Why Choose New Life? Benefits Of Wellness Our Personal Belief

At New Life Massage & Whole Living Solutions you are more than just a spot on our schedule. You are an individual with an individual set of needs and desires.



Wellness goes beyond eating well and exercise. It is about your awareness of your bodies needs and an understanding of what it is telling you. It also encompasses or thoughts and actions!


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Empowerment, Responsibility and Integrity are the core of not only the way we run our business, but of each of our staff memebers. You can always be assured the same level of service.



The stress of modern living affects us all and in various aspects of our lives. Continued stress adversely affects the mind and body, compromising your health and prematurely aging us internally and externally. The need to repair, restore and renew yourself back to a healthy balance becomes imperative to your overall health.


Our goal at New Life Massage & Whole Living Solutions is to provide you with personalized care to restore encouragement to uplift, and the means necessary to relax and renew your mind, body and spirit through massage, yoga and meditation. Our therapists and instructors are trained and certified in the most effective techniques to help you regain and maintain your sense of well being.  Your body's ability to heal comes from the inside out.  We provide techniques and encouragement to help you tap into that power.

Our Staff

Melissa Jarufe

LMT & Owner

Massage Therapist

Michelle Janicek


Massage Therapist

Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in the field of chemistry in 1986. She worked over 20 years in her chosen field as an analytical and paint formulation chemist before turning her troubleshooting talents to the field of massage therapy.


In 2007, Melissa graduated from Harmony Path School of Massage Therapy where she was trained in the traditional Swedish massage techniques. She is trained in Prenatal, Bamboo Fusion, and Oncology massage Techniques as well as Rieki. Currently she is studying and working toward her certification in Orthopedic massage.


Certified in Swedish and Orthopedic Massage Techniques.


Trained in: Prenatal Massage, Bamboo Fusion Massage and Oncology Massage.

Each of us at New Life Massage & Whole Living Solutions believe in the following core values.


•  Excellence - 'Good enough is never good enough

•  Empowerment - Your body's ability to heal comes from the inside out. We provide techniques and encouragement to help you tap into that power.


•  Responsibility - We take it as our responsibility to always be learning new and better ways of serving our clients' needs.


    •  Integrity - We honor our commitments and genuinely listen to our clients' needs.


"This is who we are...and what you can count on in every interaction with us."


~ Melissa

Michelle graduated from Harmony Path School of massage in 2011.  Her passion for animals and their positive response to the power of touch, led her to massage therapy. Michelle has a  sincere desire to help people from all walks of life feel better, look better and be better.


Certified in Swedish Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage techniques


Special interest in Repetitive Use Muscle Release Therapy


Massage Modalities: Relaxation, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue , Pregnancy Massage, Couples Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Chair Massage for Corporate Special Events and Health Fairs


To me, massage is simply a way of life. I believe in a client centered approach. A combination of my different massages can relax, renew and rejuvenate! Each visit will be as truly unique as you are!”



Jessica Peavy


Massage Therapist

Santell Nelson


Yoga/Meditation Instructor - Massage Practitioner

Jessica Peavy graduated from Cuyahoga Community College’s Massotherapy Program in August of 2013.  She became a Licensed Massage Therapist in March of 2013.  Jessica has a passion for therapeutic touch and she is a strong believer in holistic medicine.  Jessica chose the profession of being a Massage Therapist after receiving treatment from a therapist and experiencing how beneficial body work can be to a person’s health.


Jessica enjoys being a mom and spending time with her son.  She is a family oriented person that has a drive to learn and teach.  In the future she wants to learn more modalities like reflexology and sports massage to name a few.


Massage Modalities: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Therapeutic Massage.


“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

~ Buddha

Santell Nelson received his yoga instructor certification in 2013 through Enlightenment/Yoga Teacher Training Program. Santell has been in the health and wellness industry for more than 5 years. He has a gentle touch and is passionate about giving massage and helping educate the world on ways to live healthier, happier and more consciously. He loves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, yoga, meditation, various forms of mixed martial arts and more. He enjoys the nature, family time, his guitar, video games and of course teaching. He received his massage practitioner’s certification from the National Institute of Massotherapy and is currently enrolled at Harmony Path School of Massage earning his license in Massage Therapy.


Certified Massage Practitioner, Reiki healer and Yoga Instructor


Massage Modalities: Relaxation Massage, Hot Stone,  Massage Bamboo Fusion Massage, Reiki


Yoga Styles:  Ashtanga, Fluid Dynamics, Restorative


“The greatest gift of life is ones health, so take care of your body mind and spirit one rain drop at a time.”


