Tammy Shaw-Sykes

Tammy Shaw-Sykes has been working as a massage therapist in Minneapolis since 2012. We’re delighted that she decided to pursue certification as a Master Myoskeletal Therapist (MMT). Achieving this certification, one of the highest standards for a massage professional, is not easy. It takes a burning desire to get results for your clients and a great deal of commitment. Below is her story in her own words. This talented therapist can help you with all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions, including headaches, rotator cuff problems, sports injuries, and more. To book an appointment for massage therapy in Minneapolis, click the appropriate link at the bottom of this page.

My health & wellness journey began a few years after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, arthritis and other painful conditions. In 2009 I attended St Paul College for Massage Therapy and graduated in 2012 with AAS degrees in clinical sports massage and personal training in addition to becoming a certified yoga instructor. By 2012 I opened my own practice called “Shift Fitness and Massage.”

In 2015 at James Waslaski’s 5-day Orthopedic Intensive Training retreat, I was introduced to Erik Dalton’s work. The next year, I attended my first Myoskeletal Therapy workshop featuring Erik Dalton and special guest presenter, James Waslaski.

I loved Erik’s teaching style and during that weekend workshop, I decided to commit myself to completing my Master in Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy and joining the Dalton Gang. I was so impressed with Erik and Paul Kelly’s commitment to continuing education and their sharing of the latest pain science research with their students. Erik and Paul have been combining manual therapy and exercise physiology for over 20 years and it is an amazing team to be a part of.

As a pain relief specialist, the education I’ve garnered through work on my Master Myoskeletal Therapist journey has definitely elevated my skill-set on many levels. My clients who include athletes, dancers, business people and the disabled have benefitted so much from these new pain management approaches. I so appreciate Erik Dalton’s commitment to advancing the massage and bodywork field. Getting my MMT is one of my greatest and proudest moments of my career.

Thanks to Erik and all the Freedom From Pain Institute staff.

Tammy Shaw-Sykes
Minneapolis, Minnesota


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