Sara McRae, LMT – Massage Therapist For Recovery
Hello! I am Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in helping Caregivers and First Responders recover from stress and injury. I am also a good fit for anyone who wants physical and mental relief, after high stress events such as injury, surgery, or life changes.
I am a Certified Touch for Health Instructor, Energy Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist at Zenbrio House in Eugene, Oregon.
Yes, I Accept Insurance.
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What Sets Me Apart From Other Massage Therapists?
My approach is holistic, and the techniques I use come from over 50 years of research by Applied Kinesiologists and Chiropractors, blended with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Massage relaxes muscles and feels great, but I get better results with Energy Kinesiology. Aches, pains, and symptoms are compensations for stress, and Energy Kinesiology works to diffuse the underlying stress pattern. The process is fun, and it not only restores balance in the posture so the body feels good, it clears blockages that may be in the way of feeling better mentally.
I work primarily with the the muscular system, connective tissue, and meridians. The process is called “balancing” or “energy coaching” and it involves activating muscles and improving their function using reflex techniques. Your session may include acupressure, manual muscle work, gentle holding points on the head, use of metaphors and movement, and more. It’s a blended toolkit of Eastern and Western medicine to relieve stress.
Sessions are interactive and require your cooperation and feedback. You will feel results in your body in real time as you notice greater comfort, ease, and range of motion. Since balancing the energy systems is included, many people notice improvements in their energy levels and mood immediately.
(Even though I balance energy systems, I cannot “pick up” information from your energy or read your mind. All I know is what you share verbally and what your body presents during the session.)
For more information about Energy Kinesiology, check out our BLOG
Will There Be Homework?
No, what we accomplish in the session is enough. As a Massage therapist I do not give advice or prescribe exercises. I also do not judge you on what you are doing (or not doing) for your self-care. When at-home or on-the-job self-care techniques are helpful to you, I am happy to provide suggestions upon request. However, I will never tell you what you “should” or “should not” be doing. That’s up to you!
Clients often say things like, “I know I should be stretching more and I’m not.” There is no shame in that. Stretching is not for everyone. There are other self-care techniques that get results that you may actually enjoy doing!
If you have been prescribed Physical Therapy or post-surgery exercises by another care provider, it’s important that you do them exactly as prescribed. If you are finding that difficult, I can help you explore ways to make it easier.
I provide confidential support and quality bodywork to help people recover more easily from stressful events and carry out their life’s work with more ease. The type of bodywork I do is especially beneficial to Caregivers and First Responders because it provides relief from the intense physical and emotional demands of these roles. Exposure to triggers, suffering, and emergencies on a regular basis, is a constant challenge to our body’s ability to take care of itself. In addition to the the pressure to perform in a hectic environment, is the expectation to maintain a high level of health over time. Energy Kinesiology is designed to diffuse stress and keep energy levels up.
Who else? I am happy to work with anyone who wants to feel better physically and emotionally – and have fun doing it!
Over the years I have found that I have a particular knack in helping people feel safe, especially those who are afraid of being judged for past behavior. This is in part due to my training, but also my upbringing and personality. Guilt, regret, embarrassment and shame are important stresses to diffuse from the body for good health. Just so you know, Energy Kinesiology can provide relief and it doesn’t require me knowing any of the details.
And if you are just looking to relieve headaches or an aching back, I know what it’s like to spend weeks on end in front of a computer, and I know how it feels to finish a marathon, so I know how to help you feel better whether your body aches from sitting in a chair or running 26.2 miles on pavement.
What is My Healing Philosophy?
I’ve moved beyond skepticism, and the belief that body and mind are separate. Even when healing techniques “look funny” because they’re thousands of years old, come from other cultures, or work with systems of the body I can’t see, my healing philosophy is simple: “Show me what works and I’ll do that.”
Healing is not the fixing of something broken (you are NOT broken), it is the integration of the parts back into the whole. I cannot “fix” you. I am not a doctor and I do not diagnose and treat disease. I focus on the stress, not the symptoms. My approach involves bringing the whole body to a higher state of homeostasis so that your body’s ability to heal itself is activated.
I want you to feel better. I want you to experience your full potential. I want to help you in your ongoing quest toward overall fitness and well-being. You deserve to feel better and experience more joy!
Sara McRae, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist and Touch For Health Instructor
NCBTMB Provider #050467-00
“Energy Kinesiology is magic. Honestly, it’s the most fun, fascinating and powerful healing wizardry I know! “
Sara’s Treatment Room
More About Sara/ Background
Sara graduated from Oregon School of Massage in 2004 and earned her Touch For Health Kinesiology Instructor certification from the International Kinesiology College in 2015. Her vision for Zenbrio House bloomed after receiving a Touch For Health balance from Matthew Thie in the fall of 2015.
Before transitioning into the health and wellness field, Sara was a business professional with experience in leadership, operations, and continuous improvement. She was a sedentary work-aholic, dreaming of a way to feel good and enjoy life.
Sara is an open-minded skeptic who never thought she’d be working with energy medicine. She runs marathons with little training, relying mostly on her “jedi mind tricks” (aka Energy Kinesiology techniques), and she is a huge fan of naps. She’s quick to laugh and doesn’t take life too seriously.