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Matthew Erwin, LMT, CFSS

As a massage therapist and certified fascial stretch therapist, Matthew focuses on therapeutic/sports massage for fixing muscular imbalances, recovery, mobility and pain management. Treatments with Matthew are typically a combination of Fascial Stretch Therapy and Manual Therapy(therapeutic/sports massage) techniques. This means most sessions will be less of a traditional, undressed massage with sheets and lotions, but rather it will have more of a similar feel to working with a chiropractor or physical therapist. A session will typically include an initial conversation regarding goals of the session, visual and/or manual assessments, treatments, re-assessments, and explanation of recommended self-care to continue progress. As such, make sure to wear or bring athletic wear for the session. He believes this type of session leads to the most efficient use of time for whatever your goals may be, whether it is pain-relief, performance enhancement or increased mobility.

Matthew started in the health and wellness industry as a personal trainer after graduating from UC Santa Barbara where he studied Philosophy and Exercise and Sports Studies, along with weekly bio-mechanics seminars on top of the standard coursework. Looking for another perspective on how to work with the body, he went on to study massage therapy at the Nevada School of Massage Therapy’s 800 hour massage program. After beginning work as a massage therapist, Matthew attended all four currently offered certifications by the Stretch to Win Institute to become a Certified Fascial Stretch Specialist. He combines his knowledge from all of his studies with hands-on experience ranging from working with a large physical therapy office in Las Vegas to a high-end resort in Santa Barbara.
Starting his research of the body as a high school wrestler, and now an avid fitness enthusiast, recreational athlete and outdoorsman; Matthew understands the aches, injuries, and muscular issues associated with being active and competitive. Utilizing massage therapy in conjunction with Fascial Stretch Therapy allows him to stay active, efficient and able to maximize potential, as he does with his clients. He prefers FST sessions for fixing aches/pains and improving performance/mobility, and prefers traditional massage sessions for when he is feeling very beat up, drained, and in need of general TLC.

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