Mary’s Bio

Centered Bodywork is owned and operated by Mary Ericson, LMT, JD.

Mary graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in May 2006. After working at other massage studios, in February 2010, she opened Tonic Massage & Myofascial Release (later called Tonic Manual Therapies). In December 2015, Tonic became Centered Bodywork to reflect the transition from Therapeutic work to a practice embracing both Therapeutic and Wellness approaches. Mary is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), holding her license through Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

In 2018, Mary received a Specialty Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitative Massage from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. This required completion of the Orthopedic Massage program from Whitney Lowe’s Academy of Clinical Massage, a 32-hour hands on class from one of three top orthopedic massage educators, and a 2 1/2 hour online exam. She chose to take James Waslaski’s 40-hour 5-Day Intensive Upper & Lower Body course.

Mary also is an Intermediate Myofascial Release Therapist trained in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release approach. She received post-graduate training in CranioSacral Therapy (CST I) from the Upledger Institute and in Cupping from the International Cupping Therapy Association. She has had training in Movement Re-education with Neuro Movement Integration and Practical Movement and has completed KinesioTaping (KT1, KT2) from the KT Association.

Mary’s strength is in helping clients with stress relief, improving athletic performance, injury recovery/prevention and chronic pain reduction. She uses a range of manual therapy techniques to find the approach best-suited to the individual client.

Mary served on the Michigan Board of Massage Therapy from 2009 – 2011, where she assisted in the drafting of regulations for massage therapist licensing in Michigan.

She is also a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, through which she maintains professional liability insurance. ABMP profiled Mary in their BizFit column.


From 2013 through much of 2015, Mary returned to the practice of law at the Law Office of Mary C Ericson, where she focused on Estate Planning & Probate. During that time, she determined that her true passion and satisfaction lies with massage therapy. As a result, she has decided to set her law practice aside for the most part, using her legal skills to assist non-profit organizations like the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy, where she currently serves as President of the Board of Directors, and Attorneys for Animals.

Mary is a 1989 graduate of Cornell Law School and an active member of the State Bar of Michigan. She practiced environmental law at firms in Washington, D.C., at DaimlerChrysler Corporation, and with National Wildlife Federation, where she helped achieve passage of the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact. She also worked as a researcher in the law faculty of the National University of Singapore.


Mary is a mid-pack runner who’s completed three marathons – Bayshore (2004, 3:58:30), Chicago (2004, 3:57:53) and Green Bay (2008, 4:07:36) and a number of shorter distance races. She’s run the Great Lakes Relay five times (2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014). She is a member of the Northville Road Runners and the Downtown Runners & Walkers.  On-on!


Mary is one of the singers in Busted by Nine, a rock and roll cover band that plays at a lot of running races in the area, including the Detroit Free Press Marathon, the Martian Marathon and Run Woodstock.


Mary began curling in 1993 at the Potomac Curling Club in the Washington, D.C. area. She founded the Equatorial Curling Club in Singapore in 1997, and has curled with the Detroit Curling Club.