About Melissa

dsc_1956Melissa has been fascinated with the body, mind, spirit, emotions, nature, health, behavior, culture, and energy much of her life.  During her adolecense, she spent much of her free time out in nature, exploring the art and philosophies of the Beat and Hippie Generations, and regularly attending live music shows, including 3 Grateful Dead concerts, to “move, feel and journey with the music”.  Melissa moved to Provincetown, MA the summer after high school and then went off to a small environmental liberal arts college in Poultney, Vermont – Green Mountain College.  In 1997, she drove cross country and spent a summer in Boulder, CO where she deemed Be Here Now and A Celestine Prophecy to be her helping-friendly books.  She spent a summer in Vermont before studying abroad, conducting research, teaching English, hiking and exploring the beautiful lands and cultures of South Korea and Japan.  After working a summer in Martha’s Vineyard, Melissa completed her final year at Green Mountain College with a Bachelor Degree in Behavioral Science and Environmental Science in May of 2001.  She is forever grateful for the diverse experiences during those formative years that allowed her to observe different peoples behaving according to their distinct thoughts, beliefs, values, ethics, and environmental conditions.

While teaching, traveling, living, studying, and working in public schools, holistic centers, on the road, in the woods, at beaches, in gardens, within intentional communities, and on homesteads throughout the US during her twenties, Melissa began practicing being present,   conscious, simple, receptive, compassionate, and connected to Nature and Spirit.  Quickly, she remembered/accepted that she was not on planet Earth to perpetuate contemporary mainstream society, it’s greedy, power-hungry institutions, or it’s unconscious, unhealthy, unsustainable values since much of it was in direct conflict with her intuition and understandings.  Melissa began to hear the call to share wisdom and truth rather than information and facts; to live more simply, naturally, and mindfully; to live in service of the greater good, life, the divine; to connect with her higher-self; to willfully take part in evolution; and to inspire others to honor their higher-selves and make changes toward more healthy, conscious, and sustainable ways of living.

Melissa was seriously contemplating the relationship between an individual’s physical/mental/emotional and spiritual health and their well-being and quality of life, when she decided to go to massage school.  Although familiar with the suffering, darkness, sadness, and pain of life on planet Earth, Melissa became encouraged by particular behaviors, practices, attitudes, and ways of thinking that she observed appeared to be creating more satisfying lives, relationships, careers, and health.

dsc_1973In 2005, Melissa graduated from Educating Hands School of Massage and Bodywork in Miami, FL.  While in Florida, she focused on developing her massage skills and cultivating her intuition, working with hundreds of people and bodies, as well as health conditions and lifestyles, while becoming connected to the birth community, offering Pregnancy Massage, and beginning her study and practice of Craniosacral Therapy.  Melissa made her way back to Vermont in the spring of 2007 and received her Holistic Health Practitioner certification from the Global College of Natural Medicine, incorporating the healing aspects of nutrition, detoxification, herbs, flower essences, body-mind therapies, diagnostic techniques and lifestyle modifications.

For the last decade, Melissa has been supporting and nurturing educators, local non-profit employees, veterans, and the Brattleboro community at-large with massage, bodywork, and energy work, helping to manage pain, injuries, stress and chronic conditions, as well as providing supplements, holistic health consultations and personal empowerment/ well-being workshops.  She continues to study and practice Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy with both Upledger and the Milne Institute for Visionary Craniosacral, and is enrolled in a 2-year Zen Shiatsu Certification Program at the Vermont Shiatsu School located across the street from her office.

She is grateful to be of service, nurturing and supporting her clients and community, creating sacred space for people to heal and connect with their higher selves, sharing complimentary health information and resources, and providing chair massage to local schools, non-profits and businesses.  Melissa is a life-long student, teacher, healer, organic gardener, composter, nature-lover, artist, astrologer, hiker, dancer, swimmer and traveler.  She feels especially blessed to be working with the innate intelligence of the Divine, Nature, Body, Mind, Spirit and Emotions.