Melissa Dalton Massage Therapy

My Story

I am a native Southern Californian and grew up in Huntington Beach. I have been an athlete my entire life and have participated in basketball, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics, cheerleading, and martial arts. In June of 2016, I completed my first Olympic Distance Triathlon.

Acting is also one of my passions and I continue to do Theatre and Film as opportunities present themselves. As both actress and athlete, I am someone who truly understands the importance of taking care of both the body and the mind.

I have been a massage therapist for 13 years and have helped clients recover from various injuries such as whiplash, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, and tendinitis. I have also worked with collegiate football players preparing for the NFL Combine; athletes working towards optimal performance, elderly in need of palliative care, and people overcoming stress striving for better health.

I am very grateful for my life and good health. I continue to train, act, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, be of service where I can, check off “bucket list” items, and enjoy time with those closest to me.

In 1999, I suffered from pain caused by Forward Head Posture. It became very challenging to function and was threatening my active lifestyle. The pain and fatigue were taking a toll and affected both my day-to-day functioning as well as my athletic performance. Fortunately, Chiropractic and Massage helped me correct my Forward Head Posture and I got my life back. It was through this health crisis that I found my calling in massage and its remarkable healing effects.

My Specialty

NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular Therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.

TRIGGER POINT is a style of bodywork specific to the Neuromuscular system that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. The pioneer of Trigger Point therapy is Janet G. Travell, M.D. Trigger points can be implicated in a wide range of common conditions that involve chronic pain, including sciatica, plantar fasciitis, low back pain, trigger finger, and frozen shoulder, to name a few. Trigger points are defined as hypersensitive nodules in a taut band. These tender areas of tension are similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These “knots” are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and / or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques in order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.

Seeing my clients’ results from Trigger Point therapy has been amazing. It has been incredibly fulfilling to help people overcome their chronic pain, regain range of motion, achieve optimal performance and a better quality of life!

Trigger Points

For more information on Trigger Point Therapy please check out an article from The American Massage Therapy Journal:  www.amtamassage.org