when & where
“Erin... gracefully, engagingly, and enthusiastically guides people to move their bodies!”
Retreats & workshops
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:
Nourish Your Self in Paradise
Retreat: Greece goddess getaway
Nia & Yoga Adventures in Greece
Week 1 July 10 – 17, 2019
Week 2 July 17 – 24, 2019
The Schoolmistress with Golden Eyes Pension
This combo Nia & Yoga retreat is truly transformational. Held in the ancient village of Molyvos on the island of Lesbos it’s an adventure that’ll you’ll never regret. Hosted by my friends Jillian and Rene Lambert from Cape Town, South Africa. Contact me for more information.
Retreat: natural time nia reatreat
A Restful Nia Weekend
October 10–13, 2019
Vista Verde Retreat Center, Carson, New Mexico
Save the date! Plan ahead for a beautiful weekend "out of time" in gorgeous northern New Mexico. Vista Verde Retreat hosts us with a beautiful dance space, amazing views of the stars and easy access to local sites!
workshop: explore the artistry of being you
An Introduction to Selfistry
November 15–17, 2019
Studio Sway, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Ready for a day of self-discovery unlike anything you’ve ever done before? Ready to tweak your relationship with Self? Ready to have fun while exploring new way of being human? Ready to change your life without having to fix yourself? …Then you’re ready for Selfistry!
Join Erin Damour, Nia Black Belt, in welcoming Sarah Marshank the founder of Selfistry and author of Being Selfish: My Journey from Escort to Monk to Grandmother, for an introductory weekend workshop highlighting her work. Through Selfistry you’ll explore your self and your connection to life through intentional stillness, guided mindfulness practices, and conscious movement.
More information about Sarah and Selfistry
RETREAT: NOURISH YOUR SELF IN PARADISE
A Selfistry Retreat for Women
April 18 – 25, 2020
Mar De Jade, Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
Imagine days that unfold gently within a self care program that serves up the best sleep – imagine the sound of the ocean cradling you to sleep – organic locally sourced delicious food, walks on the beach, hikes in the forest, boat trips on the water, traditional ceremony, massages in a nature sanctuary, and daily meditation and yoga classes. Now, add to this picture a program expertly designed for exploring your inner self and carefully bringing you back home to your authenticity — providing the best techniques in personal development and spiritual alignment. Now wrap this vision up and sprinkle it with belly laughter, transformational music, free form movement, and you’re pretty much there.
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 The Nia Technique
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
Become a White Belt
Nia White Belt Training takes you on a journey of self-discovery. It explores the art of sensation and your body's way. Beginning with the Joy of Movement, you will 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.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.
I love to play and explore what it means to be living in a human body. Through my work as a movement facilitator and bodyworker, I aim to encourage people to find dynamic ease, relaxation, joy and a captivated sense of gratitude for their precious epithelial vessels.
Over the past 12 years, I've shared Nia Technique classes with hundreds of students including 8 years as adjunct faculty in the University of New Mexico’s College of Education Physical Education Program.
My education and experience with Nia, yoga, mindfulness, bodywork, anatomy, physiology and kinesiology all inform my work to help others nurture a sense of playful curiosity in how to heal with movement.
Come enjoy great music, fun and movement exploration in one of my classes. The invitation is always to simply "show up – shine – and let it go"!
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
NM School of Natural Therapeutics – Natural Therapeutics Specialist
The Nia Technique (White – Black Belt)
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 Ed. Digital Arts – Multimedia Design
Bodywork & Therapeutic Massage
"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
230 Adams St. SE, Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87108
As a graduate of the NM School of Natural Therapeutics, I aim to help people committed to their health and well-being find ease, relaxation and pain reduction. 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.
Bookings & Payment
I work with clientele committed to prioritizing self-care. Please use the links below to book online. Contact me directly should you not find a suitable time for you.
I accept cash, checks, credit cards and payment via PayPal. No-show/no-notice missed appointments incur a $35 cancellation fee. On-site chair massage for special events (i.e. staff appreciation events) is available at a rate of $1/minute (including a location fee of $25). I do not take insurance.
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.