Heather Fraelick

Therapeutic Bodywork To Transform Your Pain And Help You Get Your Life Back.


Hi There!  I'm Heather and I’m ready to get real with you about why I am here and what I believe.

Yes, you already know that I’m a licensed massage therapist by looking at my name and credentials.  Yes, you already know that I offer individual bodywork sessions to aid in your well-being.  You may also know that I facilitate women circles and teach workshops throughout the Chicagoland area.

What you may not know is what got me here and what drives me to share with you the work that I’m currently...


Hi There!  I'm Heather and I’m ready to get real with you about why I am here and what I believe.

Yes, you already know that I’m a licensed massage therapist by looking at my name and credentials.  Yes, you already know that I offer individual bodywork sessions to aid in your well-being.  You may also know that I facilitate women circles and teach workshops throughout the Chicagoland area.

What you may not know is what got me here and what drives me to share with you the work that I’m currently doing in the world.  The essence of why I do what I do, is what I want to share with you.

In a nutshell, I believe that everybody, including you, have the ability and capacity to heal.

I’m there to help you tap into that healing place; a place that’s already within you.  I am not here to do the healing for you though.  I’m not healing you, but rather facilitating you.

It is important for me to create a safe space, whether in session, circle or workshop; for you to let your guard down, and feel truly seen and heard for who you are and where you are at on your healing journey.  Whatever shit needs to come out; through the use of my hands, energy work, experience and intuition; in combination with your voice and your body’s guidance – we, together, are releasing the issues trapped in your tissues.

Our tissues hold memories and emotions.  They hold onto trauma that wasn’t fully healed. I want you to know they are coming to a space where that’s recognized and that you’ll be able to have those things addressed.

Authentic healing is something that I strive to facilitate in my sessions, in circle and in workshops….it’s not fluffy.  Let’s get real.  It’s not cookie cutter.  It’s individual.  It’s not me healing you.  It’s me helping you tap into that healing place within yourself.

It also brings me tremendous joy to witness you feeling empowered!  I love it when I see you walk away from our time together feeling more connected to your body, with a better understanding of how it works.  I strive to educate you the best way I can so you can feel like you are well connected to the vessel you are living in during your time here on earth.

Now I can sit here till I’m blue in the face and tell you all about what I believe.  I do think it’s important for you to know the experienced background that stands behind these beliefs.  So here it goes…

It all began during my previous career of dance, upon graduating with honors from Columbia College Chicago in 2000. I spent six years performing, then teaching and choreographing dance for 15 years throughout Chicago and the Northwest suburbs. My performing credits include Thodos Dance Chicago, Estradanza, as well as the privilege of working with the independent artists, David Dorfman, Colleen Halloran, Jon Leher, Altin Naska and Amy Wilkinson. I’ve taught and choreographed for several District 214 high schools as well as at the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters conventions.

Throughout my career in dance, I experienced several dance related injuries that left me unable to perform.  Disheartened and depressed from the unexpected twists and turns in my career, I begrudgingly decided that I needed a plan B.  My sad outlook turned around when I reconnected with a passion I felt in college for the subjects of anatomy and kinesiology and as a result, I decided to learn about healing by expanding my knowledge in these two subjects and attended the New School for Massage; Bodywork and Healing in Chicago, IL in 2004. My experience in massage therapy school changed my life, and as a result, I chose to dedicate my career to the service of helping others heal.

Since my graduation from massage therapy school, I worked in chiropractic offices, wellness centers and high-end spas such as Allyu Spa, The Four Seasons Hotel Spa and Urban Oasis. While the experiences working at such fine establishments were positive, something was missing for me. It wasn’t until 2011, where I had an opportunity to step out on my own and create a pain management practice that focuses on massage therapy, reflexology and Reiki, did I realize how important is was for me to own and operate a practice that focuses on the client as an individual with a unique set of pain management needs and conduct sessions accordingly. I bring the best of my experience to each session while working with an intuitive approach to the healing arts.

I draw from Myofascial Release (MFR), as created and taught by John F Barnes (JFB), craniosacral therapy, chakra balancing and body wisdom coaching techniques to create sessions tailored to meet your individual needs that address, not only the physical body, but the energetic bodies that house our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. This way of working addresses you as a human being and not just a human body.  

