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Melissa McLaughlin

Melissa McLaughlin

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Melissa McLaughlin

Nia Blue Belt Teacher
Lowell, MA, United States

I found Nia in August of 2010. I walked into the class know nothing about it and as we got into it, I knew I was "home".  This was a life changing experience for me. I was 314 pounds, enrolled in a program for weight loss surgery, more specifically, Gastric Bypass surgery. As a prerquisite for surgery I needed to loose 20 pounds and participate in several meetings at the weight loss center. Nia was one of those meetings. I walked into the room, wearing jeans and a tee shirt, not knowing this was a movement class! There I met Maria Skinner and she has been my inspiration ever since. Nia helped me lose those 20 pounds and a combination of the surgery and Nia helped me lose 150 pounds more. I just recently completed my White Belt Intensive with Maria Skinner and Allison Wright. What beautiful experience! My intention is to now teach Nia to weight loss surgery patients and hopefully inspire them with my story. Nia has been such a joyful addition to my life. Where else can you find a movement program that can be adapted to someone who's 314 pounds and still be enjoyable? Over my weight loss journey, Nia has been my constant. It has been my personal one hour retreat! For that hour the outside world fades away and I am able to feel pleasure and joy in my body and totally accept myself as I am. It has done wonders for my self esteem! I know, no matter what's going on in my life, Nia is here for me. It is the one place I find peace, love, and joy. I am truly "Home".


My Nia Classes

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Monday 6:15pm - 7:15pm Lowell General Hospital Center For Weight Management
Lowell, MA, US
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Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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