Alive & Well
16 Center Street, Suite 223
Northampton, MA 01060
Pain Relief, Lasting Change
Hello, and welcome to my website. I have had the good fortune to practice massage therapy in the Pioneer Valley for more than 20 years. My specialty is pain relief through postural and biomechanical assessment and the application of targeted manual therapy techniques. I use several modalities, but the goal is the same: to help you feel better in your body.
My work is thorough and focused on uncovering the underlying causes of your pain in order to create lasting change. Your first session will include:
- A detailed health history
- Postural assessment
- Evaluation for biomechanical dysfunction
- Discussion of treatment goals and agreement on the focus of your session
- One hour of bodywork
- Suggested stretches and/or movement exercises to support the work that happens on the table
At each appointment, I will chart your postural position so that changes can be tracked and then used as a guide for that day’s therapy. My intention is to approach every session with curiosity, kindness, and humor.
My dog Wilson helps out at the office on a semi-regular basis. Please let me know if you are allergic to dogs.
"Mimi is able to focus at once on short term discomfort and long-term improvement. I really appreciate her ability to see the forest for the trees – to zero in on the acute issues at hand while working toward overall postural health. Her willingness to explain the what's and why's of my body is hugely helpful and empowering, as well."
– Jennifer G.
I graduated from SUNY College at Buffalo in 1988 with a degree in Business Studies. I attended Stillpoint School of Massage in Hatfield, MA in 1994 and completed their 1,000 hour program which qualified me to become licensed in Massachusetts and New York State. Over the next two years I completed my training in St. John Neuromuscular Training and became a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist in 1996. Since then, I have attended trainings in Orthopedic Assessment with Whitney Lowe, Integrated Positional Therapy with Lee Albert, and various seminars including Jones Institute's Strain/Counterstrain, Positional Release Technique, and Muscle Energy Technique. I continue my education by attending seminars to remain current in my practice and to expand my skills and knowledge in order to better help my clients.
St John Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT):
This is a soft tissue approach that was developed by Paul
St. John in response to his own constant, debilitating pain. In NMT your body's posture is assessed for any muscular imbalances and then muscles determined to be causing and contributing to those patterns are specifically and thoroughly addressed using deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy.
"I sought treatment from Mimi Erceg based on the recommendation of a friend who was aware of chronic neuromuscular and orthopedic injuries I had sustained. I hoped to get some relief for pain and numbness from cervical nerve damage as well as treatment for damaged lumbar and cervical vertebral disks. I was amazed to have greater than 90% relief from the cervical nerve issues after the very first treatment, and to have my back feel the best it had since injuring it. I am impressed by Mimi's diagnostic approach, her comforting manner, and her superb technical skills. I honestly thought I would be saddled with the effects of nerve damage for the rest of my life, but Mimi has made me feel like a new person, and I am very grateful to her." - John Organ
Positional Release Therapy (PRT):
In PRT a tender point is palpated, your body is placed into the position of greatest comfort for 90 seconds and then passively brought back to its neutral position. This interrupts the nerve signals maintaining the spasm, which essentially resets the nervous system and restores muscular balance.
"Mimi's Neuromuscular Therapy provides deep, active healing that has a lasting impact. Her work has made my body stronger, more flexible, and more resilient when pain or injuries do occur. Being her client has been a wonderful investment in my health and well-being that pays off on a daily basis." - M.J., Florence
Swedish Massage consists of long strokes, muscle kneading, and compression to increase circulation and promote relaxation. My relaxation massage technique has been informed by my NMT training and therefore tends to be deeper than the standard Swedish Massage. However, I always work according to a client's tolerance level and can work with light, moderate, or deep pressure.
"The quality of my life is much, much better with Mimi in it! She has seen me through complicated body issues with expertise and grace—and a few laughs along the way.. I ALWAYS leave our sessions feeling better than when I arrived. I am grateful to her for terrific, relaxing massages, sound practical advice and high standards of professionalism." - Ann Burger, Happy Client
Hours and Rates:
Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm (last session begins 4:30)
First session is 90 minutes at $115
Regular session is 60 minutes of table time at $95
Please call or email with any questions or if you would like to discuss how I may help you.