Mary’s Bio

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

Massage Therapist. I graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in May 2006; in February 2010, I opened my own practice, which is now called Centered Bodywork. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) with Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

My practice has evolved to focus on five primary forms of bodywork: Orthopedic Massage, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Reiki:

Orthopedic Massage. In 2018, I received a Specialty Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitative Massage from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, which required completion of the Orthopedic Massage program from Whitney Lowe’s Academy of Clinical Massage, a 40-hour hands on class from James Waslaski (one of three top orthopedic massage educators), and a 2 1/2-hour online exam.

Myofascial Release. I am an Intermediate Myofascial Release Therapist trained in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release approach. Classes include MFR I, MFR II, Unwinding, Cervico-Thoracic, Fascial Pelvis, and Rebounding.

Craniosacral Therapy. I have taken craniosacral classes from the Upledger Institute, to date completing CS I, CS II, and Craniosacral Therapy Working with Chronic Depletion. Somato-Emotional Release (SER) classes will be taken in 2022.

Visceral Manipulation. Training from the Barral Institute in Listening, VM1 and VM2, with VM4 scheduled for December 2021 and VM 3 in 2022.

Reiki. First Degree initiation in December 2019 from Pamela Miles, First Degree initiation in October 2021 from Suzy Wienckowski, Second Degree initiation scheduled for November 2021.

Other Training. Total Body Balancing (osteopathic approach to fascial release) from the D’Ambrogio Institute; Cupping from the International Cupping Therapy Association; Movement Re-education with Neuro Movement Integration and Practical Movement; and training in Kinesio Taping (KT1, KT2) from the KT Association.

From 2009-2011, I served on the Michigan Board of Massage Therapy, where I assisted in the drafting of regulations for massage therapist licensing in Michigan. I am a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, through which I maintain professional liability insurance. ABMP profiled me in their BizFit column.

Attorney. In 1989, I graduated from Cornell Law School and am an active member of the State Bar of Michigan. I practiced environmental law at firms in Washington, D.C., at DaimlerChrysler Corporation, and with National Wildlife Federation, where I helped achieve passage of the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact. I also worked as a researcher in the law faculty of the National University of Singapore. From 2013-2015, in addition to a part-time massage therapy practice, I opened a solo practice in Estate Planning & Probate, during which time I determined that my true passion and satisfaction lies with massage therapy. Today, I use my legal skills on a volunteer basis to assist the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy, where I serve on the Board of Directors.

Runner. I am, at best, 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), the Great Lakes Relay (2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014) and a number of shorter distance races. You can find me running with the Northville Road Runners and the Downtown Runners & Walkers.  On-on!

Singer. I am one of the singers in Busted by Nine, a rock and roll cover band that has played at a lot of running races in the area, including the Detroit Free Press Marathon, the Martian Marathon and Run Woodstock.

Curler. I began curling in 1993 at the Potomac Curling Club in the Washington, D.C. area. While in Singapore, I founded the Equatorial Curling Club, and I’ve curled with the Detroit Curling Club.