Sometimes when your path crosses someone new, you know it was meant to be.
I was referred over to Melissa in October 2018. Not feeling well and needing someone who could really help me, listen to me and not just send me somewhere else. I needed help with my, mind, body and soul. Melissa was there for me, she is kind, compassionate, and someone who heard me when I spoke. I have seen her often and with her help I’m feeling better.
I have attended her 101 and 202 nutrition classes with my husband, and I think having that info plus us doing them together has made a world of difference. I’m learning it’s not just your diet or your exercise. You need to prepare your house, your kitchen, along with a new sleep routine, put in a bit of movement/exercise and eat right for it to all work.
It’s a long road to good health, but I think I’m on the right road…now.
I felt so amazing when I got home, I have never felt such a systemic calming. I feel so much more peaceful. I’m so incredibly thankful for the fabulous Saturday!
Melissa is a wealth of knowledge about health and the importance of overall well-being. Working with her has resulted in a healthier me. Thanks, Melissa!
Love this place!! I can’t say enough good things about Optimal Living. I was really nervous (more like terrified) to try yoga for the first time. From the moment I walked in, the instructor – and the rest of the class – were so welcoming and inviting. The small class sizes make for a relaxing environment. I’m looking forward to trying more of the services offered.
There are times when I really wish I was good with words, and this is one of those times for sure.
I’m just not sure how to properly thank you for walking alongside me in this journey and providing such life changing guidance, support, encouragement etc. etc.
What a gift you have given me to reach a point in my life where I truly feel happy, healthy, hopeful, and where I can say I actually like myself.
Your wisdom and compassion have touched me so deeply and I was not prepared for how drastically my life would change when I called you six months ago.
Know how very grateful I am for you and the light you’ve shined into my life.
I wanted to come to yoga with real people, all ages, shapes, sizes, ability. The class was real people and I felt warmly welcomed. I didn’t have to have the latest yoga attire or sleekest body to feel comfortable joining the class.
Years ago, I was searching for resources to assist me in increasing my physical endurance and strength. Several accidents and injuries limited my range of motion, my faith in my abilities was challenged, and I truly despised typical gym settings.
Thankfully, a friend introduced me to Melissa Hedstrom.
Melissa and I arranged for multiple personal training sessions. In contrast to my previous gym experience, workouts were mindfully selected to address specific muscle groups and core strengthening, recognizing that my shoulder needed to develop strength gradually.
Melissa reviewed each day’s individually created workout with me when I first arrived, and then throughout the session would provide feedback regarding positioning, model specific exercises, and also adjust them in the moment as needed. The opportunity to work with Melissa in this format transformed my views about my health and exercise. Where previously I would have thought of the many reasons why I could not do a particular exercise or lift a certain amount of weight, with her encouragement and expertise, my go to thought was one of how can I do these tasks in a safe and strong manner.
Not only were we all fortunate to have these small group sessions, we also were able to attend yoga classes with Melissa. Unlike previous yoga classes I attended where I was self-conscious to even smile or laugh, Melissa’s yoga classes were a perfect combination of development of strength through poses and stretching, paired with joy and some chuckles here and there.
Melissa also brought a wealth of information to our groups from a nutritional standpoint. She provided support and guidance to us regarding the foods we were eating and combinations of foods we were eating. She supported us with supplement recommendations and provided opportunities to attend her nutrition classes. Always the goal was to promote wellness, both in more general terms and then individualized to meet her client’s needs.
Opportunity. Respect. Encouragement. Wellness. This is Melissa.
Melissa is amazing! She has not only guided me towards an eating program that has brought me more energy and less pain, her therapeutic yoga has brought me more flexibility and function. It’s amazing how so little movement can make a big difference. She makes it easy!