The stress of modern living affects us all and in various aspects of our lives. Continued stress adversely affects the mind and body, compromising your health and prematurely aging us internally and externally. The need to repair, restore and renew yourself back to a healthy balance becomes imperative to your overall health.
Our goal at New Life Massage & Whole Living Solutions is to provide you with personalized care to restore encouragement to uplift, and the means necessary to relax and renew your mind, body and spirit through massage, yoga and meditation. Our therapists and instructors are trained and certified in the most effective techniques to help you regenerate, replenish and regain a sense of well being. Your body's ability to heal comes from the inside out. We provide techniques and encouragement to help you tap into that power.
Melissa Jarufe, LMT & Owner
Michelle Janicek, LMT
Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in the field of chemistry in 1986. She worked over 20 years in her chosen field as an analytical and paint formulation chemist before turning her troubleshooting talents to the field of massage therapy.
In 2007, Melissa graduated from Harmony Path School of Massage Therapy where she was trained in the traditional Swedish massage techniques. She is trained in Prenatal, Bamboo Fusion, and Oncology massage Techniques as well as Rieki. Currently she is studying and working toward her certification in Orthopedic massage.
Certified in Swedish and Orthopedic Massage Techniques.
Trained in: Prenatal Massage, Bamboo Fusion Massage and Oncology Massage.
Each of us at New Life Massage & Whole Living Solutions believe in the following core values.
• Excellence - 'Good enough is never good enough
• Empowerment - Your body's ability to heal comes from the inside out. We provide techniques and encouragement to help you tap into that power.
• Responsibility - We take it as our responsibility to always be learning more and better ways of serving our clients' needs.
• Integrity - We honor our commitments and genuinely listen to our clients' needs.
"This is who we are...and what you can count on in every interaction with us."
Michelle graduated from Harmony Path School of massage in 2011. Her passion for animals and their positive response to the power of touch, led her to massage therapy and her sincere desire to people from all walks of life feel better, look better and be better.
Certified in Swedish Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage techniques
Special interest in Repetitive Use Muscle Release Therapy
Relaxation, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue , Pregnancy Massage, Couples Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Bamboo Fusion Massage, Thermal Palms Massage, Seaweed Marine Spa Detox Wraps
Chair Massage for Corporate Special Events and Health Fairs
“To me, massage is simply a way of life. I believe in a client centered approach. A combination of my different massages can relax, renew and rejuvenate! Each visit will be as truly unique as you are!”
Terri McNeely-Disbrow, M. Ed., RYT-500
Santell Nelson, Practitioner
Terri has been studying and practicing various forms of yoga, healing and energy work for over 25 years. In 2003, Terri made a conscious decision to leave her career in sports marketing to become a special education teacher, further her yoga teaching training and to pursue her passion in the healing arts. Terri is currently a special education teacher and reading specialist, incorporating yoga, meditation and mindfulness for children, as well as adults, both in and out of me classroom.
Terri received her Yoga Teacher Certification from TRY4Life at the E- 200 and 500 RYT level, she is a member of the Fellowships of the Spirit Ministry of Healing and Prophecy, and a Level II Reiki practitioner. She also works with children and adults on various healing, mindfulness, creative visualization, meditation, and breath practices.
“I believe in the rhythm of movement, breath, mindfulness and meditation to fully connect with our inner light as it is in realizing our true potential that we embrace our journey.”
Santell Nelson received his massage practitioner’s certification from the National Institute of Massotherapy and is currently enrolled at Harmony Path School of Massage earning his license in Massage Therapy. He received his yoga instructor certification from Santell has been in the health and wellness industry for more than 5 years. He has a gentle touch and is passionate about giving massage and helping educate the world on ways to live healthier, happier and more consciously. He loves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, yoga, meditation, various forms of mixed martial arts and more. He enjoys the nature, family time, his guitar, video games and of course teaching.
Certified Massage Practitioner, Reiki healer and Yoga Instructor
Massage Modalities: Relaxation Massage, Hot Stone, Massage Bamboo Fusion Massage, Reiki
Yoga Styles: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Fluid Dynamics, Restorative
“The greatest gift of life is ones health, so take care of your body mind and spirit one rain drop at a time.”
Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Computer Science from Emory University in 1996. She worked as a technology consultant for several years before moving to the USVI with her husband, where she volunteered and worked part-time at a local school, and started to teach fitness classes. It was there that Amanda first experienced Nia in 2000. It was “love at first sight!”
Amanda was a student athlete, enjoying gymnastics, dance, and various sports. She has over eight years of teaching group fitness classes. In 2011, Amanda attended her Nia White Belt training. She has enjoyed sharing her joy of movement, to help students gain fitness and energy, relax, and enjoy a feeling of connection with the community.
