”I have been a very active individual my entire life, but I've also experienced injuries that have forced me to take a back seat physically and be down and out for a while. I understand what it means to have chronic pain, reduced range of motion and emotional holding patterns. Without therapeutic massage as a vital part of my recovery, I would not be as active as I am today. This is why I am so passionate about the importance of bodywork as a tool to a healthier body.”
"I also understand the integral role of the mind in our path to wellness, and how significantly massage can benefit our mental health. Through breath and a naturally induced meditative state we can learn how to unwind, slow down, and give ourselves more space to breathe, relax and release old holding patterns that no longer serve us." - Melissa M. Berg
While therapeutic massage is her newest endeavor, Melissa's multi-faceted background has provided her with a dynamic foundation for massage therapy. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Her experience in several research labs and interest in holistic wellness led her to the newer field of Positive Psychology and the study of “mental health” rather than “mental illness”. This is what led Melissa to the mind-body connection, and the role that therapeutic touch and bodywork plays in our overall health as human beings.
After discovering that academia was not where she wanted to take her career, she decided to attend the Sedona School of Massage to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. Her keen interest in the sciences, especially anatomy and kinesiology, has fueled her desire to understand as much as she can about the body and its integrated systems in order to fulfill her intention to work with people one on one in enhancing their overall health.
Melissa believes that as a therapist one must continue to strive to deepen the understanding of self in order to better understand others. With an active background in martial arts, yoga and dance, she continues to manage pain and rehabilitate body and mind. This has provided her with increased awareness, along with flexibility, strength and endurance, in order to embody the full role of Bodyworker and nourish her practice within and out.
"My hope is for my clients to experience the best that I have to offer utilizing all of the tools and knowledge I have acquired along my own journey. I highly value the therapeutic relationship with open communication, and invite my clients to engage and take an active role in their own treatment plan."
Respyre Massage is happy and committed to serve all humans regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religious affiliation, etc.
Feel free to reach out and see if Respyre Massage is right for you. If you have questions you can email Melissa directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I look forward to meeting you and discussing your therapeutic goals."