ABOUT MELISSA WOOD TEPPERBERG
I’m here to guide you to a place of loving and accepting yourself, exactly as you are. I believe acceptance is where true transformation begins.
I’m a mom to my two beautiful babies: Benjamin and Elanor, a wife, digital entrepreneur, founder of Melissa Wood Health, creator of the MWH Method, meditator and certified in yoga and Pilates. And thrivingggg on a plant-based diet.
I find writing my “About” page to be one of the most challenging things for me to do because it brings up a lot of things that have always been hard for me to talk about. But I wouldn’t be where I am now without sharing this piece of myself with everyone.
My life wasn’t always as pretty as it may seem online.
For years, I struggled with feelings of inadequacy (like most people do). I suffered from severe anxiety. I had painful cystic acne all over my face. I had a deep dark secret that I kept from everyone in my life. I was in such an insecure and unhappy place within myself that I internalized a lot of my issues, which eventually built up inside of me and led me to purging and releasing. I had an eating disorder; and it wasn’t until I said those words aloud to myself that made me own it for the first time. I realized that I had a problem. This was something I needed to face in order to really move forward and work on myself. Thinking about how great I became at hiding my pain still brings tears to my eyes today. I finally got to a point where living this lie was intolerable, so one day I woke up and took the most challenging step: I asked for help.
Coming face to face with the reality that I needed help was really the first step in my process of transforming into the person I am today and being able to make an impact on people’s lives. So many of you ask me about my turning point, and that was it. When you get in touch with who you are and what’s really going on beneath the surface, I believe that’s where the ultimate shift begins. It’s the starting point for true transformation to take place.
After a weekend of spending time with myself and tapping into all of the things that really made me happy, I realized that nothing made me feel better than taking great care of myself and being able to share the practices I loved so that other people could take great care of themselves too. This ultimately led me to enroll at IIN, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and completing my health coaching certification, which was just the beginning of building an incredible community. I loved coaching, but once I started, I knew I was just scratching the surface of my true passion.
Coming from a modeling and acting background in New York, I viewed working out as a chore. I had the misguided belief that if I wasn’t torturing myself at the gym, then I wasn’t going to see results. I thought I needed to do high-intensity training and insane amounts of cardio in order to get the body I desired. However, the more I connected to my meditation practice, the more clear it became that I needed to be easier on myself. Once I stopped listening to what other people told me I should be doing, I created my own method of movement through listening to what felt good in my body. I found the gentler I became on my body, the better I felt overall with a level of ease I had never experienced before both physically and mentally.
I had an experience with a well known teacher who made me feel horrible in her class. I left that class and something just clicked within me. I knew right then and there that I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to make people feel good. To feel good about themselves and to feel good about their bodies no matter where they are on their journey. Before I started teaching, I would do these sequences I share now in the corner of the gym by myself with my headphones on. Then I slowly started sharing short sequences on Instagram and I would get a lot of interest from people asking me to share the full workout. I experienced that the more comfortable I got sharing, the more of a power I tapped into that was greater than me and literally guided me to share my workouts online. The more I shared, the more this passion sparked within me that I didn’t even know existed. But when I look back on my life, I realize this passion always lived within me, I just wasn’t open and ready for all of the endless possibilities of where this would take me.
It was through the process of creating my own method: The MWH Method, which is a series of precise low impact movements that I started seeing beautiful long, lean lines throughout my entire body. I believe the beauty of my method is that it’s not just about building a body you desire…it’s about building a better, stronger relationship with yourself.
My goal in this work is to share that you too can live your life with ease and find true inner peace with yourself. It’s not just about fitting into a certain size or seeing that ideal number on the scale. Letting go of limiting beliefs and being kinder to yourself in this way is where lasting change takes place. I’ve birthed 2 beautiful humans and somehow, I feel like I am not only in the best physical state I’ve ever been in, but also the best mental space.
The first step is creating a practice that works for you. That can look like a 10-minute daily meditation and/or 20 minutes of regular movement. I am living proof that when you dedicate time to becoming the best version of yourself, you’ll experience lasting shifts beyond anything you could have ever imagined. My job here isn’t to transform you. It’s to give you tools and guide you to a place so that you can transform yourself.
LIVE A MINDFUL LIFE
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