ThIS Body was formed in 2015 as a platform for the near-complete overlap in interests and talents of Sara Roer and Diane Tomasi. The duo decided to combine efforts that were focused in many of the same areas: Thai Massage, Aerial and Acrobatics, Production and Performance. Together Sara and Diane have produced shows entitled 'The Struggle in US' as a response to the emotions surrounding the election, 'The End of the World' as a comedic performance response to Global Warming. They also run Thai massage clinics to help reach people who may not be able to afford body wellness otherwise. Diane currently teaches Open Aerial and Acrobatic classes. ThIS Body stands for Thai Bodywork, Inversions (Aerial and Acrobatics), and Spark (Performance, Production, and any other fun things we do).
Sara Roer got an early start dancing in North Carolina as the southern drawling star of a many a home video. She became the youngest member of the Wilmington Independent Choreographers and a competitive gymnast before defecting to the North to earn her B.F.A., suma cum laude, at George Mason University. After a colorful college run that took her to China and back, Sara headed North again for a new home on the busiest island in the world. While becoming a New Yorker, she has had the pleasure of working as a founding dancer with b3w (Emily Berry) and the rehearsal director/dancer for danceTactics by Keith Thompson. She has also worked on projects with Susan Vencl, Heather McArdle, Karen Malpede and many others. She has presented her own work at various venues throughout NYC and NC.
Sara is certified in both Thai Massage and Sen Theory (advanced practice) through Two Souls Thai Massage and is a registered member of the Thai Healing Alliance International. She has assisted Al Turner II in classes at Two Souls and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and substituted at Dance New Amsterdam. Sara’s background as a professional modern dancer has exposed her to a variety of other somatic practices such as Release Technique, Alexander Technique, Klein Technique, Yoga, Pilates, various breathing exercises, and the Laban Institute's Certified Movement Analysis. Combined with the rigorous study of Thai, these additional modalities have strengthened her ability to facilitate healthier movement in the body and re-balance problem areas. In her sessions, Sara balances relaxation with education, as she gently coaches clients to focus on specific holding patterns, using their breath to aid her work in allowing the body to rest more deeply.
Diane Tomasi performs both on the ground and in the air, as an aerialist and a dancer. She has performed at Galapagos, The Slipper Room, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance New Amsterdam (now Gibney Dance), and many other places. She also performed regularly with Phaedra’s Cabaret.
Diane has received certifications in Simonson Method of Teacher Training (2013), Thai Massage Advanced Studies Sen Theory (2010) & Application, & Thai Massage Basic Studies Level I & II (2009), as well as a Degree in Performing Arts, Dance from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (2005). Diane also currently freelances all over NYC teaching acrobatics, aerial and dance classes from ages 5 to adult.