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Meet Sara Johnston of Lunar Tide Bodywork in River North and Old Town

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Johnston.

Sara, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My interest in Craniosacral Therapy began 19 years ago when I had a bad fall with my feet going out from under me due to very slippery winter conditions. I landed on my tailbone and was in extreme pain.

I was in massage therapy training at the time and that evening my instructor used Craniosacral Therapy to get me out of pain. It was amazing! This made me a serious believer of the power of this gentle body work.

I began studying it and have been a Craniosacral Therapist ever since. I went on to also study Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy so that I could work with newborn babies and small children.

I am self-employed and have a practice in River North and Old Town in Chicago.

I also teach a 3 part Craniosacral Fundamentals Certification Program in Chicago at Tribe, A Healing Arts Community at 1819 W Belmont. My next level 1 workshop is September 15 – 17, 2017.

Has it been a smooth road?
At the beginning I taught Massage Therapy at a school in Chicago, and worked at a Spa while I was continuing my Craniosacral Therapy studies. When the school scaled back on its program and reduced its staff, I decided to incorporate and become self-employed so that I could grow my Craniosacral practice exclusively. Learning how to find and attract clients in this field was an uneven process with much trial and error the first year. Once I learned that referrals from current clients are gold, I developed a reward system for my loyal clients and my practice has grown. I love what I do and I guess that comes through with my therapy.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a practitioner of Craniosacral Therapy, a light touch form of therapy that combines energy work with fulcrums that facilitate the body’s own self-healing mechanism. I specialize in working with migraine headaches, low back and sciatic pain, and with temporal-mandibular issues such as clenching and grinding the jaw.

It gives me much joy and satisfaction when a person with chronic issues becomes pain free and regains their quality of life. My practice is unique due to the importance I place on taking the time to really listen to the person who comes to my studio for help. I allow ample time for someone to “tell their story” and be witnessed.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Chicago is a great place to start a Craniosacral practice. This work is not as well known here in the Midwest as say the East and West Coasts. There is less competition here and the field is pretty wide open for a new business.

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