The Therapists

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imageMelissa Martinie Hall, LMT

Melissa earned her Certificate in Therapeutic Massage from the Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College (PTMC) in 1997. Her course work included swedish, deep tissue, therapeutic, sports, lymphatic, geriatric, and chinese massage modalities, as well as anatomy, physiology, pathology, and psychology of massage. Melissa also holds a Bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Illinois.

Melissa has over 1500 hours of massage therapy education and 12 years of experience teaching yoga and Pilates. She is one of 7 teachers certified to teach Aston®  for Yoga, is a member and volunteer for the American Massage Therapy Association-DC Chapter.  Melissa regularly participates in continuing education and attends national research and professional events to keep up to date on new developments.

She has practiced in Chiropractic offices, hotel/resort settings, client's homes and offices, care facilities, small group practices, at sport events, for charities and in private practice.  Her client base ranges from young adults to mature adults of ALL abilities - athletes to desk jockeys, relaxation to rehabilitative massage. 

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Melissa works to get to know her clients, their lifestyles and habits, to help them make informed choices about their environment and activities that can help them support and improve their wellbeing.  

Melissa takes great care in choosing the products and supplies she uses in her practice. After nearly 20 years of practice, she has found Sacred Earth vegan massage cream to be her favorite!

 

 

 

 

Zelda Wafer, LMT

When looking for a therapist, people want to know what makes one therapist better than another... there is no true answer because the massage experience is personal and very subjective.  Because of my experience, I tend to integrate several modalities and have expanded those modalities over the close to 20 years that I have been practicing massage.

During that time, I have served as the massage therapist for the Washington Wizards NBA team for 5 seasons.  In addition I have worked at numerous Five Star spas, several visiting dignitaries and other people such as academy award winner Nicole Kidman and former president of South Africa - Nelson Mandela.  However, the most important client is you!  I would like to help you achieve your personal goal of health by integrating therapeutic massage into your life.

 

 

Jaime Bernardo, B.S., LMT 

Jaime has been in private practice for over 15 years. He graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Washington, DC in 2000, passed the national certification exam (NCETMB), and obtained licenses in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Jaime also returned to his alma mater and taught for 10 years (4 years as assistant and 6 years as lead instructor) advanced practical application and massage law and regulations courses to graduating students. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland.

Jaime works in partnership with clients to develop a holistic, therapeutic process to meet their specific needs and provides a safe, nurturing and enriching space. Education in body awareness and self-healing are the key elements he provides to “daily grinders”, weekend warriors and athletes recovering from injury/trauma or looking for more natural ways to decompress and manage their stress more effectively. This wellness approach is integrated with his specialty in Orthopedic Massage and Functional Assessment along w/ Deep Tissue, Swedish, PNF Stretching, Sports Pre/Post event, Myofascial Unwinding, and Trigger Point Therapy. Other training Jaime has received and my utilize include Reiki I&II, Reflexology and Trauma Touch.

Inspired by work I coordinated with a team of massage therapists to serve critically injured soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center, I launched a volunteer organization in 2007, called Touch of Relief, to provide massage therapy to trauma populations. We work with injured veterans, domestic violence survivors, disaster relief victims, their families, and caregivers who support these groups. TOR continues to support volunteer massage teams and partner with other nonprofit organizations. In addition, Jaime currently volunteers at drug addiction, domestic violence, and homeless shelter programs in DC and military and VA hospitals in MD. He is also serving as Vice President for the DC Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, volunteer member of the MD Responds Reserve Medical Corps. He also served as state coordinator for Massage Emergency Response Team and the Emergency Response Massage International leading teams of volunteers to Mississippi and New Orleans for Katrina and to New York and New Jersey for Super Storm Sandy. Jaime combines these enriching experiences with contracting work in diverse environments including two chiropractic offices, two wellness centers, a physical therapy clinic, a spa and salon, a fitness center, various running and cycling events, and many corporate offices with wellness programs and health fair events. He brings to each session a wide reaching lens that looks into a client’s unique health history and current lifestyle to better and more fully serve their unique needs. His passionate and empathetic approach allows him to mindfully support the client’s path to wellbeing.

