Sari Hands PLC Summer 2014 Newsletter!
        Sari A. Lewis,
       OTR/L, RCST
Sari loves to help facilitate your Wellness and Quality of Life through gentle manual therapy techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release to help calm your tissues and nervous system.
Sari graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. After completing clinical internships in NY and CA, she settled in Arizona to begin over a decade of specialization in hand and upper extremity therapy, followed by several years working for
Medtronic and Empi selling
electrotherapy products.
(TENS and muscle stimulators)
In 1997, she returned to her true love of patient care and began studies with the International Alliance of Healthcare Practitioners (The Upledger Institute) and the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA) where she completed over 1000 hours of training in Biomechanical and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and obtained Diplomate certification as a Registered Craniosacral Therapist. (RCST®)  Sari also has additional training using Craniosacral Therapy with newborns and infants.

Sari continues to participate as a Teaching Assistant for multiple Craniosacral Therapy courses, including International courses in Kiental Switzerland in May of 2012 and 2013 and September 2014.
Sari delights in focusing attention on patient care in her North Scottsdale office, 
Sari Hands PLC, where she works with a diverse caseload, ranging from birth to over 90.  She is also a contributing writer to online and print publications. 

Sari is a fitness enthusiast and a 'foodie', who loves to combine beautiful, fresh ingredients in delicious and healthy ways!

She serves on the Advisory Board of The Harp Foundation, supporting the use of live therapeutic harp music in healthcare settings.

Summer 2014 

A Gentle Pace
After my last newsletter, I purchased a fitbit activity monitor to see if I could measure and monitor stillness in therapy sessions.  I found myself immediately drawn into the competitive nature and the 'buzz' surrounding these devices.  "How many steps did I take?"  " Did this accurately assess my efforts?" "How do I compare to others?"  Some devices even "buzz" you if you've been inactive too long, encouraging movement.

While I recognize the benefit of activity, movement and exercise, I grew to understand an even deeper appreciation for slowing and stillness.

While in the Sleep mode, movement is monitored.  I found myself eager to settle into a comfortable position in bed and then to breathe deeply into slowing and stillness.  I was aware that this inactivity would register as sleep and compare it to the benefits of deep relaxation in mediation, yoga and Craniosacral Therapy.  Taking time to gently slow our pace before sleep is highly beneficial for our quality of sleep.

In the extreme heat of the Arizona summer, where we've had heat advisories, I've purposely slowed my pace and allowed for extra time to keep this slower pace.  I'm finding that, if I don't rush and over-heat, I don't require as much time to transition between temperatures outside and inside.

It's just another way of being gentle with ourselves. 

    Walking Trail in Kiental, Switzerland
Wanderweg (encourages a gentle pace)

I'm thrilled to be returning to The Kientalerhof Center for Wellbeing to assist another course with Michael Shea 4-7 September.  I can't wait to feel the gentle summer breezes in the Swiss Alps! 

*Please note that I will be out of the office 27 August-11 September.

Allow yourself to be grounded, present,
centered and calm.


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