Melissa Upham - Strickland - Therapeutic Massage & Bodyworker, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Neuromuscular Therapist,Rossiter Practitioner, Reflexologist, Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master, Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, Certified Wellness Coach, Shamanic Healing Practitioner
Melissa first began her studies in alternative healing in Florida in 1990, where she lived and became an avid student of the Barbara Brennan method of Chakra / Crystal healing under a very successful practitioner. She researched and assisted in the healing of many successful case studies for several years while studying Energy Work,Theology, Past lives, Shamanism, Herb / Vitamin therapy, Crystal / Color and Aromatherapy under many wonderful teachers. She became an Ordained Minister through the Universalist church The Alliance of Divine Love then opened her own private healing practice.
In 1994 Melissa relocated to Watkinsville, Ga. where she continued her private practice and studies as a Natural Living Consultant/Holistic Health Practitioner. Melissa traveled for several years facilitating workshops in natural healing modalities throughout Georgia, Florida and Pennsylvania.
Melissa worked in the Athens community providing personal care and supportive services to the physically/developmentally challenged as a CNA in Home Health, Patient Care Tech on Nephrology at a local hospital and EMT-I while furthering her education in the health care field.
Melissa received her formal education in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork through the Career Education Institute in 2004-2005 where she studied Massage and Bodywork Technologies, Kinesiology, Myofascial & Structural Integration, Trigger Point / Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue & Swedish techniques as well as Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Acupressure. Melissa already had a successful massage therapy practice before ever finishing school. She is NCBTMB certified and has been a member of the AMTA. She became certified in Neuromuscular Therapy, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Neck Pain injury and prevention, Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, KM Techniques, Ashiatsu, Quantum Healing, Munay Ki, Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master, Certified Wellness Coach and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist from the Hypnotherapy Academy of America and is a member of the International Board of Hypnotherapy and a Rossiter practitioner. Melissa continues to further her education.
Melissa was a volunteer Chair Massage therapist at the Diabetes Expo in 2006, The Georgia College Health Fair in 2008 & 2009, a guest instructor at Georgia College Athletic Training Department in 2009, 2010 & 2011; a guest speaker at local businesses in Milledgeville and also a Chair Massage Therapist at the Ga. Renaissance Festival for two years. She has worked in the Athens, Greensboro and Milledgeville communities as a Medical Massage Therapist, specializing in pain relief with rehabilitative/corrective therapies for the last 11 years. She did an internship at a Medical Massage facility right out of school, worked for Chiropractic Offices in Athens, as the Massage Educator for 5 years at a well known spa in Milledgeville alongside their Physical Therapy Dept. and as a Massage Therapy instructor at API in Milledgeville, Ga. .
Melissa has traveled the world in search of enlightenment and unleashing the secret powers of the mind. She has participated in many sacred ceremonies with some of the oldest tribes in the nation including the Anishinabe, Navajo, Lakota, Havasupai and Q'ero Shamans of the jungle in Peru. Melissa is a Pipe Carrier, a Mesa Carrier, Munay Ki initiate and a practicing Shaman. Melissa enjoys daily Yoga, pilates, meditation, body rolling, hiking and hydrotherapy as her exercise program. Her hobbies include backpacking, swimming, kayaking, herbal field crafting, gardening, rock hounding, sweat lodges, personal development, reading and writing.
Melissa currently services the following locations: Eatonton, Greensboro, Milledgeville and Athens. Melissa has a private practice in Lake Oconee at Dr. Vanessa Triplett's Office, 1093 Lake Oconee Pkwy, Eatonton Ga 30642 and will travel under certain circumstances, call for details.