About Me

Hello! My name is Michelle Purvis, and I have lived in Steamboat Springs, off and on, for 15 years. I love adventure, world travel, dancing, playing, laughter, writing, connecting with others, education, yoga, reading, nature and all activities associated, learning about the world and other cultures, learning about myself and how incredibly similar yet unique we all are as a human race, to name a few. I have a passion for knowledge which won’t stop until I am one with the earth again. Besides working at many different businesses around Colorado doing massage, here are some of the career strides I have taken thus far:

  • Graduated from Boulder College of Massage Therapy in December 2005 with over 1,000 credit hours
  • Studied Thai Massage at Chang Mai School of Thai Massage in April 2006
  • Started Balanced Bodyworks in May 2006
  • Received certificate in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Level I, from founder, Ruthie Hardee, in March 2007
  • Received certificate in Advanced Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy from Ruthie Hardee in February 2008
  • Performed Ashiatsu for bikers at Giro D’ Italia in Italy and France in May 2009
  • Ashi-Thai training in July 2009
  • Cranio Sacral, Level I, training in December 2010
  • DoTERRA Aroma Touch Technique training in November 2011
  • Graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, CO in May 2015 with Bachelors degree in Contemplative Psychology and concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Received Hypnotherapy certificate from Academy of Life Management with first board certified Hypnotherapist, Gwyneth McNeil, in August 2015
  • Past Life Regression Training from Academy of Life Management in January 2016

Balanced Bodyworks has been an evolving massage business that has transitioned over time to include many more modalities such as Cranio Sacral, Theta Healing, Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression, and more. I absolutely love my work and the clients I meet along the way. When I was a child, I was naturally drawn to massage by giving mini-massages to my friends and family. Studies show that children who grow up in orphanages are touched far less, which leads to loss of weight, illness, and possible death or adolescent future behavioral problems and mental illnesses. Touch is THE MOST IMPORTANT sense babies should experience for normal growth. This carries over into adulthood as well, of course! If there is no form of affection in our relationships, then we move farther away from happiness. Massage is an incredible way to “get in touch” with others and ourselves, because our bodies are complex, intelligent forces that we need to listen to in order to maintain optimal health. So schedule your session today!


“I am a Ashiatsu and Aroma Touch convert! I felt so great after our session I can’t wait to come back, thank you! ”
~ Mel L., Steamboat Springs, CO ~
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