Guest Blog Feature: Heather Fraelick, LMT & Facilitator of The Art of Letting Go: A Myofascial Self-Care Workshop
Heather offers her incredible self-care classes (as demonstrated above) at Tribe on the 4th Thursdays of every month from 7-9pm in addition to operating a private practice in massage therapy in Chicago. We sat down to learn about what inspires, influences and informs this community member.
What are some key things you share with people who have never experienced your workshop?
Come as you are, be open to learning something new and know that you’ll be in a safe space to heal. I provide individual, as well as, group attention and no questions will go unaddressed. As a teacher I find it enjoyable and important for me to share information on an audible, kinesthetic and visual level to help enhance understanding of the material shared.
What inspired you to create this workshop?
I am inspired when I see someone feel empowered. I, personally, feel empowered when I know the tools that can enhance my body’s health and my overall wellbeing and it is important, as well as fun, for me to share these tools with others so, they too, can feel empowered and able to achieve their health care goals. Myofascial Release self care techniques have positively enhanced my active lifestyle, have empowered clients I’ve worked with take an active approach to their well-being and I simply want to share them with others!
How has this work influenced your life personally?
This work has strengthened the connection I have with my body and well-being. I have increased range of motion in my joints and a sense of freedom in my body when I move. I notice when I am able to move my body with greater ease, it positively affects my state of mind and I am able to enjoy my life and physical activities more as a result.
How might others benefit from experiencing your workshop for self-care?
Others may benefit from this workshop by adding self care tools to their everyday regime that can enhance their overall well-being, help them release tension patterns in their body, allow them move with a greater sense of ease and it can also help enhance and maintain the work they receive in bodywork/massage therapy or myofascial release sessions. All of these benefits can contribute to a sense of empowerment because they will readily have these tools to draw from as a form of prevention or to use when chronic tension patterns start to arise.
When and where do you offer these classes?
This workshop is offered once a month at Tribe, A Healing Arts Community located at 1819 W Belmont Avenue. The dates and focus of each session are as follows:
Remaining 2017 Schedule:
5/25 - The Front Body Release
6/22 - The Back Body Release
7/27 - The Neck & TMJ Release
8/24 - The Shoulders/Arms/Hands Release
9/28 - The Torso & Chest Release
10/26 - The Quads/Hammies & Glutes Release
11/16 - The Lower Legs & Feet Release
12/28 - Students Choice Release
All workshops are from 7-9pm.
Anything else you'd like to share?
I am a lover of movement and life! I was a professional dancer and have danced for over 34 years. I am also passionate learning about other cultures and ways of being in the world. I travel the world on a regular basis to feed this love and curiosity within me. I’ve been to 40 of the 50 states and I’ve traveled to 8 countries….most recent travels, Australia!
Lastly, but not least, my passion for bodywork and healing is strong. I feel the body is a barometer of how we feel in our lives. Not a new idea - metaphysics talks about it - but I want people to recognize that when we work together, we’re fine tuning your barometer. When you're stuck in your head all day long, it’s challenging to make anything better because you’re so disconnected from the vessel you’re in. How in the world can you make changes in your life if you’re not connected? You can only think your way through life so much. You have to feel your body and life in order to heal it.