About Melanie

Name: Melanie Salazar, LMT, CR, RMT

What those letters after my name mean: Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Master Teacher

Years working as a massage therapist/ bodyworker: 12

Massage school alma mater: Brian Utting School of Massage

Bodywork specialties: gentle deep tissue massage, Reiki, foot and hand reflexology, manual lymphatic drainage massage

Strengths: finding muscle knots and gently releasing them, Reiki for emotional and mental re-balancing, explaining why your muscles are so tight and how to unwind them between sessions, the various specialties in my “toolkit” for whatever pain, tension, and stress you have, and fitting a lot into an hour session.

Self-appointed job title: Creative multi-passionate entrepreneur

Philosophy that guides my work: Soothing and calming my clients’ nervous systems is what relaxes their muscle and mental tension. All muscles connect into the nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and when I tap into the nervous system, all healing is possible.

Question I get asked most often: “Do your hands ever hurt from doing massage?” Answer: No, I have strong hands after 12 years of doing bodywork, and I stretch my hand muscles frequently to prevent stiffness.

How I got into the massage therapy field: I was injured in an accident in 2005 and had a lot of neck, back, and hip pain when I went back to my desk job. I received two 60min massages a week so that I could walk, sit, and sleep with minimal pain. I also learned stretches and other self-care techniques which further accelerated my healing, and today I have no pain. I was inspired to go to massage school and provide the same level of excellent care to others in pain.

Super powers: a compassionate heart, sense of humor, active listening, and intuitive bodywork.

Other things I do besides massage therapy: I’m an artist and I also teach Reiki classes to my clients and friends.

Art media: acrylics and mixed media.

Art inspiration: impressionism, Japanese art, ancient Egyptian artifacts, Mexican folk art, abstract art, surrealism.

Favorite self-care: receiving massage, Reiki, acupuncture, chiropractic, and facials, walking my errands, meditation, yoga, Zumba classes, and journaling.

Favorite things: making art and essential oil blends, shoes, watching B-movies, going to concerts, sushi, and chocolate and peanut butter anything.

Words I live by: “Everything is figureoutable,” by Marie Forleo.

My heroines: Marie Kondo. Marie Forleo, Brene Brown, Tara Brach, Flora Bowley.

My arch-nemesis: Hang nails!

Early bird or night owl? Early bird, always have been.

Current shoe obsessions: Softstar shoes (www.softstarshoes.com) and Sanuk yoga slings (www.sanuk.com/slings/)

Live your best life by attending to the needs of your body and mind–schedule your next Reiki, reflexology, and/or massage  session today!  Email me at healthyfeetnbody@gmail.com or call me at (206) 335-1329

Click here to check out my art (all pieces are for sale).

Massage License # 24938

Reflexology license # 60401572