I experienced chronic pain for the first time after getting rear-ended by a semi-truck. The doctor I saw just told me that nothing was broken or structurally damaged and I was young so I should just go about my life and it would heal and feel better with time. Well, my neck pain had a different agenda—it kept getting worse. I have a lot of respect for all of you out there with pain, and I am well aware that my pain was never nearly as bad as what many people deal with--but it was still getting in the way big time! For instance, I could only work on a computer, drive a car, or do any sort of hard work with my hands for a short while before my neck would flare up super bad and leave me in a drained and irritated state.
I had already developed an interest in mindfulness and the body-mind connection, but this new challenge really put it to the test. I found that highly skilled and specific bodywork helped to decrease pain and improve mobility, and that both seated meditation and moving meditation practices, in which I could drop into full presence and awareness in my body, would help ease and calm my neck pain.
I devoted years to getting the most comprehensive and highest quality bodywork education possible so that I can help others in the ways that most helped me. I have also focused on learning how to incorporate mindfulness into the therapeutic process and how to teach clients about pain so that they can benefit from understanding how it works.
My goal in my private practice is to provide the best set of therapies and tools possible to get you out of pain and back to enjoying your life, in a way that leaves you feeling strong and empowered. It has been a true honor to help so many people over the years to overcome pain and get back to living their lives more fully.
When I’m not working, I love exploring the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, finding the coolest new material to learn, and spending time with my family.
It is a great joy and honor to work in service of your health, well-being, and fullest aliveness.
David Melman, LMP, BCSI