Melissa Rackliff


As a dancer, I naturally took an interest in the health and wellness of the human body, mind and spirit.
“I have always been an inquisitive and artistic soul."

Spa Director at TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon

Melissa Rackliff is the Spa Director at TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon. A resident of Bailey, Colorado, she graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and painting.  Her favorite guilty pleasure is binge-watching Netflix series and hiking is how she likes to reduce stress. Her favorite read is the book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and lately she has been jamming to From Eden by Hozier and Touching Heaven by Johnnyswim.

“I have always been an inquisitive and artistic soul.  Dancing and painting for me both come from a desire to find connection, express energy and translate that which is fleeting into a medium that can be shared and remembered.  The energetic link between fellow human beings, and the creative process of choreographing- delving into what our bodies, these vessels in which we all reside, can communicate – along with the pure physicality of movement is why I love dance.  This link transferred further into the two-dimensional realm of painting for me because of my “color-junkie” nature, and the pure joy of creating beauty, fascination, and wonder to share with others.

As a dancer, I naturally took an interest in the health and wellness of the human body, mind and spirit.  I am not dancing anymore; but the love remains.  I do still create through my paintings, and wonderfully enough, through my work as a leader at TallGrass!  After moving to Colorado in 1996, I spent time dancing and painting, and eventually, in 1999, my path led me to TallGrass.  I began here as a guest relations attendant, moved into being our Private Sage Room Coordinator, and went through being the Guest Relations Team Lead, the Operations Coordinator, the Assistant Spa Director, and now the Spa Director.  I am beyond happy at TallGrass. The culture of gratitude, integrity, creativity, professionalism, philanthropy and fun is the perfect fit for my lifestyle and that which I value most.”


As a dancer, I naturally took an interest in the health and wellness of the human body, mind and spirit.