I became a Massage Therapist in 2011 and as part of a military family have lived and worked in numerous locations, to include spas, chiropractic offices, and even owned my own Massage Therapy business in Okinawa, Japan.
In 2013 I became a personal trainer, further enhancing my knowledge and understanding of the human body, in particular the Musculoskeletal System and Sports Massage. I have extensive experience working with a wide spectrum of clients, from post-natal mothers looking to physically recover and get back into shape, to Marines preparing for their semi-annual Physical Fitness Test, and everything in between.
Our family is very active, enjoying camping, hiking (I've even climbed Mt Fuji!), Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and epic hide and go seek games at Causland Park. Basically anything outdoors!
We also grow a lot of our own food right in our yard, to include a large vegetable garden, fruit trees, and raise chickens, turkey and dairy goats.
We try our best to live a Balanced Life through our connection with nature, working hard at the job we love, and also making time to rest and recover and have fun.
I grew up in a military family and lived/traveled all over growing up (graduated from high school here in Anacortes!), instilling in me a love of experiencing different cultures and the things that come with it (food, music, language, etc). I went to college in Quebec just to experience life in a different language/culture, and while serving in the Marine Corps was lucky enough to live in Okinawa for three years, visit Iraq a few times, and participate in exercises in the Philippines and Indonesia. That's in addition to living in parts of the US I otherwise never would have.
It was during this time that I discovered the healing benefits of massage, getting one out of desperation after spending days in pain and unable to turn my head left or right in 2011. The Massage Therapist I saw specialized in Sports Massage, and the day after that session walking normally and able to turn my head! Up until that point I had always thought massages were a special treat for relaxation or pampering, but this experience had me converted. From then on massage became one of the first things I did with each injury, and the improved recovery time was night and day. Even better than Motrin or changing my socks (Navy medicine's cure for everything). I started to get regular massages as a preventative maintenance, hoping to keep my muscles tuned up to prevent injuries and decrease stress BEFORE I got it, and the difference was night and day.
Melissa has dedicated her work to the empowerment and well being of others. She began her journey in the healing arts as a Yoga Teacher in 2016 and continues to grow and learn in her practice. Her studies include Thai Massage training in Bangkok, Thailand, Sports massage, Cupping, Vibrational Sound Therapy, Reiki, and more! These educational experiences have not only trained her in massage therapeutics but, they have also had a profound impact on her outlook, and pursuit to live a more creative and balanced life. Always learning, Melissa continues to dive deep, furthering her skill set in massage therapy and the healing arts. She believes that how you do one thing is how you do everything, and strives to approach her work with a sense of ‘metta’ (compassionate, selfless, loving-kindness) enabling her clients to fortify their physical health through a therapeutic massage experience. Side effects may include smiles, increased well being and peace of mind!
Amanda has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2015 and a Yoga Instructor since 2018. She enjoys catching the sunset, practicing yoga, traveling, board sports, fishing, painting, baking and spending time with friends and family!
Self care is always Amanda's number one priority, and she's glad to be a part of your self care routine as well!
Amanda specializes in deep tissue of the upper body, pre & post natal massage, acupressure points, treatment of headaches, assisted range of motion, and giving a treatment massage that’s relaxing. She's happy to be part of The Balanced Life Spa team and is looking forward to meeting you!