I love to play. I'm curious about what it means to be human: what's our purpose in this body? I hold strong beliefs and boundaries while also pushing the edges of some of life's "rules" – particularly those that tell us to feel shameful, unsatisfied and in a constant battle with our bodies. All the "shoulds" we carry around living in a human body deserve to be questioned, critiqued and challenged.
Through my work as a Nia Black Belt and massage therapist hopefully offering fulfilling and healing experiences, I aim to encourage people to find dynamic ease, relaxation, joy and a captivated sense of gratitude for their precious epithelial vessels.
As a passionate movement facilitator, I've had the amazing opportunity to share Nia Technique classes for over 10 years to over 600 students including an amazing 8 years as adjunct faculty in the University of New Mexico’s College of Education Physical Education Program.
My education and experience in The Nia Technique, yoga, mindfulness, bodywork, studies of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology informs my deep and playful curiosity in how to heal with movement; whether dancing or receiving massage.
The summer I turned 16 I lived in northern France with a family sealing the deal on my wanderlust, love of travel and anthropological leanings. I've lived in Benin, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, studied in college in Dublin, Ireland and traveled to Wales, England, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Costa Rica, Mexico, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Uruguay and, of course, Hawaii!
Come enjoy great music, fun, community and movement exploration in one of my classes. The invitation is always to simply show up – shine – and let it go! Of course, when I'm not dancing or doing/teaching bodywork, I'm hanging with these two amaze-dogs!
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology
NM School of Natural Therapeutics
Natural Therapeutics Specialist Graduate Massage Therapist
The Nia Technique™
Instructor training in Santa Fe, NM, Portland, Oregon, and Cape Town, SA
High Desert Yoga
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program
UNM Anderson School of Business
Certificate of Nonprofit Management
UNM Continuing Education Digital Arts Program
American Academy of Pediatrics
Executive Director’s Steering Committee
classes & workshops
INTRO TO NIA PLAYSHOPS
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Each playshop will be held at Move! from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm every other first Saturday of the month beginning in February. An investment of $25.00 covers your playshop fee and 2 follow-up classes with me. If you are veteran Niaphyte and refer an attendee you'll earn a FREE class!
Step In. Get Moving. Sense Joy. These playshops will provide opportunities to learn the moves of Nia and practice the art of listening to the language of Nia which can enhance your experience no matter where in the world or with whom you step into class. We'll learn about the guiding principle of Nia, The Joy of Movement, which allows Nia to be adaptable to all bodies. These playshops are perfect for those who are new-to-Nia or anybody who might like a refresher on the 52 Moves or simply someone looking to ease into this amazing practice.
Drop in class fee $12.00
5 Class Pass $53.00
10 Class Pass $96.00
I accept payment via cash, check, credit card. My PayPal receiving account is through email address erindamour[at]gmail[dot]com. Taxes and fees may apply.
Move! Fitness Card (applies to all studio classes)
10 class pass $90.00
Move! Fitness ABQ
1100 San Mateo Blvd NE Ste. 32
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Contact me online.
Taking a short road trip or an adventure overseas is always exciting and doing so with the added bonus of dancing Nia is my ideal getaway. Here's what's upcoming for 2018.
GREECE GODDESS GETAWAY
June 27–July 11, 2018
This combo Nia/Yoga retreat is truly transformational. Held in the lovely, ancient village of Molyvos on the island of Lesbos you will not regret this adventure. Hosted by my friends Jillian and Rene Lambert from Cape Town, South Africa. For more information visit the Facebook event page!
NATURAL TIME NIA RETREAT
October 11–14, 2018
A beautiful weekend "out of time" in the gorgeous Taos Valley of northern New Mexico. The retreat center Vista Verde has a beautiful dance space, amazing views of the stars and a quick trip to visit the earthship community and Taos in all it's northern New Mexican artsy glory!
What is Nia?
Nia Technique™ is a dance fitness practice that provides safe and effective exercise that fuses multiple movement forms; it inspires people to be healthy and fit while learning body literacy and awareness. Nia blends a combination of dance arts, such as jazz and modern, with martial arts, inspired by aikido and tai chi, all with the perspectives of healing arts, such as yoga and the Alexander Technique. Nia is a barefooted movement program designed to increase participants awareness of physical sensations, build strength and stamina, and increase flexibility and balance, all while having fun. And we do it to great music!the And we do it to great music!
BENEFITS OF NIA
- Stimulates the pleasure of living in the body
- Increases strength, flexibility, mobility and agility
- Improves circulation and heart health and supports weight loss
- Develops grace, power and muscle tone
- Improves posture, balance and stability
Nia White Belt Training takes you on a journey of self-discovery exploring the art of sensation your body's way. Beginning with the Joy of Movement, you learn 13 principles for body-centered awareness. Each principle teaches you a variety of somatic skills for connecting to physical sensation in your body. Through the science, craft and art of sensation, you will learn Nia's body-centered approach to health, wellness and fitness. Crafting with sensation is the starting point for all Nia teachers. The Art of Sensation is what brings magic to the Nia class experience.
The Art of Sensation is rooted in Nia's philosophy of The Body's Way. Sensation guides you to create health and vitality by moving your body in ways that feel good. Nia White Belt teaches you to develop body literacy - the ability to listen to your body, making choices that lead to health and total body well-being. Find a training here.
Bodywork & Therapeutic Massage
After nine years as the executive director of a local non-profit I was looking for a new path and was eventually led towards NM School of Natural Therapeutics from which I graduated in September 2012.
As a graduate of the NMSNT I aim to help people find ease, relaxation and comfort in their bodies. Using a variety of modalities, including Swedish massage, polarity therapy, reflexology, myofascial release my goal is to assist each individual client in achieving relaxation, the place where the body heals and rehabilitates.
Use the calendar on the right to book appointments. Saturday, Sunday and after hours by request.
I accept cash, checks, credit cards and payment via PayPal. *On-site chair massage available at a rate of $1/minute, plus a location fee of $25.
230 Adams St. SE, Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call 505-633-6392 or contact me online.
"Erin's skills in sports and relaxation massage have made her my health partner for nearly 4 years. She has a wonderfully quiet space which is a reflection of her consciousness and professionalism. If you're looking for someone that you can count on, Erin is precisely the person you've been seeking."
Terry, client since 2012
"Erin is a highly skilled and compassionate masseuse. She customizes your massage to bring pain relief according to your individual condition. She obviously has a great deal of knowledge of physiology, and her treatments are very effective. The treatment room is very calming and you can enjoy your massage in a quiet, comfortable and pleasant environment."
Robin, client since 2015
Therapeutic Massage ($70.00/60 min)
Each session is customized to meet your specific needs and may include a combination of Swedish massage, reflexology, polarity therapy, myofascial release and recovery techniques.
Head-Hands-Heels ($50.00/45 min)
An extremities treat focusing on the scalp, face, shoulders, neck, hands and feet. Features essential oils of your choosing.
Rest & Recovery ($80.00/75 min)
This treatment is aimed at specific issues and/or recovery from sporting events and related activities. RR utilizes focused and specific work along with myofascial release and event recovery techniques.