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Sara was delightful to work with and I would absolutely recommend her for her great work with babies. We brought our 2.5 month old daughter to her approximately 1.5 months after she had a tongue & lip tie release. Our baby had been seeing an infant chiropractor who also informed us she had torticollis. We had also been seeing a lactation consultant since birth, but our baby still had difficulty breastfeeding so we were referred to Sara. Though we made important progress with these interventions, I believe we would have seen much quicker improvements had we seen Sara before and immediately after the tie releases. Sara was extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and sensitive to our baby's needs and comfort. She explained what she is doing and why and provided written details so we could do the activities at home. Our baby would give the biggest smiles and happy cooing noises during the activities and it was so much fun! I was surprised when our baby got tired during a session and Sara lulled our baby to sleep and continued the gentle cranial sacral therapy bodywork while she slept peacefully. It was so rewarding to see our baby's body "awaken" as she discovered new range of motion for her tongue, or learned to enjoy TummyTime!, or be comfortable on her least-preferred side, etc. It's still a work in progress for both baby and mother, but we are so grateful that for the first time our baby is having meals where she is completely breastfed without needing supplementation!
After some reflection, I also wanted to tell you a bit about where [we] are at since I couldn't articulate it well at our last session. E appears to actually enjoy breastfeeding now! What a stark contrast from just a few weeks ago when she seemed to legitimately hate it and would cry and fuss in anticipation when I positioned her to feed. It was mentally exhausting & demoralizing, especially after she had the tie releases and the chiropractic work that should have "fixed" everything. We gradually gave up on the "slow paced bottle feeding" because she ate so slow and she needed the whole time she was awake to feed. And I am glad I "gave up" on any breastfeeding improvements when we came to see you because it took the pressure off and I could just let things happen rather than pushing and controlling. But I never expected our work with you to be so much fun! And I feel like I now connect with Emma so much better now because of the activities you gave us and the dialogue we had about her needing to map out her newborn body! We still have some work to do, including some on my end regarding low milk supply & timing my pumping so she gets more full meals at the breast, etc. But I'm so grateful for how far we've come!
We are in a pretty stable place, continuing her TummyTime! and latching is consistent. Despite my low milk supply, there are large chunks of time (whole nights, or most of the day) when all she takes is breastmilk from my body, which is actually more than I thought possible when we first came to see you and I was pumping for 1/4 of what she was taking and barely able to latch her (and unable to latch her without help from B). I am so grateful for your help, your care, and your kindness. I don't think I would be experiencing this funny little version of success without you. Thank you so much.
With Kenna turning a year old today, I'm reflecting quite a bit on the road we traveled the past 12 months. The feeling I continue to come away with is one of immense gratitude for all the people in our lives who helped us through. You are one of those people. Thank you so very much for all you did out of the kindness of your own heart to help me when I was at my lowest of lows with Kenna's feeding problems. I am truly grateful for all of your support, advice, love, and encouragement. I often felt like I was drifting away and losing myself in the quest to help Kenna be well. You were an anchor when I needed it the most.
After having a lip and tongue tie revised, my 4 month old son and I met Sara for a craniosacral therapy session, as she was highly recommended by our pediatric dentist, Dr. Kaplan. Up until this point, I was anxious surrounding the healing process and possible long term effects this could cause, if the correct actions weren't taken. From the initial communication with Sara, my anxiety was lifting. She was kind and open, and clearly, extremely educated in her specialty. I instantly felt like I could breath again. Meeting Sara was further confirmation that we were on the right track. She was warm and welcoming, making both my son and I feel comfortable. The appointment was more than I could ask for. She was so good with my son, and never once did it seem like he was slightly uncomfortable. She is a baby whisperer for sure! The follow up from Sara has been phenomenal. She has reached out with multiple exercises we can continue to work on while at home and we plan to see her again next week. Sara is honest and has an open line for communication, she is nonjudgemental, supported and clearly invested in all her clients. We look forward to our future craniosacral therapy sessions with Sara!
Sara is truly a miracle worker! My son, Joseph, was born with torticollis and lip and tongue ties. We started seeing Sara for Craniosacral Therapy and Tummytime Method when Joseph was around 10 months. Joseph was only rolling to one side and not able to crawl. Sara was so very good with him. She is playful, patient, extremely gentle and really listens to him and his body throughout the entire session. She instructed me on how to engage with Joseph in the Tummytime Method and different techniques that I could do myself in the comfort of my own home on a daily basis. This was a huge help in between visits with her. Joseph started crawling AND walking within only a few visits to Sara. And he is thriving all due to her amazing expertise! I couldn't be more grateful and THANKFUL for ALL she has done for us! I highly recommend her to anyone who may need help with their little one!
- Kelly & Joseph Kutchmanich
I have had the privilege to know and enjoy massage therapy with Sara Riley for over 5 years. Sara is a knowledgeable massage therapist and her abilities result in a massage that is both relieving and restorative.
Sara has helped me overcome a life long chronic problem with TMJD as well as neck and shoulder injuries sustained in car and running accidents. Her natural talent, compassion and advanced continued education result in a remarkable massage experience.
Sara is passionate about what she does and it shows by the care and effort she puts into each massage. Her continued support and therapeutic care are allowing me to return to and enjoy an active lifestyle.
- S. Rose
Over the past 35 years, I have been to many massage therapists. Many of them were very good. But ten years ago, my chiropractor recommended Sara, and now I would never go to anyone else. Sara is superb.
First, she is an incredibly compassionate person. She cares deeply about her clients and gets to know them personally so that she can better understand their physical problems and discern how best to treat them. She uses various methods, but underlying them all is not only extensive knowledge and experience, but also a true gift for bodywork. And she is very strong.
I suffer from fibromyalgia and arthritis and Sara has helped alleviate the pain from both those conditions. She has also successfully treated me after various falls, injuries, and surgeries. I see Sara once a month, more if I have injured myself. Not only do I look forward to spending time with her because she is such a lovely person; I always come away in a significantly improved physical condition.
I truly cannot recommend Sara enough.
- Trinki Brueckner, Barrington
Sara is an amazing massage therapist! She has an in-depth understanding of the human body and as a result, she treats the underlying cause of a problem, not just the symptoms. I always look forward to my appointments and feel so much better after I leave her office.
- Maria Barry