Sara Armstrong, LMT
My passion for massage therapy comes from a lifelong curiosity of the healing arts. Massage is one way to access the body's own healing intuition, and helping people explore that relationship is my goal as a therapist. I work deeply through the layers of tissue to encourage change from within. Ida Rolf said that it's not how deep you go, it's how you go deep. The techniques I incorporate reflect that sentiment. After each session my patients report feeling significantly less pain, increased awareness of their body, and a deep sense of calm in body, mind and spirit. Receiving massage on a regular basis can change your life in so many positive ways. It's my honor to be on this journey with you.
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Massage for Wellness and Lasting Change
Receiving massage can no longer be seen as a simple luxury. The clinical results are profound. Every day we see more insurance companies covering it, and more doctor's prescribing it. While providing effective relief from back pain to depression, chronic headaches to fatigue, sports injuries to motor vehicle accidents, massage can bring healing results, wellness, and recovery to everyday life.
Myofascial release is one of the most effective massage techniques I've found. This type of massage focuses on the connective tissues both surrounding, and in between muscles, joints and organs. Within the body, everything is anatomically connected through fascia. Bringing release to the fascial network can successfully treat the area of focus, as well as systemically effect the rest of the body. Myofascial techniques can be highly effective for eliminating pain, and restoring balance and healthy motion to muscles and joints.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on accessing the deepest layers of the muscle tissue. This is often associated with being a more painful massage, but that is not always the case. Releasing deeply held tension can be an incredibly restorative experience. I take my time and allow each layer to release before accessing the next. Deep tissue massage can be beneficial for treating many causes of pain; including old injuries where scar tissue has formed, as well as current conditions stemming from overuse, or bad posture.
Neuromuscular massage techniques focus on the integral relationship between your body, brain, and neural network. By using specific touch and pressure cues, neurological responses occur throughout. This leads to decreased muscle spasm, increased circulation, and intrinsic self-corrections within the body. This type of massage can be beneficial for treating conditions involving nerve pain, chronic muscle tension, headaches, as well as other neurological symptoms such as dizziness, numbness, and fatigue.
Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
Sara graduated from the Ashland Institute of Massage in 2006 and has been practicing therapeutic massage ever since. She previously completed yoga teacher training in Ashland in 2004, where she taught for three and a half years. She has continued her study of yoga over the years, and earned her 200 hour teacher certification in January, 2019. She also holds bachelors degrees in psychology and anthropology from the University of Arkansas.
Sara is passionate about many forms of healing and appreciates each individual’s journey toward well-being. She has witnessed many remarkable transformations when combining massage and yoga techniques for optimal rehabilitative results.
Since beginning her practice, Sara has worked alongside chiropractors, acupuncturists, MD's, ND's and physical therapists, deepening her passion and curiosity for discovering new ways of healing the body from injury and dis-ease. Sara’s intention during a massage session is to help activate her clients’ natural internal healing process. Her work is result-oriented, with the goal of increasing functionality and decreasing both physical and mental stress.
Sara recognizes that each massage session is unique, and treats depending on the needs of the present moment, with respect to the overall plan of care. She incorporates modalities such as Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Techniques, Orthopedic Massage, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Cranio-Sacral, and Muscle Energy Techniques.
In her free time, Sara enjoys yoga, live music, being a mother, and spending time with friends and family exploring the Pacific Northwest in all of its breathtaking beauty.
Sara Armstrong, LMT
OR License #13349
1390 Oak St #2