Sage Hayes, SEP, LMT, RYT

Sage offers a unique integrated approach to therapeutic change and transformation.  Offering Somatic Experiencing (SE), craniosacral therapy and massage, Sage facilitates thoughtful reflection and embodied change particular to each client's intentions.  

Somatic Experiencing, craniosacral therapy and family constellations are favorite modalities in my practice.

They help to identify places within the body-mind relationship that are stuck in habits which are not serving you and then gently restore them back into coherence with a greater sense of health, choice and peace.  

With each client, Sage brings a holistic perspective which can explore multigenerational trauma inheritance, cultural contexts and practices, and ongoing adaptation to oppression and an unsteady world.  Social and systemic inequality, prejudice, and discrimination produce stress, a physiological state of threat and danger, and an ongoing hypervigilance or disassociation for those in non-dominant groups.  As we work to create a more just world on the outside through policy, education, and mass change, Sage believes we must each simultaneously do our inner work to clear internalized social trauma.

Current professional development interests facilitating workshops which thoughtfully heal collective trauma, foster relational trust and connections, reduce fear and increase peace.   

Mission of my work:  Thoughtfully support healing individual + collective trauma, foster relational trust and connections, reduce fear and increase peace.  More about Sage's background here. 

Current Projects:

  • Lead Assistant Somatic Experiencing trainings: Austin, TX, Durham, NC & New Zealand

  • Somatic Experiencing Basics Workshop teacher

  • Deepening Therapeutic Touch workshop

  • Private practice based on travel schedule

  • Leadership team of the Somatic Experiencing Working Group for Racial Justice 

Some identities and lens:

  • Pronouns: she/he/they - whatever your experience is of me and it can change over time

  • Trans identified since 1999, queer/gay identified since 1988

  • Adopted and foster care experience

  • White and gently exploring both family lineages

  • Grew up middle class

  • Self-employed

  • Deep reverence for love, justice, evolution and liberation

Major influences in my practice:

  • My clients and all they have taught me about courage, grit and transformation

  • Biodynamic craniosacral philosophy and practices

  • Shamanic teachings and practices

  • Somatic Experiencing - theoretical underpinnings and skills of practice

  • Family and Systemic Constellations + Playback Theater

  • Social change workers and liberation theory

  • Social and physiological thinkers and frontiers of non-binary evolution

  • Quantum physics

  • 5 Rhythms teachings and ecstatic dance communities

  • Sacred feminine wisdom, teachers and practices

  • Energy and vibrational medicine wisdom keepers

  • Intuition in all its forms

somatic experiencing Background

After graduating from massage school in 2006 in Maine, Sage moved across the country to study Somatic Experiencing in the Bay Area with Ariel Giarretto, Raja Selvam, Steve Hoskinson and Kathy Kain (2006-2009).  Sage has assisted Somatic Experiencing trainings for the past 7 years in Peterborough, NH, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chester and Southbury, CT,  San Francisco, Chicago, Perth and Brisbane Australia.  

Sage currently maintains a private practice integrating bodywork, somatic experiencing and craniosacral work in Portland, Maine.

earlier background

While on the West Coast studying Somatic Experiencing, Sage lived and worked as the Director of Student Affairs at the Heartwood Institute near the Redwoods in Garberville, CA.  At Heartwood, Sage also studied biodynamic craniosacral therapy with two wonderful teachers, Margaret Rosenau and Marshal Amini Peller.  

Sage Hayes, Director of Student Affairs, Heartwood Institute, 2008

Sage speaking at PechaKucha, Maine

Sage speaking at PechaKucha, Maine

Before pursuing bodywork and SE, Sage worked for the Maine Youth Action Network and the Muskie Institute as a training specialist, working with young people and advocacy.  Sage spent a speck of time working for the State of Maine Community Health program getting a more macro vantage point of public health policy and programming. First moving to Maine in 1999, Sage landed the famous job of Education and Outreach Coordinator for Outright, an organization dedicated to GLBTQ youth.  


In 1996 Sage graduated with a B.S. in Community Development from the University of New Hampshire. At UNH, Sage created the Wellness Project, a 10-week holistic wellness program for specific populations of students to explore holistic health and self-care.  During college, Sage lived in Washington, D.C. for 2 years to intern with Public Allies, coordinating their 2nd Annual Tomorrow's Leaders Today at the White House.  The next year Sage became an Ally with the Public Allys' apprenticeship program for young people making social change and worked at the After School Kids Program, a mentoring program out of Georgetown University, for juvenile offenders on probation.

Sage grew up in rural Charlestown, RI and then moved to South Kingstown, RI for teenage years.  Growing up in Rhode Island gifted Sage with love of both ocean and woods.   Sage currently splits time between time between Maine, North Carolina and the rest of the world.   

On the side, Sage is a DJ at Portland Community Dance, is a dedicated power yogi, and loves to travel.