“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
In January 2014 I went on a 5 day spiritual retreat in Sedona, Arizona where I experienced a series of special intuitive readings, karmic clearing, and massage. On the morning of a scheduled breathwork session I pulled my back out so badly that I could barely walk. Sharing with the instructor the severe pain I was in, she advised me to just lay on my back and breathe. During that session my back was completely healed by simply performing the breathwork and allowing my body to intuitively find its way back to health. It was in those moments I felt the profound revelation that if I could help myself in this way, then every person must carry this innate ability to heal themselves as well.
That remarkable experience combined with having a family legacy of traditional medical practitioners is what led me to train as a breathwork facilitator. It is why I created Breathwork Worldwide – I committed myself to introduce and share this form of ancient healing with those who are seeking a different approach to their own healing alongside the traditional approaches to medicine better known in western medicine.
Right now our world is experiencing a profound shift. That is why I strongly feel the breathwork I share with others is so vitally important to many aspects of a more complete human restoration. It is clear to me this is so needed in order for all of us to enjoy the gift of awakened consciousness. As a healer I feel a sense of responsibility towards others in need, regardless of their beliefs, culture, or creed… hurt, pain and suffering does not discriminate. Every human being on this planet needs some form of healing.
Part of my philosophy in offering this modality is beautifully expressed through the words of Yogi Ramacharaka in his book ‘The Science of Breath…’
“The abnormal manner of living adopted by civilized man - the shadow that falls upon civilization - has robbed us of our natural habit of breathing, and the race has greatly suffered thereby. Man’s only physical salvation is “get back to Nature.”
By focusing on something as simple as breathing, we provide the necessary elements to rejuvenate the cellular structures of our bodies. In turn we are more able to calm our minds which invites the power of our divinity and connect to the Source of all life.
Melissa Terese Young is a Breathwork Facilitator and holistic wellness practitioner and founder of Breathwork Worldwide and Church of Breath.
Melissa holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is trained in "Ceremonial Breathwork Facilitation" through The Breath Center. Received a Level II Reiki Attunement, Craniosacral II certification and holds a certification in "Light Energy Healing" through Barbara Wilder & The Transformational Light Center in Los Angeles California. Melissa is also an Ordained Minister and a graduate of the "Shamanic Medicine Wheel" journey taught by John English and holds a 2018 certification by Dan Brule’s Breath Mastery O2 Collective.
Her healing arts practice is based in Richmond, VA.
“My wife and I had been exploring our spirituality over the past several years and she had met Melissa at a women’s group and encouraged me repeatedly to participate in a private breathwork session with her...the moment I saw Melissa I knew there was something very different and special about her. She had a peaceful, loving energy that I could not quite put my finger on. We did our breathwork session and I left with a valuable tool that became ritual in my life. Whenever I have trouble sleeping, feel stress, or just want to calm myself I practice Melissa’s breathing technique and become completely centered. Melissa Terese Young is an angel. She is a guide, a mentor, and a beautiful loving soul put on this planet to help raise the consciousness and vibration of our planet by helping people connect to Source. I am clear now.” ~Robert B.
“Melissa is a facilitator of healing. You might be confused by that (I was at first), so let me explain. You see, Melissa approaches her work from a place of humility, which reflects her awareness and understanding of the roles we all play, how we help one another along. She's not ego-driven at all; she makes it clear that she is there to make the healing possible, but the one who does the healing is you. Yes, she creates the environment, she sets the table, she does whatever it is she needs to do… but she does not do the healing-- YOU do. And under her watchful and loving care, you will heal yourself-- and you will be in awe as you do so. There's a quiet and a clearness in deepening the breath, exploring all the layers that are there, realizing there's been hidden gold inside you and all you had to do was allow yourself to be guided to it. And there is no better person to guide you on this breathwork journey than Melissa.” ~Michelle
“From the moment I walked through her door I could feel Melissa’s beautiful energy. Once we started the breathwork she guided me and I went deep within myself and was able to let go of all the anger and heaviness I was feeling at the time. The physical as well as emotional pain I was feeling in my body and heart was released with every breath. I can now use the tools she taught me and I would highly recommend experiencing what Melissa has to share and look forward to continuing this work with her.” ~Lori B.