Massage Therapist LMBT #7580
Classical Pilates Instructor
Smooth-Connected-Medium to Deep Pressure
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, Jon Owen, and most recently, Sandy Shimoda.
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:
- 3rd Place Best Massage Therapist of WNC 2018, Mountain Xpress
- 1st Place Best Massage Therapist of WNC 2017, Mountain Xpress
- 1st Place Best Massage Therapist of WNC 2016, Mountain Xpress
- 1st Place Best Massage Therapist of WNC 2015, Mountain Xpress
- 2nd 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
Virginia (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.
Massage Therapist LMBT #9467
Relaxing-Methodical-Light to Deep Pressure
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.
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.
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.
Massage Therapist LMBT #5242
Classical Pilates Instructor
Fluid Massage with Deep Focused Work-Intuitive-Stretching
Carolyn has been a practicing massage therapist for the past 13 years. In 2004, she completed her 1,000-hour Massage Therapy and Hydrotherapy degree at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY, beginning her bodywork practice. Carolyn has honed her highly intuitive approach which brings a combination of Deep Tissue, Swedish, passive range of motion and stretching, as well as Reiki into her massage sessions. She is a Reiki Master, is certified in Pregnancy Massage, and loves working with expectant mothers. Carolyn holds massage licenses in both North Carolina and New York.
Carolyn discovered Pilates in 1999, as an injured dancer in college. In 2008, shortly after the birth of her first son, Carolyn resumed a consistent Pilates practice and began her Pilates apprenticeship in Asheville with Brooke Tyler. Her training took her to Seattle to study and certify with second-generation instructor, Dorothee Vandewalle. Carolyn completed her 1,000+ hour Authentic Pilates training in the spring of 2011.
Carolyn is devoted to deepening her knowledge of the Pilates method. Toward that end, she has attended continuing education seminars with some of the most respected Classical Pilates instructors in the world including Kathi Ross-Nash, MeJo Wiggin, Mari Winsor, Brooke Siler, Chris Robinson, Blossom Leilani Crawford, and many others.
Carolyn finds that her two professions complement each other perfectly. She finds no greater joy than to help her clients resolve injuries or painful patterns, so they can move with, as Joe Pilates said, “spontaneous zest and pleasure!”
Massage Therapist LMBT #7396
David Hollinshead has loved movement, athletics, and martial arts since he can first remember. There has been an evolution of working with the body throughout his life. As a boy, he was constantly setting up obstacle courses and creating physical challenges for himself, just for fun. He competed and excelled in all sports.
In 1987, with an Exercise Science degree from Central Michigan University, David began his bodywork career as a Personal Trainer and noticed his clients benefited from manual stretching. He added Martial Arts into his life and earned a 3rd degree black belt in Okinawan Karate. He was also a bodybuilder and noticed his own body losing athleticism and mobility. All the rigorous training led him to massage therapists and he experienced the value bodywork for himself.
In 1996 David completed his massage therapy training and spent the first 3 years working in a Physical Therapy clinic. The clinic emphasized Muscle Energy techniques, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Neuromuscular re-education. He took bodywork seminars in Body Logic and Body Rolling by Yamana Zake, a system based on yoga principles. And he continues to study with the Freedom from Pain Institute.
As David’s Martial Arts interests intensified, he began noticing changes in his hip mobility. With the discovery of congenital hip dysplasia, he shifted from Karate to Tai Chi in an effort to prevent further degeneration and increase mobility. Life's physical setbacks often create intense learning curves, and this was no exception.
David spent the past 10 years applying his body of knowledge to himself. He combines functional training, physical therapy, self-rehab, bodywork, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong to keep his body strong supple and healthy. Fast forward to the present… you would never know he’s had both hips replaced.
“The greatest blessing of my experiences is that I can use all the knowledge I have obtained to serve and help my clients”
Massage Therapist LMBT #7684
Intuitive Pressure-Mindful Touch-Focused on Releasing Imbalance
Shonna has lived in this gorgeous mountain town since 1998 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Environmental Science. Through teaching children about taking care of our environment, it became a natural fit to pursue teachings on personal health. Asheville is a tremendous source of positive perspective and people that inspire community members to maintain and improve health. In pursuing health, we empower ourselves. Creating a thriving body is an essential element of healthy transformation. Doesn’t it sound inviting to move as freely and gracefully as you are able?
Shonna has been dedicated to promoting wellness for over 20 years, encouraging a proactive approach by teaching healthy dietary behaviors and yoga. In 2007, Shonna became licensed to provide massage and bodywork. She holds both NC licensure (7684) and National Board Licensure (546777-07). Since then she has received massage from as far as India and Thailand and styles of many modalities. She ran four marathons and competed in dozens of other running and multisport events. Having lived to tell the story helps her understand how to address exhausted muscle tissue. In addition, she has been trained in Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Thai, Shiatsu, Swedish, Sports, Reflexology, and Esalen massage. Her approach is integrative and tailored to the needs of the individual. She welcomes you to enhancing and nourishing your health with her at Sync.
Massage Therapist LMBT #15021
Kassandra completed her massage therapy education in Asheville and has been a licensed massage and bodywork therapist since 2015. She has since worked with a team of Physical Therapists with an emphasis on rehabilitative care. With hundreds of clinical hours under her belt, she has a healing touch, and specializes in therapeutic and orthopedic modalities aimed for overall wellness and rebalancing within the body.
With a clinical background in medical massage, Kassandra provides a therapeutic massage guided towards reducing and eliminating pain. She incorporates direct manipulation, and a thorough understanding of the body as a complex system, integrating the interconnected mechanical and bio-energetic system as one.
She also completed her RYT-200 training with Asheville Yoga Center and uses her learnings with passive stretches and muscle re-education to complete each session. Kassandra spends her off time rock climbing in the Western North Carolina mountains, mountain biking, and practicing yoga.