“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back

~Rainer Maria Rilke

I identify as a women and as a shape shifter who takes many forms including: acupuncturist, yogi, yoga therapist, body worker, earth lover and protector, surfer, witch, and mystic. Beyond all these identities, I am spirit manifested in a human body, just like you. I believe that by reconnecting with our bodies and with the earth we can heal what is holding us back from our true expression of self.

I was raised on a small gulf island in Canada. My journey with Integrative medicine and the body-mind connection grew from childhood in a grass roots way by; digging in the garden, getting lost in my imagination through an in the woods, swimming in the sea, and by experiencing the healing arts within my community.

Through exposure to travel, new cultures, healing modalities, and teachers I began to gather tools that now comprise my basket of tricks.

I am an E-RYT-500 Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher, YACEP continuing education provider and C-IAYT Yoga Therapist; I have been teaching for ten years including leading group classes and workshops as well as assisting retreats across North America.

I am a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) and my acupuncture practice focuses on hormonal balance, pain and trauma resolution, although I treat everything that walks through my door. I incorporate Upledger CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release as an integral part of my practice and of the healing process.

My greatest joy is weaving the wisdom of Chinese medicine with the teachings of Yoga.

I work in Ucluelet, British Columbia at Harbour Health Center and The Studio Ucluelet and in Tofino at Coastal Bliss Yoga.

When I am not in the clinic or studio you’ll find me dancing, gazing at the moon, soaking up the natural world, creating magic in my kitchen, exploring shapes on my yoga mat, or splashing around on my surfboard in the ocean.

My work has been a devotional process of self-discovery and inner healing. I am wholeheartedly committed to revealing the blockages that keep me feeling anything less than the full expression of my true nature and most genuine self. Let us work together to uncover the radiance that is your birthright!

With love

Melody

WHAT STUDENTS CAN

EXPECT IN A CLASS

Through inspiration, education and exploration I encourage students to see themselves for who they truly are beneath story.  By creating an opportunity to strengthen the body, clear the mind and move blocked energy; I offer the container for healing to take place.

As a practitioner, and a person, Melody’s kindness and compassion fill any space she occupies, and create a container of therapeutic safety that is exceptional within the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Her gentle approach, depth of heart-centered insight, and ability to find the thread of beauty and strength in even the most challenging circumstances allows for my breath to regulate and my body to soften when I’m in her care. In my tissues, this creates a degree of receptivity to treatments from Melody that translates into lasting structural and emotional change, and a heightened capacity for self-compassion.

Fabienne Calvert Filteau, R.Ac.

Melody is literally magic. She is a true healer and you can tell that this is not just a ‘job’ for her. Melody gives you so much care and is very tentative to your needs. Every visit is customized to your current state. I walk out floating on air every time and feel loved and nurtured!

Jordie Hennigar

My experiences with Melody are always deeply nourishing. Her energy always feels clear and her hands seem to be guided by ancestral wisdom. I have had many varied treatments and Melody is one of my absolute favorite practitioners.

Shani Cranston , Founder of Milagro Living and Pioneer at hOMe Grown Living Foods

Melody is a truly gifted practitioner. Her hands are strong and her heart is gentle. She has the ability to find the places within that need support and love, movement and stimulation, expansion and contraction. Whenever I go see Melody I know I will be held in the most sacred space and will leave feeling more embodied and more loving of all that I am. Thank you Melody!!!

Marika Hall, R. Ac

Melody is a very intuitive and skilled bodyworker. As a massage practitioner myself with 20+ years of experience and 30+ receiving bodywork, I am very particular in my needs as a receiver. Melody has consistently given me effective and healing treatments that have taken me to the next level.

Peter Cloud Panjoyah

Having a treatment from Melody is a gift. She is skilled in her knowledge and intuition as well as her caring way of being. I dream of driving to Tofino just to see her!

Aileen Fearman

Melody’s treatments are skillful, intuitive and unique in that she draws from a wealth of experienced knowledge and modalities. I always feel well taken care of after receiving both acupuncture and massage from her.

Jacky Challenger, Owner of Coastal Bliss Yoga

Can’t say enough great things about Melody! I began seeing her for acupuncture to balance things out and get my body + cycle back on track after having my low-dose-hormone IUD removed. Although I was first introduced to her through yoga her passion for the human body, healing modalities, and a holistic approach to wellness quickly became apparent. She’s attentive, nurturing, and always an invaluable source of knowledge on all things related to health and well-being. Melody’s warmth and energy shine regardless of the setting, I always mark my calendar and make sure to attend her yoga classes (Slow Flow is the jam!) and look forward to our acupuncture sessions. Her hands on approach is reassuring and intuitive and always leaves me feeling better than before. If you haven’t had the joy of being treated by (or even just meeting) Melody, I highly recommend making it a priority.

Andrea Turner

Your enthusiasm for yoga, and your passion, is evident in your teaching.  Inspiring!  Your guidance is good, and your quotations are always inspiring and suitable to the practice.  Melody’s classes are like my own personal yoga horoscope.  Her words and guidance fall perfectly into my daily practice, guiding me in just the right direction.  Thank you Melody!

Vanessa Marshak

Melody’s clear instructions leads me to go deeper into the postures guiding me to find the strength while reminding me to use my breath to find ease in the postures.  Melody’s classes are varied and well thought out.  I enjoy how she brings the seasonal changes and themes into her classes.  I find I am always learning something new about my practice and I look forward to her classes.  Melody is a positive addition to Oceanside Yoga.  I have had a massage from Melody as well.  I left feeling energized while my muscles felt relaxed and well worked (knots worked out).  Great massage.

L Jenson

I like the challenges, variety of poses and the ability to “recover” after being challenged.  ie child’s pose.  I have been a yoga student for over 25 years and I find Melody’s teaching very mature.  I can tell she gives great thought to the class before teaching.  The result is a smooth, journey to the end.  I always leave feeling wonderful.  Thanks Melody!

Tina Phillips

I love Melody’s classes.  They are very organized and energetic.  There is usually a spiritual aspect with a reading that feeds my soul.  Melody is an excellent teacher.  Classes are always different and challenging.

Marilyn Hurl

Excellent experience – well explained and great flow.  Melody’s classes have wonderful flow and serenity.  A great workout.

Nancy Harrisin

Thank you.  I came to this class anxious, low mood, irritable and in a lot of pain and I left feeling peaceful, calm and in less pain.

Lina

It was a wonderful class.  Very clear explanation and a lovely calm vibe.

Vanessa Bernard

Relaxed, inspired, informed.  This is an excellent workshop for healing yourself from depression/anxiety.

Pat

Words that sometimes come to mind are “beautiful experience”.  Getting the exercise I want as well as calming my mind and leaving the day’s stress behind.

Jodi