Articles > Massage Therapy: How Massage Can Improve Your Quality of Life

by Dr. Matthew Cooper
7 Nov 2007

Published:  Aventura News, November 7-13, 2007

 After retiring from a successful (yet short) career as a professional jockey in 1992, Kika Mela made up her mind to dedicate her future to help people get out of pain and to improve their health. When she graduated from massage school in 1994, she did not wish to settle for just performing relaxing massages but was committed to practicing massage at the highest levels and to find a way to work as part of a complete healthcare team. To achieve this goal she learned about how the body moves, studied cutting edge techniques such as Muscle Activation Technique (, practiced different types of massage, worked with athletes at the highest levels, teamed up with other healthcare professionals, and studied anything that would improve my skills or benefit my clients. Years later, she finds herself established with other massage therapists learning from me at her center at Florida Chiropractic & Sports Rehab Centers in Aventura. “I am now living my dream.” she says. 

 “Coming to Florida Chiropractic & Sports Rehab Centers has enabled me to surround myself with my “dream team”.”  says Mela. The staff there, led by Dr. Matthew Cooper, believes in a complete healthcare approach. We utilize numerous techniques to not only help our patients, but to enable their patients to help themselves. Soma Fitness is also a part of the team with a training facility on site and offers scientifically based personalized strength and conditioning with a very unique, whole body approach to fitness. This team of highly educated professionals offers a more comprehensive approach to a healthcare problem. Being in this environment has provided her with more opportunities to do what she loves – “help people improve the quality of their life.” 


Aventura orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Steven Gorin of the Institute of Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, receives weekly massages from Kika at our center. “In the hands of a skilled therapist,” he says “it can compliment the work done by: osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic trainers and personal trainers. The ability to alleviate obstruction in the soft tissues and muscles gives a person a more comprehensive chance of rehabilitating their injury or ailment.”


Kika Mela, LMT has been practicing massage for over 12 years and has provided massage therapy to numerous professional /elite athletes, is the therapist for FAU’s men’s ice hockey team, and has her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. You may contact her at  For more information on our services, please visit our website at or call the office to speak to one of our staff at (305) 935-9599.

Mela Therapeutics, Inc.  20754 W. Dixie Hwy. N. Miami, FL 33180  (954) 999-2315

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