Sage Hayes, SEP

Sage Hayes, SEP

SE Assistant Team - Halifax, Nova Scotia

SE Assistant Team - Halifax, Nova Scotia

About Sage Hayes and SE

After completing massage and polarity therapy training, Sage Hayes began Somatic Experiencing in San Francisco in 2006 and completed in 2009.  Sage's teachers for beginning and intermediate year were Ariel Giratto and Raja Selvam.  Advanced Year teachers were Steve Hoskinson and Kathy Kain. 

Sage offered a full-time private practice integrating massage therapy, craniosacral therapy and SE from 2010-2016 in Portland Maine.  Currently Sage continues with a small part time practice is lead assistant for SE trainings for Auckland, New Zealand with Bern Galloway and Advanced SE in Austin, TX (2019) and Durham, NC (2020) with Lael Keen and the Lead Assistant in Athens, Greece (2020).

Sage began assisting in 2010 with Lael Keen, Russell Jones and Dave Berger and has assisted for 12 faculty in total including Peter Levine.   .    

Sage teaches online and in-person Beginning Principles of Somatic Experiencing for the SE Trauma Institute.

Sage's work with SE students focuses on deepening presence, attunement and the art of SE. 

Focus areas are:

  • SE Basics - theory, tools and techniques

  • Developmental trauma

  • Integration of bodywork and SE

  • Deepening therapeutic touch work

  • Creating conditions for transformation

  • Relational rhythm and coherence

  • Social justice dynamics

  • LGBTQ+

  • Adoption

In June of 2018, Sage presented a lecture and workshop called Somatic Practice with Marginalized Communities at the SE European Conference in Potsdam.   Sage also moderated the final panel with Peter Levine, Marianne Bentzen, David Reis and Heike Bill.  

Sage co-published a SE research paper in 2017 called Somatic Experiencing® Informed Therapeutic Group for the Care and Treatment of Biopsychosocial Effects upon a Gender Diverse Identity.  Also published an article in Massage Magazine entitled: "These 4 Essential Skills Will Help You Practice Trauma Informed Massage".

Sage co-founded the SE Working Group on Racial Justice (SERJ) which recently raised $20,000 for scholarships for SE students of color. SERJ has over 550 members from around the world exploring the intersection of somatics, SE, racial justice, oppression and liberation at