Amanda enjoys “dancing through life,” including free dancing with her two children at home. She also enjoys sharing her joy and love of movement – of all kinds – with people. She believes in the healing power of movement for all age groups. Find something you like, then try something new, and keep moving for the long journey through life!
When Amanda is not moving and dancing, you might find her creating and crafting, snuggling her two little dogs, and spending time with her family: husband, daughter and son. Playing games and puzzles, cooking and playing outdoors top the list.
"Find something you like to do, then try something new, and keep moving for the long journey through life!"
Relaxation massage is the traditional form of massage used in western culture. It utilizes Swedish massage techniques to promote relaxation, healthy circulation, better sleep patterns, pain relief and a sense well-being. The massage consists of the therapist applying gentle to medium pressure of the hands to the body, gently manipulating the tissue to promote relaxation. It is not a deep tissue massage. It is not designed for working the deeper muscles of the body, but just a gentle kneading and rubbing of the outer layers of the body tissue. It will cover a wide range of areas on the body including the back, legs, arms and neck.
During a session, the patient will remove most of their clothing and lie on a massage table with a light sheet and/or blanket draped over the body. Usually a relaxation massage can be modified and tailored to your specific desires. Sometimes there is the option of adding some aromatherapy treatment to heighten the holistic experience of the massage. The massage takes place in a quiet, comforting environment, with your choice of any music or candlelight in the background. Many live their stressful lives day to day without taking any time off just for them. Isn't it about time you pampered yourself with a relaxation massage?
Occasionally we all suffer minor injuries (explained or unexplained) to our muscles, tendons and ligaments. In these cases a careful evaluation of the body and the particular complaint is required before proceeding with massage or other restorative techniques. This service is designed for those in mind with specific complaints or issues. Initial visits require more time and are limited to 60 or 90 minute sessions as determined by your therapist.
This massage eases into the deeper levels of tight, sore muscles, relaxing tissue and easing pain by using techniques designed to first release the fascia (a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other) allowing bound up muscles to return to their normal resting lengths and positions.
Oncology Massage is massage designed for those who have cancer or have had cancer. It differs from regular massage in that it is specifically and exclusively comfort oriented massage. What that means is that while many techniques may be utilized, all are used with specific client concerns addressed as needed by the therapist. There are still instances where massage is not advised (contraindicated), but for the most part it is thought to bring aid and comfort to a group of people that suffer greatly with a debilitating and life threatening illness. Oncology massage is a specialized field of bodywork. Those who have cancer or have had cancer and desire massage should seek out those persons trained specifically in Oncology massage as well as Manual Lymph Drainage. Cancer patients and health workers report the following benefits at almost every stage of the illness:
• Increased feelings of well-being and normalcy
• Decreased sense of isolation
• Positive social interaction
• Faster wound and scar healing
• Decreased pain medication
• Promote bowel activity (in some cases relief from constipation or diarrhea)
• Decrease in edema and lymph edema due to improved blood and lymph circulation
• Relief from muscle soreness due to test procedures and prolonged bed rest
• Helps prevent pressure sores
• Reduced symptoms cancer treatment side effects such as fatigue and nausea
• Decreased length of hospital stay
There’s no doubt about it: Heat Feels Great! Long associated with comfort and relaxation, heat therapy goes a step further and can provide both pain relief and healing benefits for many sore muscle conditions.
A luxuriously soft and silky heated massage technique, Thermal Palms® goes beyond hot stones. The heat is maintained for longer periods of time. It’s clean, dry and lightweight, and glides nicely over muscles and bones. It can even be done over clothing. Relax more deeply and double the knockout power of combined heat and the Therapist’s touch when it comes to pain and tension issues.
Innovative as it is practical, Bamboo Fusion massage provides a deep tissue massage using the versatility of heated bamboo. Various sizes of bamboo and rattan are heated to a comfortable 110 degrees and used to warm the tissues literally rolling away aches and pains. Are you looking for deep tissue massage? Here is a wonderful way to get that deep tissue feel without the soreness that can often accompany traditional deep tissue massage. Each piece of Bamboo or rattan is carefully hand-crafted and shaped to glide smoothly over the body. If you like deep tissue massage, you are going to LOVE this new modality!
Is Bamboo Fusion massage right for you? While Bamboo Fusion massage can be preformed on a variety of body types and sizes, it is not for everyone. If you have a serious illness (such as HIV/AIDS, Lupus, cancer, etc…), extremely sensitive skin, or bone loss (osteoporosis), you should opt to go with a more traditional type of massage or energy work.
