What People Are Saying About Sara:
"Sara is clear in her explanation, demonstration and understanding of the importance of the feedback process. Her clarity, patience, and ablility to articulate appropriate images make her patterning of others a dynamic and responsive experience for those with whom she works. She is inventive, thoughtful, sensitive, and encourages the best in her students."
--Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, O.T., Founder, The School for Body-Mind Centering®
"The cumulative good done by your body work is incalculable. At every session your power to touch me to the root heals me both physically and mentally, and lifts me to a high plane of well-being. Sara Vogeler puts her fine mind and core feeling into every session I’ve had with her since 1976. Most highly recommended!"
-- George Held Published Poet & Writer
Ph.D., Professor of English
"To Sara--a very dynamic, beautiful, caring, sensitive, extremely gifted healer. A unique and insightful life force. A joy to know. Your good friend,"
-- Gary Null, Ph.D., author, nutritionist, radio show host
"Your miraculous hands and kind warm spirit have gotten me through the past week with SO much less pain and suffering. Although I feel twinges creeping back in, my body is overall feeling so much happier and more stable than it was prior to our session. I'm so looking forward to Thursday and I'm in awe of and so very grateful for your time and your tremendous expertise and gifts for what you do."
-- Clea Starkes,
The Clea Mae Movement Studio
"Sara Vogeler is by far the best massage therapist I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She specializes in neuromuscular massage which focuses on identifying and releasing trigger points more than some other forms of massage therapy. I've tried Swedish massage, deep tissue, acupuncture, etc but her neuromuscular massage has been the most effective method in relieving my pain and bringing me into proper alignment.
In you initial consultation she will evaluate all of your health needs and will re-evaluate them session by session. Before each session she will analyze your posture to see what needs to be released and aligned. At the end she will re analyze your posture and the results are often dramatic. You will walk out of your session noticeably taller!
In addition, Sara is an extremely knowledgeable health practitioner who takes a holistic approach to addressing her clients needs. She's extremely compassionate and always prompt. Her massage space is spacious and clean respite. Thank you Sara!"
-- Alex Szoka, Marketing Consultant
"I have been working with Sara Vogeler since 2005, and I am delighted with the process and the results. In spite of longstanding structural problems, my back and joints are now flexible and pain-free, and I attribute this primarily to Sara’s therapeutic skills and good advice. She is a fount of useful information about exercise, movement, diet and general good health. I am always happy to recommend her to family and friends, certain that she will improve their well-being as she has mine."
-- Jean Pennington, Attorney
"Sara is has an outstanding knowledge of the body and wellness. She will support you in the research and implementation of a wellness program that includes skillful touch and a wide variety of wellness interventions."
-- Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, Ed.D. President of Moving For Life, INC.
"Sara is an absolute professional. She not only knows what she's doing, she loves what she's doing, which means she's continually challenging herself to explore, learn, and adapt to the latest research and techniques going on in the field of muscular therapy. Her methods are both technical and holistic, and no case is the same. She adapts her techniques as appropriate, and,...more"
-- Jackie Townsend Author of the novels "Reel Life" and "Imperfect Pairings"
"From the moment you meet Sara you understand she cares about you. Her uncompromising knowledge of human physiology and years of experience helping people recover from their physical setbacks is devoted directly to you. Sara has worked on me many times and each treatment infuses a wellspring of health and confidence. She is the real deal and am grateful to have her in my life. You will be, too."
-- Pete Grossman Lead Copywriter, Author, Voice Actor
"Sara is a highly knowledgeable, professional, physical therapist. I have high standards, and implicitly trust her professional ability and judgment on my day-to-day health issues. I have been getting physical therapy from her every other week since 2009, to maintain my posture, stimulate organs, hips, back, legs, feet health, and get general health advice, as I trust her
professional judgment on my personal health issues.
-- Barbara A. Brookhart Community Development / Community and Government Relations / Coalition Building with Strategic Partners
"Sara is a neuromuscular massage therapist whose understanding of the human body's function and movement makes her a skillful healer. I worked with Sara over the course of several months to address a shoulder issue and appreciated her holistic perspective on health and healing."
