“As a kinesthetic person I’ve been involved in the practice of dance, acrobatics, and expressive arts from a very young age and that allowed me to pursue a career in this field. Then, as a Licensed Contemporary Dancer I was exposed to a broad spectrum of somatic practices along with knowledge of movement. My experience practicing and teaching dance and yoga led me to my first introduction to hands-on techniques and holistic bodywork. Then, I immediately recognized the amazing value of therapeutic touch and its profound impact on all aspects of being, so I felt inspired to become a healing practitioner of ancient eastern traditions like Ayurveda and Traditional Thai Bodywork. Suddenly I found myself reconciling two apparently different paths: Arts and Bodywork, merging into one new beautiful path of Bodywork Healing Arts that has transformed my life.
Ever since, I’ve been practicing with passion and loving dedication. I am the typical eternal student and I love to expand my skills and knowledge so I can contribute to the integral wellbeing of people. Throughout the years I’ve studied many approaches, and hands-on techniques like: Reflexology, Watsu (Aquatic Bodywork), Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Therapy & Myofascial Stretching, Medical Massage, and others.
I met Erik Dalton personally in 2014 in my workplace at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa in Costa Rica, and I felt a deep respect and admiration towards him and his vast experience and knowledge. I started to participate in his workshops at Pura Vida, and not only did I develop affinity to his techniques and applications, but I could also really appreciate and value his teachings and the strong influence he had from great contributors in the Manual Therapy field like Vladimir Janda, Philip Greenman, Ida Rolf and many others. I took seriously the value of his legacy and decided to complete the Master Myoskeletal Therapist Certification. And here I am feeling very proud and honored to have accomplished such a wonderful step of growth in my career. All the high-quality learning material and experience that Erik offers is very well-structured, scientifically supported, and easy to apply and incorporate into your practice. These books and eCourses provide an excellent education and reference for life that will refine your skills and understanding as a therapist. I really appreciate Erik, Kim, and all his staff and teaching assistants (Michelle, Rudy, David, Judy, Nate, Aubrey, Scott), for always being so gracious and supportive. Every workshop in Costa Rica offers such an enjoyable opportunity for knowledge, growth, practice, connection, fun, adventure, and community; just the perfect scenario to immerse yourself in a meaningful learning experience abroad. I am infinitely grateful to have been able to live this experience and to have always shared with wonderful and talented people.”
Thais Fleitas Hidalgo
Alajuela, Costa Rica