Melissa Spamer, M.A., LMHC, ERYT 500, LMT, C. Ay.
Melissa has been exploring the world of healing arts for more than twenty years. She has been facilitating classes, retreats, groups and seeing private clients since 1997. Melissa holds a Master's degree in counseling psychology and a graduate certificate in holistic healthcare. She has accumulated thousands of hours in Yoga, Body & Energy work, Ayurveda and Psychotherapy training.
Melissa completed her first certification to teach Yoga in 1997, and has been consistently teaching Yoga for eighteen years. She has completed more then six 200-500 hour teacher trainings since then. In 2005, Melissa completed a 500 hour teaching certification with the International Yoga College, specializing in Yoga and Conflict Transformation, under the guidance of Rama Jyoti Vernon. Her approach to Yoga is very organic and weaves together a rich tapestry of inspired teaching. Her practice is continually evolving, always becoming more alive in spirit and form. She feels incredibly blessed to be carrying the light of Yoga beside so many radiant beings in this great ocean of awakening.
Melissa is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and professional member of NAMA. She is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute, having completed more than 1200 hours of study. She has studied with Dr. Vasant Lad, Swamini Mayatitananda, Sonia Masocco, Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svobodha. Melissa offers Ayurvedic consultations, treatments and educational workshops. In her private practice she specializes in women's health, chronic pain, auto-immune disorders and nutritional coaching.
Melissa is a licensed massage therapist in the state of New Mexico. She credits the majority of her knowledge of the energetic and physical body to seventeen years of hands on healing around the globe. She has completed her professional certification from the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts and has trained in a range of modalities including myofascial release, reflexology, deep tissue therapy, and craniosacral therapy. Melissa completed a one year internship studying acupressure therapy and has trained extensively in Chakra and Marma Therapy. She incorporates the energetic systems of Asia in all of her treatments. She has traveled to Thailand several times and is certified in Thai Massage.
Melissa is a licensed counselor in the state of New Mexico. She also holds a graduate certificate in holistic health care with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy. She works with a range of modalities to address the individual needs of each client. She has co-facilitated groups and retreats incorporating a full range of therapeutic processes to help unveil the truth of the soul’s yearning for engagement.
What others have said about Melissa's teaching...
"Melissa is a true teacher. She allows her practice to be a tool for personal evolution and that brings a deep understanding and creativity to her teaching enabling students to have the confidence to make their own inner journey through Yoga."
-Angela Farmer, World Renowned Yoga Teacher
"You are a teacher to me of many things - inspiration, yoga, loving my body - but most of all by how you live. Your willingness to go deeper, to sustain discipline, to live what you speak, all teach of the beauty and radiance one carries when they are doing what they love."
- Pamela Poley, Therapist/Group Leader
"I extend gratitude to you for creating a space in which I was able to travel deeply within as I explored the practice of yoga under your guidance. Your words are poetic and powerful. Your excitement and love for the practice is inspirational. I was able to hear your words all the way through my being and this allowed me to work honestly towards healing, growth, and strength. It has also encouraged me to live my own practice as it evolves and unfurls towards the light."
- Gina Greene, Momma and Yoga Instructor