people have thanked him for creating Soderworld. He truly loves teaching and coaching people through their problems and this shows in his dedication and commitment to all those around him.

“It truly is a miracle when people see things from a spiritual perspective,” Soderholm said.

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Yoga Instructors

 

Misty Soderholm

Misty studied at the Wellness and Massage Training Institute in 1995 and graduated from the School of Healing Arts in San Diego, CA. after moving there to work at the Deepak Chopra Center for Well – Being. After intense studies in Ayurveda, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Watsu, Feng Shui, Holistic Health & Yoga – she ventured back to Chicago to bring the knowledge she gained. She has also studied LaStone Therapy Reflexology, Thai Massage, Natural Birthing, Esthetics (facials, body wraps), and many energy modalities. Misty is a licensed massage therapist and esthetician, as well as a certified yoga instructor from the Temple of Kriya Yoga and Holistic Health Practitioner. Director of the SoderWorld Wellness Center, she focuses more on the spiritual side of healing in her treatments and teachings. Yoga alliance certified – ERYT.

Shannon Chada

DSCN0916_smell_flower-937x1024Shannon Chada is a Holistic Practitioner, Certified Yoga Instructor, Young Living Essential Oils Educator and Distributor # 881454, Reiki Master Teacher, Doula, and Ordained Minister.

She teaches Aromatherapy, Raindrop, Reiki, Yoga, and offers a variety of Spiritual modalities and Educational opportunities.

All of Shannon’s classes and holistic practices are unique and are enlightened with teachings of her Cherokee and Mohican Native American heritage. Shannon states “Like a Rainbow, we shine the brightest, are at our strongest, healthiest, happiest, and most beautiful when we unite together”. Shannon believes that by synchronizing these beneficial practices from various culturaland spiritual paths, the Mind, Body and Spirit comes into balance and our vibration sings in harmony with creation.
Shannon is a Certified Yoga Instructor and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She is dedicated to working with women, mothers, babies, and children. Shannon’s classes are uniquely taught to meet the individual needs of all who attend. No prior yoga experience is necessary for any of her classes. Shannon graduated from the Lakulish Institue of Yoga, Kripalu, Gujarat, India 2006 by Guru Acharya Yogendradev. In addtition to this, she is a Certified Reiki Master and Teacher since 2000 and 8th decedent in lineage from Dr. Mikao Usui.

Shannon is a legal Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner, certified to perform religious services. An Ordained Minister Practitioner is privileged to experience the spiritual benefit of the time honored tradition of helping the body, mind and spirit.
“it is with a Joyful heart, that I walk this path of practicing ancient traditions which honor you or your special loved ones with Blessings of Loveand Light.” Shannon teaches our Tuesday night Curvy Goddess yoga and various workshops.

Gina Arakelian

ginaarakelianpicGina is a cosmotologist turned yogi.  She is a graduate of SoderWorld Academy 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program and focuses on alignment and holding poses longer to achieve change. She also teaches at the Little Red School House and Gawea Studio in Lockport.  Gina’s great energy & alignment will uplift you to a new awakening within your body, mind, and spirit. Gina teaches our Monday morning 9:30am class and various yoga workshops.

Brian Witten

brianwittenpicBrian Witten is a 200 hour E-RYT, 500 hour RYT certified yoga instructor and former certified personal trainer with 7 years of experience in the fitness industry. Prior to living in Chicago, Brian studied Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he developed his curiosity for human movement and the wonders of the human body. As a personal trainer and yoga instructor he has experienced firsthand the empowering and healing power of movement. Brian has also led classes and workshops as a Master Instructor, speaking on a variety of topics for health and fitness professionals in Chicago. Through his own development in the study and practice of yoga, he began to understand a holistic perspective of health and fitness, which he now shares with his students and clients.

