Recent Events

WorkShops :

April 2016

– Pitt Community College Small Business Center sponsored a Monthly Roundtable Discussion with guest speaker, Brad Long, Evolve, Inc. on the Myth of SEO. It was a fascinating presentation about the world of business online and in social media.

March 2016

– Mindful Movement Class, taught by Melissa

– The focus of this class was on weighing, feeling the weight of our bodies and how we carry that weight, especially the weight of our feet. I asked each student to hold a rock tightly and then tell me how much it weighed. Each student discovered that it was impossible to do. Our nervous system calibrates weight by RELAXING our hold on the object and MOVING it……

May, 2014

– Melissa attended a Breath Workshop conducted by Roger Tolle at his studio in Charlottesville, VA. She is excited about integrating more awareness of breath and thoracic movement into her therapy.

October, November 2013

– Melissa continued her study of the Trager® Approach by completing the Level I certification, a six day intensive workshop. It was taught by Roger Tolle ( at the Potomac Massage Therapy Institute in Washington, D.C. Roger studied under the direct supervision of the founder of this modality, Milton Trager, M.D.

August, 2013

– In August 2013, Melissa attended an introductory workshop on the Trager Approach. This modality focuses on movement re-education, the body/mind connection that is sometimes called somatics. Melissa intends to continue studying and complete certification as a Trager practitioner within the next two years.
– For more information visit US Trager Association

October, 2012

– Melissa attended a two-day workshop at the American Massage Therapy Association national convention in Raleigh, NC. The workshop was conducted by Ben Benjamin, PhD, and was sponsored by the Massage Therapy Foundation. Dr. Benjamin is the founder of the Massage Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA. His workshop focused on the assessment of cervical injuries and ways to safely massage the ligaments of the cervical spine to alleviate tensions and restrictions caused by the build up of scar tissue.

November, 2011

– At the Touro College of Medicine in New York, Melissa attended a one day workshop on dissection of the lower limb. The workshop was conducted by Antonio Stecco, MD, and sponsored by the Fascia Research Society. Fascia is the connective tissue of the body, and Dr. Stecco specializes in studying connective tissue. Both a cadaver and ultrasound imaging of live tissue was used to illustrate the unique structure of connective tissue in the lower limb.

Melissa is excited about innovative and effective techniques she learned at Thai Massage Workshops. In March of 2009 she studied with Joel Tull. In March of 2010, she studied with Valentin Popov. Thai massage offers a unique blend of pressure point focus and gentle stretching with breath work.

Promotional Events

In December 2009, Wholesome Healing enjoyed participating in a Wine Tasting event at Village Point Market and a Spa Night at Plaza Family Chiropractic. Melissa Banno and Jessica Juckett provided chair massage and answered questions concerning massage.

Ribbon Cutting

Wholesome Healing, Inc. was honored to have several Chamber Ambassadors and both county and city officials attend its official ribbon cutting ceremony on December 9, 2008. Clients also showed their support by sending flowers and cards. Guests enjoyed fresh blueberries, strawberries and pineapple as well as miniature scones, cheese and nuts. Starbucks coffee was on hand to make the occasion something special! Thanks to all who made it such a special event.

Open House

On November 6, 2008, Wholesome Healing, Inc. celebrated our expansion and opening of our new location on Commerce St. We also celebrated the end of a long, grueling campaign for the presidency. (Some of you know that we just happen to be located next door to the headquarters of the Pitt County Republican Party.)

For several months parking had been quite difficult, so we took the first opportunity after the election to celebrate our new location. It was such a pleasure to see both people from the community and clients in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the hot apple cider!


In April of 2008, Melissa attended the spring conference of the North Carolina chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, held at Sunset Beach . She learned more about foot pronation and postural assessment under the direction of Bob King, a massage therapist and co-founder of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. To find out more about Bob, visit

In February of 2008, Melissa presented at the annual MS Workshop held in Greenville at the Hilton, sponsored by the National MS Society. The information she shared on MS and massage therapy was published in the spring issue of Achieve magazine. Click here to view the article.

In October of 2007, Melissa attended the First International Fascia Research Congress, held at The Conference Center at Harvard Medical School . She was privileged to be in the presence of top researchers and health care professionals from around the world. The conference was jam-packed with presentations on the latest and best scientific fascia research. Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates the human body. It forms a whole-body continuous three-dimensional matrix of structural support, interpenetrating and surrounding all organs, muscles, bones and nerve fibers. To find out more, visit


As Publicity Coordinator for the Holistic Health Practitioners of Eastern North Carolina, Melissa wrote an article for the 2007 Spring and Summer issues of Achieve magazine, the only health, wellness and fitness magazine in Greenville and Eastern North Carolina.
Click here to view the article…
To find out more about Achieve, visit their website at

Wholesome Healing was featured in the 2007 Images magazine article about Holistic Health Care in Greenville (see page 41).
Images is published by the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce,
view the magazine online at

Professional Development

In April of 2006 Melissa attended a four-day intensive seminar on CranioSacral Therapy, provided by the Upledger Institute. For more information on this gentle but highly effective therapy, read Melissa’s article published in the June issue of the Pitt County Women’s Journal or go to

Professional Development

In February of 2006, Wholesome Healing and Ancient Wisdom teamed up to visit Century 21 on Red Banks Rd., offering information on massage therapy and complimentary chair massage.

Open House

In December of 2005, Wholesome Healing and Heavenly Hands celebrated the opening of their new office location, conveniently located at 502-D Red Banks Rd., across from Talbot’s, just off of Greenville Blvd.

Community Involvement

In October of 2005, Wholesome Healing teamed up with Williams Family Chiropractic. They offered complimentary spinal screenings and chair massage on site for faculty and staff at G.R. Whitfield Elementary School. Also in October Wholesome Healing participated with the Holistic Health Practitioners of Eastern North Carolina in the annual NAACO health fair.

Together, Wholesome Healing and HHP of ENC reached over 300 people with information and complimentary chair massage

Sabbatical in Japan 2005

During June and July of 2005, Melissa was in Japan studying Reiki, sokuatsu and acupressure in Japanese.

Reiki is a very gentle method of touch that facilitates balancing of energy and relaxation, often aiding in relief from pain and speeding recovery from injury. Melissa received Level I, II and III certification from a Reiki Master there.

Sokuatsu is similar to shiatsu, which is a technique unique to Japan that uses specific points and application of sustained pressure to relieve tension and pain. Traditional shiatsu is done mainly with the fingers, hands and elbows. Sokuatsu is done with the feet.

Acupressure utilizes the points on the meridians (based on Traditional Chinese Medicine) with finger pressure instead of needles to treat various conditions. Since her time was limited, Melissa focused on the bladder meridian that runs along the sides of the spine down the back. She looks forward to learning more and visiting Japan again.


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