-- Sylvia Picard-Schmitt Instructor at New York University American Language Institute
"Sara is a miracle! She is incredibly knowledgeable, caring, and supportive. I trust her implicitly."
-- LeAnne Caton Senior Satellite Producer at NBC News Channel
"Sara is a gifted neuromuscular therapist that is able to provide relief from acute pain as well as ongoing programs to improve alignment and well-being. Her attention to detail and ability to locate root cause for discomfort is excellent. Most of all, I have never met anyone Sara's gift of touch that allows her to "read" your body, applying just the right amount of pressure to release muscular holding, allowing you to feel totally safe in her hands. I highly recommend Sara's work"
-- Helene Rutledge Founder at Caliper Innovation, Inc.
"Healing the soul's voice to joyfully express its divine purpose. Sara has magic hands and a wealth of knowledge and skills. She is compassionate, creative, expert and extremely effective. She is also a lot of fun to work with. Sara's combination of hands-on bodywork with movement retraining is fabulous. I've seen Sara work wonders with chronic pain as well as acute pain. I highly recommend her!"
-- Ariana Lise Newcomer -Transformational Voice & Money Coach
"Sara is a talented, kind and highly professional person. A pioneer in Neuro-Muscular therapy she never stops learning and always shares what she has learned generously."
-- Lewis Harrison www.AskLewis.com, Copywriter, Motivational Speaker, Success Coach
"I went to Sara with serious lower back pain and rotator cuff pain. She helped me with both! She used massage, posture alignment and changes in diet to correct hormonal imbalances.
She is very professional, on time and works in a wonderful environment.
Although I hope not to need her again, if I do, I will be back!"
-- Tamar Howson Principal at Howson Associates
"Powerful hands, an expert touch guided by knowledge, care and a deep interest in your well being."
-- Roz Dimon Artist & Creative Director, Dimonscapes®
"Sara has the hands of a true healer. She is deeply in tune with the body and determined to restore its alignment. Her ability to listen and then feel the areas that need attention ensures that you walk out of a session with a new-found equilibrium. I highly recommend seeing Sara if you need relief from any physical discomfort."
-- Kelly Monahan Product Launch & Sample Planning Manager for HOLLY HUNT Textiles & Leather
"In my experience, Sara has always been an extremely inquisitive, creative & detail oriented teacher/therapist who invariably makes a significant contribution to those fortunate enough to work with her."
-- Russell Lome Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional
"Sara is extremely knowledgeable in the field of Neuromuscular Therapy, and her level of both care and consideration are unparalleled.
Being a multi-sport athlete losing a step or two to Father Time, I have had several physical issues that were in need of serious care. I had met Sara in the NYC gym where I worked as a personal trainer. She had done some work on a few of my clients and they had nothing but good things to say about her, so I made an appointment.
Since then, I have had the pleasure of being treated by Sara on numerous occasions, and each time she was able to induce a much needed physical transformation. Her keen assessment, and her attention to detail gave me the confidence that my issues were going to be solved. She has an ease about her that is wonderfully comforting. That ease allowed me to be very relaxed and open to her magical hands.
I have recommended Sara to several friends and colleagues, and will continue to do so!"
-- -- Joe Pallister Owner of DESIGNINGJOE
"Sara's work is inventive and highly creative. Her commitment to client results is inspirational. The experience of being taken care of is very present in her work."
-- Bob Rich President at Robert Rich Company,
CPA and Course Leader at The Forum
"I was in NYC for a week and asked my hotel to recommend a therapist for some chronic back problems I was having. They referred me to Sara and I took them up on that recommendation. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Sara and ended up completely satisfied with the work she performed on my musculature. I left a completely different person. She also provided additional advice on better living and has since then. She is very knowledgeable in what she does and I trust her and her advice immensely. Go to Sara, you will be extremely satisfied!"
-- Allison Atherton CPA, CIA
"Through working with you, I am in more control of my movement, posture and general alignment. I move with greater strength and fluidity. You have that special combination of technical excellence, sensitivity to individual needs and true compassion and caring."
