• Erin's Background

    inline Image Erin Simon, BFA, MEd, LMT, LLCC, has practiced therapeutic massage since 1992. Erin’s fascination with the human body and it’s potential for movement began early with her attending the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, and Point Park Conservatory of Dance while in high school. She then attended Ohio University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography.

    After several years in both New York, and New Jersey performing with several dance companies, as well as designing and constructing costumes, and work on the side as a personal trainer she returned to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education earning a Master’s degree in Special Education. She resumed performing and costuming with a small dance company in Pittsburgh for several years while teaching in the public schools during the day.

    Erin realized that teaching academics was not the experience she was looking for, and was also approaching the time to leave the rigors of professional dance behind. Looking for something involving the body, movement and a more holistic lifestyle; she attended the Pittsburgh School of Massage for her initial education and certification. Since then, she has pursued education in a number of massage and bodywork modalities with her most extensive training in lymph drainage therapy. Other modalities she has education in include; cranio-sacral therapy, pregnancy and post part massage, healing stone massage, and swedish. Erin was also a labor doula for a number of years. Her focus in therapy now is mainly in lymph drainage therapy, and in education pertaining to the lymphatic system, (however she can easily be persuaded to combine all of her years of experience and education for an outstanding therapeutic massage).

    Currently, Erin continues to dance, but in only in social venues, and maintains her form with a variety of exercise, training and outdoor sports.




  • Proven Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

    Proven Benefits of Therapeutic Massage and Lymph Drainage Therapy: 

    Releases Endorphins
    Supports the Work of the Heart
    Reduces Blood Pressure
    Increases Flexibility
    Relaxes Sore Muscles
    Cramping and Spasms
    Helps Move Oxygen and Nutrients into Tissues and Organs
    Improves Circulation
    Improves the Condition of Your Skin
    Enhances Immunity
    Lessens Anxiety, Stress, and Depression
    Promotes Tissue Regeneration
    Reduces Scar Tissue
    Increases Mental Alertness
    Reduces Swelling and Inflammation
    Promotes Better Sleep
    Enhances Well-Being and Body Awareness.


    Did you have any idea there was so much to be gained from receiving therapeutic massage?

    inline ImageWhat is Lymph Drainage Therapy?  Your lymphatic system is another circulatory system in your body.  A healthy, active lymphatic system is responsible for flushing cellular debris, toxins and stagnant fluids out of your body.  It also carries nutrients, helps to regenerate tissues, and to maintain a healthy immune system.  Lymph Drainage Therapy is an extremely gentle therapy appropriate for people preparing for, and recovering from surgical procedures, and those too fragile for more vigorous therapies.  By creating a vacuum with gentle hands-on techniques, swelling can be reduced quickly and painlessly, aiding in a return to a more active lifestyle.  The same techniques to relieve edema (swelling), lymphedema and inflammation also apply to weight loss, and detoxification.  LDT is also very calming to the central nervous system.



  • Erin's Approach to Therapeutic Massage

    Given Erin’s background, she is acutely aware of the potential for strength, ease of movement and flexibility in each of us that often isn't fully realized.

    inline Image Massage & Movement, A Complementary Relationship: As a former professional dancer, Erin knows bodies are made to move. When lack of flexibility – whether from injury or habit – leads to a mechanical imbalance, the condition most often can be alleviated through a combination of massage and stretching, with you, as a client, gaining awareness in how to use your body more efficiently and healthfully. 

    Different bodies move differently, and for each body what’s normal depends on such factors as body type, physical needs and level of activity. As we go about our daily activities, we feel good when we move efficiently. When we don’t – because of stress, injury or habit – our poor body mechanics tend to increase our discomfort. 

    Massage offers both short and long-term benefits. It alleviates immediate pain and discomfort and also can produce long-lasting change by releasing adhesions in scar tissue and by helping you to better understand how movement and discomfort are related. 

    Discomfort in one part of the body, for example, is often caused by unnoticed tension in another. Through massage and stretching, you can undo habitual patterns. Once the body is “reset to neutral” in this way, you can use it more easily and longer without fatigue. 

    inline ImageWhether you are a first-time client or someone Erin has worked with for years, she will help you to find the source of movement restrictions, to relieve discomfort and to gain insight into your body mechanics and establish better patterns of movement.    

