Melissa Larsen

  • NC License #: 13080
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Massage for pain relief and injury recovery.

Hi, I am Melissa Larsen, certified medical massage therapist and owner of Moonshadow Medical Massage. I grew up suffering from back pain due to scoliosis.  I was told that I needed back surgery to straighten it out with metal rods. Instead, I found relief with a combination of medical massage and corrective exercises, which led me to my career as a massage therapist.  The goal in my massage sessions is to relieve tension for pain free movement.

I blend my massage treatments with a structural p...

Hi, I am Melissa Larsen, certified medical massage therapist and owner of Moonshadow Medical Massage. I grew up suffering from back pain due to scoliosis.  I was told that I needed back surgery to straighten it out with metal rods. Instead, I found relief with a combination of medical massage and corrective exercises, which led me to my career as a massage therapist.  The goal in my massage sessions is to relieve tension for pain free movement.

I blend my massage treatments with a structural positioning approach, called Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT). That means, I see how a person’s bones are positioned and that helps me narrow down the source of pain. Bones move because of tendons and muscles.  If your alignment is off, then a particular muscle or a group of muscles are overworking to keep it that way, causing pain.  As a massage therapist, I have seen an increase of “text-neck” and postural ailments frequent among computer users. MAT has been valuable training to correct both chronic and acute issues for this population.

I have based my studies on human structure, function and motion issues. I love being able to help correct patterns in the body that lead to pain and deterioration

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Where I Work
Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Licenses
Massage

NC # 13080

Education
2017

Health Matters Seminars

Medical Massage

2019

National Academy of Sports Medicine

CES

Experience
Bodywork

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Completion of training for MLD therapy with Juul Bruin, MT, CLT-LANA 2016

Medical Massage Certification

Certification in Medical Massage Therapy. NCBTMB Certificate, 100 CE Hours in Clinical Massage

IASTM

Certified Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Practitioner (IASTM) with RockTape®

Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist

Hands-on bodywork system designed to restore function, relieve pain, rebalance and reeducate the body.

Fitness

Corrective Exercise Specialist

Completion of training of the National Academy of Sports Medicine CORRECTIVE EXERCISE SPECIALIST (NASM-CES) program.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Devin on Feb 14
Great
by Erin on Feb 11
Melissa was amazing! She knew I was nervous and explained how the lymphatic massage would go. Already booked my next appointment!
by Anonymous on Feb 07
Melissa knew what was needed by me and I felt great afterwards!!
by Edward on Dec 05
I suffer from neck and shoulder pain because I sit in front of a computer all day. Massage sessions with Melissa provide the much needed relief without the side effects of pain medications. If you sit in front of computers all day and experience neck and shoulder pain give massages with Melissa a try, you will be glad you did.
by Anonymous on Nov 19
Wonderful therapist
by Jim on Nov 08
Melissa assessed me in two mins... wow!
by Preston on Nov 06
by Crystal on Nov 05
Complete dedication to my specific scoliosis needs and immediate relief after wards. Can't get back in soon enough. Thank you!
by Peter on Nov 03
Mellisa seemed very knowledgable and worked all of my concerns out very carefully and strategically.
by SANJAY on Oct 20
Melissa is amazing. She takes time to understand your needs and issues and adjusts your session accordingly. I always feel great after seeing her.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • Therapeutic Massage

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