Hi. I'm melissa.
Here are my creds:
WVWC Bachelor of History
200+ Hour Professional Certificate of Personal Training
200+ Hour Registered Yoga Teacher
Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach
Pregnancy & Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist
Trained in Asian Bodywork & Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapist in Training
300 Hour Yoga Psychology - in progress
Here’s a little self interview to answer some frequently asked questions:
Q: What do you do?
A: About what? Seriously though, I stopped being able to easily answer that question a long time ago. Shortly before graduating from Wesleyan I realized the only thing that actually pulled at my heart was personal training. For me, “working out” literally became the first thing I ever did for myself. Just for me. Just to get better. I had debilitating back pain and after spending over a year going to specialists I put my research background to work and began building strength in my core and studying functional training. After working for 7 years as a personal trainer and then even as a consultant for gyms I realized we were missing LARGE pieces of the puzzle. If the problem really was about food and exercise there probably wouldn’t be much of a problem. And if guilt and shame were going to work.. well, there’d really be no problem. So I took my yoga practice to heart… Mindy, body, and spirit. I went on to obtain my Holistic Lifestyle Coaching certification, an intensive study of the relationship between food and lifestyle habits and the tools to recognize and create an individualized plans in improving health. And the important of using practical methods that initiate valuable lifestyle changes. The truth is, there’s even more to that story and even more to what “health” really means. I’d like to work with peephole to write a new story for themselves.
Q: What does parenting have to do with health & wellness?
A: EVERYTHING. First: health, like optimal health, combines the mind, body, and spirit. That’s mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, financial, relationship… everything. In order to get down to the root of what has held us back from optimal health we have to evaluate our lives as a whole. Most of our habits and beliefs came from early childhood so understanding the childhood psyche and relationships helps us delve even deeper into our own childhood psyche and relationships to heal. My stories with my own family, relationships, and parenting can help anyone process through their own struggles, even if you don’t have a child you were once a child yourself.
Q: What are your favorite things to do?
A: Be outside, preferably near large bodies of water. Meditation. Yoga. Moving my body. Live music. Writing. Reading. Connecting with people. Anytime spent with my husband Alex, my son Cannon, and my people.