Sarah Girard

"By simply relaxing, being quiet, breathing and having a heartfelt intention to help another being, you create a sacred space. In this space, all things are possible." - Kathleen Prasad

Welcome! I am Sarah Girard and I have been serving others as a bodyworker since 2013. I specialize in Lymphatic Therapy and Reiki. I am passionate about creating a safe and welcoming space for anyone looking to heal through the mind and body connection of gentle bodywork. 

As a child I was fascinated with the healing power of nature. You could find me exploring the woods behind my house or playing in a nearby stream. I found solace and spiritual connection in nature that I longed to share wi...

Welcome! I am Sarah Girard and I have been serving others as a bodyworker since 2013. I specialize in Lymphatic Therapy and Reiki. I am passionate about creating a safe and welcoming space for anyone looking to heal through the mind and body connection of gentle bodywork. 

As a child I was fascinated with the healing power of nature. You could find me exploring the woods behind my house or playing in a nearby stream. I found solace and spiritual connection in nature that I longed to share with others. As a teenager, I was involved in 2 car accidents within one year that left me in debilitating and chronic pain. After months of PT, doctor's visits, and pharmaceuticals, I finally found relief in the healing touch of massage therapy. Bodywork allowed me to begin the healing process through uncovering years of guarding in my body, buried emotions, and poor postural patterns which directly contributed to my pain. 

Following high school, I returned to my love of nature and earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan- Dearborn.  I spent some time in the corporate world, and university sector recruiting volunteers and funding for Detroit area non-profits in the area of environmental education, habitat restoration, recycling and urban farming. Although I knew the work I was doing was important, I felt a call to something deeper and more personal. 

In 2012 I enrolled at Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy and have been eagerly learning everything I can about hands on healing and self care ever since. I spent the first 7 years of my career as a massage therapist working with chiropractors and serving the clients of those clinics. In that time, I learned Lymphatic Therapy through Dr. Bruno Chikly's Chikly Health Institute as well as the Usui system of Reiki through Ann Arbor Reiki Master Suzy Weinckowski. I enjoy working with a wide range of clients and especially enjoy seeing the transformation of those diagnosed with conditions such as fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, neuralgia, sinusitis as well as those preparing for and recovering from surgery.

In October of 2020, I started Elevate Mind & Bodywork, LLC with the intention to help ELEVATE you to the best version of yourself. I'm delighted to invite clients to my massage suite/retreat. This location brings the healing energies of nature right outside the window of your treatment room. In this sacred space, I choose to use my personal healing journey of chronic pain, trauma, depression, anxiety, gut issues and more to empathize with my clients. Once we strip away tension, fear, trauma, inflammation and pain, we can see what our bodies and minds can truly accomplish. While I share insights with my clients when relevant, my approach is intuitive, collaborative, non-judgmental, and rooted in deep listening. 

I honor the time I have with my clients and know your time is valuable. My intention is to be as present and as helpful as possible in our work together. May you welcome my life experience, education, and intuitive bodywork to guide you through your healing journey. 

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Where I Work
Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Licenses
Massage

MI # 7501001604

Education
2013

Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy

Swedish Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Therapy

2018

Chikly Health Institute (C.H.I.)

LDT 1: Lymphatic Pathways & Anatomical Integrity

2019

Chikly Health Institute (C.H.I.)

LDT 2: Pathological Pathways & Manual Lymphatic Mapping

2017

National Academy of Sports Medicine

Certified Personal Trainer

2020

Usui Reiki Master, Suzy Wienckowski

First Degree of the Usui System of Reiki Healing

REVIEWS for my Bodywork or Spa services

by Patricia on Jan 10
Sarah pays attention to your needs, even those you do not know about. She starts with her hands doing "a reading" over one's body. Then a gentle approach that builds deeper . The day after my massage with Sarah I feel many years lighter & more 'youthful', full of energy and way fewer aches & pains. I leave happy, limber and in access with my inner peace. Highly recommend.
by Anonymous on Jan 07
Elevate Mind & Bodywork, LLC provided a great experience for relaxation and massage Therapy. Sarah Girard is very professional and accommodating with injuries
by Diane on Dec 31
Sarah was very responsive to needs and made sure all were addressed in session.
by Kathleen on Dec 31
Relaxation began the moment I turned into the drive at Elevation's magical setting, winding past a pond of fluffy white ducks, to the soothing colors, beautiful artwork and restful music found inside--only to be topped off by the most luxurious steam bath I've ever enjoyed, and Sarah's deeply proficient bodywork and obvious dedication to covid safety. This was a complete experience and the real deal!
by Corky on Dec 29
I always look forward to seeing Sarah. Her healing touch calms my whole body and makes me feel like a complete person again. I love her new office and the surrounding woods and creek. She has a wonderful insight for what is ailing you and fixes it. I can't say enough good things about Sarah.
by Chris on Dec 24
Sara’s’ intuitive and clinical process is amazing! Without receiving her gifts, I would have prolonged progress during my healing process. My goal is to recover from my accident and thankfully Sara was there from the start. I can’t imagine where I would be without her skills, intuitive understanding healing hands!
by Joyce on Dec 18
I appreciated the sauna that was available before the treatment. It was very helpful.
by Anonymous on Dec 11
Sarah has created an amazing, healing environment. I relaxed the moment I came in. And her touch is like magic!
by Alaina on Dec 09
Sarah is AMAZING! She knows exactly what you need everytime. Her place makes you feel at home, and so does she! She is always so thorough and is willing to answer any and all questions you have. She definitely has your best interest in mind, and will leave you feeling restored!
by Jamie on Nov 25
I’ve been seeing Sarah for a few years now and as I’ve told her, the day I get my massage is my favorite day each month. I almost always fall asleep because she offers such a relaxing space. She’s able to work on my problem areas to help me feel better. Her new space adds to the relaxing atmosphere as it’s just a little bit out of town surrounded by nature.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Reiki
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Spa

  • Spa

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