About EHM

· Essential Healing and Massage is a family-run private practice designed as a spa alternative; we’ve been in business for over a decade, and we want to help.

· The products that touch your skin are handcrafted into proprietary oil blends of antioxidant and skin-regenerative oils that are renowned for their healing properties.

· We use only 100% cotton sheets to pamper your skin, and our laundry service contracts with us to use only an organic, biodegradable detergents with no artificial scents to prevent any allergic reactions.

photo of helen floyd

Helen Floyd graduated from the School for Therapeutic Wellness and Massage. She has been a licensed Massage Therapist for over ten years, and is an escapee from the corporate world with nearly two decades of electrical engineering experience spanning hardware, software, and systems integration functions. She has found the two career disciplines very complimentary- with the human electrical system being much more fascinating. Helen’s specialties include Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, & Hot Stone Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Jin Shin Do Accupressure, and Reiki. She has studied botanical art, Middle Eastern dance and martial arts. She is the owner and founder of Essential Healing and Massage.

photo of Liz gresher

Liz Gresher completed Hatha yoga teacher training program at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago.The guidance she received was valuable because it inspired her to try to help others have an authentic experience. Elizabeth has  a degree in Spanish language education and previously worked in the public schools and for a financial corporation. A few years ago she left the corporate career in order to dedicate more of time and energy to her passion. Yoga continues to be the foundation of her healing arts practice. She is  a certified practitioner of Thai Bodywork and Chinese Acupressure.

photo of cindy hyzy

Cindy  Hyzy is an experienced Therapist with more than 2 decades in the Massage Therapy Profession. She is trained in Therapeutic massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Hot Stone, Pregnancy Massage, is a Reiki Master Teacher, and also performs Myofascial release and Tuning Fork Therapy. Cindy also provides Himalayan Salt Stone therapy.

photo of stephany floyd
Guest Therapists
Stephany Floyd has been a Massage Therapist for ten years, and has a background in deep tissue/clinical massage. She’s been a part of EHM since it started, but  now works primarily in Chicago at Massage Evolved (118 N Clinton). She is a guest therapist at EHM a few times a year. We look forward to having her actively on staff when she is available. Deep tissue, Ashiatsu, Therapeutic massage are some of her specialties.  In the summer you’ll find her riding or racing her motorcycles, and in the winter, she’ll be trying to share her delicious baking experiments. Stephany also enjoys sloths, chocolate, photography, yoga, and doesn’t get to go rock climbing nearly as much as she likes.

teresa Richardson

Teresa RichardsonFind joy in everything you choose to do.

For a good part of my life I worked in the Graphic Arts field. But when my husband passed away many years ago, I took a good look at my life, decided to change gears and follow a path that would give me a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. I left my job, went back to school, and became a licensed massage therapist. I have been practicing in this field for just under a decade now, and the thing I like most about it is I get to help people reduce the strain and stress in their bodies and mind.I have a true passion for my chosen career. For me, a great reward is a returning client because a returning client translates into a satisfied customer. To ensure satisfaction, I take great care in listening to my clients and customizing sessions that focus on their particular needs.I have worn many hats in my life and each experience has played a part in the person I have become. I am a positive person who believes good energy begets more good energy. I am a person who is passionate and compassionate. I am a person who desires knowledge and who strives to continually educate herself. The more I learn, the better I become at helping people reduce the tension and strain in their lives.

She provides Therapeutic massage, Deep Tissue Massage ,Hot Stone Massage, Feel the Stretch Massage, Prenatal massage ,Ashiatsu .




















Kim McDuffee Dotson: “May there be Peace on Earth and may it begin with me

In my practice, I listen carefully to each and every client I work with and tailor my services to meet each individual need. My specialties include the reduction of stress and sleep issues, the increase of relaxation, and the development of personal rituals to improve quality of life for young children through adolescence, pets, and adults of all ages. I believe in the power of positivity, the medicine of laughter, and the necessity of unconditional love to overcome the unique challenges we each may face. My call to Reiki came when my daughter was born with a birth injury in 2001. She had trouble eating and sleeping because she was in such discomfort. I learned Reiki as an alternative and in addition to the traditional medical treatments she received. She recovered from her injury in record time which I believe was the result of the combined efforts of those traditional and alternative healing treatments. My path to Reiki Master Teacher took another 5 years to develop and during that time I learned to incorporate my experience with the healing properties of crystals, oils, and teas as well as meditation, and ritual.