I'm Melissa: licensed massage therapist, experiential educator, and trail walking enthusiast. I was born and raised in Hawaii, though I've called Montana home for the past five years. Yes, I miss the ocean dearly, but I'm also incredibly fond of Inland Northwest peaks and Montana winters.
I began to pursue bodywork nine years ago while working as an outdoor educator in the Puget Sound area. I encountered a series of injuries that brought my attention to how little I knew about my own body, and I began seeking out ways to expand my understanding of how bodies work. As a massage student in Seattle, I gained a proficient knowledge of human form and function, acquired a practitioner's skill set, and achieved a more intimate connection with my personal health and well-being.
I have trained in multiple modalities, including medical massage, structural bodywork, myofascial release, deep tissue therapies, neuromuscular techniques, Swedish massage, prenatal bodywork, sports massage, lomi lomi, and Thai massage. In addition to working in private practice, I have performed prenatal massage at a home maternity and birth center, rehabilitative bodywork at a medical massage center, and massage for injury treatment in two different chiropractic clinics. These various experiences inform my work with every client, resulting in unique sessions that are specific to each individual.
In addition to my trade as a bodyworker, I also work as an instructor for the Wild Rockies Field Institute, where I teach courses in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Studies in landscapes across Montana. In all of my work, I aspire to cultivate a balanced understanding of physical, emotional, social, and environmental health, and how we humans can strive to be our best selves during our precious time on this planet.