Sakom Massage and Wellness shares Native American culture while creating a safe space for people to heal
Located in the heart of Lodi, Wisconsin, Willow Tree Wellness is home to several like-minded wellness professionals who provide health services to the general Lodi Valley community. Upon entering the center, customers are greeted with an array of merchandise, from handcrafted jewelry to healthy snacks and juices, as well as the 9 wellness professionals and their businesses, whose services range from yoga to various types of therapy. Among these entrepreneurs, you will find Stephanie McCutchin, a passionate healer and certified yoga instructor.
McCutchin owns Sakom massage and well-being, who, along with her newly adopted pup Lola, the Sakom welfare dog, is dedicated to helping clients through physical and emotional transitions. As a relatively new company, Sakom was established in 2020, an achievement McCutchin never thought possible some 12 years ago when she quit pursuing her massage therapy education to take up a corporate job. . After years of working in a management position within the organization where she worked, a change in management reignited her interest in returning to school to become a massage therapist.
“Being an adult learner was tough, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” McCutchin says. “Honestly, when I went to school, I didn’t go to school to open my own business. My thought was that I really wanted to work with a chiropractor. But the way it all landed when it opened here at Willow Tree Wellness, it all fell into place.
Although the creation and establishment of Sakom was not in his plans, McCutchin still explains that the process was organic and natural. By allowing her heart to guide her through her journey, McCutchin was able to create a safe space for people to heal and work through different physical, emotional and spiritual transitions. Along with the support of her friends and family, she credits her late father, a Menominee Native American, with playing an important role in her business.
When McCutchin started school to become a massage therapist, before the idea of starting his own business even came into play, his father died suddenly the following month. It was through her grief that she felt her father supported and guided her in building Sakom.
“After he passed, I was always so proud to be Native American,” McCutchin says. “Not only have I grown and learned more about my own culture, and maybe it’s because he’s gone now and I feel like it’s my responsibility, but I really enjoyed having a platform and space to share some of the Native American culture with people who may not know it.
McCutchin explains that sharing his Native American culture has been a very important part of Sakom, which takes its name from the Menominee word meaning “to be safe and to be at peace.” Whether through a newsletter or a Facebook post, McCutchin hopes to connect its clientele and audience to its rich culture and history, which also allows it to better promote physical well-being, emotional and spiritual through its services.
Services provided by Sakom include 30, 60 and 90 minute session options tailored to individual client needs. McCutchin believes that all humans are unique beings with different bodies, different emotional states, and different needs that vary from day to day. For this reason, Sakom clients can expect to set individual goals for what is needed in their healing journey, before engaging in a therapeutic session which may incorporate aromatherapy, cupping, stretching and reflexology.
Ultimately, McCutchin believes Sakom is rooted in love and surrounded by light. She hopes her work can serve as a light that connects people across the community.
“What excites me is helping people reconnect with themselves. Because in the end, it’s not me who “fixes” them, is it? It’s a process and I’m here to help people through that process,” McCutchin says. “I just look forward to connecting with the community, with clients, with people who are going through physical, spiritual and emotional transitions, who are on a journey of healing and wellness. I am so honored to be a part of this trip.