--Jan Teitelbaum, Family Chiropractor
"Healer and scientist, loving and gentle, firm, and always professional, Sara is one of a kind. I'm not sure just what it is she does, but it works. I go to her myself and refer patients with confidence."
--John Adams Atchley, M.D., Psychiatrist
"There is both a feeling of originality and authority to this experience. As with art, these exercises and treatments provide one with a fresh attitude toward the familiar, one that elevates as it liberates."
--Stanley Crouch, Author, Music Critic
"When my husband was struggling to recover from a traumatic injury and I called Sara for help, I found her diagnostic expertise lifesaving. She really knows her stuff and was invaluable in his recovery. On a personal note, she was thoughtful, respectful, listened deeply and helped us find direction. She met us in partnership with an open heart. It is with a deep bow of respect and thanks that I write this."
--Joan E. Borden, DDS, MAc CA
"After years of lower back pain and trying numerous fruitless methods to resolve it, I had all but given up on a solution and accepted the problem as part of my daily life. Daily Advil and ice pads were just part of my routine. then a friend made me promise to visit Sara at The Neuromuscular Center... Sara was hopeful and realistic from the first visit, providing me with a clear path to fixing the problem. I followed all her recommendations, made all the adjustments to my daily routines and kept every appointment. It's now three months later and I rarely have to think about my lower back. I can say without hesitation that it is Sara's mix of knowledge and healing intuition that i have to thank for this RELIEF."
--Dwight Fenton, Designer, J. Crew Company
“Sara is a highly knowledgeable, professional physical therapist. I have high standards, and implicitly trust her professional ability and judgment on my day-to-day health issues. I have been getting physical therapy from her every other week since 2009, to maintain my posture, stimulate organs, hips, back, legs, feet health, and get general health advice, as I trust her professional judgment on my personal health issues.”
--Barbara Brookhart, Executive Assistant, Bryant Park Improvement
The NeuroMuscular Center's Sara Vogeler has given me excellent treatment for more than one martial arts related injury. My recovery has been quicker (and less painful) whenever she has worked on me. When I am without injury, Sara's massage soothes and energizes me.
--Pam Parker, Ph.D, Iaido instructor at KenZen Dojo, 7th-degree black belt
"By the way - I went to my GP and had him run all the blood tests (except for the special lab ones). Sure enough, my thyroid was out of whack. My TSH was elevated. Thankfully he's a responsive doctor and he was the one who said it was high. I'm on Armour thyroid and will get tested in a month. Thanks for your caring. It's too bad you have to go to medical school to be a doctor - you're more knowledgeable and smarter than most doctors. You think outside the box, creatively and in complex ways. I will always admire and love you, Sara."
--Harriet Miller, Licensed Massage Therapist
"Before I started seeing Sara Vogeler at the Neuromuscular Center I was a dancer, singer, actress off-off Broadway and performed with small ballet companies. I also taught full time. My coaches believed I could be a top performer and I was being groomed for such a time. However, after an opera performance in 2009 I woke up in extreme pain and was diagnosed with a ruptured disc, spinal stenosis in the cervical and later lumbar region and degenerative disc disease all at age 34. After only a few months to a year, in my case, my conditioned worsened enough to leave me bed bound with daily migraines, back spasms and triggered an immune deficiency that also kept me bed bound with monthly bronchitis outbreaks and sinus infections. After being given no hope to dance again and just narcotics to numb the pain AND physical therapy that most dancers would laugh at, I finally decided to seek out alternatives.
By the time I walked into Sara's center I had lost almost all muscular strength, I was in constant pain despite the narcotics I was prescribed by my neurologist and I had gained weight to boot. I was no longer a dancer and my performance career was over. The depression that ensued was insane. I couldn't even wash the dishes or do the laundry at home. I had become crippled by pain. But after just the first session with Sara, I felt circulation in my body and in my neck where the stenosis first appeared. Then, after about a month or two I was able to throw all my meds away. Unbelievable!
