Sarah Graf is a dedicated Massage Therapy practitioner who works with patients suffering from an injury or chronic pain as well as those seeking to find relief from daily stress. She received her diploma in Therapeutic Massage from Every Day Bliss in 2020.
She graduated from the Milwaukee School of Languages and can speak German fluently.
Her styles of massage include Relaxation, Deep Tissue / Sports, and Prenatal massage. Book your next massage with Sarah Graf on Monday and Tuesday mornings and on select Saturdays.
Q&A with Sarah Graf
Q. How long have you been a massage therapist?
A. I graduated from the Every Day Bliss in Waukesha in 2020.
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I specialize in Swedish Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue / Sports Massage, and Prenatal Massage.
I’m particularly interested in myofascial release and trigger point. These modalities have taught me that the source of the pain in the body isn’t always where a client feels the pain. It’s important to look at how everything in the body connects, how each muscle group affects another and ultimately affects the health, tension, and body mechanics of the body as a whole.
Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. My current style is based on what worked well for me or had a profound effect on me when I was in Massage school.
I realized, learned, experienced that our bodies have memory, and hold physical and emotional trauma in the tissues. Every bone and muscle in the body is connected by a web of tissue that isn’t always given the attention it needs. Myofascial release works on muscles via the tissues surrounding them.
Q. What can a new client expect?
A. A new client can expect that I will listen and be guided by their concerns. Our bodies feel different every day and what we need does as well. The goals for the massage session will be established by past and recent injuries, surgeries, physical traumas, even ones that don’t seem to have any effect in the present moment.
I provide an intentional and communicative massage experience. I regularly explain what I am doing and why during the massage when necessary.
Q.What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. Massage Therapy is increasingly seen as a benefit to overall health and wellbeing. It’s recognized as a form of healthcare and is more recommended as treatment, or in tandem with other therapies, chiropractic, and Physical Therapy. It’s unfortunate that until now, Massage Therapy hasn’t been taken as seriously as a form of healthcare treatment.
Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. I’m learning how to listen to my gut, physically and emotionally. For me, this means setting boundaries when I need to, not taking on more than I can handle, so I don’t burn out. It also means paying more attention to what I put in my body and how I relax / re-energize.
I’ve not been very good at scheduling my time so that’s something I’ve been working on lately. I am learning how to schedule rest, play, and work in my life in a balanced way. And, I’m making sure I eat all the colors of the rainbow, every day. I am learning to listen to my body and say no to the foods that upset my body.
Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. I enjoy sitting on the roof of a really tall building. I love being able to view the city and the lake, especially at night, from a very high vantage point.
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. My favorite places to eat are the Vanguard because they have a lot of vegan options, and the Riverwest Co-op.
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. My top three favorite things to do are farming, watercolor painting, and walking/hiking with my dog.
Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. To destress I like to practice Kundalini yoga, go biking or hiking, cook for people, and watch time-lapse videos of plants (esp mushrooms) growing.