Seriously changed my life! Sara Petersen was recommended to me by a friend who travelled from SF to PDX for her sessions. I totally understand why they'd travel up and down the west coast to see her.
Sara is exceptional. My barista/blog lifestyle left me with painful slouchy shoulders and a terrible posture. I did the ten series last year and the change between my first "before" picture and my last "after" picture is huge. I stand taller, my shoulders don't cave in, and I feel so much better.
Sara's space is warm and inviting and I can't wait to come back.
- I have been seeing Sara for over a year now for a variety of running and cycling injuries and general back and neck issues that come from doing too much computer work. I can confidently say Sara is not only the most talented massage therapist I've seen, but also the most genuinely caring and dedicated practitioner I've known.
- And she's got the cred to back it - Sara is a graduate of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (the best school in the country) and has never stopped learning ever since - structural integration, sports rehab, auto accident care, deep tissue massage, mayofacial release, and more are all within her grasp. She's taken the time to learn anatomy and trigger points in depth and really gets to the heart of whatever issue it is you're experiencing - I honestly feel like she knows as much about the human body as my PT who officially went to school for 8 years - so, she doesn't just do relaxation (can do of course if that's what you need), she really gets in there and fixes the tissues (over multiple sessions if called for) so you can truly heal.
- And speaking of heels - did I mention she went out and got a book to learn more about the heel issue I was dealing with - and then spent time before our session explaining everything she's be working on and some of the potential causes/cures? That's dedication to your client.. She's even helped me keep my injury in perspective - she's worked on top level triathletes in Boulder and knows first-hand what it's like to deal with what can be a long-road back to the sports you love.
- To wrap up - Portland is lucky to have her services available. If you're a runner, cyclist, rock-climber, crossfit type, skier, or just overworked cube dweller, you need to get in to see her!
- - Daniel
I've been seeing Sara for several years and she has been instrumental in my healing from a bad car accident. She is strong yet gentle and intuitively knows where the sore spots are and works them out. I have also done a 10 week Rolfing program with her which was amazing! It has really changed my posture and reduced my pain. I highly recommend Sara!
Sara Petersen has a beautiful space for massage therapy and Rolfing just off Alberta. She has an extreme wealth of knowledge when it comes to the anatomy and physiology of pain and injury. She provides massage and myofacial release that is specific to her clients needs. She has strong hands that can provide whatever amount of pressure that is requested. She even uses Graston or "scraping" techniques as a part of her practice. She accepts multiple types of insurance and is available for post motor vehicle accident therapy. Sara is the best massage therapist I have seen to date and I recommend her without hesitation.
Sara Petersen is one of the top bodywork practitioners in the world. THE WORLD. She's way too humble to tell you this, but I can tell you that she is the reason I am such a successful massage therapist; I was lucky to be her student in massage training. Her knowledge of the body and musculoskeletal systems and what to do to help restore function and decrease pain far surpasses that of most physical therapists deep tissue massage practitioners.
Her approach to bodywork and Rolfing is functional, practical, and most of all, she wants you to understand why you are having pain and what to do about it. Most massage therapists and physical therapists don't know how to relate that information, so even after years of massage or bodywork you will still be mystified as to the source of your pain. Sara cares about you feeling as good as you can, and will work with you to get you there.
Sara is the best, hands down.
Don't hesitate. Make an appointment. Feel amazing.
Sara has been an awesome find for me. As a runner who sometimes runs too much for my calves, feet and hips to handle, Sara has been amazing at keeping me going. She not only does an awesome sports massage, unmatched in PDX, but also really helps me understand what muscles are doing what and I get anatomy class each and every time. A huge value add for me as a coach. Her space in inner NE Portland is fabulous: warm on the cold days, cool on the warm days and calming as well as inviting.
Her deep tissue work has been instrumental in keeping me running. I was moved to write this review because at my last massage she really helped me see that I could run the races of my dreams and she is keeping me healthy and strong to get me there! She is for sure a part of my team.
I pay her directly but I know she takes insurance for MVAs. She also does Structural Integration (Rolfing) which I am considering for the off season.
Are you seriously still reading this. Give her a call and make an appt. She will make you feel great.