Setting Ourselves Apart
New Life was founded with the ideas that …
Preventing illness is better than curing illness, Maintaining health is better than restoring health, and Investing in our health sooner is better than later.
Our goal is to teach and enlighten individuals on holistic ways to handle the stress of daily living which can cause pain and illness.
Our 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 new and better ways of addressing our clients’ concerns.
Integrity – We honor our commitments and genuinely listen to our clients’ needs.
This is who we are and what you can expect each time you visit.
In Business Since 2007
Hello and welcome. My name is Melissa Jarufe. I began my working career as a Chemist and hold a degree in Chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi. I worked in the field of chemistry for 20 years and then went back to school for Massage Therapy in September of 2005.
I am often asked why I changed careers from a Chemist to a Massage Therapist. The best answer is to briefly tell my story.
A Life Changing Event
In the Autumn of 1997, I fell while ice skating with my children and suffered a bad concussion.
Three years later I took a plane ride that changed my life. Soon after the plane ride, I developed chronic headaches. The pain increased steadily until I was at a pain level of 10. It remained that way for 2 years.
Literally Walking Into A New Life
Never having experienced massage, and quite out of desperation, I stopped in one afternoon for a massage. My therapist was knowledgeable, compassionate and patient as she led me into the world of massage and the huge impact it would have on my life and the lives of those around me.
It took 8 months of massage for my pain to reduce to a level of 8 and another 6 months to reduce to a level of 3. I learned a lot about pain and a lot about myself in those 14 months. Massage so profoundly affected my life, that I went back to school to start a brand new career as a Massage Therapist.
A New Beginning
In 2007, I graduated from Harmony Path School of Massage Therapy where I was trained in the traditional Swedish massage techniques. I found my niche and love in Therapeutic and Orthopedic massage techniques. I am thorough, love working with people, and excel in troubleshooting the body. I also have a variety of other health professionals to which I refer when issue become out of the scope of my practice.
In the more than twelve years of practicing massage I have met many wonderful and interesting people. By far, this career has been the most meaningful in my life.
A wise man once said, ” You will spend time, money, and energy to be sick or time, money, and energy to be well.”
I hope you choose wellness and if so, perhaps we will meet.
Melissa Jarufe, LMT