Erin Brown

Erin Brown

Owner
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 Classical 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 at Pure Pilates Asheville, while also receiving training and mentoring from Meagan Koehler, owner of RISE Authentic Pilates. 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, Chris Robinson, Murat Berkin, Saul Choza, Blossom Leilani Crawford, Dana Santi, Sandy Shimoda, and Jay Grimes.

In 2021, she completed the additional training “Weekends with Jay” with first generation teacher Jay Grimes, and continues to receive his guidance in virtual self-guided classes.

She currently trains with the incomparable Sandy Shimoda of Vintage Pilates and meets with other teachers in Sandy’s training group called “The Process.”

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
  • bestofwnc171st Place Best Massage Therapist of WNC 2017, Mountain Xpress
  • 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

Attentive-Experienced-Strong

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

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.


Mary Turco

Massage Therapist LMBT #966

Focused-Unique-Integrated

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.


Liza Collins

Massage Therapist LMBT #14529

Specific-Heart Centered-Medium to Deep Pressure

Liza Collins grew up in Charlottesville, VA where she developed a love for the healing arts and movement. She participated in swimming, soccer, and track early in her childhood. She gave her first massage to her Great Aunt Julie when she was 13. Her aunt told her she was a natural. Many times throughout high school, Liza and her friends would trade massages and her love for massage grew. After high school, Liza almost pursued massage school, but she followed her love of sports and exercise and decided to pursue a BS degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Bastyr University outside of Seattle, WA.
After spiritual journeys in the Ashram life, and trying her hand at personal training, Liza decided to come back to massage. She moved to Asheville and attended the Center for Massage and Natural Health where she earned her state LMBT license. Since getting her license in 2014, Liza lived and practiced in Denver, CO and Charlottesville, VA. Liza is excited to return to Asheville in 2021 to share her passion of unlocking deep held patterns of tension in her clients.
Liza offers a heart-centered, intuitive approach to massage, tuning into the subtle energetics of the client and guiding them to unlock healing from within. Liza is passionate about Trigger Point Therapy, Table Thai Massage, Cupping, and Sports Massage. She loves empowering her clients to self-treat trigger point areas, so they can live pain free. Unlocking the tension allows for an influx of fresh energy leaving one with a renewed sense of vitality, wellbeing, strength, and flexibility. Liza believes the best massages are given from the heart by being truly present with each person.

david stepsDavid Hollinshead

Massage Therapist LMBT #7396

Persistent-Deep-Effective

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”