Sadie graduated from Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School in Urbandale in 2008, moving to Guttenberg after meeting her now husband, Jason Hefel. She graduated with 875 hours of massage therapy education, almost 300 hours more than the state required minimum. In 2013, she took her boards to become a licensed massage therapist, answering questions to prove her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, business and marketing, and the code of ethics. After passing her boards, Sadie opened Divine Current Massage and Natural Gifts in the south end of Anna Moser’s building on Highway 52. Speaking highly of her school, Sadie says that her training there gave her a certain intuition about the body. Since having her children, she is interested in teaching, and is looking into the possibility of teaching at Body Wisdom in the future.
Sadie’s training and talent allow her to provide a wide variety of services, including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Thai massage, chair massage, infant massage (where she teaches parents how to massage infants), along with face, scalp, and sinus massage. She also offers paraffin hand wax, ear candling, chakra cleansing, reflexology on the ears, hands, and feet (including a foot bath with personalized aromatherapy), and more. In addition to appointments at her shop, Sadie is available for house calls. The shop also includes a wonderful selection of essential oils, henna, teas, natural skin care products, and holistic wellness supplies.
Along with her massage training, Sadie has a great passion for midwifery and is currently a practicing doula - one who provides various types of support to a woman during the time surrounding her pregnancy. She has experience with home births and is available to answer questions about the practice of doulas and birth in general.
Every two years, massage therapists are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education. This year, Sadie will begin taking a series of classes in craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute in Madison, Wisconsin and will become certified in that bodywork. This bodywork focuses on the face, skull, spine, and pelvis. The craniosacral system affects many parts of the central nervous system and aims to normalize the flow of cerebrospinal fluid with therapeutic touch. The training in this field will be beneficial not only to Sadie’s practice as a massage therapist, but also to her practice as a doula. Craniosacral therapy can be valuable knowledge for the birthing process - helping to release the mother’s hips and focusing on the pelvis, sacrum, spine and skull. It can also be helpful to newborns who have gone through stressful deliveries.
When asked about what she finds most enjoyable about her business, Sadie said, “In the middle of giving a massage, I get almost a flashback to this ancient practice, the teachings and knowledge that have been used since ancient times.” She enjoys using this knowledge that has been passed down to create the connection formed through touch. Sadie invites people to pick her brain and come to her with questions - she has lots of tips and remedies for different ailments. In addition to massage therapy and her work as a doula, Sadie offers women’s circles and other workshops for the public.
We are happy to welcome several new members to Guttenberg Development & Tourism, including Glenn’s Lock & Key, the Guttenberg Aviation Association, Sodes Bar & Grill, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and Anderegg Electric. We look forward to a bright 2015!
GD&T’s annual Membership Banquet and Meeting took place on Monday, January 12, 2015, at PromiseLand Winery, with a social hour beginning at 5:30, followed by dinner catered by Clayton Ridge Farm, and presentations from director Emily Moser and Colleen Murphy of the Iowa Tourism Office. Board member elections were held to fill two open seats on the board. We are excited for Dr. Nathan Shaw and Kevin Hennessey to fill these positions and look forward to working with them on the GD&T board. We would like to express our appreciation to Andy Reimer and Dwight Hughes for their years serving on the board.
We’re looking for community members interested in getting involved with the upcoming 2015 Germanfest. We plan to hold our first meeting at the end of January. Contact the Welcome Center at 252-2323 if you’re interested in serving on the Germanfest Committee, as a volunteer in another capacity, or if you have questions or ideas.