Sari Hands PLC Fall 2016 Newsletter!
        OTR/L, RCST®

Sari loves to help
facilitate your 
Wellness & Quality of Life
through a variety of gentle 
manual therapy techniques including 
Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release to help calm your tissues, nervous system and cardiovascular system.

 Sari graduated from the 
University of Wisconsin with a B.S. 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, and 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 has has participated as a Teaching Assistant for multiple Craniosacral Therapy courses, with Michael Shea PhD, including International courses in Switzerland.  She has been invited to join the teaching team for a course called Primary Respiration and Pregnancy April 2017.

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.  

Sari is a fitness enthusiast, enjoying a variety of classes and styles of dance and fitness and a 'foodie', who loves to combine beautiful, fresh ingredients in delicious and healthy ways!
These "Heart Hands" are a symbol of love, health and community.
Thank you for being a part of this community with me.

          Sari Hands PLC                       

Fall 2016 

What Bonds the Branches of Craniosacral Therapy? 

Last year, I shared a resource that I had compiled for a colleague explaining about the different styles of Craniosacral Therapy. I could have saved myself the effort...

Because my respected colleague, Sharon Desjarlais, wrote an article for Massage magazine back in 2010!  Not sure how I missed it at the time.  She interviewed practitioners of the three styles of Craniosacral Therapy, including Michael Shea PhD.** 

Sharon and I agree that we are among our favorite people who have never met in person!  

Recently, Sharon sent out this email:
Dear Sari,
In 2010 I did the unthinkable. 
I wrote a cover article for Massage Today that compared and contrasted 3 different branches of Craniosacral Therapy: Upledger, Biodynamic and Visionary. 

The Membrane Model. The Fluid Model. And the Mystical Model. 

To my knowledge, it’s the first time anyone ever explored them all together in this way. 

Until then, it was kinda like politics.
Practitioners of each style often treated the others with distrust. And sometimes downright disdain.
So you just didn't cross party lines. 

But when I did the research? I found something surprising.  

Each branch sprang from the same brilliant man ...
But at different times of his life. 

If you missed that article, please read it here ...

"Craniosacral Therapies: 3 Bodies, 1 Heart" 


Because our common history is even more important today than it was 6 years ago. 

With all the new styles of CST being born, it’s like watching evolution on fast-forward.
Yet no matter which form you practice, there’s far more that bonds us together than what drives us apart. 

So we can learn from each other. And celebrate each other.  

Knowing we're all contributing to the greater good ...
"In Stillness is the renewal." Michael Shea PhD.

"Every practitioner needs to
find and follow their own genius." Hugh Milne
Founder of Visionary Craniosacral Therapy

This was so validating to me as a therapist!  Kind of gave me permission to be open to even more possibilities in blending gentle manual therapies and Craniosacral Therapy styles to 'meet my clients where they are at' and facilitate sessions to enhance their wellness and quality of life.
Sharon Desjarlais is an award-winning business coach for Craniosacral Therapists.  Learn more at



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