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Dr Sarah Bryan

Photograph of Sarah with a client

Sarah is qualified in holistic therapeutic massage, sports and remedial massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy. She provides this massage service for SRSB’s clients on a regular basis at our Mappin Street Centre.

This service has proven very popular with clients and Sarah explains “Holistic massage therapy has many physical and psychological benefits, including relaxation, relief from muscular tension and from the symptoms of everyday stress, enhanced body awareness and improved sleep patterns".

She has had an interest in human biology, health and illness since she was a child, as her mother was a nurse. Sarah has always known that she wanted to pursue her love of natural health in her career. The challenge was finding a vocation which she could undertake as a blind therapist.

She began training to become a speech and language therapist at Sheffield University, before realising that the visual aspects of the job would prove too challenging. She then changed to pursue a career as an academic speech scientist, graduating with a Ph.D in 2012. However, the academic world was far removed from the therapeutic work she had once dreamed of and she felt unfulfilled.

She has attained all her holistic therapy qualifications over the last four years, while she was still studying for her Ph.D.  It has been a long and sometimes difficult journey, but her dream of helping people in a more hands on way has now been realised. She runs SB Holistic, which is based both in Hillsborough at the Foot, Knee and Back Clinic, and inSheffieldcity centre, at Woodland Holistics.

Sarah has been totally blind since birth, with only minimal light perception. She says that this has strengthened her resolve to be successful and independent.

Her ethos is based around her clients’ well-being, “I don’t simply treat their injuries but work with the individual at both physical and psychological levels. I also provide aftercare advice, which enables the client to be proactively involved in their treatment.”

“With regard to my visual impairment, I have never had to come to terms with my sight loss, because I have never had sight. However, I have had to come to terms with the reality that in order to achieve success and fulfilment without sight, you have to think very carefully and realistically about the life choices you make. It is often said that if at first, you don’t succeed, you should try again. Equally however, there is also no sense in making yourself ill in trying to achieve something which is simply not feasible. When you have a disability, achieving your goal makes so many additional demands on your resources, that you have to passionately love what you’re doing and really want it to happen; then you have to give it 150% of your effort and stick at it. My advice to anyone with a visual impairment who is searching for fulfilment would be to find the thing you love and then spend the time working out what you can realistically achieve, with the right support in place. It may be a long journey, following an unexpected path. It took me ten years to get to where I wanted to be. I’ve just turned 30 and I’ve never been happier.”

 

 

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