Meet the Founders of Soder World
From the beginning there was something magical, even synchronicity, which kept driving us toward the manifestation of our center.
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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 Daughter Misty, found her life’s passion when she graduated from the in San Diego School of the Healing Arts 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).
Live with peace, prosperity, joy and abundance.
Sincerely, The Soderholm Family
LMT, LE, ERYT, HHP
Co Founder, Academy Director, Yoga, & Massage 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 over 20 years experience. She is 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 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 4 years ago. She is an 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 board member of TAGOL (The Artists Guild of Lockport). Check out her work at
ERIC SODERHOLM (a.k.a. Papa)
Co-Founder, Personal life coach & Meditation Teacher
Former MLB player, owner and founder of Soderworld. Playing for the Chicago White Sox has certainly opened many doors of opportunities in the business world for Eric. He enjoys hosting baseball camps and hitting lessons. In addition to his major accomplishments, he had a great run with his company Front Row Tickets but then found that his dharma or true purpose in life is at Soderworld. There is no telling how many people have thanked him for creating Soderworld. He truly loves teaching and coaching people through their problems and this shows in his dedication and commitment to all those around him.
“It truly is a miracle when people see things from a spiritual perspective,” Soderholm said.
GINNY SODERHOLM (a.k.a Nana)
Co-Founder, Wellness Center & Academy Administrator
Ginny Soderholm is the matriarch of the family business who roles include book keeping and business operations. She is former Mrs. Illinois 1985 and was the co-founder of Crown Modeling Agency and Front Row Ticket Service.
CHAD "Chahé" SODERHOLM
Co-Founder, Wellness Center Director & 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 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, meditation instructor and pursues his own inventions and other creative endeavors.
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, meditation garden, waterfall, nature pond with ducks and swans, meditative walking path, 8 professional treatment rooms, a retail gift shop, conscious art gallery, multi-purpose classroom, yoga studio, Himalayan Salt Cave, 3D sound healing room, infrared sauna, aqua floatation bed, and an on-campus massage training and yoga academy.
For over 20 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