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I have always loved helping others, working for many years in special education. Although this work was near to my heart, I had a strong beckoning to be involved in a more natural, whole body form of wellness, and preventative care. I practiced yoga for many years which led me to the path I am on now. 

I started Awaken Massages and Skin Care to be client centered and results driven. There won't be any sales pitch or rushed treatments. We will take the time to assess what the best treatment is for you and make sure that you agree with the plan of action. There won't be any one size fits all massage or skin care treatments.

My massage therapy training took place at Soderworld Academy for the Healing Arts in Willowbrook, where I also received my 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher training.

I received massage training with a focus on proper techniques, individual attention, and energetic principles, I have gravitated toward therapeutic massage and advanced techniques, but I also love to do energy work, as I believe releasing energetically can improve overall well being. My yoga training also gives me insight into how strength, breath, and stretching is important to keeping the body healthy, and I incorporate this, as well as pieces of the modalities I learned, into my bodywork.

I have also always had an interest in skin care and ingredients and how they pair with a good overall wellness routine. I began a course in esthetics at Naperville Skin Institute where I learned about skincare ingredients, proper hair removal techniques, and facial machines to help with a variety of skin types and conditions. I furthered my interest in natural and organic ingredients. I used these interests to choose organic products and techniques that I believe will have the best results for my clients. My specialties include anti-aging and acne treatments.

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Lili Nicolas has been a massage therapist for 5 years. She graduated with honors from The Soma Institute of Clinical Massage Therapy. She believes in the power of touch and is very passionate about giving relief through massage. She is trained in tendinitis relief and other clinical problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome and piriformis syndrome. She is certified in prenatal massage. She is comfortable with Swedish light pressure to deep pressure. She would love to help you feel better.

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Rachel has been a Massage Therapist for 23 years. She graduated from The Wellness And Massage Training Institute.  Massage is her passion, and she truly loves it. 

She has studied different techniques like deep tissue, myofascial, trigger point, and cupping work. She went on to study other techniques that offer relief for other areas of the body such as craniosacral therapy, reiki, visceral manipulation, manual lymphatic drainage, nerve manipulation, and breast health work.

All of this put together can give a client what they need at different sessions for different problems going on with their body, mind and spirit!

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Catalina has been a licensed esthetician for four years. She specializes in facials tailored to hormonal acne and rosacea. She is particularly passionate about organic skin care, Her esthetics training was at an organic beauty school, so ingredients and product knowledge are near and dear to her heart. Her philosophy is that  beauty and wellness go hand in hand. Her goal is to help her  clients feel as beautiful as they are on the inside.