Hi! My name is Sara, and I’m a licensed massage and bodywork therapist at Healing Hands Chiropractic in Greensboro, NC. I’ve been practicing sports massage since I graduated from the Body Therapy Institute in 2009. I completed a Masters of Science in Sports Medicine in 2013 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I spent entirely too much time in the Applied Neuromechanics Lab. I love working with active individuals, and I have been lucky to provide sports massage for many Division I collegiate athletes, elite amateur and professional cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, and team sports competitors. I have also served as a soigneur for the USA Cycling Elite Development Program in Europe, which gave me an even deeper appreciation for the role of hands-on therapies in the most extreme sports environments. In January 2015, I joined Kneaded Energy School of Massage as a sciences instructor in musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, and became an adjunct professor of biomechanics at Greensboro College. Through my work with TWENTY16 Pro Cycling Team this year, I have been asked to serve as the team’ head soigneur and will accompany them to races throughout the US and beyond in 2016.
I got interested in sports massage through my own participation in endurance sports — I began cycling and running when I was 16 and quickly fell in love. I have since participated in road cycling, mountain biking, triathlon and time trials, running, swimming, standup paddleboarding, rock climbing, equestrian eventing, and other endurance-related sports. During my undergrad, I founded and served as captain of Guilford College’s first and only cycling team, and led the team to a 3rd place finish in the Atlantic Coast Cycling Conference championships in the women’s team time trial event. Individually, I hold multiple State Games championships in the criterium and mountain bike events and I’ve competed in a diverse array of races around the country. Right now I mostly ride road and mountain bikes for fun, fitness, and the occasional crazy event that comes my way.
My hope is for this blog to educate and inspire athletes about recovery techniques, training tips and pitfalls, and as a vehicle to share my experiences from my ever-evolving journey as a perpetual student of sports therapies. I want to hear from you about your experiences too! Contact me using the form below and find more information at www.saraclawson.com