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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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Nina graduated from National University of Health Science in 2020. She has a passion for helping people with chronic pain for those who are looking for a more natural way to feel their best. She specializes in Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports massage and targeted migraine/chronic headache relief as well. Her goal is to approach the issue in a more holistic way through massage, aromatherapy and energy work.

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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.