About Erin Hartman, MFA, CMT
Erin's introduction to the healing arts began over twenty-five years ago when she learned transcendental meditation from a philosophy professor and t'ai chi from a dance instructor while completing her bachelors degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. These practices led to her study of metaphysics and energy healing with wisdom teacher Joan Lee while she earned her Master's of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at Syracuse University. She began formal studies in bodywork in 2004 at The Swedish Institute: Manhattan NYC Healthcare Training School, but set aside her training in 2006 to accept a faculty position in writing at James Madison University. As a poet, Erin published work in several literary journals as well as the chapbook Resolution (2008, Finishing Line Press), but she felt professionally unfulfilled until she completed her certification in massage therapy in 2012. Now a full-time massage therapist and reflexologist, Erin is currently studying Traditional Chinese and Western herbal medicine through the East West School of Planetary Herbology, and completing certification in Lee Albert's Integrated Positional Therapy through the Kripalu Institute. In all healing arts, she strives to keep in mind a mentor's kind words: "Never underestimate the healing dynamic of a compassionate touch." Whether touch takes the form of words, hands or a gentle presence, Erin seeks to share compassion at Solace.