Description of Services

Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork sessions with Melissa involve the use of various soft and deep tissue techniques to treat the whole person – body, mind, spirit and emotions – in order to prevent and reduce pain, stiffness, and injury, to support the bodies’ natural self-healing mechanisms and to create greater body-mind awareness and ease.

Depending on a client’s needs, Trigger-Point, Shiatsu and Musculoskeletal Alignment techniques may be utilized to reduce pain, decrease muscular tension and unnecessary holding, release toxicity and congestion, increase range of motion, and balance posture; Deep Tissue and Sports Massage may be used to stimulate circulation, respiration, digestion and elimination; and Trager, Craniosacral, Myofascial, and Reiki techniques help calm and balance the nervous system, lessen congestion and/or holding patterns, strengthen the body’s resistance to disease, and create space, peace, stability and an overall sense of well-being.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) activates the body’s own self-corrective healing mechanisms to relieve pain and stress, repair injury, increase resistance to disease and release both physical and emotional trauma.  Because this is a gentle touch therapy CST does not activate resistance within clients’ bodies and muscles much like other massage therapies can.  Craniosacral therapy sessions encourage deep nervous system relaxation and allow the brain waves to balance and harmonize, which is super important in a culture where people are habitually stuck in busy, multitasking, beta-brain wave functioning.

This therapy releases pain, tension, unconscious holding, unhelpful thoughts, memories, traumas, emotions, fears, and anxieties in order to create a deep sense of peace and calm. Because CST positively influences the functioning of the central nervous system, it has been shown to alleviate a wide range of conditions, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, motor-coordination impairments, chronic neck and back pain, scoliosis, central nervous system disorders, TMJ, orthopedic problems, sensory disorders, and stress-related dysfunctions such as depression, insomnia, poor digestion and anxiety.

CST with Melissa focuses on the along the central line of the body, called the ‘midline,’ which includes the 22 bones that make up the human head, the vertebra and sacrum, and also the brain, the central nervous system, the cerebrospinal fluid and the system of membranes inside the cranium and spinal column, as well as the heart.  Working along the midline encourages health and well-being in the bones, tissues, spaces, fluids and fields where the spirit, the soul and the ‘breath of life’ reside, where heaven meets earth, where inspiration enters, where love, devotion and creativity pour forth, where life is experienced, and where life continues.

Melissa offers Craniosacral Therapy to her clients in order to optimize functioning in and around the body, relieve pain, repair injury and balance the brain/mind, heart and core/root. She also offers special sessions to clients who are looking to make changes, or request help in facilitating insight or flight to other realms.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage involves many methods of massage that are both effective and safe prenatally, during labor as well as during the postpartum periods of women’s pregnancies.  Prenatal specific techniques can relieve headaches, help alleviate morning sickness, reduce fatigue, enhance sleep, calm an active baby, alleviate backaches, increase immunity, support fluctuating hormones, relieve leg cramps, reduce swelling/edema, relieve pain from varicosities and prepare pelvic muscles for the birth process.

The soothing essence of massage not only honors the miraculous journey of pregnancy, but also allows pregnant moms to unwind and feel serene, healthy, and comforted during a period of added physical and emotional stress. Skilled touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her infant.

Reiki

Reiki is a hands-on energy healing art originating in Japan. Reiki is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If an individual’s “life force energy” is low, they are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, they are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Reiki practitioners are trained to access and serve as a channel for the life force (chi or qi) energy in order to restore and balance the natural life force energy within each client. Healing occurs through the return of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. Reiki has many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, support, security and well-being.

Ear Candling

Ear Candling is an ancient, natural, relaxing technique used to clean out excess ear wax and fungus, improve hearing, improve physical balance, cleanse the sinus cavities and lymphatic system, remove toxins, eliminate ear pains, enhance mental abilities, balance energies, and release emotions.

Holistic Health Consultations

Holistic Health Consultations support clients on their journey toward greater health and well-being. A variety of treatment options are considered including nutrition, supplementation, herbs, flower remedies, breath work, body work, self-massage, detoxification, self care practices, exercise, stretching, meditation, comfort rituals, etc. that work in collaboration with the self-healing tendencies of nature in order to nurture and balance the whole person – body, mind, spirit and emotions.

Couples Massage

Couples Massage occurs when two people are massaged in the same room, at the same time, by two different therapists. It can be a husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, same-sex partners, moms and daughters or best friends. Couples massage is a great way to introduce a partner who has never gotten a massage before in a way that may make them feel more comfortable the first time.

Holistic Health Classes

Holistic Health Classes have been designed by Melissa to empower individuals with information, resources and easy-to-use self-healing practices to nurture and nourish the body, mind, spirit and emotions.

A few classes Melissa has taught include:

The Power of Touch

Self-Massage

Energy work Basics

Craniosacral Basics

Body Mechanics

The Science of Stress, the Art of Calm

Bringing Calm and Balance into the Classroom

Resilient Living

Breathwork, Alignment and Intention

Know Thyself, Know the Universe.

Infant Massage Classes

Infant Massage Classes are designed to support the attachment, bonding and communication/communion between new parents/guardians and their infants. The benefits of massage, the importance in asking baby’s permission, the best and not-so-best times for massage, and the possibilities for overstimulation are discussed. Then, Melissa guides parents/guardians through massage routines, while offering suggestions for exercises that can be done with infants, and allowing time for sharing birth stories or asking questions.

Pet Massage

Pet Massage provides significant relief, stimulates healing and promotes stress reduction and relaxation for both pets and performance animals.  It can also relieve pain from arthritis, lameness, hip dysplasia, and other ailments, alleviate stress caused by separation anxiety, vet and groomer visits, prior abuse, and loss of another pet, loosen tight muscles and increase flexibility and range of motion, prepare the body for surgery and reduce recovery time after surgery or injury, increase circulation and lymphatic drainage to improve overall health, release endorphins that work as the body’s natural painkiller and provide a feeling of well-being, increase bone density and build muscle mass as well as reduce edema.  Pet massage is a wonderful gift for our furry or feathered friends during transition and end of life.

On-Site Therapeutic Chair Massage

On-Site Therapeutic Chair Massage involves the use of a specifically designed massage chair that allows bodywork techniques such as Deep Tissue, Sport’s Massage, Shiatsu, Trigger-Point therapy, Myofascial, Trager and Reiki to be provided to the fully clothed client in a variety of different settings such as schools, businesses, parties, etc.

Chair massage provides stress management; relieves tension, congestion, headaches, neck aches; decreases repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis; and has been proven to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, enhance customer service, boost employee morale and lower health benefit costs.