Get to know Teresa Sage!

Teresa Sage, LMT at East Village Spa

Many of our clients have had the privilege of working with Teresa Sage for their massage therapy visits since she joined our team 3 years ago in March 2012.   If you haven’t met Teresa, you should!  She’s a gifted massage therapist and her clients (and co-workers!) are lucky to be able to enjoy her enthusiasm for massage and life at East Village Spa.

When did you start your massage career?

This is career #2, and I am fairly new to the industry.  I began taking classes at Body Wisdom at the end of 2009 and received my license in February of 2012.  The next month I was lucky enough to start “living the dream” as a Licensed Massage Therapist at East Village Spa!

Why did you go into this field?

I’ve been an avid massage client for many years; it is the best stress reliever!  After 25 years in the corporate airline industry, I was ready to pursue my passion for holistic healing full time, beginning with massage therapy and reflexology.  This path has also led me to learning about and learing to give CranioSacral Therapy.  It is not massage, but another powerful healing tool.

What is your favorite service to give?

I love giving people a CranioSacral (CST) treatment.  I love seeing their calm, peaceful faces afterwards.  I love that CST can be incorporated into a regular massage session too.

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

How to narrow it down…I love them all!  I love getting a long therapeutic massage, not to mention how pampered I feel during a facial or pedicure.

What is your favorite spa retail product?

Right now, I’m torn between Derma E’s Vitamin A Retinyl Cream for the face and the new Kneipp arnica cream for sore muscles and joints.

What is your favorite way to reduce stress?

A glass of red wine and dark chocolate, getting a massage, long walks in the woods, hot aromatherapy baths, and of course, going home to kitty cuddles!

What are your favorite wellness resources?

I love the magazine Massage and Bodywork and I think everyone should read Dr. John Upledger’s book, Your Inner Physician and You.

Do you have a favorite wellness quote?

“Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.” ~Satchel Paige

Do you have a special talent people might not know about?

I make delicious apple pies (editor’s note: Her co-workers have yet to be treated to one of these delicious desserts!)

Why should clients visit YOU?

I love what I do, and I can tailor your session to whatever you tell me you need at the time…pampering, therapeutic, deep tissue…we can talk or we can be quiet (quiet allows for more healing, though).  I follow your lead, it is your session and I hope I can help.


CranioSacral Therapy Now Available with Teresa!

Teresa Sage, LMT at East Village SpaTeresa Sage, LMT, has completed her second level of the prestigious Upledger Institute CranioSacral training program and is now accepting clients for this gentle but powerful treatment.  Because CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is quite different from what people often think of when they envision a massage, I’ve asked Teresa for some more information.

Cassie: How does CST differ from a “regular” massage?

Teresa: The client remains fully clothed while relaxing on the massage table.  The therapist uses a very gentle touch on various parts of the body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that flows around the central nervous system.  By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your therapist can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.  Delicate manual techniques are used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of the central nervous system.  It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies.  The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.

ABMP CranioSacral imageCassie: What kinds of clients/concerns respond best to CST?

Teresa: Because CST improves the body’s ability to take better care of you, it helps relieve many types of pain, illness and dysfunction including reported improvements in migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, stress and tension, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.  My clients who have headaches and migraines have reported much improvement with CST.  Those that have come in with no specific or serious complaints have reported an improvement in sleep, a general decrease in normal “aches and pains” and increased energy.  One client reported she actually has visions during treatments and the sessions allow her space for deep meditation.

Cassie: Can you incorporate CST into a wellness, sports, or signature massage or does it need to be a “stand-alone” service?

Teresa: Integration is possible, but CST is such a gentle therapeutic approach physically, due to the target being so different from massage therapy.  CST is focused on the cerebral spinal fluid flow from within the CranioSacral membrane system, as opposed to muscles and fascia as in massage therapy.  Most massage clients expect to feel manipulation of the muscles and fascia from the therapist and they may not feel they are getting what they came for unless some explanation is provided, or they are familiar with CST and are wanting or willing to experience it.

If you would like to schedule a CranioSacral Therapy session with Teresa, the best way to book that is to schedule a 50 or 75 minute Wellness Massage and request Teresa.  If you call us, indicate you’d like us to note you prefer CST work.  If you book online, in the booking notes for Teresa, indicate you want CST work so she is prepared for that type of session when you arrive.  While some of our other therapists have had introductory courses in CST, Teresa is the only therapist offering full CST sessions at this time.