My range of motion in my neck had gone from nada to enough to hold a conversation with someone across the room. The tingling my hands had either started to decrease or fluctuate. My emotional health improved as well. I figured that if I had to pay extra to see this woman each week for a few months just to be functional again then by God I'll do it! It was better than the alternative which was being constantly doped up on pain killers that only numbed but never took away the pain nor increased my energy or mobility like Sara Vogeler was somehow making happen. Because of using Sara as my "pain killer" I eventually got up to only seeing Sara once a month and I am now, in 2012 back in ballet class and pursuing a degree in psychology to work with dancers. I can even wash the dishes and do the laundry again.
I am by no means completely normal. My condition is degenerative. In fact, working with Sara has uncovered genetic abnormalities that my family members have been suffering from for generations that I never would have known about had it not been for Sara's insistence on investigating nutrition and hormone levels. But, I'm finally living my life again. I know as long as I have someone like Sara instead of addictive pain killers, I have a fighting chance to keep it full and healthy. Because someone like Sara cared enough to ask the questions and work with what my body was telling her my life has improved greatly and my condition is manageable without destroying the rest of my body to do it. I have a reason to live, work and give back to others what I have regained in myself .
--Bieje Chapman, Classical Ballet Instructor
"There's a lot to like about being in Sara Vogeler's care. Her massage's are both soothing and energizing, and help to work out the dysfunction (in my case sciatic nerve and rotator cuff problems). But she goes beyond that, suggesting exercises for strength and flexibility and pain relief, plus supplements, ointments and over-the-counter drugs for pain relief and general health. And she does before and after measurements of your standing posture.
Sara also knows the diagnostic codes and therapeutic codes that health insurance companies are looking for, so I'm able to get some money back from my insurance.
But what I like most about Sara is that she doesn't preach a specific treatment style. She's learned a lot about different healing approaches and uses what works. And she tailors the treatment to your specific needs and what you want to do on your own.
Finding someone to give good advice on self treatment (exercises, sitting/standing posture, supplements, etc.) is really important to healing. There's only so much that can get done with a massage one hour per week.
If you want to hear more about my particular situation, read on....
I came to Sara with pain shooting down one leg (mostly in the calf, but also in the hip), making it hard to walk and sit. I had been seeing a chiropractor throughout, who I like, and still see, but the pain was not getting better. I saw some PT's for a few months, and walking became better but sitting got worse, as did the overall pain.
Sara worked with me for a few weeks, suggesting ice packs and DMSO (an ointment to reduce inflammation). She then convinced me to use ibuprofen throughout the day (I generally stay away from pain meds). FYI, I heard from a doctor that taking max dosage of ibuprofen every day is fine, as long as you take a break every 3 weeks for 48 hours to flush out your liver, but do your own research on any meds.
At the same time, I was visiting spine surgeons, a pain management specialist, a myofascial release therapist, and an acupuncturist. An MRI showed I had a disk herniation between L4 and L5. One surgeon recommended surgery, the other said it's up to you, depending on your lifestyle, and that typically the pain reduces, sometimes over months, sometimes over years. I didn't get any relief from these other practitioners, or much good advice, though the acupuncturist gave me some good posture advice.
A month later my pain had reduced to almost nothing. Since then Sara and I continued to keep that pain at bay, and work on my shoulder issue. I've switched to a standing desk at work, which has been great, and I'll keep doing that. I've got an exercise regimen that I generally stick to, and listen to my body better than ever. And I'm able to sit, even in a car, for long periods without too much trouble. I haven't gone back to jogging, but I take long walks, or climb stairs for exercise. I've used ibuprofen for pain maybe a dozen times in the 6 months since then. The ice packs work well, too."
-- Andy Velwest, Computer Programmer
Sara is absolutely wonderful! My first time ever going and certainly not my last. Just a couple nights ago I inquired this back pain, and I was in the city two days later for a volunteer service program. Afterwards, after standing for a couple hours, I realized I couldn't take the pain anymore, and I needed to see someone quick! I looked up on Yelp to see some spots around me and hers was the first one I called. I wasted no time I was in that much pain. She took me right in an hour later and was able to work wonders. I was feeling so relaxed after my visit. I really lucked out finding her. She made me feel so comfortable and made sure I was feeling better before I left. You don't find many like her anymore who actually care about their clientele. I have already scheduled her in the books for next month! I can't wait to take a visit into the city again to see her. She is so worth it! Thanks again Sara for your time and sharing of knowledge on how to better protect my back! See you next month!
