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Erica Vinson, Licensed Massage Therapist, WI License #4015-146
I began my massage journey in 2006 at the recommendation of my mother who believed I was "gifted with strong hands". After graduating from Lakeside School of Massage Therapy, I knew I was embarking on the career of a lifetime by helping others. I quickly became confident in my ability to provide quality massages by working at various clinics throughout the metro Milwaukee area and taking continuing education courses every year.
In July 2009, I started my own private practice, Anointed Hands, to offer both therapeutic and relaxation massage. In 2016, I began studying Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT) by Dr. Erik Dalton in hopes of becoming one of the first therapist in Wisconsin to be fully certified in this method of bodywork. Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy is a combination of methodical deep-tissue massage and joint flexibility that together improve muscular balance and alignment for optimal body performance. The goal is to restore mobility and stability through manual therapy and corrective exercise. MAT enables me to better assist clients with pain prevention.
After years of providing daily massages, I sought out a fitness regimen to help ease the aches and pains, increase my longevity in the field and simply keep me strong. Upon taking my first Pilates lesson, I instantly felt relief in my body. Practicing Pilates became a way to alleviate stress, provide a sense of calm, and gain strength on a deeper level. It was the perfect self-care movement/fitness practice. I knew right away that I needed to continue doing this for myself but also to learn how to teach Pilates.
In 2018, I graduated from the prestigious advanced teacher training (950 hours of study) at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Co under the mentorship of Debby Orlando and became PMA certified. Becoming a Pilates teacher allows me to help clients recover from pain, build strength, flexibility and body awareness. I combine the therapeutic benefits of massage with Pilates to retrain the body and mind's perception of pain. I believe you will look, feel and function better with consistent application of both.
"Posture is dynamic and the best results are gained through whole body strengthening and balancing programs."
- Erik Dalton
"If someone believes my touch through massage therapy will relieve their pain, nurture them, or even simply make them feel better, then that person will experience a change."
This was my primary reason for pursuing a career in massage therapy. With the addition of Pilates to my practice, I know God is using me to help bring about healing. I honestly believes my journey is "in divine order" and will continue to flourish as I serve my clients.