Through heartache and devotion, Sheila Scheick is like a butterfly who has embraced changes and challenges in her life, transforming into something new and unexpected with colors that radiate strength, compassion and clarity.
A licensed and nationally certified muscular therapist, Sheila founded Zen Muscular Therapy and Wellness Center in 2001. Located off Route 128 in Woburn, Mass., Zen’s mission has been to help clients gain balance of body, mind and spirit through pain relief, stress reduction and education. The path that led Sheila here is a story unto its own.
With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in education, Sheila spent several years as an alternative education teacher and teaching English as a second language. She later sought out new challenges and growth in the insurance industry, but felt out of her element in the corporate world. It was in the midst of this transition that something terrible happened–something that would deeply affect her and change her life forever. Sheila’s younger sister suffered a severe asthma attack that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, leaving her in a persistent vegetative state (PVS).
“At the time that this happened I wanted to find some alternative therapy to help her or, hopefully, heal her, and, at the very least, supplement the physical therapy she was barely getting at rehab,” Sheila says. “Her muscles were weak and atrophied, so I took a couple of massage and reflexology classes to learn techniques to work on her muscles and energy points. Once I started taking the classes, I realized how much I loved the work and decided to quit my job and go to school full time. Best decision I have ever made!”