Dee, NAFC – Founder
What do Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Dee Alams have in common? A fascination with the healing power of sweat- infrared therapy sweat that is!
Dee, the founder of City Sweats Wellness Centers, pioneered Seattle’s infrared movement. While sweat therapy has been practiced by ancient cultures for centuries, infrared sweat therapy gained attention in the 1980s and went mainstream in the 2000s in cities like Los Angeles and New York.
As a teenager, Dee chartered her own health path, taking up dance and fitness. After graduating from The University of Washington and starting a career in project management, she soon realized the traditional corporate environment was not for her. She decided to get back to her love for dance by opening her own fitness studio. Earning her wellness coaching and fitness certifications, she was drawn back to early introductions to sweat lodges, steam rooms and saunas. Aiming to amplify the healing that her studio clients gained, she introduced an infrared sauna to the studio in 2010. Due to the lack of infrared therapy available in the Seattle area, Dee had new clients coming from nearly 50 miles away, seeking help with problems ranging from mood disorders to debilitative diseases.
The deal was sealed as Dee witnessed multiple client transformations, including her own in 2013 when she was severely injured, and infrared sweat therapy expedited her recovery. In 2014, Dee opened City Sweats. With services including Infrared Sauna Therapy, Ultrasonic Cavitation Shaping, Detox Facials and Scrubs, and Rehabilitative Massages, the company is committed to cellular level health that works from the inside out.
A health and fitness enthusiast and self-proclaimed “sweat junkie,” it is Dee’s dream to see infrared therapy become accessible and convenient. The increase in clientele and wellness partnerships that City Sweats is experiencing- with its two locations in the Madison Park and Wallingford neighborhoods- are getting Dee one step closer to that goal. In addition to overseeing the two locations, Dee enjoys anything outdoors, creating all natural and organic body products, cooking, dancing, playing music, and deeply connecting with loved ones. Dee is especially passionate about helping others, especially working with women and children. In her Fitness studio days, Dee spent many years teaching free dance classes to the women of Mary’s Place, teaching art and music to the teens at Ryther Center and working as a court-appointed advocate for Family Law Casa. Philanthropy is a true passion for Dee, as she feels that “success is doing what you are truly passionate about, while always looking for ways to expand our hearts. I feel fortunate to have a career that fills both needs.” Dee is currently working on an e-book, focusing on sweat therapy detox called “The Dee-Talks Method.” Join our City Sweats sweat tribe!
Kundini Funk, QRA, CMT, CYT – Manager, Acupuncture Specialist
Kundini is a Wellness Practitioner with a focus on facilitating Natural and Vital Health. Her practice focuses on the innate elements of nature which govern balance within. She is certified in Classical Five Element Acupuncture and Quantum Reflex Analysis. She is further certified in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition Consultation with a speciality in Pancha Karma and massage therapy.
Anjelika Nater Frye – Concierge
Anjelika’s enthusiasm for vitality, love, people, and the beauty and service industries allow her to excel and delight in her work as a concierge. She enjoys catering to each one of our clients and spontaneous dance parties.
Shirley Faure, RN – Ultrasonic Cavitation Specialist
Shirley joined us after being a client and loving the services. After many decades of having a successful career as a Registered Nurse, she retired in 2015. Receiving her certification in ultrasonic Cavitation, her focus remains assisting people in health and wellness. Her work of performing detoxification fulfills her. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and chasing after her rescue Miniature Australian Shepherd.
Maia Willow, LE – Facial Specialist
Maia’s passion for skincare and wellness runs deep. Her journey began in holistic skincare after struggling with skin issues of her own. She realized that a balanced mind, body and soul are directly linked to healthy skin. Maia received her Esthetics Degree at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute. As a holistic esthetician, she enjoys genuinely connecting with people on a deeper level, personalizing the experience with different healing and balancing techniques, such as utilizing crystals, massaging pressure points, and customizing her own products for each client.
Kanna Toguchi, IMT – Massage Therapist
Kanna was raised in a family where natural and holistic health were at the forefront. When chronic stress from her corporate job led to a myriad of health issues, she found a safe haven through holistic modalities such as yoga and massage, and experienced profound shifts in her overall well-being. Earning her certification in Samarya Yoga Teaching, Kanna is advanced in yoga therapy training. She brings her passion of the healing art through the ancient bodywork practice of Thai Yoga. She offers a safe container for the spheres of the mind, body and spirit to coalesce and communicate harmoniously. Kanna and her clients are nourished in sharing therapeutic healing modality.
Ashleigh Hall, CMT – Massage Therapist
Ashleigh’s love of the outdoors and open-minded thought brought her to Seattle from Florida. She graduated from Florida College of Natural Health and within her first week of school she realized she had a community and calling. Ashleigh’s favorite massage modalities include: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Reflexology. She truly believes in combined health and happiness of mind and body, and often integrates techniques to work to accomplish this for her clients.
Claudia Nistor – Marketing & Graphic Design
After more than a decade of working in the corporate design world, Claudia came to us to find her place in the holistic wellness community. When she isn’t designing visuals or marketing plans for City Sweats, you can find her creating eclectic art and jewelry for her online boutique.
Lauren Chambers, CHC – Health Coach, Marketing
Lauren Chambers is a Certified Holistic Health Coach accredited through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is also a food and culinary nutrition blogger for SoFreshNSoGreen.
Through her nutrition and healthy lifestyle coaching, she provides clients with tools, strategy and support to take real action, create empowering habits, get long-lasting results, and improve their health, happiness and quality of life.
Ashlei Cooper, MS – Concierge, Marketing
Making a cross-country move from Chicago to Seattle while simultaneously leaping into entrepreneurship, Ashlei came to us seeking balance. She wanted to tap into her interest in wellness as she re-imagined her ideal workday. Serving as a concierge, you can also find her using her communications chops through our public and media relations.