Many of my clients are those experiencing chronic physcial pain, neck and shoulder injuries, headaches, low back pain, plantar fasciitis and TMJ Dysfunction and the like.  

 If needed, I also provide Pre-Natal Massage to expectant mothers as well as Reflexology and Reiki as additional treatments to enhance your overall well-being.

I am licensed in the State of Illinois and am Board Certified through the NCBTMB, as well as a member of Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals (ABMP).

I am a lover of education and I continually participate in continuing education courses to bring the very best in healing modalities to my clients’ sessions and student workshops.  Currently, I am working towards my expert level training with the John F Barnes Myofascial Release Approach Seminars.  I love this man’s life’s work!  It’s helped me heal on so many levels and the clients I work with as well!  Check out more info about his work at: www.myofascialrelease.com.

On another note, as I mentioned earlier, it is important for me to create a safe space for healing to take place.  Over the years, many of my female clients would express to me how they appreciate being able to come in for their sessions and be in that space where they feel safe and where they feel heard.  On a personal level, I have spent time being involved in women circles and found that being in a safe space, in circle with other like-minded women; I was able to heal on a different level than in one on one sessions.  I found it’s not only an opportunity to heal myself but also to connect in community with others.  This connection has proven to be profoundly healing in my own life and after receiving the responses I mentioned above from clients, I felt compelled to receive training facilitating women circles.  In 2016 I introduced my first circle for women called, The Chakra Movement, and I cannot wait to share more in the future!

Last, but certainly not least, I am also a lover of teaching and am an active educator in the Chicagoland area teaching students from all walks of life how to enhance their experience by incorporating dance, movement and self care techniques into their everyday lives.

In a long nutshell, that’s my story for you and the experience that I bring to the table during each of our sessions together, whether group or individual.

It lights me up inside to bring to you a compassionate, listening ear to each session and I enjoy helping you empower yourself on your healing journey!  I look forward to working with you soon!

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Where I Work
Licenses
Massage

IL # 227.001899

Education
2004

The New School for Massage; Bodywork & Healing

Massage Therapy Certification Program

Experience
Bodywork

Craniosacral Therapy

I also continiously keep up with my Craniosacral Therapy studies Chicago based Milne Institute teacher and practitioner, Sara Johnston of Lunar Tide Bodywork.

Myofascial Release

I continiously study The John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach and have since 2014. Currently, I hold an Advanced status through this system.

REVIEWS for my Wellness, Bodywork, or Yoga services

by Andria on Jun 03
Excellent working with Heather. My body feels more healing the longer I work with her. There are parts of me that move now that I thought I might never get back again.
by Anonymous on May 30
Heather is attentive and professional. She takes time to understand what is going on and targets those ailments specifically.
by Jodi on May 10
Heather’s approach is holistic, conscientious, and tailored. I always leave feeling refreshed and balanced - both in body and energy!
by Krista on Apr 27
Heather took a great deal of time to understand what is underlying a persistent running injury that I have, both with her history taking as well as her independent assessment. She offered recommendations and options, allowing me to make the decisions about my care — a truly patient-centered approach. She thoughtfully asked for consent for with each step of the bodywork session, which was greatly appreciated, and then took time to write down her recommendations for things to do at home until our next session, and what sensations I may experience in my body in the meantime. I would recommend Heather to anyone!
by Anonymous on Apr 17
Heather blends professionalism with compassion, using her intuition to find connections between discomfort and its source. Highly recommended.
by Anonymous on Apr 17
Very thorough and professional. A great experience !
by Anonymous on Mar 29
Heather is professional and talented. I always feel at ease in sessions. Would highly recommend her services. I felt very safe with all of the covid precautions that were in place.
by Anonymous on Mar 17
Heather is magical!!!
by Anonymous on Mar 01
Extraordinary. Left feeling so much better than I did when I arrived.
by Karen on Jan 12
Heather is amazing & each time my experience has been a little different. She has the ability to read what the body needs & apply many different techniques.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Wellness

  • Energy Healing
  • Myofascial Release
  • Reiki

Bodywork & Massage

  • Myofascial Release
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Reiki
  • Other

Yoga

  • Yoga

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