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Sarah Masengarb - LMT, RYT

My love for massage started at a young age. Although I am the first in my family to pursue it professionally, massage was always present in our household.  Whether I was working on my father’s feet and legs (what I now understand was plantar fasciitis from 43 years of standing in more or less in one place as a Pharmacist), or my sister’s back (she and my Aunt were born with severe scoliosis), massage and compassionate human touch was a part of our daily lives.  In college, I had a roommate who was plagued with chronic and debilitating migraines.  We discovered that a 15-20 minute massage of her head and neck at the onset of symptoms was enough to stop her migraines from manifesting, and she often didn’t even need to take medication!  At the time, I had no idea that early experiences such as these would eventually lead me to the most challenging and rewarding career I could ever imagine. 

I graduated from University of Iowa in 2001 with a degree in Social Geography (closely related to Anthropology) and worked in this field until around 2007.  My degree took me to Glasgow, Scotland, Cornell University in upstate New York, and finally the Bay Area.  However, after my mother fell ill almost 9 years ago, I made the decision to move back to Iowa and I’m so glad that I did!  Once back in my home state, a long held interest in wellness slowly began to become my career path.  In 2010, I completed a 250 hr. certification in Yoga Therapy and began working with clients one on one.  Drawing upon a long history as a dancer (over 30 years now) and a passion for working with individuals to achieve their wellness goals, I helped clients to identify imbalances in strength and flexibility in their bodies, and designed individualized home practices.

That summer, I made the decision to expand my education and moved to Des Moines to pursue Massage Therapy.  After over 750 hrs of training, I graduated from Body Wisdom School of Massage Therapy in Urbandale, specializing in Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Myofascial, Active Engagement, Positional Release, Passive and Active Assisted Stretching, Neuromuscular (Trigger Point Therapy), and Shiatsu.  I have been privileged and honored to work with clients living with muscular dystrophy, fibromyalgia, lupus, ALS, cystic fibrosis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, chronic headaches and migraine, rotator cuff injury and frozen shoulder, repetitive strain and injury of all kinds, just to name a few!  

In addition to working as part of the Hands On team, I work with clients in my home in Beaverdale where I live with my sweet cat, Maggie.  I also contract out at Prairie Life Fitness in West Des Moines and this past year have been honored to work with the Women’s Volleyball team at ISU.  I also sit on the wellness council for Iowa’s Lupus Foundation and regularly give presentations on the benefits of massage for Lupus patients.  I can honestly and sincerely say that I love what I do, and I’m learning from my clients all of the time.  I look forward to a long and continually rewarding career in Massage Therapy, empowering my clients and helping them to achieve their goals toward optimum health and well-being!

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