Meet Your Therapist – Sarah Day

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

IMG_16772_Sarah This week we’d like to introduce one of our very talented deep tissue and clinical massage therapists. Sarah Day began her Psoas career this past fall and has brought her expert level of skill, extensive knowledge, and unique perspective to our team. As a long-time dancer and student of biomechanics, she melds deep tissue work beautifully with structural analysis. Throughout her 10 years of experience in spa & clinical settings, she’s had wonderful results working with clients in contexts ranging from the post-operative to the athletic. We feel so lucky to have her as part of the Psoas family.

 

Q. What got you into massage therapy?

A. I have studied movement in an embodied way through dance for almost 20 years now, and became a massage therapist some 12 years ago (oh my, time flies!). I was always interested in the expressive potential of the body, so it was a smooth pathway when my interests turned to investigating how I could facilitate deeper embodiment for others through hands-on work. I love that massage therapy can expand a person’s physical capabilities yet also serve as a way to deepen awareness and mindfulness.

Q. What techniques do you use and why?

A. I definitely love Deep Tissue and Myofascial work, often combining them to help clients gain better functional alignment. I think the term “alignment” is sometimes misperceived to mean a straight line, which can easily lead to rigidity in posture. I prefer to work with a concept of alignment that gets the articulating surfaces of joints in better communication with one another for whatever movements are part of a client’s daily life. If there has been rigidity/ holding, or pain in motion, I find a bit of movement repatterning to be very helpful for clients.

Another technique I use is Manual Lymphatic Drainage. In addition to treating lymphedema, it can help speed recovery from a variety of injuries. The technique literally stimulates the lymphatic system, which is integral to both clearing of metabolic waste and the mending of tissue after an injury. It is wonderful for decreasing swelling and inflammation.

I also really enjoy Prenatal work! I always feel honored to work with pregnant clients, and it can be tremendously helpful for them to receive nourishing and balancing touch as the body undergoes such a drastic change in such a short amount of time.

Q. What’s your goal with a client? What do you want to achieve?

A. It really comes down to what each client wants to achieve, and how I can best facilitate that. I approach sessions as a collaborative effort working in concert with clients’ goals, understanding that those goals may change over time and may vary from session to session. We can establish together both short & long-term goals. I also strive to incorporate the hands-on benefits of one-on-one treatment with personalized education, which I believe can lead quickly to client self-empowerment.

Q. What’s your favorite body part?

A. Let’s just call it a “very significant part.” I think foot and ankle structure and mechanics can often benefit from special attention, literally working from the ground up. To me, feet offer us adaptability, freedom of choice in direction, as well as stability. They’re a good place to start.

Q. How do you define success in your work?

A. I always feel that it’s a shared triumph whenever treatment allows for even a few moments without pain, especially if a client has been struggling for a long time with a chronic issue. States of pain can take such a toll on the nervous system, and on general mental well-being, sometimes creating a challenging cycle. To interrupt that cycle, to have a client feel again what it’s like to not be in pain, that is a success.

Q. What do you do when you’re not doing massage?

A. Art! In addition to massage training and studying movement arts over the years I went to school to immerse myself in both studio art and art history, my other great loves. I’m an interdisciplinary artist with a focus these days on mixed media visual art, painting in oils, acrylics, and experimenting with a variety of mediums in between. I spend a lot of my free time making art, looking at art, thinking about art. It is the other necessary nourishment in my life.

Q. What’s one piece of advice you would give people to stay loose, limber, and healthy?

A. I’ve got to throw in two pieces of advice.

1) The body loves variety in movement! If you always do one type of exercise, try something new. Chances are you will discover areas of your body that have been neglected, or will find new ways of moving that open up greater potentials for movement, strength, and awareness. Just make sure to keep breathing through that first dance class.

2) In order to get the most benefit from your stretching, whether warming up or post event, be sure to take your muscles through their full functional motion range. Isolated muscle stretching can be great, but to stay supple and responsive in your body it is helpful to consider the way that one part works sequentially with all the other parts in the kinetic chain. I’m always happy to help you figure this out. Hope to see you soon!