MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Wellness can’t be distilled down to just one thing. There are many aspects to comprehensive health and fitness.
Now, with just one stop, you can attend to them all at once thanks to Sarah’s House of Health in Mahopac, which celebrated its grand opening last month.
The business is the brainchild of Sarah Montgomery, a wellness coach, physical therapist and AdvoCare distributor.
“I’ve been a physical therapist for 27 years,” she said. “A couple of years ago, I decided I didn’t want to be just a physical therapist. I was at a point in my life where I was stuck. I didn’t want to keep doing the same old thing. I came up with this idea of having a ‘house of health’ that would incorporate all the aspects of health under one roof.”
Montgomery’s concept includes these seven areas of wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, financial, environmental and social.
“It’s a holistic approach,” she said.
Montgomery has brought in four women who are specialists, or as she calls them, “ambassadors,” in their individual fields. She is still looking for more ambassadors to fill out the roster.
“I opened my heart to the universe and all these people came into my life within a few weeks of each other,” she said. “I am not their boss. I brought them together and came up with the idea, but they each have their own individual business.”
Janet Repman of JR Tailored Designs played an integral role in developing the business’s marketing and social media.
“We would be at a loss without her,” Montgomery said.
Repman is helping spread the word about what Sarah’s House of Health can do.
“We have a massage therapist, an aesthetician (skin care), a spiritual healer and a productivity coach,” Montgomery said. “We will have yoga as well as different wellness classes and workshops. We’ll also have fun events like crafting and painting parties.”
Montgomery said she invites new clients to meet with her to help them figure out where to start.
“I invite them to tell me where they are stuck in their lives and where they need help and I will direct them,” she said.
Rev. Deena/Angel Ruvolo is a certified reiki master teacher, intuitive, medium and more, who has been providing these services since childhood and professionally for over 20 years, and provides these services for the House of Health clients.
“Reiki is a transfer of energy; hands on or hover healing,” she explained. “The energy goes to the molecular structure of the body and heals all levels of one’s being. You don’t have to think; the healing energy goes right where it’s needed. Being an empath, I can sense issues, so it works hand in hand. The experience is relaxing while healing and balancing takes place.”
She also provides intuitive angel card readings, which she says are unlike tarot in that they connect the client directly with their guardian angels with specific messages for their lives.
She says she knows people can be skeptics.
“Skeptics become my biggest fans,” she said. “I say, give it a try and you decide. I don’t defend myself; I don’t preach. What I have is what I have.”
Rev. Deena/Angel said she’s excited about the concept Montgomery has come up with.
“Wellness is from head to toe, inside and out,” she said. “I love that we are working with each other. It’s one-stop shopping.”
Daniela Hortencio is the licensed aesthetician at the House. She’s been practicing for over 10 years. She provides skincare ranging from facials, peels and microdermabrasion to reflexology and waxing.
She exclusively uses the Eminence skin care line.
“It’s all organic, made from fruits, plants and vegetables,” she said. “There are no chemicals in it at all.”
Prior to coming to Sarah’s House of Health, Hortencio worked in Westchester.
“I have had some clients for 10 years and many followed me to Mahopac,” she said. “Now, I want to grow here. This skincare line is amazing. Men love it too; my husband is my No. 1 customer. It’s not about pimples and blackheads. It’s about the massage to stimulate the collagen and bring the skin back to where it belongs.”
Christine Egan is the House’s massage therapist. Trained at the Atlanta School of Massage, she’s been practicing for 23 years. Egan offers her unique approach to many types of massage, including deep tissue, Swedish, prenatal, sport, hot stone, and geriatric. She also provides reflexology and can include aromatherapy in all services featuring doTERRA essential oils.
“I became a massage therapist because I love helping people and want to make them feel better,” she said. “I realized massage is not the luxury people often think it is, but a crucial part of healing.”
Lisa Zawrotny is the business’s productivity coach. To her, it’s not just a career, it’s a calling.
“I am a mom of two kids and was a caregiver for my mom while my children were very young,” she explained. “After those years of sacrificing myself and my space, I ‘woke up’ to a person and place I didn’t recognize. Everything that was around me—all the chaos and the clutter—was so overwhelming. I began to clean and organize our home differently than before and I learned how to care for me. The process was so healing and so profound that I knew I had to help others do that.”
Zawrotny has an eclectic background, which she says helps make her a better productivity coach.
“I have a 20-year background in corporate and entrepreneurial work,” she said. “I have a lot of tools to bring to the table.”
She said she tends to coach moms who are struggling to balance business and family.
“I help clear their clutter, both physical and mental,” she said. “We align their values and goals and create a way to manage their time that honors those choices.”
Zawrotny said she’s excited to be part of Sarah’s House.
“I think this is very much what women need,” she said. “We need a tribe, a community, a place to feel welcome and share with each other. We know how important self-care, wellness and taking time for ourselves is, yet I think we struggle with it. Sarah’s House is here to help.”
To find out more about Sarah’s House of Health, visit sarahshouseofhealth.com or call Montgomery at 845-661-7490.