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: 13
Massage school alma mater: Brian Utting School of Massage, class of 2007
Bodywork specialties: gentle deep tissue massage, Swedish relaxation massage, Reiki energy healing, 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.
Location of my practice: a dedicated professional space in my home in Shoreline, WA
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.
Early bird or night owl? Early bird, always have been.
Click here to check out my art (all pieces are for sale).
Massage License # 24938
Reflexology license # 60401572