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Meet Catheliya Suwanakrit of Catheliya Wellness Center in Bankers Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Catheliya Suwanakrit.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Starting at 10 years old I remember that my mother would get migraines. So I would massage all the time. I did this for many years growing up. My brother would even bring his football team mates over for a massage. As an adult I would give my friends massages. They would drool during a massage. When all my friends were in college I was working full-time. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until my mid 20’s that I thought about going to get a massage license in California.

My first attempt to sign up for school just happened to be on September 11th 2001. It didn’t happen. In my late twenties I went to SOCH “Southern California Health Institute”. After I finish my certification there I move to Washington State. I worked there for a few years. Then enrolled at Ashmead College now formally known as Everest College. After graduating I decided pursue clinical massage. I did my internship at the school clinic and I could see the potential in helping people heal rather than opening a spa for relaxation.

From there I moved to renting a room in a Wellness Center attached to Gold’s Gym. During I actually have my time at the wellness center I learned how to Market my Craft and because I began to understand what part of this business I have a passion for.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth ride. But most were wild experiences aren’t smooth. They are filled with trial and error. I went through a few business coaches. And had to understand the concept of business versus Hobby.

Catheliya Wellness Center – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My company name is Catheliya Wellness Center. I’m a clinical massage therapist specializing in Clinical cupping, Craniosacral therapy, Aromatherapy therapy and Deep tissue. They address the body’s need to help heal itself. I’m known for teaching while treating clients. And setting a relaxing environment. I’m proud of each client that was healed and continuing to have strong ethics. My positive and enthusiastic personality sets me apart from others.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Recently I was presented with a very challenging client. A 90 year old woman came into my clinic. She was severely hunched over and in a lot of pain. Getting her on the table to treat her was a challenge, due to the fact that she could not lay on her stomach. So I had to sideline her. When we were done with her first session. She was able to stand upright. When her son saw her. He said ” This is the first time in years that I have seen you stand upright.” That was a moment of Pride that I will remember with me for a long time.


  • I charge $100 an hour. The minimum is 90 minutes a session.

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1 Comment

  1. Traci Wooden-Carlisle

    April 10, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    This is such a wonderful service. I know I would be in serious pain if I didn’t have Cathy as a massage therapist. She explains everything before she does it and though the cupping session is a little uncomfortable, a day later I am grateful and so is my body.
    Cathy is professional, efficient, polite and knowledgable. I am so happy I found her.

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