Business owner Parnee Frederick cares deeply about humanity.
That is one of the reasons Frederick, a Licensed Practical Nurse who worked in acute care for seven years in a small hospital in the Upper Peninsula and later at the Appleton Opioid Addiction Clinic, opened Breathe Revolution Studio in 2011.
Breathe Revolution Studio – which Frederick simply refers to as “Breathe” – is a wellness studio located behind the Edison Center at 101 West Edison, Suite 130, in Appleton.
At Breathe, Frederick integrates allopathic (that is, mainstream) with holistic medicine.
“I like to be a bridge between both worlds,” says Frederick. “I think they are both useful in certain situations.”
Frederick says that she takes an individualist approach to wellness.
“I focus on the individual and what they need,” she says. “I try to encourage people to look at all aspects of their lives and see what areas need more attention if they are coming to me for health issues.”
At Breathe, she provides massage therapy and wellness coaching and teaches a wide range of classes for kids through adults that include yoga, martial arts and self-defense. Her studio also hosts classes taught by other practitioners.
The youth classes have been going well, she says. Frederick credits some “incredibly supportive” parents who have been intentional with getting the word out, as well as great massage clients who are very supportive. She says she is grateful to people who make an effort to support small business.
Frederick, who is Pinay-American, understands the challenges unique to women-owned and person-of-color entrepreneurs and says she is attempting to combat some of them by leveraging the power of collaboration.
In addition to an upcoming fundraiser to support her work, she has plans to partner with other community members to expand her footprint.
Upcoming collaborations include:
A Martial Arts Movie Night and Talk with Amy Ongiri, Ph.D. Dr. Ongiri is a Professor and Department Director of Film Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton.
A self-defense/life coaching class for teens this summer with Sarah Crawford, owner of Sitawi Life Coaching, LLC (sitawillfecoacing.com) and a
Listening room/Message collaboration with local musician, Jennifer Levenhagen, during which Levenhagen (JenniferLevenhagen.com) will live music while Frederick gives massages.
Frederick is particularly excited about the collaboration that features “Listening rooms” and massage. This event is for givers. It’s for people active in the community. Givers don’t often get support,” says Frederick.
One goal that Frederick has for the future is to find a more visible location for the studio.
To learn more about Breathe Revolution studios, schedule an appointment for a massage, or learn more about classes, check out the Breath Revolution website or follow Breath Revolution Studio on social media including Instagram and Facebook.