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October 2020 RACC Member of the Month: Wholeness Massage & Bodywork

In an ongoing effort to promote our local businesses and organizations, the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to introduce our October 2020 Member of the Month: Wholeness Massage & Bodywork owned by Melissa Countryman.

Melissa, please tell me about why you were inspired to become a massage therapist.

I have always been drawn to doing work that allowed me to be in contribution and of service, with the intention of helping others. Graduating with my bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1997, I realized that I was very curious about how our bodies participate in our mental and emotional health. This led me to decide to go to massage school to deepen my understanding of the body: turns out, I just fell in love with working with people in this capacity! 

What are your specialties and certifications?

I am a board-certified, Colorado-registered massage therapist with over 20 years of professional experience in both private practice and spa/wellness settings. Specializing in integrative, nurturing, restorative massage, my sessions are directly tailored for each individual, including prenatal and postpartum clients. My favorite and newest addition to my professional skill set is Biodynamic CranialSacral Therapy 💚, a practice with its roots in osteopathy that supports nervous system regulation and allows the resolution of conditions resulting from stress and trauma.

Why is massage important for a person's health and wellness?

Massage can provide a much-needed respite from the daily grind. With so many of us in today's world experiencing such large amounts of stress, overwhelm and challenge, massage can offer us the opportunity to rest our bodies, hearts and minds. Massage can support us in our physical, mental, emotional and social well-being by decreasing pain and muscle tightness, reducing stress and tension, and offering a deep sense of connection and wholeness.

How do you make clients, who are new to massage, feel comfortable?

I absolutely love to introduce new clients to massage! When clients arrive for their sessions, we spend 10 to 20 minutes discussing any questions, concerns or curiosities that clients may have BEFORE they get on the table. This educational time, along with the safe and peaceful atmosphere of my office, supports clients to settle in and relax while on the table. 

How have you adapted your business during the pandemic?

In light of the pandemic (as well as a family member with a significant underlying health condition), I have made a handful of adjustments to my practice. I now ask a series of pre-screening questions and take temperatures before sessions begin, masks are required for both myself and my clients for the duration of the session, my cleaning protocols have been increased, and thus, I have decreased the number of clients I see per day. The biggest change was that I utilized an outdoor office from June through September for all sessions; this was quite lovely! As I transition back into my indoor office, the main difference clients will notice is my air purifier and my "walk right in" policy (no use of waiting room area).

Do you have any specials or discounts that clients can take advantage of?

Yes, for the month of October, all clients who mention Member of the Month promotion will receive a complimentary aromatherapy add-on for their massage session. Additionally, my ongoing specials include 50% off for all first-time clients and a loyalty program (receive 10 massages and 11th session is complimentary). 

What do you value from being a Ridgway Chamber member?

I appreciate the Chamber's dedication to all its members as well as the direct support and promotion of our business community. Plus, the website is beautifully crafted, with awesome photos showcasing our lovely landscape, our precious community and our outstanding businesses!

For more about Wholeness Massage & Bodywork, go online to, email , and call 303-726-2807. For information about other health and wellness businesses in Ridgway, go to