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Melissa Marek

Licensed Physical Therapist (DPT, Cert. MDT), Yoga & Meditation Teacher (RYT), & Certified Breath Coach offering whole being wellness for people experiencing chronic pain, poor sleep, & stress. Together, let's take some easy, science-based steps toward your own personal healing and transformation goals. Contact me with questions or to schedule.

Private Breath Coaching (4, 30 min sessions) - up to 2 people - ONLINE
Private Breath Coaching (4, 30 min sessions) - up to 2 people - IN PERSON Traverse City, MI
Group/corporate 1 hour Breath Coaching (In person or virtual)
Yoga + Breathwork for Chronic Back pain (60 min assess + 30 min follow up) - Private session (Virtual)
Yoga + Breathwork for Chronic Back pain (60 min assess + 30 min follow up) - Private session (Traverse City, MI)
Private yoga (60 mins, 1-4 people) - Traverse City, MI
Private Breathwork + Meditation (60 mins, up to 4 people) - Traverse City, MI
"Quick" Back pain/Sciatica consult (40 min assess & home program + 25 min follow up) - Virtual
Virtual customized yoga (4, 30 min classes. Your choice of style: vinyasa/flow, chair/adaptive, yin/restorative, balance focused)
Virtual customized yoga (4, 60 min classes. Your choice of style: vinyasa/flow, chair/adaptive, yin/restorative, balance focused)
Science-Based Relaxation Tools for Chronic Pain/Stress (4, 30 min sessions to learn/practice: Conscious Breathing, Meditation, Movement for your body, & Better Sleep)
After a severe back injury in my early 20s, and failure to find relief through standard medical practices, I went on a quest to heal my body and restore my quality of life. It was a winding journey but eventually I found yoga and meditation which guided me back to my former, vital self. Inspired to share the power of mind-body practices with others, I became a certified yoga teacher in 2005 (RYT), focusing on chronic pain and trauma-sensitive practices which led me to a certification in Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) in 2010. As I worked with more clients, I began to desire more knowledge, specifically science-based, medical knowledge of the human body so that I could assess pain and other conditions as completely and safely as possible. This led me to complete a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and become a licensed Physical therapist (PT, DPT) in 2016. The following year, I completed the rigorous McKenzie certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT), affording me to specialize in spinal care, including all varieties of back and neck pain, sciatica/radiculopathies. In 2023, I became a certified Breath Coach in order to further share one of our most profound, and easily accessible, resources for regulating our nervous system and overall wellness. Professionally, I love empowering my clients by teaching wellness tools from both ancient and modern practices, and explaining the science that supports them. I deeply believe that YOU are your wisest teacher and source of meaningful change. And, yet, we all need guidance and support. I will continue to be a constant learner so that I continue to offer a fully integrative practice, and I will always be interested in hearing your story and customizing these methods for you.

RecoveryOne (June 2021 – Present)

Job Title: Physical Therapist

Integrative Touch (June 2021 – Present)

Job Title: Wellness Guide

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (September 2016 – July 2020)

Job Title: Spine Center Physical Therapist

Grand Valley State University

Physical Therapy

Doctorate (July 2016)

InnerVision Yoga

Yoga Teacher Training

RYT 200 (June 2005)

Yoga Body

Science of breathing

Breath Coach (January 2023)

McKenzie Institute

Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

Cert. MDT (December 2017)

TRE for all

Trauma Releasing Exercises

Level 1 TRE Provider (January 2010)

Languages: English and Spanish. I love to travel, experience new cultures, and get out of my comfort zone. I find joy and healing in nature, especially when I can move with a landscape via kayaking, scuba/snorkeling, or cross country skiing. My husband and I are foster parents and care deeply about offering a home to those who need refuge. And, I love to laugh -- what great medicine!