This girl here sure embodies Be Awesome in Your Body.
Aside from the fact that she is quite beautiful...
... and insanely fit...
... things haven't always been a piece of cake.
Even the most beautiful and strong (and super loving, kind and nice) can suffer setbacks. For Marisa, it was injury to her body that put the brakes on her career... that of a dancer and performer.
Early in her dance career, she suffered a traumatic injury that resulted in multiple surgeries and horrible pain. Besides the physical aspect of injury and pain, it can be devastating and depressing to have your body not cooperate the way it did once before... something we expect as we get to be 60-something, but not one to even imagine at 20-something.
Eventually, as fate would have it, Marisa met Sue Hitzmann, MELT Method creator, and the door to just the POSSIBILITY of healing opened. Through learning MELT and the hands on therapy she received from Sue, Marisa began to move into a world of 'pain free' that she hadn't experienced for quite some time. She even started performing again... plus could be photographed doing cool moves like this that would put someone like me in the hospital...
(By the way, this fitness pro/dancer/performer/fitness model is also a Registered Nurse... Amazing!)
Marisa's story - her choice to Be Awesome in HER Body - has inspired and given hope to many people suffering in pain.
What I have given you above is just a small sampling of the many years of pain and debilitation she suffered, yet her determination to get well and Be Awesome moved her forward.
Now, Marisa helps others to also Be Awesome in their Bodies through group classes and private instruction in her home of New York City.
To further her mission even further, she and her friend Becca Pace created REVIVE Restorative Retreats and just had their first amazingly successful retreat in Bali! They taught MELT and bodyART classes each day. The retreat was 7 days and 6 nights just outside of Ubud, Bali at a retreat resort called Naya Ubud. They also took excursions to a water temple, White Sands beach and went white water rafting and all stood under a waterfall together... I think if you had told Marisa 5 years ago that she would be active, pain-free and teaching a retreat in Bali, she would have called you nuts.
And yet.... I think the following photos and Instagram joy that says it all.
To learn more about Marisa, check out her site at http://www.marisamerliss.com.
Want to retreat with REVIVE? You can find out how here: http://www.reviverestorativeretreats.com
Many thank to Marisa, Becca and REVIVE for being the first to truly kick off this campaign of AWESOME!!
Be Awesome in Your Body!