Melissa is an absolute miracle worker. I’ll spare you the four page review I just shared with my FB friends, but after a car accident six years ago which caused a collarbone fracture and torn tendons (tendons required surgical repair), I’ve had muscle spasms in my neck and head. They’re the most debilitating pain I’ve ever had, and made me lose countless hours of work and even more hours of time with my friends and family. Three chiropractors, three physical therapists, two massage therapists AND my orthopedic surgeon said there was nothing else they could do. The next step was Botox in those muscles for some temporary relief. Melissa worked on me for 90 minutes and I haven’t had a single muscle spasm in nearly 3 weeks. I haven’t gone this long without a spasm since my accident SIX years ago. She took time to explain to me what she was doing and how it would help, and show me pressure points to work on at home. I can’t wait to see her again for a tune up, and then for some standard relaxing massages. You will not regret a second that you spend with Melissa working on you! I’m so thankful that I found her!
I have had chronic migraines and neck pain for many years. I have been prescribed many medications and procedures that have had no baring on my quality of life. Melissa is not an ordinary massage therapist. She truly understands how the muscles work with one another in order to find the root of your problem. I can definitely feel relief each and every time I leave her office. I can honestly say that I feel like a new person from the time I first walk into her office to the time our session is over.
Although I have had deep tissue massage from various therapists over the years, I did not know about medical massage therapy until I met Melissa. She helped me with severe abdominal pain through both massage and energy work (which I had previously been skeptical about; I’m now a believer). More recently I was seeing a physical therapist for a knee issue and I felt he was making the problem worse, not better. So I went to Melissa, who had a completely different take on what was causing the pain. Equally important, she gave me the pain relief I had been seeking. I then consulted with another physical therapist who concurred with Melissa and highly recommended I continue receiving massage therapy to resolve the issue! Melissa is excellent at identifying a source of pain, finding places on your body that are tight you’re not even aware of, and offering self-care advice. I highly recommend her.
I had been having headaches everyday as well as shoulder and neck soreness. My Chiropractor wasn’t able to help, so fortunately my friend referred me to Melissa. What an amazing massage experience! She really works deep into every muscle. It was unlike any massage I’ve ever had before. At times, she’s working into a muscle or a trigger point and it’s uncomfortable, but oh my goodness! The muscle pain is gone! The headaches are gone! Thank you Melissa!!
After my massage with Melissa, I felt like I had been run over by a truck, which is exactly how I like it! So many massage therapists boast deep tissue skills, but Melissa actually delivers on this. If you need a deep tissue massage, this is the only place to go.
Melissa is fabulous! I have had lots of massages, but never the Reiki and oils treatment. It’s amazing the emotional energy that the body holds. She was able to release tension in my body that I didn’t even know was there and allow healing to take place. She also shared a lot about what was going on in different places in my body and things that I could do at home to further help the process of healing. When I went to work, my colleague said it looked like I was floating. If you are feeling ‘stuck’ in any area of your life, this is the service for you. I can’t wait for my next visit!
After going through most of a year of cancer treatment, I went to see Melissa on the recommendation of a friend. After five months of chemo, two surgeries, and six weeks of daily radiation, my knots had knots. I was trying to squeeze door frames under my shoulder blades to relieve the discomfort. Every time I sneezed, I winced in pain as my shoulders caught the brunt of the contraction. Melissa was amazing. I was already melting in relief during my first appointment, but the healing continued over the next few days. My whole body moved better. I set two new personal speed records for my daily trail runs. Even better, I didn’t groan like a bear every time I stood up or sat down, trying to get my body aligned to hold me up. I highly recommend Melissa. Best, most effective massage of my life.
I’ve been seeing Melissa for a little over 2 years now for problems stemming from a 21 year baseball career followed by a 9-5 desk job that involves sitting at a computer for long stretches. Her efficiency and effectiveness is second to none. Most recently I contacted her for an emergency session after my neck locked up causing shooting pains that extended to the arms, hands and face. Melissa knew exactly where to get to work and 90 minutes later I had regained mobility of my head and neck with no more referred pain. Spa memberships are nice if you want to go every week with no progress. If you want real results that legitimately stick in the weeks after the session then go see Melissa.
