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Therapists

HEALING ROOTS

Our Therapists

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Sarah

Owner, LMT, RYT, Reiki 3 Certified

(she/her)

Sarah attributes her unique and therapeutic massage style to her early massage days working on Hilton Head Island, where she learned from seasoned therapists to treat the practice as something sacred. 

Today, the International Spa Institute graduate owns and operates Healing Roots Massage & Wellness Center with the intention of creating a haven for others to experience relief from physical, mental, and emotional distress, as well as a renewed connection to one’s self. 

Since starting her career as a holistic practitioner, Sarah has received certification in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, completed Myofascial Release training, and became certified in Reiki levels1 2 & 3. Sarah shapes her work in a way that addresses the whole self, and clients can expect thorough, meaningful work in a safe, intimate, and easeful space. Currently, Sarah is in the process of completing her Masters in Social Work at The University of Pittsburgh. Her intent is to provide direct practice therapy as a complement to Healing Roots' existing services. 

Outside of Healing Roots - Sarah enjoys spending time in nature, practicing yoga, running, and writing poetry.

 
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Abbie

LMT, Reiki Certified

(they/them)

Abbie's commitment to wellness, self-care, and self-improvement was established at a fairly young age. The road that led them to their current outlook on such things has been a winding one and heavily shaped by their efforts to understand their own place in the world and how best to function in it. 

Abbie has sought direction in various disciplines – religion, yoga, meditation and mindfulness, exercise, and health-consciousness. While each of these things has played its own important role in their growth, massage therapy is the first of such disciplines that they've become truly rooted in. It is one of the few things that Abbie genuinely believes everybody can derive some benefit from.

As a therapist, Abbie takes great pride and pleasure in being a part of others' journeys of self-care and healing. They believe that each individual has their own unique way of being in the world. Through massage, Abbie wishes to connect with, encourage, and teach people who resonate with this thinking.

Tending to a varying blend of Swedish, Myofascial, and Trigger Point techniques, no two massages Abbie gives are the same, just as no two people are the same. Their number one goal for every session is to create space for a whole person just to be. People often find their work to be deeply relaxing and comforting.

Abbie graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy. As a part of the same program, they have been attuned in Level 1 Reiki. Abbie's continued learning trajectory includes deepening their understanding of Myofascial work and learning how best to incorporate energy work and intentionality into their practice.

Outside of massage therapy, Abbie spends as much time as possible with friends and loved ones. A collector of hobbies, but regularly enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, cooking, and creating music.

 
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Jason

LMT

(he/him)

Jason has always enjoyed helping people. In 2004 he went to massage school in Portland, OR, to learn to help people in a way he had not yet. The teachers he had were of varying disciplines and introduced him to many modalities. One of his first jobs was working on a sports massage team, which led him to more of a treatment-style massage. Later he worked with a doctor who treated patients involved in automobile crashes and work-related injuries where he was able to focus on more acute and chronic conditions.

Jason's massage incorporates many different modalities from deep tissue, trigger point, and sports massage. When working into the muscle, he likes to go slow for the tissues to relax as he finds that to give a longer-lasting benefit. Something he has learned along the way is that education and awareness can help you to heal from your injuries. He is currently working towards becoming a C.A.M.T. (Certified Advanced Myofascial Therapist). 

His studies have taken him to Spain, where he took movement and bodywork classes on the Camino. When not providing massage, Jason enjoys the outdoors by bicycle, foot, and any of the slow boating ways. 

 
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Auttumn

LMT, Reiki 2 Certified

(she/her)

Auttumn is honored to be at Healing Roots to act as a channel for mind, body & soul connection through the practices of therapeutic massage and reiki. 

Her history of caring for others through touch, namely her father, inspired her to receive her education at the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy. Here, she received training in myofascial release, energy work, neuromuscular therapy, and Swedish massage. Her massage style is a manifestation of her intuition and creativity. She prioritizes the comfort of each client by understanding that everyone who stands before her has walked a different path and individualizes each session with gentle and diligent care. 

Auttumn has spent a lot of time learning to trust her “gut feeling” and has practiced honing her skills through reiki. If you choose to receive a reiki session from her, she highly recommends bringing a journal to take notes after your session to take the reiki energy with you and integrate it with your own self-care practices.


Outside of Healing Roots, Auttumn can often be found creating art, enjoying a wide range of live music, or outside, finding quiet moments deep in the woods. 

 
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Bri

LMT

(she/her)

Following an accident, Bri found herself in need of massage therapy which piqued her interest and introduced her to an unexpected path. After finishing her bachelors degree at SUNY Fredonia, she found herself excited by the opportunity to pursue training at the Advanced Fuller School of Massage in Virginia Beach, VA and from there her fondness for holistic healing has continued to grow. As she made it a priority to learn about and receive massage therapy consistently, she found that she no longer needed the muscle relaxers that she had been relying on and tries to help her clients find the same natural pain relief that she did. 

 

Bri aims for her sessions to feel both gentle and therapeutic with modalities such as Swedish, Hot Stone, Cupping, and adding in techniques from Myofascial Release and Sports massage where needed. She is currently looking into a variety of continuing education opportunities to expand her repertoire and increase her potential to serve her clients. Bri makes it a priority to provide her clients with a safe, relaxing, and supportive space to heal and restore. 

 

Outside of massage, Bri enjoys video games, reading, and walking. Being new to Pittsburgh, she is still finding her way around and will be exploring whenever possible.

 
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Ru

LMT

(they/them)

Ru dreams of a world where we can all prioritize healing. Ru believes deeply that we all hold the tools that we need to heal ourselves and build a more balanced and connected world. They found their way to massage therapy through social justice and environmental work, as they realized that focusing inward is just as important as focusing on what is affecting us out in the world. In working on their own healing, they have discovered the additional power we can embody when we give ourselves enough space to be our best selves. 

 

Ru grew up in Pittsburgh. They attended Pitzer College in the Los Angeles area, where they studied environmental analysis and the toll that environmental destruction can take on our bodies. They also began exploring the power of theater and dance to envision and manifest a more hopeful future. They returned to the 'burgh and started building community through performance and organizing work. Dance, song, and connection all feel like part of their approach to healing. Taking our health AND our happiness seriously is a radical act! Ru also manifests joy by backpacking, biking, and rock-climbing as much as they can.

 

Ru attended the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and graduated in 2018. They now teach Myofascial Massage at the school. Ru's specialties include neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, sports massage and pregnancy massage. They are pursuing further training in nervous system regulation and are beginning the Somatic Experiencing professional track program in Spring 2022. Ru strives to create a safe space that can be exactly what YOU need it to be. They are honored to be a part of your healing journey.