Another situation did not work out with a myofascial therapist. I diligently looked for another. After speaking with Sara Vogeler, records were requested and questions asked beyond the specific reason(s) for an appointment. Multiple issues plague my back. From the first visit, it wasn't just my back being dealt with, but me overall. And that's a service not easily attainable. What good fortune it was finding The NeuroMuscular Center! The facility is tranquil, open and it is a one-on-one session. Each session is something I look forward to and learn from. This has been and will be time and money well spent.
Sara Vogeler is a highly respected and thoroughly professional neuro-muscular therapist. I recommend her sessions very highly and hope others will take advantage of her expertise.
Sara Vogeler is by far the best massage therapist I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She specializes in neuromuscular massage which focuses on identifying and releasing trigger points more than some other forms of massage therapy. I've tried Swedish massage, deep tissue, acupuncture, etc but her neuromuscular massage has been the most effective method in relieving my pain and bringing me into proper alignment.
In your initial consultation she will evaluate all of your health needs and will re-evaluate them session by session. Before each session she will analyze your posture to see what needs to be released and aligned. At the end she will re analyze your posture and the results are often dramatic. You will walk out of your session noticeably taller! In addition, Sara is an extremely knowledgeable health practitioner who takes a holistic approach to addressing her clients needs. She's extremely compassionate and always prompt. Her massage space is spacious and clean respite. Thank you Sara!
Sara is a gifted healer. Period.
The first time I went to her I was in severe sciatic pain. First, she sat & spoke with me for quite some time. Gathering all the details of my problem, & also getting to know me; who I was. A sort of 'snapshot' of my life. What doctor or practitioner do you know that actually spends this time with a new patient? Then, I went on her massage table. I was in such extreme pain, but she began massaging me ... she worked on me for quite a while. By the time I left her building, I was PAIN FREE. To this day, I still can't believe it! Sara integrates all the different modalities she has studied throughout her life. So, you are getting the benefits of not just Feldenkrais, or Alexander technique, (etc.), but a combination of them all. How great is that?
If you are reading this, & have a health issue that needs attention- make an appointment NOW! Seriously, Sara is a kind, compassionate healer. Go and see her.
2 months into NYC's shut-down during the Covid-19 pandemic, I stopped being able to wash my hair, put on t-shirts, write with a pencil, and even walk or lay down on my back, without wincing from the inexplicable pain in my shoulder. Since I couldn't see my regular doctor at the time, my friend suggested I attend one of Sara's classes. While I'm grateful that I did, I have to admit I was skeptical after our first meeting. How could she possibly diagnose my condition with such confidence through a 10-minute Zoom call? Knowing that I needed to address this matter ASAP, but also sensing my hesitation and financial worries, Sara generously offered me a "pandemic deferment rate" and got to business fast! The next day we were doing telemed sessions, during which she would gently walk me through clearly described movements while constantly gauging my pain level and tension. AMAZING that she could see through the tiny screen whenever I stopped breathing!!! Within a couple of weeks, I could sense noticeable improvements.
On June 19th, I started seeing Sara at The Neuromuscular Center (a blissful sanctuary with real chirping birds in the room!). Btw, she keeps it spotlessly clean and religiously follows all necessary precautions: extra face masks, temp checks, sanitizers, gloves, etc. Each week I leave there feeling lifted to a new level by her expert manipulations, laser focus, positivity, encouragement and larger vision. With keen intuition and presence, Sara gently guides me towards health without imposing strict exercise regimes; instead she provides a few basic movements to practice each week, and cultivates my own capacity for mind-body intelligence. (Of course, if you want more structure and killer work-outs, you can always join her numerous online classes each week.) I'm happy to report that I have most of my range of motion back with just 7 hands-on visits. But more importantly, my time with Sara convinces me that I have the power and ability to become even healthier than I ever imagined. I highly recommend her!