Melissa was awesome and gave me the best deep muscle massage I’ve ever had. I travel all the time and have been in 38 states. My neck and back are in bad shape so I get massages every week. I may be in Raleigh for 6 months or more and plan to see her once or twice a week. Thank you so much Melissa!
I had a massage with Melissa on Thursday afternoon. After a week with shoulder pain and insomnia I was needing relief. Melissa did not give me the typical massage. Even though it was my shoulder that felt most of the pain she was guided to spend an hour working on just my neck, as this is were much of my pain was stemming from. She gives a therapeutic massage, and her hands are STRONG! Be prepared to feel some discomfort as you release what is causing you physical pain, but know that you will feel SO much better and experience more long term relief. I was finally able to get some much needed sleep! Thank you Melissa:)
I am a Golf Professional at Chapel Hill CC and have constant back and neck pain from golfing and being on my feet everyday. I have been going to Melissa now for a few months and she has done wonders for my body. I feel like a new person when I go see her. She is incredibly talented and is very knowledgable about massage therapy. I cannot express enough how good Melissa is. You will not regret going to her!
Melissa has really helped me recover after some brutal workouts! She has a unique approach to healing the body that is highly effective!
As a yoga therapist, I am keenly aware of what my body needs, where the aches are etc. That is why I am always surprised how Melissa finds more than even I’m aware of and works the muscles to release whatever tension or toxins they are holding. I strongly recommend he rif you want a healing and therapeutic massage verses a run off the mill spa massage.
Awesome massage! I have searched high and low for a massage therapist in N. Raleigh who could do excellent deep tissue/therapeutic/sports massage. I’ve come close on occasion, but Melissa, by FAR, exceeded my expectations and began doing therapeutic body work that stopped my headaches for the first time in weeks! Strongly recommend you try her out!
Melissa is an excellent massage therapist. It seems like she is able to just look at you some times and know where she needs to focus her attention that session. Great array of massage skills at her disposal to work on any muscle problem.
Melissa really took the time to personalize my session. I came to her for energy work/Reiki. It was nice that she took time to have a phone conversation with me ahead of time to have a better understanding of what my needs were, and what she provides. I had lots of questions that she was very patient and able to answer. When I came to her office, Melissa was very calm and empathetic, and made sure I was comfortable from the start. This part was easy as she has a very welcoming and open attitude and I trusted her intentions. The oils and the session were very impactful, I certainly felt a difference not just the rest of that day, but the days after. She was very sweet to check in on me the next day and also the following week. I would recommend her practices to anyone, and I certainly plan to see her again.
Amazing massage! I’ve been experiencing pain from a lifting/running injury and Melissa was very knowledgable and helped me understand what might be going on. She was enormously friendly and a great conversationalist and she made me feel totally comfortable, even with me being new to massage and me asking a million questions. I will be back!
Melissa saw me for a massage/bodywork and chakra balancing. I had not seen a massage therapist in quite a while, and while I do yoga and meditation and chakra work, there is only so much I was able to shift things. She was very thorough, intuitive and discussed with me the options for using essential oils to help balance my chakras and facilitate deeper release in massage. It was (She was) amazing!!! I am REALLY picky about massage therapists and the work I have done, and she was stellar. She was worth her weight in gold.
I have been seeing Melissa for over a year now. She has magic fingers that find all my sore spots and trigger points! She has her work cut out for her when I come in, as I’m a jumbled mess, but I leave with a renewed sense of energy and a happy body!
With neck and shoulder as well as lower back issues, it was recommended by my chiropractor that I see Melissa of Return to Wellness for therapeutic massage. The first things I noticed were Melissa’s beautiful smile and her gorgeous red hair! Melissa’s knowledge was beyond anyone I had ever been to.
I had been experiencing a sore tailbone area that made it difficult for me to sit for long periods of time. I saw a proctologist and my ob/gyn but neither could figure out what was going on. Melissa was able to figure out what was wrong and made recommendations that have resulted in steady improvement.
Her expertise in treating trigger points and energy work led to relief from an emotional issue from my past that was stored in my muscle memory. During her deep tissue massage, she described to me what she was feeling in my hip. I immediately knew exactly what she was sensing and began to open up about it. As I talked, she told me that she felt it releasing. I knew it was true for I, too, felt it. Since that happened, I’ve felt truly liberated. I am not a doctor or a priest, but the energy from that trauma left me that day and I have felt lighter and more joyous ever since.