Brian’s classes aim to teach others how to know their bodies and themselves more deeply through the practices of yoga and movement. His style blends traditional yoga techniques with other contemporary integrated movements to provide an experience that is deeply revealing and transformative for the body and mind. He believes that everybody can achieve their best by looking within and cultivating one’s full potential of expression through yoga.

Brian also has studied as an Ayurvedic practitioner and offers additional services geared towards developing a balanced and healthy body and mind. These services include personal meditation and Asana practice, Marma therapy, nutritional coaching, and posture and movement training. Through his approach he offers clients an objective perspective on patterns of disharmony that lead to a negative physical, mental or spiritual state, and introduces tools for their use in restoring balance and health within their own lives. Brian’s true passion is creating a space to guide others toward strength and healing through conscious movement and self study.

Beth Marano

Beth came to yoga during a particularly difficult time in her personal life. After attending her first class she recognized the potential benefits spiritually, emotinally, and physically. As she practiced with various teachers, she decided to go deeper and took her first 200 hour teacher training with Darren Friesen of Moksha. She has also studied under Gabriel Halpern of The Yoga Circle. She is certified in pre-natal yoga and has led many women through safe and healthy pregnancies. Beth’s gentle style is perfect for beginners as well as advanced students who prefer traditinal yoga class. Beth has attended continuing education workshops in Chicago and around the country. Most recently, she became certified in VSM (vibrational sound massage) which is sound healing. Her journey has taken her to complete a 16 week meditation class using Jon Kabat’s MBSR (mind based stress reduction) techniques. She also recently completed an on line Gemology class through the International School of Gemology and has attended an in depth workshop on the use of essential oils and has conducted mala making workshops at a variety of locations. Beth’s yoga philosophy is one of gentleness and purity. While qualified to teach “power” yoga, she prefers to focus on the fundamentals and proper form with a class focused on proper technique, alignment, and breathing. Beth teaches our Tuesday & Thursday morning yoga classes and various yin yoga, & tibetan bowl meditation workshops.

Massage Therapists

Andria Castro

Headshot_Therapist_6Andria was born a buckeye from the great state of Ohio. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design. She studied massage at Cortiva – Chicago School of Massage Therapy and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2008. Andria started her massage career in working in a Salon and Spa environment before she came to work at SoderWorld in 2011. Along with providing her clients with exceptional traditional massages, she really enjoys Pre- Natal massage, Lava Shell massage, Reiki energy work and Ion Foot Cleanse. In addition to being a massage therapist, she is also a chiropractic assistant to Dr. Andrew Flesner from Back In Balance.

“We need to help each other heal our minds, bodies, and souls to help bring balance back to our lives,” Castro said.

 

Bridgett Walsh

Headshot_Therapist_14-240x300Bridgett graduated from Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2003. She is fascinated by the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Her intention in each session is to work deep enough alleviating physical pain yet gentle enough to bring about total relaxation. Bridgett’s intuitive flowing touch combines with passive stretching and the manipulation of muscle tissue, restores the mind and body to a state of peace and harmony. She specializes in Therapeutic Massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Esalen, PreNatal, Sports, Reflexology, and Reiki. Bridgett is currently studying Asian Bodywork at Pacific College and is passionate towards her future.

GiGi Tejada

GiGi-Tejada-240x300GiGi graduated from SoderWorld Wellness Center in 2008 and became one of SoderWorld’s own amazing therapists. Experiencing healing treatments through her own personal injury, GiGi was inspired to become a massage therapist specializing in clinical therapeutic massage, energy work, Lomi Lomi, Ashiatsu Bar, and Ayurveda treatments. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico – GiGi brings her own unique and personal synthesis to each individual session with certifications in many types of modalities. Her passion to heal others shows in her knowledge, dedication, and commitment to her clients.

