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Meet Tamara Nicklas of Personalized Bodywork in the NorthShore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tamara Nicklas.

Tamara, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a Massage Therapist who likes to provide a one of a kind personalized body work experience for each client. My professional journey began in marketing as I spent a decade as Director of Marketing for Chicago Land Agency Services, the Attorney Program for Chicago Title, the Nation’s largest provider of title insurance. It took a unique, and unexpected, turn in 2007 when I became ill and set out on a mission to reclaim my well-being, naturally. It was through this endeavor that I discovered Myofascial Release (MFR) and experiencing this treatment truly changed my life, my health…. and ultimately my professional path.

I made it my personal mission to study the MFR technique with its founder, John F. Barnes, along with a variety of other modalities, including Craniosacral Therapy, Zen Shiatsu Massage and Reiki. After years of training I was ready to get certified and share this profound, life-changing modality with the world.

Today, I offer personalized bodywork to Chicago’s Northshore at Elite Wellness-Highland Park, using all of my training to create customized treatment sessions to provide clients with exactly what they need to stimulate their body’s natural ability to heal and reclaim their health and livelihood.

Has it been a smooth road?
No, it’s been a roller coaster ride. Authentic healing often is…..

When I was at Chicago Land Agency Services, I would have laughed at the idea of becoming a therapist, it was truly the farthest thing from my mind. As I began to explore ways to heal myself, life took many turns, which at the time I perceived as good or bad, but ultimately each turn lead to a choice. Each choice lead to a lifestyle improvement.

After many many choices, I suddenly found myself a licensed massage therapist helping others take back their power and their health. I cannot say that the journey has been easy but I can tell you it has been rewarding. Today, at 39, I can honestly say I feel better than I EVER remember feeling…. even as a child.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
At Personalized Bodywork we look to the entire body for answers, so many physical and emotional ailments can be addressed in each and every session. Through the gentle, non-invasive touch of personalized bodywork, strongly rooted in Myofascial Release, many people have already experienced the benefits of reducing or eliminating: Headaches and Migraines, Neck Pain, Fibromyalgia, Sports Injuries, Plantar Fasciitis, TMJ Pain & Dysfunction, Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Acute & Chronic Back Pain, Sciatica, Post-Surgical Scarring, Infertility, Restriction of Motion and much more!

While many traditional modalities provide temporary relief, the John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® (“MFR”) engages restrictions in the entire fascia system, treats the whole body and follows the body’s lead for what the body needs, every time.

MFR is the only modality I have ever found that addresses consciousness as a role in authentic healing. Balancing the body structurally, releasing the fascial restrictions, and “letting go” of the subconscious holding patterns allows the fragments of the mind/body/spirit complex to feel connected again. This naturally restores the body’s balance and equilibrium, providing those lasting results so many of us have been seeking. It is an absolute honor to have been able to learn this technique directly from the founder.

In 2016, I joined the amazing team of practitioners at Elite Wellness. Elite Wellness in Highland Park is truly a one stop shop for everyone’s wellness needs and offers some of the most advanced technologies in the world. Now clientele can enjoy an infrared sauna or Novothor (PBM therapy) after their sessions…. and then come back the next day for cosmetic acupuncture or to work out in the state-of-the-art facility, rated the #1 Private Training Center In Chicago. Doterra oils, ResQ Organics CBD products and supplements are also available on-site.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes, I believe that Chicago, and the surrounding suburbs, are great places to open a business, especially one that focuses on health and wellness. In this hectic Urban setting, who doesn’t need to take a few minutes (or an hour) to relax, unwind, and unplug?


  • Personalized Bodywork $120/hour
  • AromaTouch Massage $120/hour
  • Lypossage $2000/series

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Moxi Global and Valen Studios

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