~ Santell

Amanda Brown

Licensed Nia Instructor

Kacey Cummings


Yoga/Meditation Instructor

Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Computer Science from Emory University in 1996.  She worked as a technology consultant for several years before moving to the USVI with her husband, where she volunteered and worked part-time at a local school, and started to teach fitness classes.  It was there that Amanda first experienced Nia in 2000.  It was “love at first sight!”


Amanda was a student athlete, enjoying gymnastics, dance, and various sports.  She has over eight years of teaching group fitness classes.  In 2011, Amanda attended her Nia White Belt training.  She has enjoyed sharing her joy of movement, to help students gain fitness and energy, relax, and enjoy a feeling of connection with the community.


Amanda enjoys “dancing through life,” including free dancing with her two children at home.  She also enjoys sharing her joy and love of movement – of all kinds – with people.  She believes in the healing power of movement for all age groups.  Find something you like, then try something new, and keep moving for the long journey through life!


When Amanda is not moving and dancing, you might find her creating and crafting, snuggling her two little dogs, and spending time with her family: husband, daughter and son.  Playing games and puzzles, cooking and playing outdoors top the list.


"Find something you like to do, then try something new, and keep moving for the long journey through life!"


The synchronization of breath and movement has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a former competitive gymnast and collegiate diver, I've spent the better part of my life learning how to flow gracefully through positions in a logical sequence.  Because both of these sports require a high level of physical and mental strength, yoga has been along for the ride through it all. Shortly after retiring from diving, I discovered Ashtanga Yoga at Krysia Energy in Westlake, Ohio. I was immediately drawn to the intelligent and challenging structure of the practice, and have been hooked ever since.


My specialties are Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Power Flow.  My flow is inspired by many of the asanas in the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga, and I encourage play through practice with basic arm balances and inversions.


Outside of yoga, I have a BS in Environmental Science from Cleveland State University, and am a Grants Administrator for a non-profit organization in Downtown Cleveland. My hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, longboarding, waterskiing, snow-skiing/snowboarding, and paddle boarding. Really anything that allows me to be outside, soaking up nature and everything the world has to offer us!


“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

Terri McNeely-Disbrow

RYT-200, M. Ed.

Yoga/Meditation Instructor

Terri has been studying and practicing various forms of yoga, healing and energy work for over 25 years.   In 2003, Terri made a conscious decision to leave her career in sports marketing to become a special education teacher, further her yoga teaching training and to pursue her passion in the healing arts. Terri is currently a special education teacher and reading specialist, incorporating yoga, meditation and mindfulness for children, as well as adults, both in and out of me classroom.


Terri received her Yoga Teacher Certification from TRY4Life at the E- 200 and 500 RYT level, she is  a member of the Fellowships of the Spirit Ministry of Healing and Prophecy, and a  Level II Reiki practitioner.  She also works with children and adults on various healing, mindfulness, creative visualization, meditation, and breath practices.


“I believe in the rhythm of movement, breath, mindfulness and meditation to fully connect with our inner light as it is in realizing our true potential that we embrace our journey.”


~  Terri

Benefits Of Wellness

“It’s the soil, not the seed”


During a visit with my holistic podiatrist, he said something that really caught my attention.  He noted that Louis Pasteur (a French chemist and microbiologist) dedicated his whole life to the germs that cause disease and how to defeat them.  But shortly before his death he realized, "It’s the soil, not the seed."   This realization lead him to understand that the seed (disease) could only thrive and grow if the soil (body) provided the right environment.  In my quest to always move forward in life, I find this a profound concept.


How many times do we give way to negative thought  and find ourselves wondering why all of sudden we have a headache or our neck and back ache?  I am not saying that all pain comes from negative thought.  However, I am saying that thought is powerful.  If we, by habit, provide fertile ground for those thoughts to spring up, we just might find ourselves not only emotionally responding but physically as well.


Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, discovered that our cells have a life span, a limited number of cell divisions before they die.  Ageing and disease is thought to occur as a result of this process.  Dr. Blackburn studied the effects of negative emotions on the life span of a cell and found that excessive negative thought is linked to the shortening of that life span.  She also found the possibility exists that the practice of mindful thought and other forms of meditation could actually counter act the effects of excessive negative thought.


In short, a habit of positive thinking and meditation can have a direct effect on our over health and well-being by providing an inhospitable environment for seeds of pain and disease to take root.  "It's the soil, not the seed"!


- Melissa Jarufe, LMT

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions,

 Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”


~Mahatma Gandhi

New Life Massage & Whole Living Solutions

379 Lear Rd (Learwood Square Plaza)

Avon Lake, OH 44012

Phone: (440) 930-2044