DIrector of Personal Training and Wellness
Sarah has been teaching people how to get stronger and feel better for almost 20 years. She has been an AFAA or ACSM Certified Personal Trainer since earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois in 1999. She has over 15 years of experience working as a yoga teacher (RYT-200; Om Yoga Center) and has been working closely with physical therapists since then. Sarah creates personalized strategic strength programs by assessing movement patterns, incorporating functional exercises to address imbalances and by considering the whole person as she designs each workout. Sarah is based out of our Midtown location.
Francois Torres, LMT
Francois began his massage therapy training in 2004 at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York CIty. He had previously begun training in the art of Shaolin Kung FU and meditation, an instrumental and invaluable experience which changed his life and understanding of the connection between Qi and his body. Within his training as a massage therapist, Francois was given the choice of specialization of either Eastern or Western massage techniques. He naturally inclined toward the East. Thus a further understanding of Yin and Yang relationships began to arise through his studies in Shiatsu body work. Francois believes in the art of therapeutic body work and its role in the art of healing. Francois uses massage therapy as the healing power of touch. The lack of conscious appropriate touch leads to increased levels of stress, anxiety, restricted movement, tension and depression , among other ailments. Since becoming a massage therapist, Francois has worked with many different facilities including physical therapy clinic, medical spas and hotel spas. Francois has also worked on the islands of Hawaii, and brings his Hawaiian spirit to our clinic. Francois joined H&D in 2015, after many years at Back to Sports Physical Therapy. In his spare time, Francois loves to surf, write narrative stories, play the guitar and enjoy nature in all its beauty.
I studied at the Swedish institute and immediately immersed myself in learning how to help other athletes get the most out of their bodies and to avoid injuries for a long and more satisfying career. I spent twelve years as a dancer in musical theatre in various touring companies and regional theatres where I came to appreciate the importance of Massage to keep my body going. As I became more involved with my physical health and well-being, I became excited by all the ways I could improve my performance, not just in dancing, but in running, cycling, swimming and other sports. I’ve worked for several years in first aid/medical tents for the NYC marathon, Triathlon and Iron Man competitions. I went on to provide massage therapy, first aid and other services to many returning Olympians from the 2012 Olympics and I’ve also worked with multiple Mr. Universe competitors. All the while I’ve been striving to work with and help runners/cyclers/swimmers here in good old NYC and loving every minute of it. And I’ll look forward working with you.
Craig completed his massage training at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in 2015. Upon his licensure, he advanced his knowledge of anatomy and physiology at Tour College of Osteopathy, became a certified Active Release Techniques practitioner, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In combining Active Release Techniques, a state of the art soft tissue manual therapy, with other bodywork modalities, Craig is able to customize treatments that address a variety of goals - from recovery of cumulative and acute injury to performance enhancement and stress reduction. His treatment approach puts the client in charge of their treatment. By clearly explaining the treatment and modifying it based on patient feedback during the session, each patient’s needs and concerns are put first and foremost throughout the entire process. When not seeing clients, Craig can be found performing aerial and acrobatics throughout the country.