Orthopedic Massage (OM) is a system or protocol of various tried and tested massage techniques designed to identify, treat, and restore functional and structural balance to the body. OM utilizes techniques from many different body work disciplines and focuses on the origin of dysfunction in efforts to restore, rehabilitate, and prevent further dysfunction. This form of therapy relies not only on the skill of the therapist, but also the patient’s “follow through” commitment to restore and maintain balance.
Orthopedic Massage addresses dysfunctions arising from trauma-induced injuries such as sports injuries, surgical injuries and dysfunctional scar tissue. It also identifies and corrects postural imbalances due poor ergonomic office conditions, repetitive motion patterns and chronic pain that can all affect activities of daily living.
Orthopedic Massage can be used to identify and correct conditions such as:
• Sciatica • Back spasms / pain • Carpal tunnel
• Tennis / golpher’s elbow
• Whiplash injuries • Scoliosis • SI joint
• Iliac dysfunction • Plantar fasciitis / foot pain
• Compressed disks • Lumbosacral dysfunction
• Cervical pain • Anterior leg pain
• Bursitis • Forward head postures
• Rotator cuff injuries • Iliotibial band (ITB) issues
• Tendinosis • Dowager's Humps
• Frozen shoulder / hip • Condromalacia patella
• Minor muscle / tendon repair • Scar tissue issues
• Knee pain • and much more!
Who needs Orthopedic Massage?
Almost everyone can benefit from intelligent and intuitive massage. Especially, those living with chronic discomfort or pain related to repetitive motions, poor work habits or posture, physically demanding jobs, or long periods of immobility. OM protocols are also very effective in resolving old chronic injuries diagnosed or otherwise.
What is involved in a typical Orthopedic Massage session?
Each session uses techniques that will allow you to obtain immediate and long-lasting results in even the most challenging and complicated conditions. An OM session involves a functional assessment based on client history and range of motion, followed by gentle; pain free, manipulation and movement of soft tissue and/or unique and specialized joint mobilization techniques. Sessions may include myofascial release, scar tissue realignment/mobilization and neuromuscular re-education techniques. Most sessions end with a client specific, home care stretching and/or strengthening protocol. Clients will be in shorts and/or a sports bra/tube top, or are draped with only the area of the body that is being treated.
How long is an OM and how many will I need?
Most initial sessions last anywhere from 75 to 90 minutes. How many sessions necessary can only be determined after the first session. Everyone is different and is treated so. Your history, functional movement, muscle-firing order, strength, posture, gait as well as your symptoms are all considered to provide you with exactly what your body needs. One session is usually not enough to permanently release deeply rooted patterns but generally enough to gain reduced or complete pain free movement and improved range of motion. As mentioned before, this protocol relies not only on the skill of the therapist, but also the willingness and commitment of the client for self care.
From the ancient cultures of Asia, India, Africa, and the Pacific Rim comes a form of bodywork that literally means “Foot Pressure”. With the aid of overhead bars and the broad deep pressure of two flowing feet, our bare “soles” reveal nothing but relief for the exhausted body.
Relaxing and rejuvenating this massage focuses on revitalizing the body and alleviating aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Also, includes guided imagery upon request. This massage will help the expecting mother to rid her body of excess swelling, improve her ability to move and bend, help with back pain and all her other aches. Our special clients are treated to their massage starting in a reclined pose. A small towel is placed under the right hip to shift the baby weight off the vena cava ( blood vessel responsible for blood return to the heart). The massage begins with head, neck and shoulders. After the arms and legs, the client is placed in a sideline pose (to the right and then the left) with a pillow to support the head and one in between the knees. The client will finish the massage, as she started, in the reclined pose. Remember your baby experiences the same emotions, stress and stress relief that you do. So, treat you and yours to a relaxing and soothing massage today!
Lomi Lomi is a unique healing massage derived from the ancient Polynesians and more specifically the master healers of Hawaii. The spirit of Hawaiian tradition brings you serenity with this soothing massage. A true connection between the body, mind and spirit awaits you. Let the tranquility of this “dance” lull you to a peaceful sleep like the rhythm of the waves of the ocean.
Hot Stone therapy is an intensely relaxing massage in which warm stones are placed at specific sites on the body to help open up the body’s energy meridians (energy pathways). Then, as an extension of their own hands and energy fields, the therapist uses stones to warm muscle tissue allowing for gentler and deeper manipulation of the tissue.
For those suffering from circulatory issues this massage comes highly recommended.
Following our pursuit of excellence and empowerment, New Life Massage Therapy is now
offering Yoga and Meditation to our many services.
Classes to start early 2014 in our new Avon Lake Facility Register on our Mind Bond scheduling calendar and
receive updates and opportunities for early class registration.
