Erica Boulangée M.Ac, L.Ac, LMT
Masters in Acupuncture, Licensed Acupuncturist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Diplomate in Oriental Medicine
Holistic Health Practitioner, Lead Massage Therapist
Licensed Massage Therapist
I was born and raised in Bulgaria (a beautiful, small country in Europe, at the edge of Europe and Asia). I was an athlete for most of my adolescent life. Since age 15, I was in a specialized sports school (something very specific – a school in which everyone was an athlete, encompassing every Olympic sport). At that time, I was also in the Bulgarian national team for flatwater sprint canoeing. At age 21, I went to a Physical Education college and after graduation, I became a Physical Education teacher.
During my sports days, we constantly had massages – it was an integral part of our practice. While in college we studied the human body extensively – anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, biomechanics and practiced every possible way the body can move. We learned ways of preventing sports injuries and when inevitably, while pushing your body to extremes, injuries do happen, we learned ways of recovering the athlete’s bodies.
Not long after that – probably because of curiosity I emigrated to France and then the US.
One winter 25 years ago I came to Aspen for a season and now, the year 2023 – I am still here.
In Aspen, I went through a massage course (was voted best hands ever) and discovered that I am very good at doing massage. I also practiced Bikram yoga (after having an injury from skiing) – long enough – so that, later I was able to teach yoga to the monks in Plum Village, Bordeaux, France.
The monks since then have been teaching themselves and practicing Bikram yoga. In their words – an amazing concentration practice as well as a magical way to heal, strengthen and balance the body.
During these 25 years, I also managed to graduate with bachelor’s degrees in molecular and marine biology at the University of California Santa Cruz – a beautiful place, and the University of Queensland, Australia, and spend some time at the marine biology research station at Heron Island in the Great Barrier reef. The research station was right in front of a huge lagoon, filled with enormous varieties of marine life, three meters deep and 80 degrees – the best research project ever.
I did come back to Aspen for the winters to ski and work – putting myself – through school.
Seems that beautiful places make life more pleasant.
In Bulgaria I lived in the most beautiful town – Plovdiv (the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe), then Paris, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Brisbane, and Aspen.
Life has been an interesting journey,
Licensed Massage Therapist
As a Licensed Sports Massage Therapist here in Aspen, I have an immense passion and respect for the Health and Wellness industry. For over 10 years now, I’ve provided Therapeutic Massage. In 2008, I suffered a major Spinal Cord injury, which revealed that I have a rare genetic fusion in my neck column. I’m proud to say, it does not hold me back from anything! All thanks to my journey into the Holistic realm. After two years of physical therapy and help from my fantastic wellness team, I regained my strength and wanted to learn everything I could about neck disorders. I wanted to help others with injuries after I was able to heal. I quickly pursued a Certified Nurse’s Assistant program, and started working in hospital settings. Personal care was my passion. I worked well with clients that had rare abnormalities. I finally had found my own strength and my purpose. They taught me how to keep my mind strong, and keep a good sense of humor while you’re undergoing recovery.
I learned about Musculoskeletal Disorders and Chronic Pain, and since surgery was not an option for me. My instinct was to keep trying massage and holistic routes. I turned to Acupressure and Massage for wellness. It helped me so much, in fact, that I pursued it as my life career. I had new knowledge base and overcame all of my obstacles.
After a few years in a CNA environment, I decided to go to college to further my knowledge for Massage Therapy and graduated in 2015 at IMTC. (Integrated Massage Therapy College) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After college, I continued within my private practice to work with athletes and clients that were mostly in physical therapy or recovering from sports injuries and major surgeries. I continued in my private practice as well, and went on to teach at Heritage College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. MT111 Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology were my lectures. I have worked with well known sports teams and professional athletes from all over the United States. I am certified in Myoskeletal Alignment, Manual Therapy, Myofascial release, Lymphatic Massage, Advanced Sports work and more. I will always continue to thirst for knowledge on how we can heal ourselves. The body is an amazing instrument. My heart and my hands are devoted to your healing journey. I am proud to be a part of this team!
Licensed Massage Therapist
Lindsay found her passion for massage in 2006 when she graduated from the Therapeutic Massage program at Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook, Maine. Compassionate by nature, she truly embraces the individual to get to the root of their needs. Lindsay provides a very integrative, intuitive and thorough massage. Her massage style often incorporates Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and stretching to increase range of motion. Additional certifications for Lindsay include Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Reiki Levels 1 and 2. She loves connecting with clients and helping to educate them on their needs to feel their best!
Her love for nature and travel has found her work experience from the coast of Kennebunkport, ME to the island of St. John, USVI and landing here in Aspen to explore these beautiful mountains.
Licensed Massage Therapist
My journey into the field of health and wellness began with a very athletic background as I was extremely active and involved in many competitive sports including volleyball, basketball, track, softball and competitive dance and gymnastics. Growing up on the Gulf Coast of Texas and Lake Corpus Christi also gave me a love of the beach, all water sports, off-shore fishing, camping and exploring. I have always enjoyed being outdoors and exploring nature and continue to live an extremely active lifestyle.
While in college, I discovered yoga as an elective while completing my B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi in 2008. I immediately fell in love with the practice and also began to study Eastern and Yoga Philosophy and Meditation, which gave me a life long foundation that has become an important guiding light of my life and one of my passions. This led me to complete the YogaWorks 200 Hour Teacher Training Program in 2010 in Orange County, CA where I began teaching and soon after mentored with my teacher, Erika Burkhalter to complete my 500 Hour Certification in 2012.
As a yoga instructor, I was inspired by the sense of joy I gained from witnessing the self discovery that occurs within my students as they build strength, become more aware of the physical body and surrender to the possibility of finding peace within. I taught many different forms of yoga from foundational classes that focused on body alignment and awareness to advanced vinyasa and even worked as a yoga therapist at drug rehab facilities and with at-risk youth as part of a gang prevention program which was some of the most fulfilling work I have ever done. My deep love of the beach and the ocean even called me to teach SUP yoga as I led classes in the coves of Laguna Beach and the harbor of Newport Beach where I lived and worked for over a decade.
Years of working with individuals specific needs and issues within the physical body through hands on adjustments and through assistance with active and passive stretching techniques led me through a natural progression to explore and study massage. When I left Southern California I spent many months in Thailand, receiving and studying a bit of Thai massage and then decided to move to Aspen, CO. I quickly earned a certification as a Licensed Massage Therapist from the Aspen Massage Institute and started practicing massage and teaching yoga in the roaring fork valley in 2017.
As a massage therapist, I have a therapeutic approach that focuses on specific issues or ailments of the physical body while also being very focused and aware of the deeper more subtle aspects of massage for the overall well being of my clients. I use a combination of different techniques and therapies including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point, Pre and Post-Natal, Sports, Relaxation Response and Aromatherapy. I most recently earned a certification as a Medical Massage Practitioner from the LMT Success Group at a retreat in Costa Rica called Pura Vida in 2022. As a massage therapist and as a yoga teacher my intention is to make a positive and lasting shift in the overall health and well-being of each and every one of my clients. I continue to practice and study different styles of yoga, massage, philosophy and meditation and find great fulfillment in sharing these profound practices with my clients.