Erin Brown

Erin Brown

Massage Therapist LMBT #7580
Classical Pilates Instructor

Erin Brown has been a student of movement and human anatomy her entire life. She began her journey as a young ballerina and transitioned to modern dance as a teen, where she received several scholarships and grants and quickly won the attention of world renowned choreographers for her fierce technique and creative style.

In an effort to avoid feeling trapped by a stagnant cubicle desk job to pay the bills, she immersed herself in the study of massage therapy. Years of dancing and old injuries began to show up in her knees and became troublesome for her massage work. In 2012, she connected with 2nd generation Authentic Pilates Instructor, Penelope Wyer-Barrow. Her knee pain virtually disappeared and she acquired a healthy obsession with this incredible method of body conditioning. A few months later, she enrolled in Penelope’s Teacher Training Program, which she completed in September of 2014. She taught with Penelope for the next two years at Pure Pilates Asheville, while also receiving training and mentoring from Meagan Witkus, owner of RISE Authentic Pilates, where she continues to teach with her Pilates comrades. She has had the pleasure of attending advanced training workshops with some of the best in the industry: Kathi Ross-Nash, Brooke Siler, Mari Winsor, MeJo Wiggin, Jay Grimes, Chris Robinson, Murat Berkin, Saul Choza, Blossom Leilani Crawford, Dana Santi, and Jon Owen.

Erin has a deep understanding of the body and the way its musculoskeletal system operates. For this reason, she is now a favorite among Asheville Area Pilates Enthusiasts, Runners, Yogi’s, Hikers, & Cyclists, to name a few. In addition to her career as a Massage Therapist, Pilates Instructor, & Business Owner, Erin is a dance music aficionado and enjoys hanging with her husband and their little parrot, Diego.

Creds for those interested in such matters:

  • best-of-wnc-2016-place-11st Place Best Massage Therapist of WNC 2016, Mountain Xpress
  • best-of-wnc-2015-place-11st Place Best Massage Therapist of WNC 2015, Mountain Xpress
  • 2nd Place Best Massage Therapist of WNC 2014, Mountain Xpress2nd Place Best Massage Therapist of WNC 2014, Mountain Xpress
  • Potomac Massage Training Institute, Washington DC
  • Authentic Pilates Certification Program, Pure Pilates Asheville
  • Nationally Certified Massage Therapist by the NCBMBT
  • Active member of the American Massage Therapy Association
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, BFA Modern Dance
  • Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts, Norfolk, VA
  • Old Dominion University Ballet, Norfolk, VA



VirginiaVirginia (Ginny) Hotze

Massage Therapist LMBT #4984

With 20 years of massage therapy experience, Virginia (Ginny) has a deep therapeutic touch supported by a strong understanding of injury and recovery. As a lifelong runner, skier and skydiver, Ginny is dedicated to helping her clients relieve their discomforts, improve range of motion, and recover from injuries. Upon completing massage therapy education in Phoenix, Ginny spent her first years of private massage practice working directly with a Physical Therapist. She credits this opportunity for providing her with a strong foundation in therapeutic massage and an appreciation for partnering with other health care providers and natural healing techniques to maximize recovery. Ginny along with her husband, Jim, and their pets made the move from the Arizona desert to Asheville 12 years ago. After several years in the spa at the Grove Park Inn, she has returned to private practice to continue her work with therapeutic massage. You will find her blend of various techniques – Deep Tissue, Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Craniosacral, Reiki – well delivered to meet your specific massage needs. In addition, with 8 years of military service, Ginny has an understanding of the unique needs of those who have served and would like to reach out to all fellow veterans. Although now you are more likely to find her on a yoga mat or in the woods, rather than in the air or racing, she continues to maintain a healthy lifestyle balancing family, fun, and fitness. As an athlete and adventure seeker, she is interested in helping others enjoy a healthy, strong, and active lifestyle.



