Areas of Expertise:
- Reflexology Ingham Method
- Maternity Reflexology
- Baby Reflexology
- Swedish Massage
Melissa studied Biological and Environmental Science at Murdoch University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science. She gained experience in pathology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, before returning to W.A. and, while working at the Department of Agriculture and Food, studied Reflexology at the West Australian School of Reflexology in 2000. In 2002 she completed her full Diploma of Reflexology, the highest level possible. She is a Professional Member of the Reflexology Association of Australia.
While studying Naturopathy at the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies, Melissa completed a Certificate of Swedish Massage in 2005. Melissa studied Maternity Reflexology with Lyndall Mollart in 2007 and 2008 and enjoys taking the pregnant mum-to-be through her pregnancy with gentle pregnancy-specific reflexology and foot massage. This improves blood circulation to the feet and improves lymphatic flow thereby reducing lymphoedema. As a member of Twinkle Toes Reflexology Melissa conducts Baby Reflexology Workshops: Calm Babies, Healthy Babies and Tummy Aches. She teaches new parents the gentle and soothing techniques of Baby Reflexology and baby foot massage individually and through workshops.
The reflexology ‘map’ has continually evolved over the centuries and is used to massage reflexology points – ‘reflections of the body’ – to promote healing and relaxation throughout the body. Reflexology benefits the circulatory and lymphatic systems by improving blood and lymph flow to and from the lower extremities. During a reflexology session the muscles of the foot and lower leg are thoroughly massaged and the result is deep relaxation.
Reflexology is beneficial for men and women of all ages. Reflexology pressure points accurately pinpoint patients’ ailments and by working these points, shifts in the patient’s health will occur. Melissa helps patients address health issues through Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology, Swedish Massage and essential oils.
Besides being a busy mum, other interests include environmental health, safety and toxicity in personal care products, nutrition and gardening.