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About Sarah


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 plantar fasciitis or my sister’s 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 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 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.  In 2008, I moved back to my home state of Iowa and 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 35 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 March of 2017 I traveled to the south of France and received training and certification in ACE Medi-Cupping.  I am so thrilled to be able to bring these cupping techniques to my clients at Hands On! If you would like to read more about cupping and its benefits, here is a link - https://massagecupping.com/benefits-of-massage-cupping-therapy/


In addition to working as part of the Hands On team, I work with clients in my home practice, Facilitated Body Therapy, LLC where I live with my sweet cat, Maggie.  I have been honored to work with the Women’s Volleyball team at ISU, as well as during races and events throughout Des Moines and Ames.  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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