Melissa studied at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR and obtained her license in 2016. She taught couples massage workshops and practiced Shiatsu, Reiki, Deep Tissue, Swedish, and Cranial Sacral modalities – as well as a variety of spa treatments. Melissa began working with her feet in 2018 after studying Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy with Nancy DeLong. Using her feet and gravity allows her to utilize a broad tool and deep, slow pressure to melt through layers of fascia with minimal discomfort, creating more space and increased circulation. Clients report feeling lighter, taller, and freer in their movement after an Ashiatsu session.
When she’s not practicing bodywork, she spends her time picnicking, exploring the area’s nature preserves, making mail art and keeping the art of letter writing alive, reading, cooking plant-based meals, and worshipping her cat. She is passionate about using native plants in landscaping and home gardens and volunteers with Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones, serving on the executive board and editing their monthly newsletter.