Machelle founded Mount Airy Massage and Wellness in January 2015. Our mission statement at MAMAW is to provide a safe haven for both clients and practitioners. We want everyone entering the facility to feel as if they just entered their own home - comfortable. Our next focus is to provide tools and solutions for your body that is natural and holistic in supporting overall body wellness. The various practitioners at MAMAW have this focus at the core of their service offerings.
Machelle has come to the world of wellness by way of the chaotic corporate world. Having graduated from Appalachian State University with a BSBA in Management Information Systems, she was a project manager for 17 years with Bank of America in Charlotte NC. Understanding that world was making her toxic in mind, body, emotions, and spirit, she switched gears and created an escape plan. She went back to school for massage at Therapeutic Massage Training Institute in Charlotte in 2004 and graduated with honors and licensure in NC. She also received her Registered 200 hour Yoga teacher certification with Yoganand Michael Carroll through his Pranakriya practice from Kripalu in 2006. That same year, she moved with her family to their home in Fancy Gap VA just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
She previously owned Mountain Angel Spa at Olde Mill Golf Resort in Virginia and Infinity Day Spa in Mount Airy, where she also served as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. She is a licensed massage therapist in both Virginia and North Carolina. She has also taught yoga at Carroll Wellness Center in Hillsville VA and Sacred Space yoga studio in Mount Airy.
Having recently decided to pursue yoga as a mainstay, she is moving to the status of a back up massage therapist at MAMAW. She will be offering numerous yoga classes and learning opportunities focused on helping others self heal. She works with clients utilizing both massage and yoga techniques with the primary focus of teaching clients to listen to themselves. Our bodies want to be well - we just many times get in our own way of that healing.
In trying to support her own sense of balance, Machelle has a very active home life pursuing numerous creative outlets. She has been married to Tony since 1985 and has three wonderful children, oldest daughter Jennifer and her husband Paul, and youngest daughter Cassidi. She loves all things nature, and as a nurturer, her greatest desire is to help others.