School: Austin School of Massage Therapy
Licensed since: 1998
Continuing Education: Thai Massage, Deep Tissue
Melanie Talbert has practiced massage for over 15 years, with training in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Thai massage, and a variety of other modalities. Her work is deep and thorough, incorporating deep myofascial release with stretching. Her eight years as yoga instructor bring a deeper awareness of soft tissue patterns and how the body moves. Her work is heart-centered and she enjoys helping others feel better in their bodies and helping them find ways to live more comfortably.
How long have you been a licensed massage therapist?
I have been practicing massage therapy for 15 years here in Austin Texas.
How many hours of training do you have?
I have 622 hours of training.
Why did you choose massage therapy as your career?
Massage therapy and working with soft tissue is a form of creative expression for me. It’s very enjoyable and therapeutic for me to be able to assist people in their pain relief and relaxation. I’m very grateful to be a part of their self-care.
Where did you go to school for massage?
I attended Austin School of Massage Therapy in 1998.
How do you describe your massage/work to others?
My strokes are very slow and deep focusing on releasing fascial adhesions throughout the soft tissue system, thus freeing up more space throughout the bodystocking of fascia. My work tends to be detail oriented, nurturing and thorough. Because of my yogic background and Thai massage training, sometimes I incorporate stretches into a session to help facilitate deeper release through areas that are more difficult to palpitate.
What are some examples of Continuing Education you are interested in and why?
I’ve really enjoyed any workshops that focus on structural work and deep tissue techniques because I like to think about fascial patterns throughout the 3-dimensional space of our body.
How has receiving massage affected you personally?
My personal goal is to receive a weekly massage because it relieves pain accumulated from the physical stress of staying active and using my body as a massage provider. Receiving massage allows me to experience what I’m giving and helps me learn new tools and ways to work smarter and better.
What do you do to stay healthy?
Running, yoga, swimming and hiking are my primary forms of exercise. I’m an outside kind of person so you won’t find me in a gym :). The sunshine keeps me vibrant.
What do you like about working at Myo Massage?
The awesome people and low stress! Myo provides a professional environment, hires awesome therapists and staff, whom I like as friends and respect as bodyworkers, and does a great job at managing all of the different elements of what it takes to keep it all going smoothly. I’ve been there for 5 years, it feels like family to me.