I am a constant learner and a perpetual student. At some point or another in my life, I have gotten paid to do all these jobs:

Children’s Daycare, Graphic Design, Teaching English as Second Language, Graduate School, Lecturer in Linguistics, Photo Retouching, Software Training, Retail, Investment, Entertainment Industry Publicity, Pet Care and Grooming, Women’s Self Defense, Software Testing and Design, Bodywork

I’ve played the piano, the guitar, a little bit of the ukulele, sung in choirs, written poetry, drawn many nudes and still life, taken dance lessons and yoga, and amassed an extensive library of great music for fun and parties. I also served several non-profits and have held offices many times.

Looking at my life and choices, I realize that I’ve been around the block quite a few times and I have skills in areas that seem totally random. In reality, though, nothing happens randomly, and the tapestry of life always comes together. Everything I have done has led me to understanding people, their feelings, their bodies and their struggles. 


I was blessed with cancer (yes you read that right) and blessed even more when my operation went successfully. My experiences have brought me here, a place of peace and servitude. To serve people, to make a difference in their wellness is more meaningful to me than any other profession I’ve had, and I am grateful that I listened to the voice within and pursued my calling.


I hold a master’s degree in theoretical linguistics, have studied Japanese bodywork and martial arts for 13 years, and have gone through formal training in western massage modalities. I am currently one of only two female shihans (master instructor) in the United States in traditional Japanese jujutsu from the school of Hakkoryu, but above all, I am an experienced and intuitive therapist.

Shihan Mel Saroyan

Day of Shihan Promotion

June, 2016 - Omiya, Japan