 

Jessica Castro

Jessica-Castro-240x300Jessica has studied at Wellness and Massage Training Institute in Woodridge, Illinois. Nature Care College in St. Leonards, Australia and Vermont, learning a wide variety of healing techniques. She practices therapies such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Esalen, Seated Massage, Pre/Post Sports Massage, Isometric and Advanced Isometric Stretching with Cryo-Therapy, Pre-Natal, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot rock and some of her favorites Myofascial, Pressure Sensitivity Technique and Reflexology. The therapy that she provides for each individual, has a certain flow to it that is is highly influenced by her studies in Cranial Sacral, Therapeutic Touch (Energy balancing), Thai Chi movement therapy, Lomi Lomi and Yoga. Her certification as an Aromatherapist allows her to cultivate her passion for healing at another level. She is fond of combining essential oils with bodywork in order to enhance the depth and longevity of the benefits from each treatment, as well as educating interested clients as to the advantages of personal and home use!

“Therapy is just one way that we can help ourselves obtain balance and increase our quality of life on this journey. Trust yourself deeply and listen to your body when it gives you signs……it has a language all it’s own,” Castro said.

 

Kevin Newman Bey

Kevin-Newman-Bey-240x300Kevin graduated from Harper College Massage Therapy program in 2009. He has furthered his professional career by working in conjunction with chiropractic care receiving optimal results with deep tissue, myofascial release, structural integration, and sports massage. He is continuing his education in Shamanic Cranial Sacral and Traditional Chinese Medicine to understand how to heal the body, mind, and spirit.
“SoderWorld has helped me to explore and grow my healing touch further by providing a great vision and passion for all of us,” Newman Bey said.

Kevin gave me one of the best massages I ever had. Great massage, awesome presence, and very polite,” Stephanie-SoderWorld Client

 

Mike McMahon

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Mike brings a professional and unique approach to providing stress relief and helping his clients achieve physical well being. His areas of expertise include Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Reflexology, Lymphatic and Esalen massage.  His interests include yoga and martial arts including Wing Chun, Shamanism, Qigong and Energy Healing which led him to pursue massage therapy as a profession, graduating from SoderWorld Academy of the Healing Arts in 2011.  His continuing education includes cranial sacral and myoskeletal therapy.

Mike believes massage is one of the best things you can do for your mind, body and soul.

 

Misty Soderholm

M isty studied at the Wellness and Massage Training Institute in 1995 and graduated from the School of Healing Arts in San Diego, CA. after moving there to work at the Deepak Chopra Center for Well – Being. After intense studies in Ayurveda, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Watsu, Feng Shui, Holistic Health & Yoga – she ventured back to Chicago to bring the knowledge she gained. She has also studied LaStone Therapy Reflexology, Thai Massage, Natural Birthing, Esthetics (facials, body wraps), and many energy modalities. Misty is a licensed massage therapist and esthetician, as well as a certified yoga instructor from the Temple of Kriya Yoga and Holistic Health Practitioner. Director of the SoderWorld Wellness Center, she focuses more on the spiritual side of healing in her treatments and teachings. Yoga alliance certified – ERYT.

 

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Rachel Schmitz

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Rachel (Rae) has been a massage therapist since 2011 graduating from the SoderWorld Massage Academy and is now a teacher within the Academy. She specializes in Thai Yoga Massage, deep tissue and Reiki energy work. She believes our health manifests on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels and the best treatments can address all areas.

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Freddy Raz

Freddy is a graduate from SoderWorld Academy of the Healing Arts.  Freddy brings  amazing talent, skill and knowledge to his treatments for each and every client.  Massage is the work of his life and this is evident in every experience.  He uses his hands as a direct connection to health for himself and for others.  Through tissue manipulation, Freddy believes massage is one of the most natural and effective ways to nurture and restore the body.  Freddy chose massage and bodywork as a career to promote positive individual progress in an environment where the client is able to focus on their healing.

 

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Hours

Monday - Friday

9am - 8pm

Saturday 9am - 5pm

Sunday 9:30am - 5pm

(spa opens at 11am)

Phone: 630-455-5885

Fax : 630-455-5929

16 w. 501 Nielson

Willowbrook, IL 60527