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Inspired Bodywork By Sake Facilitates Holistic Healing and Pain Relief

By Pamela Sosnowski

When people in the Stowe area need a few kinks worked out of their back, neck, or shoulders, they call upon Karen Sake Erwin, the owner of Inspired Bodywork by Sake, for some relief. As Sake explains, what she's really doing is encouraging the body's own power to heal itself. She's just the catalyst that gets it moving along in the right direction.

"I try to show clients, that with a little care and awareness, their own bodies can repair damage that has been done over the years," she said. "I am very inspired by our body's innate ability to heal itself, so my work is focused on facilitating this natural process within everybody. I started Inspired Bodywork by Sake in Stowe in 2012 because I love what I do, and I thought could inspire others to trust in their own healing, with a little help and guidance."

Sake has nearly 30 years of experience in holistic healing techniques that include Craniosacral therapy and integrative bodywork. Craniosacral therapy is not to be confused with massage, and it's benefits can actually last longer than traditional massage. CST uses a very light, gentle touch applied along the spine to help rebalance the body and relieve pressure on disks and pinched nerves. CST is used to alleviate stress, trauma, and physical injury to the body and can also improve alignment and sleep quality.

"I call what I do 'bodywork' so as to not be confused with Swedish massage," Sake said. "I'll integrate massage and deep tissue techniques into the session, when that's going to bring the most relief to the client."

Sake has had several private practices across the country, and has worked in resort spas and healing centers, including the renowned Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, before settling in Stowe and re-opening her own private practice. In addition to Sake's bodywork sessions, she also teaches an aerobic dance-movement class that incorporates yoga. Currently, her class is held in the basement of Stowe Community Church every Saturday morning. She calls her class 'Embody' which includes Nia. The "nia" stands for neuromuscular integrative action and blends elements of yoga, dance, tai chi, and martial arts for a well-rounded workout that both energizes and helps stress melt away.

Sake's services are available by appointment only Monday through Friday with limited hours on Saturday afternoon. Since no two clients and their needs are alike, neither are Sake's therapies. She creates custom treatments based on an individuals' symptoms. Her clients' testimonials speak for themselves; they attest to pain relief, Sake's understanding of bodywork, and noticeable improvement in their own quality of life.

"If someone wants a Swedish massage, there are many wonderful therapists in the area," she said. "But if they are suffering from any kind of chronic pain or stress, they might try me, especially if they have tried other things and have gotten nowhere. At the very least, I hope people walk away feeling inspired to take better care of themselves."

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