    Conditions Erin has treated; Therapeutic Massage, and especially Lymph Drainage Therapy are indicated treatments for a vast array of conditions including: headaches, concussions, postural issues, stress and anxiety, TMJ, prep and recovery from sports events, fibromyalgia, prep, and recovery from surgery and injury, pregnancy and post-partum issues, fatigue, edema, and lymphedema, scar tissue and adhesions, and as a regular addition to your health and wellness regime to stay on top of life’s challenges.



  • Massage & Treatment Options

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    Lymph Drainage Therapy: is a very gentle hands-on technique that enhances the fluid movement of the lymphatic system. This technique is vital for aiding your body’s ability to detoxify, flush out stagnant fluids, regenerate tissues, and maintain a healthy immune system.  LDT promotes a deep state of relaxation, and is very beneficial for edema, lymphedema, chronic pain and inflammation.  The same gentle process also aids with weight loss.  A more vigorous form of LDT is specifically for reducing the appearance of cellulite by using the body’s fluid to break up fibrous tissue.


    Craniosacral Therapy:  Is another very gentle approach to body work, and deeply soothing to the central nervous system. By focusing on the delicate movement of cerebrospinal fluid deep tension in the body unwinds and releases.   CST can help relieve a wide range of ailments including headaches, migraines, concussion symptoms, neck and back pain, TMJ, Scoliosis, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and many more.  


    Massage for the Childbearing Year:  Includes a combination of techniques to help promote the health and well being of women during all phases of the childbearing year, from pre-pregnancy through post-partum.  Massage during pregnancy will aid in easing the emotional stress and discomforts of a changing body and life, and help prepare the woman for birth.  


    Healing Stone Massage:  Is an intensely relaxing experience that combines various types of massage and body work with hot, warm and cool stones.  This therapy is especially beneficial to those with chronic stress, and pain and can promote deep muscle and tissue relaxation.


    Swedish Massage: Uses a combination of kneading and stroking to relieve tight muscles, promote circulation, and aid in relaxation.


    Kinesio Tape: Is a latex-free, stretchy cotton tape that can be used for joint alignment, to enhance, or inhibit muscle contraction, and also for lymphatic drainage. Persistent injuries can benefit from the added support of the tape which can be left in place for up to 5 days at a time.

    Not sure what you need? Let Erin use her skills and and intuition in creating a blend of techniques tailored to your unique goals.

Contact & Scheduling 
(All services by appointment only)

*Gift Certificates make great gifts! (Available at both locations)

Erin's private office


Squirrel Hill

Erin’s private office located in Squirrel Hill

Erin's address and directions provided when appointment is scheduled.
p: 412 726-6729 | e: erin@erincmt.com
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-4, some evening and weekend hours available by request. Shower facility available at this location.

Cost: 30 min ~ $55.00
         60 min ~ $75.00
         90 min ~ $95.00
Payments accepted:  Cash and Check. Credit Cards, and Paypal coming soon.

UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine


Shadyside

UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine located at:

Shadyside Place, Ste 310, 80 S. Aiken Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa 15232 | ph:412 623-3023 - fax:412 623-6414
Hours: Monday and Thursday 9am - 4:15pm.


Cost: 30 min ~ $60.00
           60 min ~ $80.00
           90 min ~ $110.00
Payments accepted; cash, check, most major credit cards. Some types of insurance and claims accepted at this office only.

RESIDENTIAL OFFICE PARKING: There is residential street parking. Not wheel chair accessible, but handicapped parking is accessible. ADA ambulatory.  

UPMC OFFICE PARKING: Residential street parking is available about one block away.  Unlimited time until 11:00am, then in 2 hr segments until 5pm.  There is a parking lot for Shadyside Place.  Have your ticket stamped at the time of your appt for $1.00 off.


*There is no reciprocity between my private office, and the UPMC office. Treatment sessions and gift certificates may only be redeemed at the office they were scheduled/purchased at.
Cancellation policy:  (for both offices) I understand that we all have occasional emergencies and family obligations. However, I expect you to be respectful of my time, and to other people who may be trying to see me. I require 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment without charge. Late cancellations and no-shows are expected to pay the full amount for their session.
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Contact Erin
By Email - erin@erincmt.com and By Phone: 412 726-6729 (squirell hill) / 412 623-3023 (shadyside)