Meet the Founders of Soder World


From the beginning there was something magical, even synchronistic, that kept driving us toward the manifestation of our center.

We love to share our story & experiences with our community!


Eric, during his years as a professional baseball player always pioneered alternative ways to better his career such as, Hypnotherapy, Bio-Feedback and Nautilus strength training.  After a successful career in professional sports and business, Eric felt it was time to share this knowledge and give back.  At that time, his Daughter Misty, found her life’s passion when she graduated from the School of the Healing Arts in San Diego and worked at Deepak Chopra’s Center for Well Being.  Her passions lead her to study and teach all forms for massage and alternative healing.  Son Chad, brought a mad-scientist perspective to the mix helping to create some of the unique offerings at the center.

Finally, Mom Ginny, the rock and matriarch of the family, helped to bring it all together with her business acumen and love for helping others. After a week at the Chopra Center, the family sat around the kitchen table and imagined creating a world-class healing arts center back in Chicago.  In 1997, Soderworld Healing Arts Center was born. Our early success made us quickly outgrow the small strip mall and through a series of cosmic events, the property we are currently housed became available (great story if you want to hear it, check out the SW Media page to see Eric Soderholm's video on Synchronicity)

Live with peace, prosperity, joy and abundance.

Sincerely,  The Soderholm Family



Co Founder, Center Manager & Academy Director,

Yoga Teacher, & Massage Therapist & Instructor


Misty began her studies at the Wellness and Massage Training Institute in 1994 and graduated from the School of Healing Arts in San Diego, CA. after moving there to work as an Ayurvedic Therapist at the Deepak Chopra Center for Well – Being. After 2 years of intense studies in Ayurveda, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Watsu, Feng Shui, Holistic Health and Yoga – she ventured back to Chicago to bring the knowledge she gained to her hometown. She has also studied Hot Stone Therapy, Reflexology, Thai Yoga Massage, Sports Massage, Lymphatic Massage, Esalen Style Massage, Natural Birthing, Esthetics & Skin Care (facials, body wraps), and many various energy modalities. Misty is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician, as well as a Certified Yoga Instructor from the Temple of Kriya Yoga and Holistic Health Practitioner with almost 25 years experience. She is not only a Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, and director of the Advanced Training Academy at SoderWorld, but also teaches groups, private tutors and performs bodywork and yoga at various locations throughout Chicagoland and the US. She also lectures at Soderworld, many local corporations, schools, and private events on a variety of wellness, yoga, and holistic health topics. She focuses more on the spiritual side of healing in her treatments and teachings. She is also on the faculty for Ananda Ayurveda Academy ( and Universal Spa Training Academy ( Although Misty did some art at an early age, she just recently rediscovered her passion for the arts and writing again about 6 years ago. She is a self taught artist and poet that has been in many art shows and had her writings published. She also leads painting parties, intuitive art classes, and kids classes as well as helps coordinate events for the Flower of Life Art Gallery in Lockport. She is a long standing member of ABMP-Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and Yoga Alliance and an approved provider for NCBTMB for Massage Therapists as well as a proud member of TAGOL (The Artists Guild of Lockport). Check out her work at

ERIC SODERHOLM (a.k.a. Papa Bear) 

Co-Founder, Personal Life Coach & Meditation Teacher

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Former MLB player, owner, and co-founder of Soderworld. Playing for the Chicago White Sox in the 70's has certainly opened many doors of opportunities in the business world for Eric. His most memorable part of the 9 years in the MLB was with the 1977 "Southside Hitmen". He enjoyed hosting baseball camps and hitting lessons in the 80's after injuries ended his playing career. In addition to his major accomplishments, he had a great run with his company Front Row Tickets but then found that his true purpose in life was with Soderworld. He truly loves teaching and coaching people through their problems and this shows in his dedication and commitment to all those around him. Eric's joy is his office in the "Garden of Eden" on the back property right next to the Swan Pond. Stop by when the weather is nice and say hi or just come get some advice from Papa Bear. 


Co-Founder, Chief Accounting Officer


Ginny Soderholm is the matriarch of the family business who manages the book keeping and business operations of the center & academy. Ginny has competed in many beauty pageants and she is former Mrs. Illinois 1985. She was also the co-founder of Crown Modeling Agency and Front Row Ticket Service back in the 90's. Ginny's love and dedication to her family and the business is priceless. 


Co-Founder, Marketing & Branding Director, Sound Healer & Meditation Teacher


Chad Soderholm is an Idea Entrepreneur, highly skilled producer, director, and creative professional. In 1997, Chad founded Wellness Information Network a web-portal for natural health and alternative medicine and the producer of Wellness 2000, a holistic wellness convention that was held at the Rosemont Convention center.

In 2006 Chad founded Digital Aisle, a pioneering interactive shopper-marketing agency where he created products, software and services to it’s client roster such as Diageo, Starbucks, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Miller/Coors, AB Inbev, Remington, Merck, Hewlett-Packard and Disney.

Presently, Chad works as a freelance Producer/Director, wellness practitioner, sound healer, and pursues his own inventions and other creative endeavors. Check out one of Chad's invention, The Paka Pillow in SoderWorld's retail shop. 

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From the beginning, there was something magical, even synchronistic, which kept driving us toward the manifestation of our center. SoderWorld Wellness Center & Academy reflects its owners and operators, our Soderholm Family. It is one of Midwest’s finest health and wellness centers specializing in holistic treatments, spa services and mind/body/spirit workshops which bring balance into your life. We are proud to offer over 25 of the most amazing treatments and services available. We are committed to providing you with the most professional, affordable and enjoyable experience possible.

Our beautiful 5,500 square foot A-frame log cabin rests on 2.25 acres of attractive wooded property offering a labyrinth, Garden of Eden, waterfall, nature pond with ducks and swans, meditative walking path, a variety of professional treatment rooms, a retail gift shop, conscious art gallery, multi-purpose classroom/lounge, yoga studio, Himalayan Salt Cave, 3D sound healing room, infrared sauna, aqua floatation bed, and an advanced massage training and yoga academy.

For almost 25 years, SoderWorld has been dedicated to providing a body, mind and spirit sanctuary where ALL people are welcome to come and share ways to create a fuller, healthier and happier life. There is so much to see. Come by. We love giving tours of our beautiful building and garden sanctuary! We will be honored for you to join us on our journey to healing. Live with peace, prosperity, joy and abundance.

The Soderholm Family
Eric, Ginny, Misty & Chad