Ashtanga teaches the fundamentals of yoga such as sun salutations, ujjayi breath (ocean breathing), Bandhas (energy locks) to increase muscle strength, and vinyasas preparing in the student for more advanced practices. Ashtanga Yoga the foundation on which you will build your healthy new lifestyle of yoga practice.
Iyengar Yoga emphasizes precision of posture and breath control. Sometimes props (blocks, belts, blankets..etc.) are utilized as aids in preforming postures. The Iyengar instructor is well versed in the eight aspects of Ashtanga yoga and intuitively integrates these principles into the sequencing of postures. Iyengar Yoga practice is for all ages and fitness levels. Our instructors will work with each student to ensure safety and achieve an effectiveness that will carry the student to a more advanced level of practice, concentration and self awareness.
Fluid Dynamic Yoga
Fluid Dynamic Yoga is designed more for toning the body from the inside out, clearing energy pathways (meridians), re-enforcing god breathing and concentration practice. Fluid Dynamic Yoga is for all ages and fitness levels. Our experienced instructors will help modify your practice for safety and effectiveness while encouraging you to challenge yourself all the way to the next level .
Whether you are starting your day or ending it. This class will bring a calm quiet balance between mind body and spirit. It is slower and less intense than other practices while still being based upon the same solid postures and breathing techniques of Ashtanga Yoga. Begin and end your day with us and your neighbors creating a stronger sense of community and friendship
Restorative Yoga and Meditation Combination
All forms of meditation can be guided, and many are often practiced with recorded or in-person guidance at first, and then later with decreasing need for explicit guidance. In this powerful combination you will be lead first in a session of Restorative Yoga followed by a session of mediation. Your instructor will choose the form of mediation to be practiced based on the over all needs of the class on any given day. We hope you will enjoy this combination of alternative healing methods!
Meditation Types: Concentrative, Open Awareness, Mindfulness, or Guided
What is meditation?
Is meditation something I need or want in my life?
Our goal at New Life Massage & Whole Living Solutions is to help you answer these questions for yourself. Below is a brief description of different meditation categories we believe will help you understand the varied forms of meditation better and decide if you want to incorporate meditation into your healthy lifestyle.
There are a variety of forms and interpretations of meditation, however, these four categories seem to catch many of them. While there are many forms of meditation steeped in mysticism with religious implications, it is the purpose of New Life Massage & Whole Living Solutions to present meditation solely for reducing stress, calming the mind, body and spirit for the purpose of health and well-being.
According to the Institute of Noetic Sciences there are four basic types of western meditation:
Concentrative Meditation – meditation practices in which a single object is selected such as a sound, image, or the breath. Through the practice of focusing on the object, the mind develops the capacity to remain calm, stabilized, and grounded.
In the West this form of meditation is best known as Transcendental Meditation.
Open Awareness – meditation practices that focus on the present. Without the focus of a specific object, but rather on the present happenings around the person, the mind opens to whatever presents itself. The experience is compared to an awareness of a spacious sky or a flowing river. The benefit of this type of practice is to develop calm openness to whatever arises in our lives.
In the West, this form of meditation is best known a Zen meditation.
Mindfulness – meditation practices closely associated with the Buddhist practice of Vipassana (insight meditation). Many cultures have a form of this contemplative mediation which is a combination of Concentrative and Open Awareness meditation. Mindfulness meditation also uses a single object of focus but has a more broad awareness of surroundings. For this reason, this form of meditation lends itself to practice while performing such activities as eating, driving, housework, and driving. The benefit of this form of meditation is to develop evenness of mind and clarity of perception during stressful situations.
Guided Meditation – meditation practices in which auditory guidance from the instructor help to produces positive images, affirmations, states of being (such as peacefulness), or imagined desired experiences. This form of meditation is very popular in the West to encourage health and well-being and to rehearse successful outcomes of procedures, such as surgery, chemotherapy or an athletic performance.
(All forms of meditation can be guided, and many are often practiced with recorded or in-person guidance at first, and then later with decreasing need for explicit guidance.)
Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 48 countries. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes employ 52 basic movements and techniques that draw on a combination of Jazz, Modern and Duncan Dance styles, Tai Chi, TaeKwonDo and Aikido; and the body mind healing arts of Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique and Yoga.
Massage makes a wonderful gift for yourself or for someone you care about. When you gift massage you’re really saying you wish the recipient health and wellness. What could be a better message for ourselves or loved ones.
Gift certificates are delivered in an electronic format. If you would prefer to receive a hard copy instead, please contact us.
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815 Crocker Road, Suite 2
Westlake, OH 44145
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