Melinda Pharr

Training: 800 hours

School: Texas Healing Arts Institute

Licensed since: 2003

Continuing Education:  

Areas of expertise: The Myo

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Melinda has been a massage therapist for over 15 years and received her licensing from the Texas Healing Arts Institute of Austin. She has trained throughout the years in a wide variety of modalities which include Swedish, Thai, prenatal, Eastern ayurvedic, lomi lomi and hot stones. Melinda has spent most of her massage life in the  spa industry and it is through this that she has been able to experience a vast array of trainings. She has also worked with corporations doing on-site massage and in a hospital doing post natal massage. Melinda feels that no two massage sessions are alike and that everyone has a unique relationship to their body which affects their personal massage preferences and needs. She uses  her intuitive process to listen to the body and  likes blending styles such as trigger point and muscle stripping while keeping focused and connected to her client.

How long have you been a licensed massage therapist?
I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2003.

How many hours of training do you have?
800 hours.

Why did you choose massage therapy as your career? 
I chose massage therapy as a career because giving back to people is something I am passionate about. I  love the diversity of the work and I love seeing results and making a difference.

Where did you go to school for massage?
I went to THAI, the Texas Healing Arts Institute.

How do you describe your massage/work to others?
I like to give connected and intuitive bodywork and in doing that I use slow and steady strokes, stopping when I need to focus and go deeper on a specific issue.

What are some examples of Continuing Education you are interested in and why?
I am interested in Reiki training as I am intrigued about the effectiveness of energy work. I also would love to train in Watsu. I cannot think of anything more peaceful than giving bodywork in a warm and cradling environment.

How has receiving massage affected you personally?
Receiving massage takes me to my deep personal space. It allows me to be present and aware and gives me an opportunity to learn from others.

What do you do to stay healthy?
I surround myself with healthy things from the people in my life to the things I eat and do. I maintain a vegetarian lifestyle, hang with my dogs and immerse myself into my friends and things I am passionate about such as travel and life experiences.

What do you like about working at Myo Massage?
I love the intimate familial feel at Myo. This is a place that really cares about the welfare of their clients and therapists and I can feel that radiating all around.  It is an honor to work with all of the highly skilled therapists that work there.