Sarah P. McClennen, Certified Advanced Rolfer®, Rolf® Movement Practitioner, LMT, CST was born in Lafayette, Indiana. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout the United States choosing to make New Hampshire her home in 1986.
While a teenager, Sarah was involved in a serious automobile accident. Although the medical community said she had no life threatening injuries, she was plagued with headaches, digestive disorders, anxiety, and other “minor” ailments. Unsatisfied with the medical solution of more Advil, Pepto-Bismol and other over the counter remedies, Sarah sought out the services of a Naturopath, a Chiropractor, and a Rolfer®. In 1982 this was a very unusual path to take. Her parents were distressed and sent her to a psychiatrist, claiming she had eating disorders. Being from an academic background her parents were unfamiliar and unsettled by the less cognitive path of the Healing Arts. She decided at this point to leave home, at age 18, and pursue her desire to feel good and be healthy. The integration of both Western and Eastern medicine has characterized her personal and professional journey towards optimum performance and well-being. The desire to feel well resulted in an introduction to the Healing Arts and the body’s natural inclination to wellness. Combining the cognitive and intuitive dimensions of massage therapy led her to the sub specialty of Cranio Sacral Work and most recently Rolfing® Structural Integration.
In 1992, preceding her divorce and needing to find a career to support herself and her two young children, Sarah felt the best path would be to find a way to share with others the benefits she had received from her use of alternative therapies to find health. Sarah entered into a program for massage therapy at New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts in Hudson, NH. Graduating in 1993, she was faced with the divorce and the passing of her mother from pancreatic cancer. Seeking to combat the stresses of life and her continuing health issues, Sarah continued seeking out new information in order to enhance her own wellbeing. Combining the cognitive and intuitive dimensions of massage therapy led her first to the sub specialty of Cranio Sacral Work, in 1997. For 11 years she studied with the Upledger Institute Inc. and personally with Dr. John Upledger and his wife Lisa Upledger D.C. Through these studies she began the journey of listening to her own intuition and inner wisdom and of learning to listen to the clients inner wisdom.
During this time, in addition to studying extensively with the Upledger Institute and becoming a teaching assistant and a certified Cranio Sacral Therapist for the organization, Sarah interned with an acupuncturist, an osteopath, and attended Goddard College, working on a degree in the Health Arts Program. In her last semester at Goddard, while envisioning a senior thesis researching the history of osteopathy and the cranial field, she realized that an academic pursuit for a degree was not the path she wished to focus on. It became clear that this was her father’s dream for her, and not her own. She withdrew. Interestingly in 2013, just before his death, Sarah’s father was able to share with Sarah his immense pride in her achievements and her chosen path in life. This was an incredibly healing moment for Sarah. Illustrating in a concrete and sensory manner for Sarah that healing is multidimensional: mind, body, and spirit.
In 2008, Sarah met Steve Howell and discovered a kindred spirit. They married in 2013. Together they hike, bike, kayak and ski, both in the backcountry and on piste. Their level of activity was greater than Sarah had had in her single life. This brought on a new set of physical challenges for Sarah. In keeping with her passions and intrigued by the idea of structure and function being interrelated, a concept she had been introduced to while studying A.T. Still the founder of Osteopathy, she began taking some continuing education courses in Structural Integration.
In Their Own Words
The atmosphere at Feel Peaceful Therapy contributes to a healing experience. Sarah brings intelligence, wisdom, and humor to the treatment room.
B.S., New London, NH
After a series of weekend workshops with Tom Meyers, KMI Institute, Sarah sought out a Rolfer to help her with the structural challenges arising from high levels of physical activity. Rolfing, named after Ida Rolf PhD, also called Rolfing® Structural Integration was the predecessor to Structural Integration. Many of the teachers of Structural Integration studied with the Rolf® Institute initially and then after becoming Rolfers®, broke away to develop their own schools and paths. Sarah was drawn to see a Rolfer, feeling that it was at the root of the profession. After meeting Kevin Frank, receiving the Ten-Series plus many more sessions over the years, and observing many sessions, Sarah felt so alive and comfortable in her body that she began to seek out a way to become a Rolfer®. She wished to share with her clients the benefits she had received. As fate would have it, Kevin and a teacher named Duffy Allen had been contemplating a certification training to happen in NH/VT. The course took shape and Sarah enrolled.
After an intensive two year training, Sarah became a Certified Rolfer® on May 19, 2014; a Certified Rolf Movement Practitioner in the Fall of 2016; and a Certified Advanced Rolfer® in May of 2018. This was the beginning of a new chapter and a continuation of her life’s work.
Sarah P McClennen Certified Advanced Rolfer® specializes in Rolfing® Structural Integration. She incorporates into her Rolfing sessions her knowledge and training in Deep Tissue Massage, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Somato-Emotional Release, Viseral Work, Zero Balancing, and Healing with Imagery and Breath. Her goal is to assist people in achieving Deep Mind/Body/Spirit Healing.
About Ida Rolf
The magic lies in her creation of a technique that allows practitioners to develop their own intuition and bring it to the service of others.
Rosemary Feitis, New York, 1978
Taken from Rolfing® and Physical Reality: edited with and introduction by Rosemary Feitis ©1978
“Healing is learning to be at peace and at ease,” according to Sarah P McClennen Certified Advanced Rolfer®. It is her hope to help people achieve inner peace, be present in their bodies, and compassionate with themselves. It is her deep belief that Rolfing® Structural Integration, Cranio Sacral Therapy and all forms of therapeutic massage and bodywork are comprehensive health-enhancing therapies. They help the body strengthen, rebalance, and enhance the functioning of all the body’s physiological systems. Regular bodywork is as essential to health as regular maintenance is to your car’s long-term functioning. Sarah is committed to helping each individual achieve the highest level of health possible.
“Health is not a static concept but the ability of the body to constantly chance and adapt to the effects of internal and external stressors. These stressors can be physical, emotional, and/or spiritual. These forces affect each person differently,” says Sarah P McClennen Certified Advanced Rolfer®. In a Rolfing session, Sarah incorporates techniques, as needed, and works together with her clients to determine what they need during each session. Sarah tells her clients “within each of us is an “Inner Physician” who knows what’s out-of-balance and what needs to be done to restore our health.” She hopes to acquaint you with your Inner Physician so that you can work together to stay healthy.
Sarah P McClennen Certified Advanced Rolfer® has two adult children both of whom share her passion for health and activity. Her daughter is a designer in Boston, MA and is passionate about rock climbing. Sarah resides in North Woodstock, NH. Her hobbies include biking, skiing, mountain climbing, kayaking, and gardening.
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