Melissa Banno offers a quiet place where she can help you bring your body and mind back towards wholeness.
No matter if you are having physical issues, like back or shoulder discomfort, or suffer from the toll a stress-filled life takes on you, with her soft-spoken character and focus on personal attention, Melissa can get you on the road to a healthier life and outlook.
Melissa is owner of Wholesome Healing in Greenville. She has been a massage therapist since 2004. She specializes in working with people who are seeking relief from pain, reduction of stress and optimizing performance. She enjoys collaborating with other healthcare practitioners such as physicians, physical therapists, personal trainers, and chiropractors.
“My approach to massage involves both passive and active movement, with a focus on relaxing and feeling. My goal is to help my clients remember how they felt as a child, to feel unhurried, playful, curious. The techniques I use include compression, tapotement, elongation, stretching, joint mobilization, gentle rocking, imagery, and breath awareness. Sometimes the client and I will dialogue, explore what habits or activities might be contributing to their pain or discomfort,” she explains.
Clients experience what Melissa calls “the compassionate touch.” Each client receives a custom approach to the session. She may blend traditional massage therapy with the Trager Method –”gentle, non-intrusive, natural movements that help release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity,” according to their website. Melissa is trained in this method as well as Reiki, a Japanese method of laying on hands to reduce stress or physical discomfort. Melissa is also certified in Craniosacral Therapy, a modality that uses a light touch to gently evaluate and enhance the free flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Melissa explains “It is true that massage can be very relaxing, but relaxation is only the beginning. Most of us spend most of our time thinking, not feeling. Our culture teaches us to be as productive as possible, and when we are not working we think we should be exercising or socializing or “relaxing” by watching TV or reading books. All of these activities are focused on doing something or responding to external stimulation. We lack a value in our society for just being, for truly feeling our bodies, our breath.”
She allows the client the freedom to choose a 30 minute or one hour session, although one hour is the more common time allotted. There is no “package pressure” to sign up for. Melissa wants her clients to interact with her as their life demands and feel comfortable in their relationship, free of sales pressure. The room temperature and lighting is adjusted for the client’s comfort and clients can elect to wear light clothing. The pace of the session is up to the client, as Melissa frequently checks with them to ensure they are comfortable as she works with areas of their body.
Melissa’s background includes overseas studies and an interest in acupunture that grew to massage therapy.
“I studied in Japan while in college. My major was East Asian Studies, but I also had a strong background in science. The first academic paper I ever wrote in Japanese was about shiatsu, a traditional form of massage in Japan that utilizes the same points and meridians as acupuncture. And my senior thesis was on the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Japan,” she recalls.
Back here in Greenville she wants to integrate the Trager Method more deeply into her practice. With that, she will be teaching Mindful Movement at Purple Blossom Yoga Studio in Greenville every second Saturday 2:30-3:30 starting February 11th. Melissa is Past President of the Holistic Health Practitioners of Eastern North Carolina, a Founding Member of the Fascia Research Society and Member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Wholesome Healing is located at 202-D East Arlington Boulevard in Greenville. For appointments or additional information call 252-341-5108 or visit www.wholesomehealingnc.com