Erika Vallejo, LMT
Erika is one of WHW's Master Therapists.
Erika specializes in Orthopedic Massage and Myofascial Release for injury. Her work can feel like it's own work out & you'll be sure you are getting something accomplished by the end of the session. Erika generally works specifically on the problem area and has an orthopedic touch that helps you feel connected and worked on.
"My main style is a modality called Myofascial Release Technique, Myo meaning muscle, fascia meaning connective tissue.
This technique is done without emollient, to allow separation in muscle superficial to deep. The sensations experienced range from mild pulling to more intense sensations & often a pleasant feeling of relaxation as mobility from adhesive tissue occurs within the fascia. Due to the slow nature of this work, the nervous system is able to relax fully, many of my clients fall asleep during treatment."
Why are you passionate about this work?
"I can say that before my Orthopedic massage training, I was not confident in my ability to reach the desired result for my client.
After, however, I have learned in depth about muscle attachments and fibers helping me to understand how to create the change that both the client and I can feel. My goal is to stimulate the muscles to support the natural movements of the body as it moves through space."
We asked Erika: Who are you as a person & how did you get to this point in your career?
"I knew I wanted a job that allowed me to help people and like many I was drawn to a more holistic form of wellness.
Massage has been in my life a long time. When I was a kid I woud massage my mom's feet after her long day in steel toe'd boots working in construction.
When I finished high school I traveled from the North East Kingdom of Vermont, to go to massage school in Boston at Cortiva Institute (2008-2009). My passion for massage ignited when I began learning about anatomy and the sciences of the body.
What fascinated me is the body's ability to adapt & change. As my experience through the years progressed I learned about how stress & grief translate into the musculature and posture.
Massage allows realizations, awareness within the nervous system response as blood/energy moves back into the areas we have grown numb or have lost consciousness.
My desire is use massage as a tool to help people work with their innate strength to heal & reach their full potential of wellness."
“My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.”
― Steve Goodier