About Melissa

 Hello there! My name is Melissa, and I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Reiki Master, author, and professional tarot reader in Columbia, MO.

That’s the short version.

I believe that each of us comes into this life with a mission–our Soul Mission–and our greatest endeavor is to reconnect with and live out that mission.

How do we do that, exactly?

That question, for me, is at the heart of my spiritual path.

I see myself as a student of the Divine, in search of how to unite fully with my Soul Mission, and to help others do the same.

While the method is continually evolving, I have found tarot, Reiki, and massage to be an especially potent trifecta in attuning with one’s soul.

Tarot illuminates which aspects of your life are most in need of your focused attention, and why. I see tarot as a tool to uncover what your soul most wants to learn, right here, right now, and when you embrace your current learning, your soul expands and life just flows.

Reiki gets to the core of what’s going on in your life right now. Imagine you’re building a chair: It’s much easier to change the blueprint before you start building, as opposed to taking the chair apart once it’s already assembled. Similarly, it makes more sense to heal your energy field–your blueprint–than it is to chase after symptoms arising from off-kilter energy. (My forthcoming book, Living Reiki, will be released in January 2019.)

Massage brings you back to your sacred temple. If we’re disconnected from our body, it’s harder to manifest what we want and need in this life, and bodywork gently brings us back home to ourselves, while helping to make our body a more comfortable place to come home to!

I also work intimately with my Spirit Guides, who help me not only in my healing sessions with clients but also in my own personal journey of growth and change.

I practice what I preach and make self-care the foundation of everything I do, for as Reiki founder, Mikao Usui, once asked, “If you can’t heal yourself, how can you heal others?” The more I evolve and shed my own obstructions, the better I am able to help my clients do the same.

A quote from Emily Dickinson speaks to my approach:

“I felt it shelter to speak to you.”

In my work with clients (and in my internal work), I seek to create that shelter–shelter from the destructive judgment, blame, and shame that keeps us stuck.

My belief is that when we are able to accept ourselves fully, in all our parts, deep transformation occurs, and my intention is to provide a safe space where you can be you, where your body, mind, and soul feel safe enough to reveal what truly needs healing, so we can get to the heart of what keeps you from living your full potential rather than chasing symptoms.

And when I’m not doing Reiki and bodywork?

You can find me sculpting tiny food for my other business, The Mouse Market, hiking the trails with my husband, exploring yoga and natural movement, digging in the garden, or lost in a pile of books. I also love to write.


Ready to unlock your true potential? Learn more about my unique healing sessions here.


  • Missouri Massage Therapist License #2016001909
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • Reiki Master
  • Certified Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  • American Heart Association BLS Provider
  • Hands-on participant in cadaver lab at AT Still University

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