To schedule with Sara for expert barefoot massage therapy, click here.
If you have never seen Sara before, please consider a call or text before scheduling. If you schedule online without communication, she will call you to ensure you are a proper candidate for barefoot massage. Barefoot Massage is not your typical massage therapy and specific screening is necessary. To call or text, 314-722-6066
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Sara is an instructor with The Center for Barefoot Massage Therapy and you can read about her teaching here.
Meet Sara, LMT, Founder of Somatic Sole
When Sara discovered a type of bodywork called Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage therapy, she was convinced it was the best massage therapy she had ever experienced! She has trained with some of the leading instructors in barefoot massage and teaches alongside them, creating and innovating the massage therapy community. Sara also offers business mentoring and coaching to other LMTs. You can learn more about this through the Business Mentoring page.
What is Barefoot Massage?
Barefoot massage, or Ashiatsu, is performed when a massage therapist “walks” on your back, holding bars on the ceiling for balance, and uses clean, soft feet in a stream of flowing strokes that loosen, lengthen and smooth chronically tight fascia, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. During your first session, pain typically eases within minutes, and the holistic benefits are long-lasting, transcending any other kind of massage.
The weight of gravity and the strength of our legs, mixed with the Ashiatsu safe and fluid technique, will put you into a dream-like state that allows your body to give in and respond like never before. It is widely recognized as one of the best alternative pain management therapies available.
Chronic Pain and TMJ Discomfort
During the massage, Sara uses her knowledge of Swedish massage, deep touch, myofascial release, and stretching. Her clients are thrilled with her successes in treating chronic pain issues, including TMJ discomfort. Sara’s journey with TMJ pain is one of the many reasons she found herself in the massage therapy profession. As she struggled with TMJ discomfort, she searched for the perfect resolution to such a challenging ailment. Through continued research, she has acquired exemplary abilities in helping her clients find relief through head and neck massage that hones in on and solves the problem.
In addition to her formal massage training, Sara was also a ballet student for many years, which gives her a unique understanding and physical awareness of how to help the body function at its optimal level. She believes that every body can move with grace and strength and has witnessed such transformations in herself and her clients. Ballet is a beautiful art form that requires connecting with your body to cultivate trust and respect for the space you’re taking up, allowing grace and movement. “When you acquire an awareness of every tip of your body, you’re likely to prevent injury and promote overall health as you move through space.”
Sara has discovered through her years as a massage therapist that most physical discomforts are rooted in injury or emotional distress. Injuries can come about through slow, consistent misuse of the body to more obvious, accident-type events. Other pain and discomfort can be linked to emotional trauma. While in session, Sara will address the unique needs of your body and mind.
A Safe Haven to Relax
Sara continually studies how relaxation occurs when you feel safe. And having the optimal safe place for you to relax is a top priority. Trauma and other past events can make you feel unsafe in new or vulnerable situations. Sara has studied with respected professionals who have compassionate, trauma-informed communication. This special knowledge has guided Sara to provide her clients with a protected, tranquil space. Sole Shine is a transparent space with boundaries, so you know what is expected of you and what to expect from her. Scope of practice and ethics are the precedence of every session. Sara is aware of her important, health-centered role as a massage therapist and refers to the proper professionals when necessary.
“We love giving barefoot massages and changing the way you feel, but our purpose extends beyond the massage room. We want you to have optimal health and believe relaxation is a way of life – we strive to make the relaxed state the normal state instead of something else to work hard to achieve.”
So come in and transform the way you feel – your body and soul will thank you! 314-722-6066.