About Me, Melissa Banno
I have over 15 years of experience as a licensed massage therapist in North Carolina. I’ve received my Diploma in Therapeutic Massage from Carteret Community College, Morehead , NC. I also have a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Macalester College, St.Paul, MN.
I have completed over 300 hours of training in the Trager Approach and I’m certified in Reiki and CranioSacral Therapy. I’ve lived and worked in Japan for five years as an English teacher before becoming a massage therapist. I’ve studied acupressure and shiatsu there with the intention of becoming an acupuncturist before deciding to move back to the United States and become a massage therapist. I often collaborate with other healthcare practitioners such as physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and chiropractors. I encourage my clients to engage in movement that nourishes their bodies and speeds their recovery from injury or discomfort.
Licensed Massage Therapist
NC License #4402
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller
What to expect on your initial visit
At an initial visit, I ask you to fill out a two page Health History Form including contact information, a brief medical history, primary purpose of visit, and informed consent. After discussing this information with you, I will leave the room, allowing you to undress to your level of comfort. Then you will lie down, cover yourself with a sheet, then you will ring a small hand bell to signal that you are ready. A face rest, bolster, towels, pillows, blankets, heated table, small fan and heater are provided to ensure you are comfortable. A variety of quiet music and low lighting are also provided to help you relax.