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Episode 20: Thriving After Loss With Grief Wellness

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“What I learned after being in these trauma classes is how much it is a massage for the nervous system, through muscle tissue,” explains Marelda Rodrigues, Certified NeuroMuscular Therapist and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. Marelda is a massage therapist and wellness educator and the founder of Grief Massage and Wellness. She created the grief massage after a client came to her for help with the grief she had been experiencing since the death of her daughter. 

Grief has a profound effect on the human body, particularly in the central nervous system. Our nervous system is designed to look for and recognize threats and respond in a way that protects us. However, experiencing trauma causes the nervous system to feel like there is always a threat and this keeps our bodies on high alert. The more trauma and grief build up with consecutive losses, the more unregulated the nervous system becomes. A grief massage serves as a way to release the tension from the nervous system and help people process their emotions.

Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst to hear more about how massage therapy can be used to heal the central nervous system after experiencing grief.

About Marelda Rodrigues CNMT, FMCHC:

Marelda Rodrigues, is a Grief Massage Therapist, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, Massage Therapy Educator, Culinary Wellness Educator, author, speaker, and global wanderer, with over 20 years of experience in the health and wellness space.

Through Grief Massage Therapy, Marelda helps her clients feel comforted when they are most vulnerable, allows them the space to navigate emotional unknowns of grief and loss, and gain control one step at a time.

Marelda’s wellness coaching programs help clients with mindset, food and lifestyle habits vital to staying healthy, adapting to losses, and building emotional resilience. Her clients emerge from their transformation feeling revitalized, confident, and powerful.

In This Episode We're Talking About:

  • Grief Massage and Wellness must become common household words
  • The nervous system rules regardless of what the mind thinks
  • Grieving is necessary, suffering is optional


  • “Part of me has been trained through all the years of self development to be the participant and the observer of my experiences. And so I put myself in that mode, was able to take enough notes to figure out what I was doing, and from there, came grief massage.” (6:16-6:33 | Marelda)


  • “Trauma has an element of grief, but not all grief is trauma. While not all grief is trauma, if you have had a background in trauma, and it hasn’t been correctly regulated, it will come and clash with a grief that may not have trauma in it.” (11:58-12:22 | Marelda)


  • “I say this is what emotional release is because I think sometimes people are very threatened by the fact that they may be just sobbing and crying in this massage session. So I let them know that the best thing they can do is come in with the emotion of curiosity. And to stay curious because there is no way to predict that it’s only going to be crying.” (19:28-19:53 | Marelda)

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About The Catalyst Host, Dr. Lara Salyer:

I worked as a family physician for 15 years until burnout changed the trajectory of my career. I realized I wanted to start a holistic functional medicine practice in my rural hometown and made it happen. In addition to practicing functional medicine, I now mentor practitioners who are looking to change their paths in healthcare by using what I refer to as the “Catalyst Roadmap”. I share each step of this framework with listeners so that they may apply it to their careers, relationships, personal goals, and projects. 

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