Melissa Stonehill Caiyem has a multi-faceted background in the Healing Arts, including Health and Fitness, Sports and Holistic Nutrition, and Corporate and Small Business Management. She also has over 20 years in Event Production in both large and small venue events in NYC and L.A. This background has brought her into the producing Wellness Retreats.
Melissa has had the privilege to be trained in her modalities by icons in the various industries starting back in the 80s with Mr Jack Lalanne, who became her fitness and nutrition mentor, teaching her the ins and outs of human functional movement and how to make the masses fall in love with working out and eating right. She remained under his wing for 3 years. During this time, Melissa attended the premier private arts college, Cal Arts, owned by Disney. She studied Technical Theater, Stage Management and Dance. She furthered her interest in Nutrition at the Kushi Institute, in Boston, learning the Yin and Yang of food from Mishio and Avlene Kushi, the pioneers of Macrobiotic eating.
Melissa dove deep into Holistic Wellness with an emphasis on Nutrition - FOOD AS MEDICINE. She is currently a Board Certified Complementary Alternative Health Practitioner, Sports Nutritionist,Wellness Retreat Director, Reiki Master, Certified Life Coach, Sound Therapist, Cancer Exercise Specialist, and a PhD candidate in Naturopathic Wellness.
In her many years of practice, she has served the health and fitness industries of NYC, L.A., and CO. In her years in upper management for corporate wellness brands, she lead teams of nutritionists and helped thousands of people reach a variety of goals from weight loss, cancer recovery, auto immune issues, IBS, Crohns, athletes, family nutrition, disordered eating, thyroid issues and more. Melissa loves helping people form a happy and nourishing relationship with food and making healthy lifestyle choices, that are simple and inviting.
Her 20 + years in event production includes, sold out musical events in NYC, L.A., off Broadway performances, NYC marathon, and now heading her own Retreat Business, Healing Wheel retreats.
She calls herself a "food therapist" or "nutrition coach" as her goal is to partner with her clients, and create a plan that becomes a sustainable lifestyle. "Many diseases are emotionally driven. The holistic approach is to look for the underlying root causes and create a plan for success by crafting and co -creating a new and healthy connection with your wellness, for life! This can be achieved in a variety of ways".
Melissa has raised athletes, and Army officers- ask her her greatest success or achievements, and she will tell you “being a mom!”
Here are the services she can offer-
- Wellness Evaluation
- Life Coaching
- Sound Therapy
- Intuitive Nutrition Scans
- Micro Curent Therapy
- Vegan Catering
- Cooking Lessons
- Meal Planning
- Lab testing