I am passionate about the importance of empowered birth, intuitive parenting and holistic care for the body. My skills and opinions concerning best practices have changed over the years, but a core philosophy that I've always held is best expressed by Caroline Myss, "Our biography becomes our biology."
Our tissue not only absorbs the physical injuries we have experienced over our lives, but it also holds our stories. The experiences of the body become woven into the spirit, leading to doubt and confusion or clarity and intuition. Through massage, we can drop into our bodies, quiet our minds and find our internal balance. In this mindful awareness, we can best determine what type of support, action, natural approach or medical intervention is best for our overall well-being and health.
Classes for Professionals
Massage for Labor
Empowered Birth After Cesarean Birth
Anatomy of the Female Pelvis
Please message Melissa for details about upcoming classes.
All paths and diversions led me to creating Flora Massage and Wellness Services in 2004. When I became a mother for the first time in 1995, I was working in inpatient psychiatric care. As a former student of modern dance and as a therapeutic recreation specialist, I could see an obvious connection between our bodies and emotions. Additionally, my desire to be the best possible mother for my new baby made me seek a parenting style and health philosophy that was grounded in becoming the expert on my child after he experienced a difficult cesarean birth.
Following my homebirths in 1998 and 1999, I began to envision a role for myself within our community. I wanted to provide services that would empower women to have gentler births; for themselves and their babies. I wanted to ease the transition for women into motherhood and provide services that would help babies transition to life outside the womb. After anchoring my own mothering energy and seeking my own internal balance by volunteering as a childbirth educator and labor support provider, I found myself pursuing a career in massage.
Since establishing my practice, I have continued to seek out information about the body/mind/spirit connection, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, infancy and the female experience of aging and intuitive wisdom.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Associates of Integrative Health 2004
Advanced Healing, Laughing Womyn Ashonosheni, 2004-2010
Reiki Level 1 & 2, Sierra Campbell 2004
Reiki Level 3-Gaia's Touch 2006
Cranioscaral Therapy I, Upledger Institute 2009
Craniosacral Therapy for Infants, Carol Gray 2010
Dancing for Birth Instructor Training, Stephanie Larson, 2011 & 2012
Craniosacral Therapy for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum, Carol Gray 2012
Spinning Babies Workshop, Gail Tully 2012
TummyTime!(tm), Michelle Emmanual 2012, 2013
Certified Lactation Specialist, LEC 2013
Practitioner Training for the Arivigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Massage, The Arvigo Institute 2013
Craniosacral Therapy for Breastfeeding, Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, 2015
Spinning Babies with Tammy Ryan, 2016
Advance CST for Infants with Carol Gray, 2017
Cranial Nerve Dysfunction in the Precrawling Baby,
Michelle Emanuel, 2018
I additionally hold a B.S in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University. From 1992 to 1998 I worked with children through elders offering both in-patient, out-patient and community based therapeutic recreation services. From 1998 to 2003, I volunteered my services in the community at a local non-profit, teaching childbirth education, parenting classes and occasionally offering labor support services.