Sarah Fankhauser

Massage Therapist LMBT #9467

Sarah has been practicing massage therapy since 2009. She completed her massage training in Charlotte, which focused on Neuromuscular Therapy, so she has a deep understanding of the muscular system and how to correct postural imbalances that lead to pain in the body.  She gained extensive experience in South Florida before relocating back to NC in 2015. Her passion in life is to help bring relief to those living with chronic pain, and her goal is to correct postural issues while restoring balance to the body.  She recognizes that each of us is unique, so with careful assessment, she can come up with a plan specifically for the person in front of her. In her free time, Sarah enjoys exploring all of the beauty that WNC has to offer with her fiancé and son.  She is also an active hiker, roller skater, and enjoys anything outdoor related.



Vanessa Caruso

Massage Therapist LMBT #15682

Vanessa has always loved to move. Her favorite activities include dancing, biking, hiking, and farming. With her active lifestyle, she always felt fairly strong, but she eventually developed imbalances in posture, causing injuries and pain. When she began practicing Yoga and receiving massage therapy, she corrected her imbalance and found relief from her pain. After becoming a yoga teacher, Vanessa enrolled in a clinical massage program to learn more about the body and its movements. While massage can be very luxurious and relaxing, she also views it health care.

Vanessa began her career in massage therapy because she understands that the body is malleable and full of potential. She believes it is possible to avoid pain and still be active, and she wants to help others become active and stay active throughout their lives. She always tailors the session to meet the client’s stated goals and agrees that sometimes calming down the nervous system is what is needed most. Vanessa has found that one of the keys to better health is increasing body awareness. As a massage therapist, she uses a variety of techniques and breath awareness to help clients identify and relax their chronically tight muscles.

Vanessa is excited to work in an environment that encourages empowerment through participation and education. She wants to be a part of helping you correct and maintain a balanced posture that doesn’t cause you pain or lead to injuries. She is also excited to share self-care techniques, including yoga poses and self-massage, to help you feel your best. When she’s not stretching or nerding out about anatomy or plants, she’s probably hiking with her favorite trail buddy, Lou dog; experimenting in the kitchen; enjoying music, or playing in the garden.



Mary Turco

Massage Therapist LMBT #966

Mary has been practicing massage therapy for almost 25 years in the Charlotte, NC area. She still maintains her private practice in Charlotte, but recently bought a home in Asheville and is trying to make this her only and permanent home. She has been interested in maintaining good health since her early 20’s. Mary loves sharing all that she’s learned with her clients to empower them so they can achieve the best possible health, balance and well-being for themselves.

She went to school in the Chapel Hill area of North Carolina for Massage Therapy and graduated in 1994. Since then, she has accumulated close to 2000 hours of additional studies in complimentary and related fields. She specializes in integrating all the techniques and modalities she has learned over the years in creating a thorough assessment and complete therapy session. Her training consists of Trigger Point Therapy, Low Back Intensive Therapy, Shiatsu, Yoga Instructors training, Jin Shin Do®, Bodymind Acupressure®, Touch for Health, Applied Kinesiology, Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage. She also uses passive movement, stretching, and myofascial techniques in her therapy sessions as needed.

She believes everyone’s path and healing process is a very personal and individual process, so no one session is a duplicate of the last session. She chose to study a wide range of various modalities to broaden her therapy tools, so she may provide a holistic approach to healing and staying healthy.



Elizabeth Huntley

Classical Pilates Instructor

Elizabeth is a dancer, dance teacher, and exercise enthusiast. She was first introduced to Pilates through her dance training. She was told that Pilates would help give her the strength and agility necessary to improve her dance technique. After taking her first Pilates class, she was hooked. It not only allowed her to find the stability and alignment necessary for injury prevention, but it was a full-body exercise system that encouraged her to work from a place of strength using her “powerhouse” or “core.” It increased her stamina and strengthened her mind-body connection in beautifully detailed ways that she carries through her day-to-day life. Though she has utilized many varied exercise methods in her lifetime as a dancer, and constantly changes her workout routines, one constant she continues to maintain is Pilates. The Pilates method can be utilized in any workout or daily routine, and nothing seems to make her muscles burn as much as a good Pilates session. She is an active Pilates practitioner and wishes nothing more than to help you begin (or continue) your Pilates practice.