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.