I first started working with Mel in 2014.
I originally reached out to Mel for a massage because I was dealing with chronic back pain for years. I had previously gone through months of physical therapy and worked with a few other massage therapists in attempt to get rid of the pain but nothing really helped – the pain always wound up coming back.
After my first session with Mel, I was in shock because I had received way more than just a regular massage. During our session, Mel was talking to me about specific past traumas and emotional wounds that needed to be addressed in order for me to permanently heal my back pain. Although I didn’t understand, at the time, exactly how to go about doing that, or what my emotions had to do with my physical pain, I did feel a deep sense of trust and safety while working with him.
Over the next few months, I consistently received body work from Mel once or twice per week. During our sessions, Mel had not only given me the best massages that I had ever received, but he also listened to me and the needs of my body. Through our sessions, I began developing an understanding of the connection of my body to my mind and my emotions, and became more and more interested in ways in which I could better myself in all aspects.
Overtime, Mel helped me to: recognize the patterns and habits in my life that needed to be adjusted, become more mindful of how I treat my body (through nutrition, movement, sleeping patterns, etc), and build an awareness of the choices I make and and how they affect the outcome of events in my life.
Over the past three years, I have also had the privilege of having Mel facilitate multiple plant medicine ceremonies for me. While working with Mel in ceremony, I have always felt very safe and cared for.
Through his use of the medicine paired with aromatherapy, light therapy, sound therapy, and touch, Mel has helped me heal tremendously in my ceremonies and has supported me through the process of reintegrating the medicine work into my everyday life.
I highly recommend Mel’s work to anyone who is looking to heal any and all aspects of themselves. I trust that with his knowledge and wisdom, Mel has the ability to help others (just as he has helped me) remove obstacles and illusions in their own lives in order to become the best versions of themselves.