Administrative Leadership

Melinda Besse, Owner & Director, LMT



“It brings me great joy to be the owner of the Boulder Massage Therapy Institute where we can be the foundation, grounding and rich soil for healing hands & hearts to grow, evolve and bloom in the world.  We are not only a strong academic, hands-on school & clinic preparing students for a successful career but also a community of healing arts practitioners here to support and nurture students through the both academic and heart-filled journey before, during and well beyond graduation.”

~ Melinda Besse, Director of Boulder Massage Therapy Institute.





Once an owner and operator of one of the largest outdoor adventure businesses in Colorado, Melinda now enjoys guiding others to embark on a spiritual adventure to explore their inner wilderness.


Inspired by decades of practice and study in ayurveda, bodywork, life coaching, energy work, yoga, meditation and indigenous healing practices, Melinda’s work is in helping people to remember and align with their natural, raw rhythms to find balance in body, mind, heart and spirit.


Along this life journey thus far, Melinda’s educational achievements include:

  • Certified Satori Lifestyle Coach
  • Reiki Master & Teacher
  • Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Kids Yoga Teacher, Prenatal Yoga Teacher
  • Collectively raised $1,000,000 to fight Human Trafficking in India and traveled to Calcutta with Off the Mat Into the World. There she taught yoga to girls in protected shelters and helped get a work skills education program for the women off the ground.  In May 2013, Melinda completed the Off the Mat into the World Leadership Program.
  • Shamanic Healing Practitioner through the Four Winds
  • Licensed Massage Therapist


Melinda had the vision to create sacred space for the education, support, and development of healers, spiritual leaders, and future conscious business entrepreneurs to find their unique expression to bring into the world.

That is You. And here in our sunny, majestic mountain view space is the place in Boulder, Colorado, a mecca for health and holistic healing. Come to explore and discover for yourself.



Janis Arlow, Education Director, LMT


Janis’ passion for science, bodywork, and education has created a spiraling career path intermingling environmental, community and embodied health services. Originally pursuing her concern for the environment with a Forestry degree from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University, her interests as a mother soon shifted her scientific inquiries to a more personal level, leading to health studies at the Virginia School of Massage in 1995.

While maintaining a full-time bodywork practice for twenty years in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Janis also pursued her affinity for the classroom, teaching in several local massage schools. Training in Visionary Cranial Sacral Work built her foundation in bodywork, which integrates myofascial release, neuromuscular and visceral manipulation techniques. After completing a Master’s of Science in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from James Madison University, She moved west to direct the Flagstaff Campus of the Arizona School of Integrated Studies. After visiting BMTI’s beautiful campus on vacation, Janis enthusiastically decided to join our team as Education Director. She looks forward to supporting the process of learning and transformation for the students
of BMTI.


Angela Bereski, Administrative Director, LMT