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About Sarah

My mission is to provide a client-centered approach to therapy, in order to help facilitate greater awareness and empower clients in moving with less pain, and greater ease and confidence.  Whether you are training for a marathon or want to pick up your child without pain, it is all movement that affects our quality of life.  Through thoughtful and compassionate touch, my goal is to assess the specific mechanics, kinetics, and compensation patterns that are unique to your body, gain a bigger picture of who you are, and ultimately work with you toward achieving more functional movement and greater balance.      

My vision is to inspire hope, facilitate wellness, and empower you to move with greater ease and balance so that you can live joyfully!

After an early career in Geography and the social sciences, in 2008 I moved back to my home state of Iowa and a long held interest in wellness slowly began to become my new 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 October of 2019, I became certified in MSTR (McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Therapy).  Working with scar tissue has become a passion, and I never grow tired of helping people understand the relationship their own scar tissue plays in compensation patterns and pain.  I particularly love working with women who have had 1 or multiple c-section scars or hysterectomy scars, and helping them to restore function to their core muscles and pelvic floor.  

Most recently, I have been working toward full certification in NeuroKinetic Therapy.  I have taken courses in the Bay Area and in Chicago, and greatly look forward to continuing to learn and grow in the area of neurological based body work.  

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 body work, empowering my clients and helping them to achieve their goals toward optimum health and well-being!

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