We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Sadler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I was in my early twenties I injured my knee and like most people my age I expected to heal up in a couple days. Unfortunately, I didn’t heal quickly and the injury became chronic. It took me over a year to find the right kind of treatment. I eventually had a full recovery, but in the process I was exposed to alternative medicine and began to see the benefits to other approaches to healing. Not long after I recovered from my knee injury, I went on to have computer injuries which included tendonitis in my wrists, but even worse was pain in my shoulder. I found myself looking for alternative ways to heal my shoulder and through that process I began to realize that I want to help others get out of pain. My pain made me miserable and it took several months before I found the right modality and practitioners to help me, but once I did, I learned ways to help myself. I knew that I wanted to pass that knowledge along to others. That became the catalyst that inspired me to start my own healing arts practice.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart from other massage therapists is that I have my own challenges with chronic pain and injuries. Because I know what it feels like to be in pain and I know how to manage pain, I can empathize with my clients and share my knowledge with them. I give my clients tools to manage their pain in between sessions. I also have made medical massage my career whereas many of my colleagues look at massage as just a means to an end while they pursue other interests. I have studied muscular structure even beyond what I learned in school and have an extensive knowledge of how the soft tissues connect in the body so I can trace referred pain to it’s source.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them to the best museums, LACMA, Ghetty, MOCA, etc. Visit China town, the Griffith Observatory. I’d take them on a trail ride since I’m an equestrian. Visit the beach, go to the boardwalk in Venice. Eat at my favorite restaurants like El Coyote, Palermo’s, Canter’s. Visit the revolving bar at the Bonaventure Hotel, have drinks at The Standard and The Green Room at the Castaway’s in Burbank. Go hiking in Stough canyon. Go out to Sunset Blvd for the night life and club scene.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Claire Davies for writing his books, “The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook” and “The Frozen Shoulder Workbook”. My husband Stephen Cawelti for his support while I changed careers and started a business. The various Physical Therapists I worked with that put me back together while putting up with my questions. I learned some great techniques from them that I incorporate into my practice.