 

Helena Bacellar, LMT

Helena is a Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki master.  She is licensed in the District of Columbia, and in the states of Virginia and Arizona. She received her massage therapy training at the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington DC where she was exposed to a variety of bodywork and energy healing modalities.  She specializes in Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy which she often combines in her sessions.  She took most of John Barnes Myofascial Release seminars and several of Lori Zeltwanger’s workshops including the art of therapeutic dialoguing. Helena’s Craniosacral Therapy training includes Upledger based workshops and Somato Emotional Release; she is also certified in “Riding the Wave, Touching Stillness”, a Cranial Sacral Therapy Training with a Biodynamic perspective, taught by Heidi Wilson. And she is currently enrolled the Advanced Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training with Roger Gilchrist, to be completed in September of 2020.

Helena is a firm believer in the wisdom of the body and the power of the inner healer in each person. Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy are very holistic approaches to healing, whether the source of the dysfunction is physical, emotional, or spiritual as it manifests in the body. Her role as a massage therapist is to listen to the wisdom that is inherent in the body tissues and facilitate the healing process using her extensive professional training and deep intuitive abilities.

In addition to her expertise in Craniosacral and Myofascial Release, Helena also offers Swedish and Lymphatic massage.

Modalities

Helena’s work is often a combination of Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy. These are two great bodywork modalities to address muscular-skeletal issues, trauma, injuries from auto or other accidents, back pain, other chronic and acute pain, TMJ dysfunction, neurological conditions, migraine headaches, stress, anxiety, vertigo, integration of physical/emotional/spiritual issues, and to reclaim balance and well-being.

Myofascial Release (MFR)

Consists of a gentle application of sustained pressure into fascial restrictions in the body. Fascia is a tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. Trauma, posture or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures and organs. The gentle but sustained pressure in the fascial restrictions helps release this binding and relieves pain. In Myofascial Release the cranial sacral system is considered to be the deepest layer of the fascial system, and thus an MFR session often includes cranial sacral work. In Myofascial Release techniques no oil or cream is applied.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy originated in the medical field of Osteopathy and is multidimensional, working at the level of body tissues, fluids, and the bioenergy field. It is a gentle, non-invasive technique that addresses restrictions and imbalances in the membrane system and connective tissue that link the cranium and sacrum, which may cause pain and dysfunction. Gentle holding of the cranial and sacral bones facilitates balancing of the cerebrospinal fluid flow and encourages the body to strengthen its ability to heal itself. A balanced flow of the cerebrospinal fluid facilitates structural changes and positively affects the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and muscular systems.  The client remains fully clothed.

‚ÄčSwedish Massage

Consists of long, smooth, lengthening strokes as well as shorter circular movements on the skin and most superficial muscles. It benefits the circulatory and lymphatic systems and typically promotes relaxation. Active and passive stretching and range of motion movements to the joints can also be included to increase flexibility. The client undresses to his or her level of comfort and oil or lotion is used.

Lymphatic Massage (60-min only)

The lymphatic system carries lymph which is the interstitial fluid left over from the capillary exchange of nutrients and wastes. Lymph plays a key role in the immune system by helping fight anything from the common cold to cancer. When the lymphatic system is working improperly it can create unclear thinking, dull headaches, irritability, depression, anxiety, and pathology in the body. If the flow of lymph is sluggish or blocked fluid accumulates in the interstitial spaces and causes swelling (edema). Lymphatic drainage massage consists of very gentle and rhythmic strokes that stimulate the lymphatic system, helping drain the lymph nodes and assisting the body in the elimination of waste and toxins. Lymphatic drainage massage improves metabolism and boosts the immune system. No oils or lotions are used and the client may remain fully clothed.