Featured Faculty: Heidi Eckerson

After living in the past (and her head) for over a decade teaching history, Heidi decided a change was in order. Attending FLSM reminded her about the importance of being present and allowed her to get reacquainted with the rest of her body. After graduating in 2012, she opened a private practice where she is honored to help others experience change in their bodies and lives. Heidi also enjoys filling in at Binghamton University’s Wellness Center providing mindful massage to students, faculty and staff—and wishes they had this on campus when she was a student there. She currently teaches kinesiology and business classes here at FLSM.
How long have you been practicing massage therapy?

I graduated in July 2012 and started my practice in October 2012.

What is your favorite modality to teach?


What would you tell someone who is considering massage therapy school?

You won’t regret it. I know it sounds trite but it really was life changing.

What is one thing you wish you had known before you became a massage therapist?

I didn’t realize the extent of the diversity within in the massage therapy field. Different modalities, approaches and career paths. Also, I wish I had started at a spa immediately after graduation so I could grow my experience and skill set before starting out on my own.

Name one person who has had an impact on your life and why:

My dad, because he encouraged me to explore all my interests- no matter how diverse or non-traditional. He did this too, he was an amazing role model.

What is your favorite thing about teaching at FLSM and why?

My students come from all backgrounds, fields and experiences so I get to keep learning new things alongside of them.

Vacation… beach, woods, desert or mountains?


Favorite meal?

Thanksgiving dinner, especially the squash and gravy.

Describe your most significant interaction with a client or student:

Just recently I had the opportunity to attend cadaver lab with a student who is dealing with a brain tumor. She wanted to hold the brain at the lab. You can talk all you want about the science of it, but this student had a very unique, intimate connection with this organ. No words needed to be spoken, no anatomy explained. Her fellow classmates just stood by her side as she held it in her hands, a smile on her face and tears in her eyes.