Melissa thinks that being a massage therapist is the most fun you can have at work. She is happy to discuss massage therapy and energy work either from a technical, anatomical perspective or from an esoteric, New-Age-y perspective. Melissa is a graduate of Radford University and the Bodyworks Institute (cdba as the Heritage Institute). While certified nationally since 2001 and in Virginia since 2002, she has been practicing massage full-time since 2007, primarily in a spa environment. Working a day spa suited her nature as a caregiver, working in a center that solely provides massage is even better. Melissa’s approach to massage therapy is an integration of her skill set that is focused on the client’s needs that day in that session. Melissa does not believe in giving the same massage twice, unless it is by request. The one constant in her work is that it is deeply relaxing.
Her specialities include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Lomi Lomi, and Reiki; she also enjoys prenatal work. Melissa finds yoga to be a perfect counter-balance to massage and is currently studying it with aspirations of going through teacher-training in a few years.